Calvin Coolidge may be an odd character to appear in this technology resume blog. I doubt that the man dubbed "Silent Cal" would understand our word driven culture. Hard to see him having an active twitter account, eh? Let alone blogging.
We now live in a sea of words. Silent Cal may have said little. But his comment that "The business of America is business" resonated strongly with me as I was considering the rapidly evolving role of the CIO.
I begin my day reviewing technology news.
It's a passion of mine, but beyond that, as a professional resume writer focused, it's critical that I keep abreast of current trends to craft the most effective CIO resumes possible for my clients.
And the single biggest trend I see - one that encapsulates the many smaller transitions within the role of the CIO - is the transition of the CIO to recognized and respected business leader.
As I've written previously, the days of the back office CIO running the data center are going, if not already gone.
CIOs are now expected to step up to the plate in the C-suite, the boardroom, and with client leadership.
Today's CIO needs to be fully proactive. Reactive is simply too slow in a marketplace that evolves over hours or days - rather than over months and years.
The CIO needs to be a skilled strategist, playing on an every evolving chessboard of new technologies, rapidly evolving business needs, and continually changing customer requirements.
From my own perspective, I'm committed to leading the transformation of the CIO resume from a colorless, technically focused document to one that immediately commands respect from all members of the corporate leadership team.
Just as leading CIO needs to forge a consistent vision from many disparate technological and business objectives, a winning CIO resume needs to adroitly balance technical expertise, business vision, and customer focus - within 2-3 pages.
Every word, every punctuation mark, every detail of formatting must combine to tell a clear and compelling story of a strategic business technology leader.
I like to think that my clients are smart enough to craft decent resumes for themselves - but also smart enough to realize that decent won't cut it in the C-suite.
That's why I decided against becoming a generalist resume writer. I feel very strongly that technology resume are different - more complex, and more challenging - and require 100% focus from me as a writer.
That's why I begin my day scouring technology news.
That's why I've taken the time to hone all aspects of my craft - from the initial interview with my clients to delivering a final CIO resume that works - on all levels.