Not everyone is cut out to shift from a “worker bee middle manager” to an “executive leader.”  Nor does every millennial want to be an executive. But for those millennials who wish to rise up into corporate leadership, repositioning oneself as a leader of doers, and not just a doer, is paramount to making this ascent.

An executive resume of a rising millennial must outline the premise: “Show you can do the job, then you land it.” In essence, millennials need to provide proof they have acquired the skills of an effective leader for a company to invest resources, money, and time in cultivating them for the succession plan.

It’s important to show you have what it takes.  That’s best done by capitalizing on the following:

5 Resume Tips for Millennials Climbing Into Executive Leadership:

1) The capacity to formulate a vision and strategically plan to implement that vision. This shows you can see what needs done and not only can visualize it, but take needed steps to make it happen.

2) The ability to attract, hire, and develop quality talent. Demonstrating you can recruit high-caliber talent and mentor achievers into higher roles is an asset to your employer. Show you can make good hiring decisions that contribute to the top and bottom line. 

3) Achievements stemming from leading others. Outline these wins in a challenge-action-result bullet writing formula. These examples will promote your leadership abilities and how you can assemble a performing team.

4) Acumen to incorporate technological efficiencies into your profession / industry, even if you are not an IT person.  Understanding how automation and IT can help propel productivity, profits and revenue will set you apart from the competition.

5) The competency of bringing a profitability mindset to your profession. And if you are a creative professional, specifically demonstrating you are able to understand the business of your craft. This shows you are on top of your game and able to take the steps necessary to ensure your company is sustainably successful.

As an aspiring leader, shifting your personal marketing and individual branding in this top-level manner can be challenging, at first, after years of being in the trenches. However, when you see the wins you cultivate through your skills of leading others, it will become more comfortable to promote yourself in this way to climb higher in your career. These tips will show you have what it takes to succeed as a leader and already have the tools necessary to succeed.


  • Lisa Rangel

    Founder & Managing Director - Executive Resume Writing & Career Advancement

    Chameleon Resumes -

    Lisa Rangel is the Founder and Managing Director of Chameleon Resumes LLC (, the premier executive resume writing and job landing consulting firm named a Forbes Top 100 Career Website.  She is a LinkedIn Profile and Executive Resume Writer, Job Landing Consultant, former 13-year Recruiter and a former paid moderator for LinkedIn’s Premium Groups. Chameleon Resumes writes high-caliber career marketing documents for senior-level job seekers that meet the needs of the prospective employers so they land 6- and 7-figure job interviews faster. She has been featured in Fortune, Inc., CNN Business, Fast Company, Business Insider, Forbes, LinkedIn, CNBC, Time Money, BBC, Newsweek, Crain's New York, Chicago Tribune, eFinancialCareers, CIO Magazine, Monster, US News & World Report, Good Morning America, Fox Business News, New York Post, and other reputable media outlets. Rangel, a Cornell graduate, has authored 16 career resources found at  She also recently completed The Definitive Guide to Writing Your Executive Resume in 2021 (