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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.

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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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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IT Resumes - the #1 Issue that Can Keep You From Getting Where You're Going

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

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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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CIO Resumes - Are You Ready for the Next Step to COO or CEO?

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.

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