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.
A client of mine - a senior IT leader - asked me for counsel of he was asked during the interview process if he had written his own IT resume.
It was an interesting - and, I think, an important - question.
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.
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 Resume Writer, I'm always interested in the constantly evolving IT executive career landscape.
So I was fascinated when I recently found this interesting article on Forbes, "The Decade of the CIO is Here - The Beyond CIO Series" containing a fascinating interview with Tan Chee Hong, a multiple CIO who has moved beyond the CIO role to serve as the COO for Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited
As a Professional IT Executive Resume Writer, I see a lot resumes that don't even begin to do my clients - or their careers - justice.
Too often, the CIO resumes that I see look like an IT manager resume that's been slightly repurposed for a higher level position.
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."
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.
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
As a professional IT Resume Writer, a significant part of my job is keeping my finger on the pulse of technology - and technology hiring - trends. That's why I found this article on ZDNet to be extremely valuable.
I recently came upon an interesting article detailing many of the challenges that keep top corporate CIOs up at night. Gery Menegaz makes some great points on the many, rapidly changing pressures that CIOs face in a constantly evolving and unpredictable technology and business landscape. I'd highly recommend the article; he presents many great, solid insights from some leading CIOs on big data, cloud, BYOD, security, and the myriad other challenges that CIOs face as technology continues to rapidly transform.
I've been thinking a lot about agility and nimbleness lately. As an entrepreneur, nimbleness is a primary requirement for both short and long term success. And as a student of Wing Chun Kung Fu, the need to respond rapidly to every changing tactical situations is constantly brought home to me in our remarkable exercise of Chi Sau or Sticky Hands.
We all know that technology has its own language, and technology executives are fluent in the jargon. However, fluency in techno-speak does not always translate to fluency in the language of resumes. While your resume needs keywords and some of that industry jargon to satisfy the electronic and techno-savvy reviewers, the HR recruiters who are often the first screeners need more than that. They need to see accomplishments, challenges/actions/results, and that you can relate to non-technology associates, too.
Calvin Coolidge may be an odd character to appear in this technology resume blog. I doubt that the man dubbed "Silent Cal" would understand our word driven culture. Hard to see him having an active twitter account, eh? Let alone blogging.
We now live in a sea of words. Silent Cal may have said little. But his comment that "The business of America is business" resonated strongly with me as I was considering the rapidly evolving role of the CIO.
I follow technology news and trends carefully - it's a critical part of the value that I can bring to my clients as a professional IT resume writer.
There's a lot going on it technology these days - the move to the cloud, big data, continued debates on the business value of outsourcing.
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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.