As a Professional IT Executive Resume Writer, I see a lot resumes that don't even begin to do my clients - or their careers - justice.

Too often, the CIO resumes that I see look like an IT manager resume that's been slightly repurposed for a higher level position.

These resumes are bland, and make the candidates look bland, too - too often, the impression that these CIO resumes create is that of a grey middle manager with neither the vision, the drive, or the interpersonal skills to lead a major IT organization.

That's usually not an accurate portrayal of the candidate.

In my initial interview - my highly personalized approach to the IT resume writing process is completely interview driven; I never use worksheet or questionnaires - I rapidly discover that these candidates are anything but grey middle managers. I find I'm talking to brilliant, dedicated, strategic, visionary, IT executives. I'm often amazed by how little resemblance there is between their own resumes and their exceptional careers in IT leadership.

So I'd like to present 5 do's and don't's to help make your CIO resume a strong, more compelling document - a document that far more accurately represents your career to a future employer - whether you're already in the CIO role, or an IT Director looking to take the next step in your career.

  1. Don't simply repurpose the resume you've been using since you were a developer by adding in your current, more senior job. A CIO resume needs to be an executive level document - so the formatting, and far more importantly, the style, needs to clearly represent that you're a leader.
  2. Don't over focus on your technical expertise. While your technical chops are a part of what got you to the C-suite, it's your business vision that has propelled you to the top of your career. So be certain to balance the technical "how" of your achievements with the equally or more critical "why" behind the initiatives you've led.
  3. Do clearly describe the business value you've delivered. Be certain to quantify the costs you've reduced, the efficiencies you've created, and the new revenue you've driven. Numbers are important - and one of the key ways in which you can separate yourself from the thundering herd applying for every senior position in today's highly competitive marketplace.
  4. Do demonstrate leadership. Team size, budget size, number of users - these are all valuable ways to show that you're at the top of your game. And if mentoring, coaching, and talent development are real components of your skill set, be certain to make those obvious.
  5. Do think seriously about whether you want to spend the time and energy to do this yourself - or whether it makes better sense to hire a qualified, multiply certified, professional IT Executive Resume Writer. Are you smart enough to write a decent resume on your own? Very probably? But you're also smart enough to know that the investment in having an exceptional CIO resume will pay for itself many times over.

If you'd like to set up a time to discuss your career, and to mutually determine whether working with me would be a great fit, feel free to contact me.