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Are Keywords really an Effective CIO Resume Strategy?

Are Keywords really an Effective CIO Resume Strategy?

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.

Years of Experience: A Fatal Flaw to Your CIO Resume Strategy

Years of Experience: A Fatal Flaw to Your CIO Resume Strategy

We've all seen one. The CIO resume that leads with "27 years of experience" in the first line of the resume summary on page one.

On the surface, that seems like a great strategy. It's apparently clear, and seems to give a sense of career level. Also, many job postings do start with number of years required for the position – so, it seems reasonable to address the issue of experience directly, at the very beginning of the resume.

Technology Leadership: Transforming Low Performers to Rock Stars

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Technology Leadership: Transforming Low Performers to Rock Stars

I was speaking with a client of mine yesterday, and we were discussing his unique value proposition - and his equally unique approach to technology leadership.

And he told me an interesting story (with all details changed to protect his privacy). He was recruited - by a large, US-based manufacturing firm headquartered in a major Midwest city - to lead a very low performing IT organization. His mandate, essentially, was to fire the entire team within a month, and rebuild from scratch.

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CIO Transformation: Selling Long Term Investment

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CIO Transformation: Selling Long Term Investment

A key aspect of the current CIO transformation is shifting the conversation from cost cutting to the real return on long term technology investment. That can be challenging conversation - especially if the CIO's role is seen primarily as "keeping the lights on."

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Fear of Change Can Derail Your Executive Career Progression

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Fear of Change Can Derail Your Executive Career Progression

I was talking with a good friend of mine yesterday, who just made a change from a job she really hated - to one she really loves.

That transition took some time - and we worked through many of the issues. But our conversation got me thinking. One of the biggest issues she was dealing with is a very common one - at every career level, up to C-level.

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Beware of "One Size Fits All" IT Resume Advice!

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Beware of "One Size Fits All" IT Resume Advice!

It's a rare week that I don't see a blog post or article with the 3, 5, 7, or 10 things that a job seeker MUST or MUST NOT include on a resume.

There's one big problem with articles like this. They go on the assumption that every career is the same, and that there's an simple template - a cookie cutter approach - that works for every career, every resume, every job seeker.

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The 3 Most Common Strategic Missteps that Derail CIO Resumes

In this series of blogs, I'm going to address the 3 most significant issues that I see in the IT resumes that cross my desk.

And I'll start at the top of the organization - with CIO and CTO resumes - and continue the series with IT Directors, IT Managers, and then address issues that I see in the resumes of "hands-on" IT professionals.

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3 Pieces of Bad IT Resume Advice you'll See Everywhere

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3 Pieces of Bad IT Resume Advice you'll See Everywhere

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.

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The CIO - Evolution or Extinction?

I've blogged a fair amount recently on the rapidly evolving role of the CIO - and it's a rare day that I don't see signs that that evolution is becoming, if anything, more rapid.

In just the last couple of days, I've found a couple of interesting stories. 

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