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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 readers of my blog - and, of course, my friends - know, Chinese Martial Arts are a major passion of mine.
I rarely miss a Wing Chun class; unless, of course, I'm finishing up one of my particularly complex, challenging IT Resumes. I train intensely, every day. Because growing in the art is something that brings me a very deep, very real fulfillment.
One of the great things about my job is that I'm always focusing on the positive, what my clients have accomplished that are unique, powerful, compelling.
Sure, my clients need me to solve pressing career problems - whether that's moving up the ladder, or finding a new opportunity after a layoff.
I held off on buying an iPad.
I couldn't see the point - it seemed like a big iPhone that wasn't a phone.
But I broke down and got one early this year. I'm studying Chinese, and there's an incredible app - Skritter - for learning Chinese characters. And using Skritter on the iPhone was killing my eyes
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.
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."
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 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.