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Assessing Career Strengths
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.
I recently published an article on LinkedIn about the critical need for CIOs to communicate value in the executive suite and the boardroom.
In that article, I focus on the need for today's transformational CIO to be bilingual - to communicate value to ensure enthusiastic stakeholder buyin - and to further ensure that IT is recognized as a value center, and not a cost center.
The news on CIO transformation continues to be very positive.
Gone, it seems, are the days when every morning I'd see headlines on "the death of the CIO," or the "war between the CIO and the CMO." These days - I'm very happy to see that the technology journalism community has caught up with reality.
There's a lot of discussion these days on the seemingly endless expansion of the C-suite. It's a complex debate - and there's much to be said on both sides. But I see this as one aspect of the larger CIO transformation to strategic business leader.
We're all driven by metrics these days. Whether it's cost, revenue, increase in market share, streamlined operations, or KPIs, numbers often seem to tell the story of success or failure.
That's why Executive Resumes Writers - myself included - work to dig out the quantifiable achievements to demonstrate our client's success.
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.
When thinking about resumes - especially IT resumes - plot is not, generally, the first things that come to one's mind.
But it most definitely should be.
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.
I've been following a fascinating discussion on LI - initially begun by a job seeker who had purchased a professional resume from a company that made unreasonable and unethical promises. The job seeker was, understandably, pretty disillusioned with the resume industr
My clients come to me because they have a problem. They feel they've hit a brick wall in their careers.
Balance is a critical component in strong, successful IT Resumes - and one of the most essential areas for that balance between the amount of technical detail in the IT Resume and the broader business issues that you've solved.
Professional Resume Writers talk to two kinds of people.
The first kind views their resume as a piece of paper. A commodity. Like every other resume out there.
Because if you do, you have plenty of options.
But if you're looking to have your IT resume written by a recognized expert in the field, your options are somewhat more limited.
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..."
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.