For too long, the CIO was seen as the 'junior partner' in the C-suite—the nuts and bolts guy who kept everything running, but didn't have a lot of input into business strategy—and who, too often, wasn't taken terribly seriously by the other members of the executive team.

Sure, the title was CIO. But too often, the CIO was still asked to get the AV running for a presentation—as though he or she was still a technical resource.

Does Your CIO Resume Prove You Can Sit at the Big Table?


Happily, that's changed to a large degree.


The CIO is increasingly recognized as an integral contributor to enterprise strategy—and a critical player in delivering the solutions that drive both internal efficiency and external competitiveness—and the subject matter expert on leveraging leading-edge technology to drive both internal transformation and a superior business posture.


That's a great change—and means that, as a CIO, you don't have to start from square one to convince your peers in the C-suite that you're in their league.


Once you've made it to the top of pyramid, of course.


But what if you're looking at moving into your first CIO role? Or if you're already a CIO, but looking to move into a new opportunity with expanded responsibilities?


That's where your CIO Resume is absolutely critical—and where the vast majority of the CIO Resumes that I've seen in my career fall way short.


Because if your CIO Resume says nothing but nuts and bolts, you can't expect the people driving the hiring process—including the CEO—to assume that you are more than they can see on paper.


They don't know you. All they know about you is what they read. So you need to be completely confident that your CIO Resume demonstrates that you're a strategic business executive—and not a nuts and bolts guy.


That's why you need a CIO Resume that proves, clearly and conclusively, that you're a player. A strategic thinker who delivers real business value.


That requires a unique balance between demonstrating your business vision and your technical chops.


So ask yourself these questions about your current CIO Resume:


  1. Is your existing CIO Resume tech heavy? Does it look a heck of a lot like your resume when you were an IT Manager?

  2. Does your CIO Resume demonstrate what you've DELIVERED? The money you've saved? The business you've enabled? How you've grown competitiveness?

  3. Does your CIO Resume tell a clear, coherent story? Does it demonstrate that your career makes sense—with the role you're shooting for being the logical next step?


Think about it. Because if you can't answer "yes" to every one of those questions, your current CIO Resume may not be enough to show the CEO of the next company you're looking at that you do deserve a seat at the big table.