I follow technology news and trends carefully - it's a critical part of the value that I can bring to my clients as a professional IT resume writer.
There's a lot going on it technology these days - the move to the cloud, big data, continued debates on the business value of outsourcing.
But one of the most important macro level transformations that I'm seeing is the necessity for CIOs to refocus from back office operations to ensuring a positive, end-to-end experience for both internal and external customers.
There's a great discussion of this critical issue in "This is the CIO, at your service."
Sylvia Pennigton writes, "New-generation CIOs needed to focus on enhancing the flow of data around their organisations, in order to improve the end customer's experience with the company or the brand."
But is this really new? or is this a trend that has been quietly happening under the surface for some time and is now coming to well-deserved prominence?
I'd be inclined to say the latter. When I've worked with with clients on CIO resume projects, I've been consistently struck by the business vision and depth of commitment to strategic organizational objectives in my clients.
The CIOs that I've worked with are anything but back office. They are frequently innovative visionaries who use technology as a targeted tool to drive business growth, rather than as an end in itself.
Sylvia also writes, "CIOs needed to become 'bi-lingual'; a technologist in the background and a marketing-oriented business entrepreneur at the executive table".
That sentence struck me. Because I've often recognized the fact that the really great CIOs are at least bilingual. These technology executives are able to communicate with tech teams, executives, business users, and clients - all with equal facility.
This ability to communicate the real value of technology to business, the ability to participate as an equal at the executive table is also a critical aspect of a strong CIO resume.
Because the ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders does not, automatically, translate into the ability to summarize your career in two or three pages.
That's why so many of the initial CIO resumes that cross my desk don't do my clients justice. Too often, these initial resumes talk about very little beyond technology. It's almost as though my clients are a bit shy about discussing the real, strategic business achievements that have driven their career.
That's where I can add value.
Since I focus exclusively on IT Resumes, I know the terrain. I know the questions to ask to unearth the achievements to crate a CIO resume that will demonstrate not only your technical abilities, but also your critical strategic vision and your ability to partner with marketing to drive real business growth.
Sylvia writes, "Old-school CIOs who thought the implementation of the ERP system was the last of the IT revolutions ar fast becoming the dinosaur of the IT world."