For too long, the CIO was seen as the 'junior partner' in the C-suite—the nuts and bolts guy who kept everything running, but didn't have a lot of input into business strategy—and who, too often, wasn't taken terribly seriously by the other members of the executive team. Sure, the title was CIO. But too often, the CIO was still asked to get the AV running for a presentation—as though he or she was still a technical resource.
Happily, that's changed to a large degree…
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.
You don't become a CIO / CTO / CISO / CDO without being able to deal with stress.
At every stage of a technology career - from early days "in the trenches" to a leadership position in the boardroom, you've dealt with high pressure, mission critical initiatives - and major decisions that impact every aspect of the enterprise.
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.
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.
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.
A client of mine - a senior IT leader - asked me for counsel of he was asked during the interview process if he had written his own IT resume.
It was an interesting - and, I think, an important - question.
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.
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.
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.
I've been an IT Resume Writer for many years, and in that time, I've watched the evolution of technical leadership with great interest.
There have been many changes in the CIO role, of course, but if I had to rapidly define that change over the last several years, it's the transformation of the CIO from a primarily tactical - and often reactive - leader of back office systems to that of a full partner with the rest of the C-suite.
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.
As an IT Resume Writer, I'm always interested in the constantly evolving IT executive career landscape.
So I was fascinated when I recently found this interesting article on Forbes, "The Decade of the CIO is Here - The Beyond CIO Series" containing a fascinating interview with Tan Chee Hong, a multiple CIO who has moved beyond the CIO role to serve as the COO for Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited
As a Professional IT Executive Resume Writer, I see a lot resumes that don't even begin to do my clients - or their careers - justice.
Too often, the CIO resumes that I see look like an IT manager resume that's been slightly repurposed for a higher level position.