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Balance is a critical component in strong, successful IT Resumes - and one of the most essential areas for that balance between the amount of technical detail in the IT Resume and the broader business issues that you've solved.
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.
Because if you do, you have plenty of options.
But if you're looking to have your IT resume written by a recognized expert in the field, your options are somewhat more limited.
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
One of the many things that I learn in my study of Wing Chun Kung Fu is balance. Without balance, it's impossible to react rapidly, move nimbly, and respond effectively to rapidly changing situations.
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.
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."
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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.
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 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!"
One common issue that I hear from clients in my technical resume writing service is that my clients are getting calls back from their resume - but not the right kind of calls.
Usually, this means that a client - an IT Manager or even Director - is getting calls that would be more appropriate for a hands-on technologist.
Needless to say, in my technical resume writing service, I see a LOT of resumes - as I did when I was recruiting. I've discussed a number of major issues to help build powerful, targeted technical resumes in previous blogs, and I'll continue to in the future. But today, I'm going to mention something that may seem minor - but can make a significant difference in ensuring that your resume is easily found by a hiring authority.
In my Technical Resume Writing Service, I often work with Technical Professionals - up to the IT Manager, IT Director, and CIO level - who feel uncomfortable discussing achievements. So the process of writing a technical resume often involves helping my clients clearly distinguish cause and effect, to be able to effectively highlight the real achievements that are the core of a strong technical resume. One valuable approach to writing the technical resume for IT professionals - up to senior technology executives - is the CAR format.
Technical Resume Writing - Clarity is Key! I have to admit - I'd resisted the idea of blogging. But I'm really glad that I started this blog. I hope that it's of value to my clients - but in addition, I'm finding that blogging regularly is helping me to clarify the strategies and value that I use in my Technical Resume Service.
Technology Resumes for Project Management Professionals present a unique set of challenges, particularly if you've been in a role with multiple simultaneous projects, or a number of (relatively) short-term initiatives. The tendency to want to include everything is understandable - but can be a strategic mistake. As an IT Resume Writer, I've had client resumes cross my desk that are 6, 8, or even 10 pages long - and that's just not a good idea.