There's a lot of discussion of the role that keywords play in creating an effective, powerful, and compelling CIO resume. Many IT resume writers advise that keywords are absolutely necessary in any strong document—and that a CIO resume without those magic keywords will doom your hopes of getting an interview.
I don't agree with that position, and I'd like to present a few thoughts on keywords, to help you build an effective strategy for your executive resume and job search.
IT Resumes Writers see a number of critical patterns that can be easily missed - both by IT professionals seeking a new opportunity, and by hiring authorities primarily focused on filling critical positions.
Given the highly specialized nature of my work - and the large number of often unsatisfactory IT resumes that cross my desk, I'm in a unique position to notice those patterns. And it's my responsibility to my clients to make them aware of the bad news that may be keeping the phone from ringing
I've seen an interesting - but, I think, mistaken - trend over the last couple of months, on LinkedIn and various career blogs.
That's a tendency to ignore skills as a clear, necessary factor both in IT resumes, and in the broader job search. I've been seeing posts suggesting that people are hired because of motivation, cultural fit, dedication - but that skills just aren't important these days.
As a professional IT Resume Writer, I follow IT hiring trends very carefully - to ensure that I craft the best possible IT resume for my clients.
And there's some bad advice out there - advice that I see consistently. So I'd like to take a moment to discuss some of the things that you'll see - from the early stages of your due diligence finding a professional IT resume writer through the later stages of the job search.
There are, of course, variations on this theme. "I've been trying to write my resume for weeks, and it's just not working." "I'm a good writer, but I have no idea how to get my career down on paper."
This list goes on.
As a professional resume writer, there are some issues that I see over and over again in the initial client IT resumes that cross my desk.
One of the most common is to see every job described in an almost identical number of words, the same number of bullets, the same visual space on the page - whether that job is current, or was a decade and a half ago.
I've been seeing some very contradictory news on the IT jobs front lately.
Some of that news seems very positive. For example, in "IT Jobs and Salaries on the Rise, According to Recent Reports," William Frierson writes that "It’s a great time to be in IT... Growth of IT jobs in several sectors shot up 4.6 percent nationally in the last year..."
As readers of my blog - and, of course, my friends - know, Chinese Martial Arts are a major passion of mine.
I rarely miss a Wing Chun class; unless, of course, I'm finishing up one of my particularly complex, challenging IT Resumes. I train intensely, every day. Because growing in the art is something that brings me a very deep, very real fulfillment.
Late last year, I wrote a couple of blogs on various CIO Career Suicide threats.
I'd like to continue that thread with another blog on something I see quite often in the initial CIO Resumes that cross my desk.
IT Resume Writers keep a constant finger on the pulse of both business and technology.
That's why I continuously scan technology news to get a strong sense of current and future trends that will directly impact my client's careers and job search strategies.
As one of the few specialized IT Resume Writers in the careers industry, I see a number of common problems in the initial IT resumes my clients send me.
One of the most common of these is a resume that has grown - without any real change in strategy or direction - for my client's entire career.
One of the great things about my job is that I'm always focusing on the positive, what my clients have accomplished that are unique, powerful, compelling.
Sure, my clients need me to solve pressing career problems - whether that's moving up the ladder, or finding a new opportunity after a layoff.
As an IT Resume Writer, I really do only one thing.
I help my clients solve a problem.
My clients really only call me for one reason.
IT Resume Writers see a number of interesting - and important - trends in the technology and employment marketplace.
Many of those trends are a cause of significant concern. Predictions of shrinking IT hiring, a far more competitive employment marketplace, and the reduction in the number of IT Managers are allissues for many of my clients.