Including Personal Qualities in an Executive Resume
Whilst it is massively important to focus on other aspects of the executive resume, employers expect to see some personal qualities included within the CV. This shows more about the candidate, how they see themselves in relation to others and what they can bring to the role in question. Personal qualities are ‘softer’ elements or characteristics that executives bring, though most are naturally implied. For instance, it is expected that executives are ambitious and hardworking otherwise they would not have achieved career progression and got to where they are now without displaying these character traits. So question whether or not to mention certain personal qualities and whether they add any value to the resume.
Executive Personal Qualities
There are some personal qualities that add value and would need to emphasised in a resume. For instance, high pressured and demanding roles require resilience, determination and energy, so these qualities would need to come to the fore. Moreover, being proactive may apply in a commercially-focused or project leadership role where there is a need to keep momentum to achieve targets or proactively deliver on key projects (strategic initiatives). Useful psychometric tools like Myers Briggs can help identify personality traits and highlight personal characteristics within an established framework.
Prioritising Main Qualities
Whilst it can be useful to list qualities in a resume, avoid making it too clichéd into an less meaningful extended list. Also, prioritise skills in favour of personal qualities as skills tend to be more valuable to employers, though certain qualities can help reinforce skills in a resume. Clues about qualities to include in an executive resume can be found by referring back to the job description or alternatively looking on the company website to research the company, its culture, values and management styles. Moreover, it is worthwhile understanding top 5 personal qualities that make candidates stand out as common interview questions often enquire about what personal qualities candidates can bring to the role in question. Improving self-awareness is important.
List of Personal Qualities
This is not an extensive list to include on a resume, it is merely an outline. We will continually add to this list if there are others we find or part of an increasing trend.
- Positive Attitude