Unlike recent graduates, experienced (mid /senior level) candidates have lot many things to show on their resume. So the biggest challenge in resume writing as a mid/senior level professional is how to show so many experiences, projects, and achievements in such a way, that recruiter gets the understanding of your career in few seconds and you get a chance for an interview.
The basic rule of resume writing applies here as well, but resume writing as a mid /senior level professional requires you to take care of a few extra points as well.
The goal of resume writing as a mid/senior level professional should be to make the resume look very well put together.
Since you have so many information to showcase so if you do want recruiters or hiring manager to keep reading your resume, you need to give all details in brief in one go in the start of resume (To generate their interest) and then start giving the details.
So to achieve this goal- You need to create the framework of your resume in the below-mentioned way-
Summary Statement :
Instead of writing objectives/goal statement, focus on writing a strong summary statement, which gives a gist of your career and justification that you are a right fit for the job.
And for writing such a strong summary statement, you need to bind your years of experiences, projects, accomplishments, contributions, competencies together with a common theme along with the mention of what you aim to achieve next in your career.
Basically, a summary statement is your elevator pitch, through which you need to give a clear and concise understanding of your abilities and goals and how you can be beneficial for the organization.
Core Skills / Competencies :
A strong summary will give a glimpse of your whole career, now the next thing which you need to showcase is your skills.
So after the summary, make a strong mention of skill sets or areas where you have gained expertise over the years, with a special focus on those skills which are related/transferable to the job you are applying for.
Work Experiences :
As you have already given a brief of your career in form of summary and key skills.
Now its time to go into details.
Start writing your work experiences in different organizations and industries in reverse chronological order that means starting with the most recent experience.
Focus on elaborating your recent experiences and keep your old experiences as short as possible.
In work history details follow this order:
- Company name
- Role and Responsibilities
- Project details
Key Contributions :
Mention company level accomplishments in the work history/experience section. But mention few big achievements or contributions in a separate section as well (Especially those which you think are relatable to the job you are applying for).
Sometimes you have achievements outside of your past organizations but relatable to the job, then mention them also in this section.
It can be anything, maybe the major client you have acquired, or strategies you have built which have propelled the business, a team you have built or any leadership incident etc.
While Framing your achievements try to use numbers/figures as much as possible to make your achievements more impactful.
Other Details :
You might want the recruiter to focus on other things such as certifications or training you have done or given, research paper you have written, or awards you have received, brands you have worked with etc.
Keep such information in the separate section, and keep the length of these details in the proportion of their relevancy in the job.
If you are applying for a job in a rural industry, and you have previously done some research work in such an industry, then you can highlight it or else keep it as short as possible.
Education Details :
Unlike freshers, you need not put emphasis on your educational qualification. So you can keep it at the end of your resume.
Personal Details :
Your full name, contact number, location & and email ID are sufficient, but make sure to add your social media profile link as well in this section.
So resume writing as a mid/senior level professional is about making this basic framework of resume, then tailor it every time you apply for the new job, as per the job requirements,company and the industry.
It might take a bit of your time, but it will be worth it.