As I was in the shower thinking about improving my own resume – which, needless to say, follows the same advice I give you in my book (BTW, I don’t think about my resume in the shower all the time!) – I suddenly had this brilliant idea.
One way to make a resume stand out from "the rest of the pack" could be to make an "executive summary" section at the very front, on the very first page (if the resume is multiple-paged). After all, everyone in the business world is used to seeing an "executive summary" – the equivalent of an academic abstract – which, in fact, is probably the only section anyone reads 99% of the time. By making an executive summary for your own resume, you’ll not only draw the reader’s immediate attention to all the desirable qualifications you possess, but make yourself appear smart and unique, two qualities that Wall Street highly values.
The two key points to making the executive summary work are:
- The executive summary should stand out styling-wise from the rest of the resume. I’m thinking of a bordered, centered text box.
- The executive summary should be brief and contain only the most interesting and attention-grabbing items from your background. This, unfortunately, is quite difficult to accomplish, unless you’ve published tons of peer-reviewed articles in well-known journals. But it’s totally doable.
So, what do you think of this idea?