9 Essential Tips to Develop Your C-Level CV

9 Essential Tips to Develop Your C-Level CV

To acquire a C-level position, you need a CV that stands out above the rest. Here are 9 Essential Tips to Develop Your C-Level CV allowing you to lay the foundation of a great CV and become one step closer to achieving your professional ambitions.

Developing Your C-Level CV: 9 Tips

1. Create unique resumes based on the particular job

A generalised CV will not cut it in a competitive job search market. Therefore, create customised CVs based around the job you are applying for. Use information found on a corporate website to know what skills and attributes are most in demand for this position. Match your skill sets and summaries to the job descriptions found.

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2. The ten second glance factor

Does your resume pass the ten second glance test? It is now common knowledge that no matter what level you are at in business, hiring managers give a resume a ten second glance. If you are unable to showcase your talent and accomplishments in such a way that they jump off the page, you may not get a second, more in-depth look.

3. The length of your resume

CVs today are predominantly being read by people electronically via computers, tablets, and other mobile devices. Because of this, keep your resume to two/ three pages. Use social platforms as LinkedIn to highlight more details you cannot fit within this narrow space.

A resume should focus on the last 10 years of work experience in detail. This helps keep the resume length concise as well as showing the most current experience. Frequently experience from over fifteen years ago has been replaced by updated processes.


When looking for a new career your CV is the most important document to reflect your expertise towards the type of role that you’re looking for.

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4. The most important section of a resume

The first one-third of your CV is the most critical. It allows you to show the reader at a glance who you are, what you have done, and what you can potentially do for them in the future. Some call this section the profile area or summary. What’s important to remember is that the information conveyed here needs to be clear, compelling and concise. Think of this as your marketing or personal branding section.

5. Your contact information

The email address you identify yourself with is a sneakily important aspect of your CV. Your chosen email address provides evidence that you are up-to-date with technology, even if you really are not. An Outlook or Gmail account is sufficient. Putting an AOL email extension on your resume, however, gives the hiring manager a vision of an older, behind-the-times person.

Listing your Visual CV URL and/or a LinkedIn profile link is also a valuable component of a paper CV. It further demonstrates a level of tech savvy, as well as providing an opportunity to obtain additional information about your credentials from these sources.

6. What are your core competencies

Highlight your core competencies and key skills. You must demonstrate why you are the right candidate for the role, bearing in mind that you’re up against executives with a similar level of experience. Headhunters and recruiters search for clients with a particular skill set, so this needs to be easily accessible on your CV.

Adapting your CV to the particular role is also key. At your level you would be expected to demonstrate where you will really be able to add value and what opportunities you’ll be able to bring to the table.

Without a well written or constructed CV you’re unlikely to have a professional document that accurately portrays you and your career experience in the correct light.

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7. What your experience is

Avoid writing your resume as a series of job depictions. Focus on your accomplishments that tell your success story; generalities will not make the grade. Quantified accomplishment-based statements in the experience section show an executive’s value. What has been the key impact you have had in each position? Have you delivered profit increases? For example: “Drove revenue and income growth of 38% over a 9-month period, through growth and acquisitions.”

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8. The size of company

Executive search firms and headhunters look for candidates who have worked in a company comparable to the size of the company they are representing. If your resume does not clearly define how the companies you have worked for compare to the size of the company with the opportunity, then consider adding or editing that information.

If that’s not a useful option, you may want to focus more on other aspects of your experience. This may include industry ranking, competitive intelligence, pioneering efforts, or other areas that may be attractive to the target company.

9. What file formats you use

There are several ways to submit resumes to employers, headhunters and executive hiring managers. Therefore, having various file formats is helpful. A word document, plain text and PDF are the common formats that are usable in most submissions. In some instances, uploading a file in PDF format can be a negative as the ATS struggles to read the words in PDF, so be aware of where you are uploading your CV and what format you are using.


It is essential as a corporate executive to distinguish yourself from other senior-level management. Using some of these 9 tips will help you create a CV and add to your success in catching the attention of the headhunter and getting called in for an interview.

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About the author

Michael O'Keeffe

A graduate from Fairfield University in New Media with a particular focus on Television, Michael has worked in social media since graduation. His expertise will offer a variety insights into how you can penetrate into the saturated executive job market.

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