I was speaking with a client of mine yesterday, and we were discussing his unique value proposition - and his equally unique approach to technology leadership.
And he told me an interesting story (with all details changed to protect his privacy). He was recruited - by a large, US-based manufacturing firm headquartered in a major Midwest city - to lead a very low performing IT organization. His mandate, essentially, was to fire the entire team within a month, and rebuild from scratch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My clients are very smart people.
They are expert problem solvers who can anticipate technical and business issues months - if not years - in advance, and create complex, detailed, and effective strategic plans that address many critical issues - before they happen.
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.
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..."
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.