• CEOs tend to have certain things in common when it comes to their résumés.
• Job site Zippia recently looked through 7 million résumés to get a sense of the top skills CEOs tend to emphasize.
• Many CEOs major in some business-related field, among other findings.
Want to give your résumé a boost?
Try crafting it to be more like that of a top CEO.
Job site Zippia recently trawled its database of over 7 million résumés in order to specifically scrutinize those belonging to CEOs. They then analyzed each CEO’s educational and work experiences to check for widespread trends.
Of course, you can only give your résumé a CEO-esque makeover if you actually have management experience or earned a degree from a top college. Still, it’s good to know what kinds of items you might want to emphasize on your résumé if you’re ever in the running for a more senior-level role.
Here’s a look at some of the most common items on CEOs’ résumés:
Earn some sort of degree
Almost a third of CEOs have bachelor’s degrees – a total of 30.13%. CEOs with master’s degrees came in a close second (28.94%). Then, 16.91% of CEOs selected “other” when it came to their degree, while only 5.98% and 3.56% of chief executive officers reported they had doctorates or associate’s degrees, respectively.
Attend a top school — but don’t worry about whether it’s private or public
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In terms of schooling, CEOs were pretty evenly distributed across the board. The takeaway? There’s no one definitive college that will necessarily boost your chances of becoming a CEO.
Harvard came out on top, with 0.88% of CEOs saying they graduated from the Ivy League school. New York University took the second spot (0.64%), followed closely by the University of Southern California (0.59%).
Two schools tied for fourth, with 0.57% of CEOs hailing from Michigan State University and George Washington University.
Major in something pertaining to business
Business-related majors dominated when it came to CEOs.
The clear winner was business administration – management and operations, which 17.92% of CEOs studied.
The similarly-focused business, management, marketing, and related support services degree trailed behind (3.58%).
Finance and financial management services, marketing, and business/commerce rounded out the rest of the top five (3.46%, 2.97%, and 2.75%, respectively).
Have senior-level experience
Unsurprisingly, the role of chief executive officer isn’t exactly an entry-level position.
Slightly over one out of ten CEOs came into the job with past experience as a chief executive officer (10.54%).
Consultants trailed behind (0.33%), followed by directors (0.3%), presidents (0.27%), and executive directors (0.23%).