What are the 3 words/phrases that I see most often that should never be used in the introductory statement of the resume?

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Answer: Strategic, with 20+ years of experience, executive level Here’s why: You have 15 seconds to make this impression –  “The resume is a keeper and I want to consider the candidate for the position I’m filling.” In order to do this, you must telegraph energy, achievement and experience that matches the scale and scope of the position. Those 3 words/phrases do just the opposite and waste those few seconds the reader is paying attention. To make that right first impression you cannot be vague or tout your success. Let the facts speak for themselves. Clarity and brevity are the keys. Avoid adjectives. Be as specific as possible in those 15 seconds. Convey purpose and results. No one knows what strategic means any more. Who cares if you have 20+ years of experience if they are not years where you have achieved specific goals? What does executive leadership mean by …

How do I reinforce the initial impression from a great introductory statement with an equally strong resume?

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Answer: Once you have the reader’s attention that your experience, industry knowledge and career goals are a potential fit for the company, you can continue with supporting details. Describe your current company and the scale and scope of your work that reinforce what should be your (now) obvious strengths. Include answers to these questions to help the reader quickly understand your experience and how it relates to their organization. How big is the company—by number of employees, annual revenues? Is it a major player in its sector? Is it a start-up? What does it do? What is your job? Provide specific examples in addition to broad statements. What are your reporting lines? For example, are you within the marketing, the corporate communications or human resources department of your company? What does your title mean? Is it necessary to clarify your role since the title might be confusing? After explaining what …