Lead with Results (2)

Impressive Executive Resumes Lead With Results

In order to captivate a reader, executive resumes require more than just strong, tailored content. They also need proof. Proof of the communications expertise and business leadership one claims to covet.

Saying you are good at something and providing clear evidence of it are two different things.

In an executive resume one must prove their claims.

Supporting evidence lies within measurable impacts, specific quantities, and strong metrics generated during a career. For greater impact: load your executive resume with relevant results. Even better, lead with them.

Take this example: a friend is telling you about their recent fishing expedition, laying out all the things they did and the actions they took before sublimely mentioning โ€˜we caught a lot of fishโ€™. Would you be impressed?ย  Perhaps. Yet exact measurements are missing and you may have tuned out long before the results were mentioned.

Now, letโ€™s say this same person started the story with โ€˜12 fish were caught in the first hour of our fishing weekend!โ€™.ย Would that get your attention faster?ย  Likely.ย  Thatโ€™s because the results are clear and presented early.

When I work with executives to position their value โ€˜on paperโ€™ the primary goal is to ensure content speaks to the reader, fast. Leading with results and front-loading points throughout the file generates a strong impression, builds excitement, and connects the dots.

To ensure the inclusion of measurable and scaled details in your resume, strive to answer: how many? how much? and how often?

Directed teams? List the size: Teams of 450.

Managed budgets? Quantify the largest amount: Budgets of $45M

Drive revenue growth? Show the value over time:ย $40M revenue expansion in 2 Yearsย ย 

Now store these results away for high-impact positioning in your resume.

Leading with results spoon feeds the reader what they want, first.ย  You answer questions before they can be asked and you align proof points with position requirements.ย  Results also drive energy and action into the file!

Leaders appreciate the value of numbers and measurable business impacts, so donโ€™t make them hunt for them in a resume. Commence the file with a strong header and supporting value statement, not a generic list of keywords or blanket phrases. For example, a general opening might say:

Executive Leader: ย Revenue Generator | Team Builder | New Business Developer

Yet there is no scale and no measurements in the above statement to hook and engage. An improved resume header would include size, scale, and metrics. Something more like:

President and CEO:ย  Global $45M Facilities Management | Teams to 450 | 300% Revenue Growth in 4 Years.

The key is to keep this same approach up throughout the resume, with all statements, including bullet points. Front-load points to powerfully position strengths and build the readersโ€™ appreciation of capabilities.Standard bullet statements may include impressive figures and important metrics but if key details appear near the end of content the impact becomes less wow and more oh-by-the-way.

End-loaded statements:

  • Developed differentiated product line which decreased service time for end users and added $36M in new profit over 3 years.
  • Shifted vendor relationship management to internal support group, producing $10M in annual cost-savings.
  • Employed longer sales cycles to close accounts in historically challenging European territory to grow new business revenue 156% over 2 years.

Front-loaded statements:

  • Added $36M in new profit over 3 years by developing differentiated product line which decreased service time for end users.
  • Produced $10M in annual cost-savings by shifting vendor relationship management to internal support group.
  • Grew new business revenue 156% over 2 years in European market, employing longer sales cycles to close accounts in historically challenging territory.

The difference is discernible. There is no hunting for impacts in front-load statements and key points donโ€™t run the risk of getting buried or overlooked.ย  What matters most appears first.As an executive, you want the reader to get invested in you and your abilities.

To hook and engage, lay out content in a clear path, baiting with impacts that are hard to overlook or pass by. ย Lead with results.


Adrienne Tom

Looking to get noticed for top jobs? I can help. Visit me online at CareerImpressions.ca to learn more about my award-winning resume and LinkedIn writing services that helped C-suite executives, VPs, and directors land top jobs at billion-dollar companies, start-ups, and everything in between. โšœ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ. Everyone has value to offer employers. But conveying this story in a modern, succinct executive resume isnโ€™t easy. I can do this for you. โšœ ๐—œ ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ท๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ โ€˜๐—ฎ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฒโ€™. I'm often told that my process is as valuable as the final documents. People feel more empowered and confident after our work together. โšœ ๐— ๐˜† ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ. I hear amazing success stories from my clients. For 15+ years, I have written hundreds of executive resumes and LinkedIn profiles that generated increased recognition and escalated earning power for my clients.


  1. Annemarie Platteau on November 16, 2017 at 5:41 am

    How then would you measure the results of an Executive Assistant ?

    • Adrienne Tom on November 16, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Results measurement will range depending on the role type and level, however, everyone has achievements in their job. It may be harder to front-load statements, but start with considering the ways you made a positive impact in your role. How do you measure success in your job (know you are doing a good job)? Then see if any details can be quantified (how many, how much, how often). For an Executive Assistant consider: * initiatives or processes introduced to increase efficiencies. i.e: improved filing time from hours to minutes by automating data entry.* quantifying # of clients, calls, files managed daily. i.e: managed up to 25 calls daily, supporting a client base of 100.* achieving or exceeding deadlines. i.e: Consistently delivered quarterly reports on time with perfect accuracy rate.Hope this helps!

  2. Mutwali on January 20, 2023 at 5:49 am

    I find difficult to quantify my achievement, particularly in with core value and core competencies in Humanitarian and health sector

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