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.
I've blogged on this topic before - but I think that it's important - do to the amount of misinformation you'll find on the web.
It's a rare week that I don't see a career "expert" suggesting customizing IT Resumes for every job you apply for.
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.
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.
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.
The very few, specialized, IT Resume Writers like myself have access to some very interesting - and sometimes disturbing - trends within the IT industry.
One that I've been hearing a lot of lately, is IT professionals who may career the IT Manager title, but who's job description can ofter be little more than a senior system administrator.
As one of the leading IT Resume Writers in the careers industry, I make it my business to follow all aspects of IT news.
My clients expect me to know every major trend - both in IT generally, in the IT job market. So when I came on this article, I felt it critical to pass the information along to the readers of my blog, and my twitter and LinkedIn followers.
I held off on buying an iPad.
I couldn't see the point - it seemed like a big iPhone that wasn't a phone.
But I broke down and got one early this year. I'm studying Chinese, and there's an incredible app - Skritter - for learning Chinese characters. And using Skritter on the iPhone was killing my eyes
IT Resume Writers are a rare breed in the resume writing industry.
Most resume writers are generalists; they write a very wide range of projects, from entry level to executive, and from sales or marketing to administrative. Many of those resume writers are very skilled, and produce strong resumes, cover letters. Many of the those resume writers, quite frankly, are less skillful, and tend to produce look alike, read alike documents.