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.
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.
No, no. I don't mean it that way. Of course I support my clients - my friends, too, by the way - in being as responsible as possible. But one thing that I'd love to see disappear from the resume world is the phrase "responsible for." It's boring. It doesn't really tell the reader what you DID. "Responsible for" simply doesn't make your resume interesting or compelling. More importantly, "responsible for" tells very little about what you actually did - or how you did it.