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Even if you have a lot of job experience and are applying for a position with a lot of prerequisites, there are certain strategies to writing a resume that will make or break whether you are considered for the job. This Executive Director resume sample has been reviewed by experts who have given feedback on how to make it a really strong, effective resume. Pay close attention to these tips and you’ll be well on your way to writing a stellar resume.
A 4-6 line summary should start out your document
If you start your resume by jumping straight into job experience, it gives the reader no context as to what you want to bring to the position and why you are applying for it. In the case of this example, something as simple as the following would make a huge difference: EXAMPLE: Dedicated executive director with 13 years’ experience in behavioral therapy. Worked at various different levels from internship to administrative, now seeking executive role to apply skills to benefit employers and company. The statements in the example above are the kinds that will work in a summary, though of course you will want to say something more specific about your own qualifications and what you really want to be the first thing your potential employer will know about you.
Experience should be highlighted in the form of a bulleted list
By writing all of the job experience in paragraph form, this sample resume gives a lot to read with little direction as to which experience is most important. A bullet list will not only be more organized and spread out, it will actually make your list of skills and experience appear longer as well. WRONG: Executive Director Apr 2010 Inter-County Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse ? Kearny, NJ Directs a team of 14 administrative, clinical, and medical professionals in an outpatient treatment setting, develops and implements policies and procedures, monitors quality assurance, reviews outcome data with the governing Board of Directors. Clinical Supervisor Jul 2006 to Apr 2010 Inter-County Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse ? Kearny, NJ Managed team of 4 of counselors, ensured compliance with with federal and agency standards of practice, participated in monthly management meetings, attended bimonthly Professional Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (PACADA) meetings, attended quarterly Division of Addiction Services meetings. RIGHT: Executive Director Apr 2010 Inter-County Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse ? Kearny, NJ
Clinical Supervisor Jul 2006 to Apr 2010 Inter-County Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse ? Kearny, NJ
The executive director sample resume does a great job of using a variety of adjectives and making the applicant sound competent. By being in a listed form the specific duties are really emphasized. Make sure not to have a period or any punctuation at the end of bullet points on your list.
List out the name of the credential along with its acronym
This sample resume succeeds in doing this in the employment section, but neglects to spell out the licenses referred to in the Education section. UMDNJ and LCADC should both be spelled out entirely, since they have not shown up before on the resume. If you want your resume to go above and beyond, and really do a superb job at showcasing your qualifications, take a few minutes and see what QuintCareer’s Resume Builder has to offer you.