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.
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.
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 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
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
As a professional IT Resume Writer, a significant part of my job is keeping my finger on the pulse of technology - and technology hiring - trends. That's why I found this article on ZDNet to be extremely valuable.
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.
I've seen a good deal of interest in my earlier post on Technical Resume Strategies for New IT Leaders. I'd therefore like to expand on that post, and give more detail on technical resume best practices for the critical transition points in your IT career. Today, I'll address the transition from a hands-on role to IT Manager or IT Director. One very common issue I see in the resumes that cross my desk is the tendency to simply update an existing resume with each new job. That can work when the jobs are relatively similar. However,...
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.
The CAR - Challenge Action Results - approach makes it far easier to see the major themes of your career - rather than getting in lost in the weeds.
In an earlier post, I discussed the value of the CAR - Challenge Action Result Resume format.
As with so many resume issues, there are a number of opinions on whether or not to include hobbies and interests in a technical leadership resume.
Those opinions range from "absolutely not, under no circumstances, never!" to "sure!"