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.
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.
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 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.
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.
When prospective clients call me, they're often frustrated - frustrated in their current job and frustrated with the challenges of the job search.
After all, if a prospective client loved their current job, they wouldn't email me. That's why, in my initial conversation with a prospective client, I always want to get a strong feel for what's going on in their current job - what prompted them to pick up the phone - and what their concerns are about the job search.
As an IT Executive Resume Writer, one challenge my clients often face is the maze of titles that can be used to define "top-of-the-food-chain" IT executives.
Shakespeare said "What's in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
I recently read this excellent article, "CIOs Must Innovate Or Go Home" by Rob Preston. He argues compellingly against the "trendy pessimism" on macroeconomic levels in the media and general culture.
Rob also discusses the microeconomic challenges to innovation, and sees one primary issue
I recently came upon an interesting article detailing many of the challenges that keep top corporate CIOs up at night. Gery Menegaz makes some great points on the many, rapidly changing pressures that CIOs face in a constantly evolving and unpredictable technology and business landscape. I'd highly recommend the article; he presents many great, solid insights from some leading CIOs on big data, cloud, BYOD, security, and the myriad other challenges that CIOs face as technology continues to rapidly transform.
I follow technology news and trends carefully - it's a critical part of the value that I can bring to my clients as a professional IT resume writer.
There's a lot going on it technology these days - the move to the cloud, big data, continued debates on the business value of outsourcing.
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I'm going to continue with my thoughts on CIO Career Suicide Threats - inspired by Bob Evan's excellent blog.
In my previous post, I discussed a key CIO career suicide threat. To summarize: don't wait until you need your resume! Instead, you need to proactively have your resume prepared.
I'd highly recommend the post; it's well worth reading. But I wanted to riff on Bob Evan's ideas a bit, and discuss some potentially career-suicidal - or at least strategically unwise - challenges in the creating a strong CIO resume and cover letter.
It may be a cliché, but time really is money.
And the time spent on an extended job search incurs significant costs - in lost or lessened revenue, in missed opportunities, and in generalized stress.
There's much advice on the net - good and less good - on creating the "perfect resume."
I don't, personally, believe that there is a "perfect" resume. I believe that there are a number of approaches that can work effectively for any strong candidate.
As your career advances to the VP or CIO / CTO level, the challenge in writing a strong technical leadership resume shifts.
Earlier in your career, the issue is primarily what to include. At the IT Manager or even IT Director level - the goal is often to present a clear, and complete picture both of business value and of technical depth.