I was talking with a good friend of mine yesterday, who just made a change from a job she really hated - to one she really loves.
That transition took some time - and we worked through many of the issues. But our conversation got me thinking. One of the biggest issues she was dealing with is a very common one - at every career level, up to C-level.
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.
We're all driven by metrics these days. Whether it's cost, revenue, increase in market share, streamlined operations, or KPIs, numbers often seem to tell the story of success or failure.
That's why Executive Resumes Writers - myself included - work to dig out the quantifiable achievements to demonstrate our client's success.
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.
IT Resumes Writers see a number of critical patterns that can be easily missed - both by IT professionals seeking a new opportunity, and by hiring authorities primarily focused on filling critical positions.
Given the highly specialized nature of my work - and the large number of often unsatisfactory IT resumes that cross my desk, I'm in a unique position to notice those patterns. And it's my responsibility to my clients to make them aware of the bad news that may be keeping the phone from ringing
I've seen an interesting - but, I think, mistaken - trend over the last couple of months, on LinkedIn and various career blogs.
That's a tendency to ignore skills as a clear, necessary factor both in IT resumes, and in the broader job search. I've been seeing posts suggesting that people are hired because of motivation, cultural fit, dedication - but that skills just aren't important these days.
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.
There are, of course, variations on this theme. "I've been trying to write my resume for weeks, and it's just not working." "I'm a good writer, but I have no idea how to get my career down on paper."
This list goes on.
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.
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.
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..."