There's a lot of discussion of the role that keywords play in creating an effective, powerful, and compelling CIO resume. Many IT resume writers advise that keywords are absolutely necessary in any strong document—and that a CIO resume without those magic keywords will doom your hopes of getting an interview.
I don't agree with that position, and I'd like to present a few thoughts on keywords, to help you build an effective strategy for your executive resume and job search.
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.
As a professional IT Resume Writer, I follow IT hiring trends very carefully - to ensure that I craft the best possible IT resume for my clients.
And there's some bad advice out there - advice that I see consistently. So I'd like to take a moment to discuss some of the things that you'll see - from the early stages of your due diligence finding a professional IT resume writer through the later stages of the job search.
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.
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.
As an IT Resume Writer, I really do only one thing.
I help my clients solve a problem.
My clients really only call me for one reason.
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.
The very few, specialized, IT Resume Writers like myself have access to some very interesting - and sometimes disturbing - trends within the IT industry.
One that I've been hearing a lot of lately, is IT professionals who may career the IT Manager title, but who's job description can ofter be little more than a senior system administrator.
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.
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
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.
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