Are Keywords really a Key Executive Resume Strategy?

There's a lot of discussion of the role that keywords play in creating effective, powerful, compelling executive resumes. Many resume writers advise that keywords are absolutely necessary in any strong document—and that executive resumes without those magic keywords will doom your hopes of getting an interview.

I don't agree with that position, and I'd like to present a few thoughts on keywords, to help you build an effective strategy for your executive resume and job search.

Years of Experience: A Fatal Flaw to Your Executive Resume Strategy

We've all seen them. The executive resumes that lead with "27 years of experience" in the first line of the resume summary on page one.

On the surface, that seems like a great strategy. It's apparently clear, and seems to give a sense of career level. Also, many job postings do start with number of years required for the position – so, it seems reasonable to address the issue of experience directly, at the very beginning of the resume.

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Technology Leadership: Transforming Low Performers to Rock Stars

I was speaking with a client of mine yesterday, and we were discussing his unique value proposition - and his equally unique approach to technology leadership.

And he told me an interesting story (with all details changed to protect his privacy). He was recruited - by a large, US-based manufacturing firm headquartered in a major Midwest city - to lead a very low performing IT organization. His mandate, essentially, was to fire the entire team within a month, and rebuild from scratch.

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IT Careers: The Pros and Cons of Remote Work

IT Careers are evolving rapidly. For the first time in a decade, I'm hearing about "talent wars." And - from what I'm hearing from my own resume and coaching clients - the demand for IT talent is continuing to increase.

That's providing IT professionals with a range of options that we haven't seen for several years - and one of those options is remote work.

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A Critical Component of the CISO Job Description: Courage under Fire

The CISO role may be one of the toughest out there. The CISO - and security more generally - are often misunderstood, undervalued, or perceived as at best a necessary evil. And the CISO job description is too often seen as a solely technical matter - ignoring the critical interpersonal and communication skills that drive CISO success.

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Driving Innovation - Embracing Risk

Innovation is a very hot topic these days. Innovation is recognized - rightly - as a key to both current and future competitiveness. Driving innovation is a complex process. There's no "one size fits all" approach that will guarantee successful innovation across different enterprises and verticals.

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CIO Transformation: Selling Long Term Investment

A key aspect of the current CIO transformation is shifting the conversation from cost cutting to the real return on long term technology investment. That can be challenging conversation - especially if the CIO's role is seen primarily as "keeping the lights on."

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Fear of Change Can Derail Your Executive Career Progression

I was talking with a good friend of mine yesterday, who just made a change from a job she really hated - to one she really loves.

That transition took some time - and we worked through many of the issues. But our conversation got me thinking. One of the biggest issues she was dealing with is a very common one - at every career level, up to C-level.

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The Transformational CISO

"The most transformational job in the corporate world right now isn’t glamorous, certainly isn’t easy, and at times is even a little thankless. It’s a job where little can go right and a lot can go catastrophically wrong. If that isn’t enough, it’s probably the hottest seat in corporate America today

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As a CIO, Do You Need to be Mr. Nice Guy?

As I was exploring the news on CIOs this Monday morning, I came upon this interesting article from Forbes, "The Evolving Role of the CIO: An interview with Geoffrey Moore [Part 2/2]."

There's a lot that I like in this interview - Mr. Moore has some great points on the need for the CIO to balance the three seemingly incompatible roles of visionary, pragmatist, and conservative. I think that's an excellent way to define the (seemingly) incompatible types of leadership that a CIO needs to deliver.

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CIO Resumes - Communicate Value!

There was a time - not so very long ago - when CIOs were seen by some in the C-suite as fungible resources, as nuts-and-bolts guys who did pretty much the same thing regardless of the company.

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Beware of "One Size Fits All" Resume Advice!

It's a rare week that I don't see a blog post or article with the 3, 5, 7, or 10 things that a job seeker MUST or MUST NOT include on a resume.

There's one big problem with articles like this. They go on the assumption that every career is the same, and that there's an simple template - a cookie cutter approach - that works for every career, every resume, every job seeker.

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