How to Make Your IT Director Resume Really Pop

If you’re pursuing an IT Director job, you already realize there’s a special challenge in your search.

Your resume must be written to show technical aptitude, plus demonstrate leadership problem-solving and team management skills (crucial for a later move to VP or CIO positions).

Climbing the corporate ladder to a higher-level IT leadership role requires that you first take stock of your career success stories and the strength of your business skills.

A compelling IT Director resume will contain at least these 3 elements:

1 – Metrics-Driven Results.

Most IT Directors are charged with managing projects at an enterprise scale, creating new infrastructures that set the business up for growth, or resolving support issues that threaten business operations.

Here’s where you’ll want to consider the scope and impact of these initiatives on the business for your IT Director resume. Answering these questions will help you pull in the metrics of most value to employers: Continue reading “How to Make Your IT Director Resume Really Pop”

Is Your Executive Resume Stretched Too Thin?

Recently, I had a conversation with an executive who was concerned about the effectiveness of her resume.

While I can’t comment on how well it represented her (since I’m not familiar with her career), I couldn’t help but notice the diverse job goals listed across the top: “CIO – Operations Director – CEO.”

Wow! That’s a lot to ask of any executive resume – and it’s a lot to hang your professional hat on as well during a job search.

Here’s why: the hiring audience looking for each of those executive leaders will be focused on an entirely different part of your experience and competencies. Continue reading “Is Your Executive Resume Stretched Too Thin?”

CIO Resumes: Mining IT Projects for Strategic Benefit

Are you a rising star in the IT world eager for a shot at the CIO role? Ascending from IT Director or VP takes more than just showing how you’ve leveraged the technology itself: you’ll need to first put yourself in the C-suite on paper.

As described by my recent article in ComputerWorld, most would-be technology executives stumble when it comes to resume writing at the CIO level.

Transitioning your value proposition to reflect officer-ready qualifications requires a significant transition from the traditional, skills-based resume that helped capture your last job in IT.

Here, I’ve included simple steps that can transform your IT resume from mundane, project-by-project details to a leadership brand message designed to land a CIO role.

First, I recommend making a list of the projects you’ve led, then answer the following questions about each one: 
  • What made these initiatives attractive to stakeholders (in terms of ROI)?
  • Were the benefits external or internal to the company (with impact to either the company’s customers or business users)?
  • How did the company leverage the new technologies from a PR standpoint?
  • And last of all, what competitive edge was gained from the project?

Now, take these project details and add specific budget or cost figures to demonstrate scope, as shown by these examples:

“Contributed to $4M total savings by working with regional CEO to incorporate SaaS and cloud technologies…”

“Delivered automation solutions that increased business productivity 43%—even with $300K reduction in operating costs…”

As you can see by these sample phrases from actual CIO resumes, focusing on the bottom line can help decision-makers review your credentials in a more strategic light.

In a future column, I’ll cover CIO resume writing techniques that showcase (and capitalize on) your executive relationships.