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.
We've all seen one. The CIO resume that leads with "27 years of experience" in the first line of the resume summary on page one.
On the surface, that seems like a great strategy. It's apparently clear, and seems to give a sense of career level. Also, many job postings do start with number of years required for the position – so, it seems reasonable to address the issue of experience directly, at the very beginning of the resume.
It seems innocent enough; after all, what does a little white lie on a resume hurt, especially if it’s about a piece of paper you never earned but said you did? Or if you claim to be proficient in certain technical skills when you actually just read an article about the subject in a journal, why does it matter if you won’t be using those skills, only managing people who do the real work? You might justify it by saying you’re just doing it to get in the door, and you’ll fix it later, or you swear you’ll learn the claimed skill as soon as you can.