As your career advances to the VP or CIO / CTO level, the challenge in writing a strong technical leadership resume shifts.

Earlier in your career, the issue is primarily what to include. At the IT Manager or even IT Director level - the goal is often to present a clear, and complete picture both of business value and of technical depth.

But as your career grow towards the C-suite, the primary resume issue transitions from what to include to what to omit.

But what do you omit? Here are few thoughts to develop and effective IT leadership strategy.

Reduce the technical detail.

In any technical leadership resume, the technical teams you've led, and the tools you've deployed still add value, and give a good sense of your particular strengths.

But don't weight the resume so strongly to technologies that the document reads more like a laundry list than like a narrative of your achievement - or leads the hiring authority to think you may be looking to directly code or architect solutions, rather than lead teams in those objectives.

Omit, or streamline, early career achievement.

This is important for two reasons. In the first place, age discrimination is always a very real issue in hiring - even at the executive level.

In the second place, early career achievements - I generally break detailed career history at 15-20 years - adds very little value to your current job search. Even if achievements in the 1980s were significant, and show sides of your career that might not be in evidence in more recent leadership roles, that experience will not strongly impact the hiring authority's interest in interviewing you.

Omit dates on education.

This is generally good advice - I rarely date education unless there's a pressing reason. But if your degree could lead to age discrimination on the resume, it's definitely a better idea to simply omit the dates of degrees and training.

Balance is always the key to a strong technology business executive resume.

In my technical resume writing service, my goal is always to find that balance of leadership, strategy, vision, and technical depth. That balanced picture is what delivers real value in your search for new executive opportunities within IT and IS.

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