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Does your IT Executive Resume Demonstrate that You're an Agile Leader?

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.

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"Resume Blasphemy" - Not Necessarily Good Advice

Earlier this month on the PBS Newshour website, headhunter Nick Corcodilos encouraged job hunters to commit “Resume Blasphemy” by ignoring traditional resume rules and not employing the services of a professional resume writer. Mr. Corcodilos has been a headhunter for over 30 years and is obviously successful, so I respect him for that. However, I think his advice on this subject should be taken cautiously for several reasons.

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The Business of the CIO - is Business

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.

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CIO Career Suicide Threat #2: Is your CIO Resume "Colorless?"

Tired of the results an average resume is getting you? Contact J.M. to learn what "beat the competition" could look like.

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.

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Why Technical Leadership Resumes are Different

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.

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Streamline your Technical Leadership Resume - What to Omit

As your career advances to the VP or CIO / CTO level, the challenge in writing a strong technical leadership resume shifts.

Earlier in your career, the issue is primarily what to include. At the IT Manager or even IT Director level - the goal is often to present a clear, and complete picture both of business value and of technical depth.

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Technical Resumes Titles - Make Your Goal Clear!

There are several strategies to ensure that your resume value proposition is absolutely clear to the reader. I discussed that one reason an IT leadership resume may not get the right calls back is that there may be an ineffective headline - or none at all. Today, I'd like to address the resume headline or branding statement. Here are a couple of options for a headline that are direct, and clearly let the hiring authority know your next career step and your current career level.

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Is your Technical Resume Getting the Wrong Kind of Call Backs?

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.

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Is your Technical Resume Easy to Find?

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.

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Your Technical Resume Must Tell Your Story!

Technical resumes may seem pretty dry...

Resumes - particularly technically resumes - can seem like rather dry documents. But however dry the resume may appear, the resume has to tell a clear, compelling story. That is, ideally, a story of clear, consistent career progress - leading to the irresistible conclusion for the hiring authority that "I need to interview this person to fill a critical position."

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Does your Technical Resume Clearly Tell YOUR story?

I recently had a resume cross my desk from a prospective client. My process is always to review the existing resume thoroughly, to see what works - and what may need to be improved.

My first thought was that the resume was pretty solid - I could definitely see areas that I could make stronger, but on the whole, it was pretty good.

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