I've blogged on this topic before - but I think that it's important - do to the amount of misinformation you'll find on the web.
It's a rare week that I don't see a career "expert" suggesting customizing IT Resumes for every job you apply for.
As I've mentioned previously, that's extremely time consuming - it's rare these days to apply for fewer than 30-50 jobs; often many times that number. So if you are customizing your IT Resume for each position, that will become a full time job.
Also with each iteration you're going to get more frustrated, with lower focus - so whatever good customizing may do will be overcome by the likelihood of errors creeping in to the later versions.
But there's something more critical here - something that is generally overlooked in the careers industry.
And that's the simple fact that, if you have a clear sense of where you're going - of the opportunities you're seeking, IT resumes shouldn't need much customization.
And that's the case whether you're looking to make your first move into IT management - or whether you're looking to take your CIO career level to the next step in a larger company.
Because, in all those cases, the job descriptions are going to read in a fairly similar way. Sure, there will be slight differences in emphasis. But the critical requirements are likely to be stable. And those critical requirements are the ones you have to address. One opportunity may read slightly differently - and reading job descriptions is something of a specialized art. But the core of each job you're applying for - if you really have a strong sense of your own goals - should be very similar.
So writing the resume can actually be step two when you're getting ready to pursue the next step in your career. But the first step can be very challenging, so professionals often want to get on to something more direct, more active. Something that seems to be doing something concrete - even though that step may be slightly premature.
Because step one is taking a clear, completed, detailed inventory of your skills, your achievements, and your short and long term career objectives. Because you need to know whereyou're going before you can sit down and map out a plan of campaign to actually get there.
But - daunting as writing IT resumes may appear to be - that's often easier than actually doing the introspection to figure out where you really want to go. Because we swim in the sea of careers. We spend the bulk of our time there. We're constantly doing our jobs. And taking a step back to see both what we've done and where we're going can be very challenging indeed.
But without that? Your IT resume won't address the next step in your career. Because you may not clearly know what that next step even is.
That's why my highly personalized IT Career Coaching process provides far more than just industry leading IT resumes, IT Cover Letters, and IT LinkedIn Profiles.
I provide clarity. Earlier this week - in an initial call, my client came to realize the size and type of company that he's going to target.
That makes the process easier. Because if you know where you're going, you have a much better chance of getting there.
Contact me to discuss how my highly targeted process can help you define and reach your career goals.