One of the many things that I learn in my study of Wing Chun Kung Fu is balance. Without balance, it's impossible to react rapidly, move nimbly, and respond effectively to rapidly changing situations.
It's a lot like life. And business.
One of the most critical challenges faced by IT resume writers is exactly that. How to best balance the multiple strands of my client's careers to clearly, compellingly, and effectively support their unique brand and career objectives.
One area of balance that's critical in all strong CIO resumes is the balance between technology and business value.
Too much much technology, and you'll look like an IT manager. Too little, and you'll look like an executive who dabbles in technology without really understanding IT.
Today, I'll briefly discuss how to best balance discussion of your early career, directly technical roles - and how to leverage your early career experience to demonstrate that you've got the technical credentials critical to run a major IT organization.
Some IT resume writers are going to ignore early career - as a developer or network engineer, for example. Others massively over-stress your technical chops.
I don't think that either are effective strategies for a winning CIO resume.
I think it's critical to demonstrate that you began your career in the trenches - because that demonstrates clearly that you know the realities that developers or network engineers face.
But I certainly don't believe that that early, technical experience should dominate your CIO resume.
As a professional IT resume writer, how do I find the balance?
- I keep early career succinct - rarely more than a couple of lines. And, as in every aspect of every CIO resume I write, I focus on real value, on the critical achievements that differentiate you from your competition.
- I don't simply give a laundry of technical tools, but I will judiciously mention the tool you used early in your career - especially if those tools continue to be relevant.
- Finally, I ensure that your foundational experience is shown to be just that - one of the core reasons that you moved out of hands-on technology and ultimately into your current role as an IT leader.
In my next post, I'll expand on this discussion - and give more detail about how all strong CIO resumes need to be inverted pyramids.
If you'd like to discuss I how I work to craft the best CIO resumes possible, and how my resume can help propel the next step in your career, please contact me.