Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs

Sara Peters, Editor in Chief | 8/19/2013 | 69 comments

Sara Peters
(Part VI of E2's two-week How to Become a CIO series.) You have a story to tell. Kim Batson, the CIO Coach, is sure of it. Telling that story could well mean the difference between your getting the CIO job and never making it through the first cut of resumés.

There may be some recruiters and hiring managers who are counting up the number of collegiate degrees, professional certifications, and all other abbreviations that come after your name, like "PhD, CISSP, E-I-E-I-O." These recruiters and hiring managers might even be impressed by the number of programming languages that you know, or the size of the budgets you've managed at previous companies. But, those aren't the things that are going to get you the job.

At least, such lists of qualifications won't get you the job all on their own, out of context. Let's put aside the question of whether you come from the business side of the house or the IT side of the house. Put aside the question of whether you're looking for a promotion from within your organization or applying from without. Put aside your fancy titles and bulleted lists of skills. You're more than a sum of your parts…

Who are you? If you're not sure, follow Batson's guidance, and you might find yourself during the process.

Regardless of who you are and what you've got, there are certain things that all employers are going to be looking for on your resumé. Here are three things that every resumé must have, according to Batson, who shared these tips with EnterpriseEfficiency.com via an email interview:

  • An executive brand. Today’s CIO resumé should consist of more than a list of skills, competencies, responsibilities, experience, and education. Your competition would most likely have a similar list. You need to state what differentiates you from other CIOs in your space, and why a company, organization, or hiring CEO should care. That message should carry a promise of value, highlighted and backed up by your accomplishments. It should be powerfully articulated and concisely written, and aimed at your next career goal.
  • Quantified business impacts and accomplishments. A CIO may be very talented and have many excellent achievements, but may fail to define how implemented technologies have affected the bottom-line, top-line, and everything in between. Quantifying is essential to show business impact.
  • Answering the "So what?" question. Too many CIO resumés never reach CEOs because they cause the reader to ask "So what?" This is how you qualify your achievements, not just quantify them.

Your resumé should tell a coherent story that includes quantity, quality, context, and personality. That's a tall order, and it might be an intimidating endeavor to take on all your own -- which is why people like Batson exist.

"As a coach, I always brainstorm this ["So what?"] question with my clients as we discuss their achievements, so that we can transform them from a litany of projects, processes, IT jargon, and system implementations to powerful business value-creation stories," Batson told EnterpriseEfficiency.com. "You have a story to tell. This is key to getting the attention of CEOs and other C-level hiring executives and [it] helps you uncover your executive brand."

What if your brand isn't very strong?

During the process of writing your professional story, you might decide that it's got some holes in it. Instead of allowing your spirit to be crushed by your inadequacies (as I might), find ways to fill those holes.

To do that, Batson told EnterpriseEfficiency, it's best to get outside your comfort zone. For example, she suggested:

  • Consider a lateral move within your company to gain experience with other business functions.
  • Volunteer to take on more responsibilities.
  • Offer to help with special projects, such as pre-acquisition due diligence or global expansion.

Batson also recommended that you champion new initiatives and solutions.

Consistent with what we've heard from other sources during EnterpriseEfficiency.com's How to Become a CIO series, Batson told us that most CIOs are hired from outside a company, not promoted from within. If you want to move up the ladder, you may need to move to another company, perhaps a smaller one, to gain the executive experience you're looking for.

However, if you're hoping to not just move up the corporate ladder but also move from one industry to another -- from finance to manufacturing, for example -- you have another challenge.

"Executive recruiters generally look for same or similar experience, so if you want to change industries -- especially if you have been entrenched in one particular industry for a long time -- you will most likely need to network in," Batson told us. "In other words, be introduced or hired by someone who has seen you in action before and has confidence that you can translate your considerable experience to their industry."

Once you graduate from the resumé stack and make it to the interview stage, Batson gave us further advice that will serve you well during the interview process and, later, while performing the duties of the CIO job you will of course receive. She recommended that you have a strong handshake and "a clean mouth." (By "clean mouth" she means that you abstain from using obscenities, not that you just visited the dentist -- although a thorough swish of Listerine couldn't hurt.) She advised that you toss the know-it-all arrogance, folks. It's best to temper your self-confidence with a splash of humility. Batson also told us that stellar listening skills and "emotional intelligence" are essential, and even recommended hiring a certified emotional intelligence coach.

Finally, although Batson told us that most CIOs still come to their position from the IT side rather than the business side, keep in mind that the person who's going to hire a CIO is probably not an IT person. No matter how valuable your tech savvy will be when you're managing your technical staff members, you need be able to put the tech jargon aside when you're trying to get the job in the first place.

Does your resumé meet Batson's requirements? Do you need to hit the gym to work on your handshake? How does her advice align with your own experiences, and what other questions do you have? Let us know in the comments below.

Come back tomorrow to hear how Anne Agee, the recently retired CIO of the University of Massachusetts Boston, became a CIO after spending 20 years as an English professor. Take the current E2 Poll to let us know what qualities you think are most essential in a CIO. And check out the first five segments of E2's How to Become a CIO series:

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David Wagner   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/19/2013 7:21:42 PM
Ahhh so....or so what?
It is interesting that this came up in this article, because my favorite author, John Barth sed to say that the key to good fiction was making the reader say "ahh sooo...." instead of "so what."

Here we have story telling of a different kind with the same problem. i wonder if that means fiction writers would be really good resume writers.
David Wagner   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/19/2013 7:23:35 PM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
Speaking of fiction, obviously lying is right out on a resume, but one thing I've never felt comfortable with is taking full credit for something that was clearly a team effort even if I lead the team. It feels like fiction.

I guess that would be part of my "brand." But when is it OK to take credit for something on a resume? How involved to you have to be?
Broadway   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/19/2013 8:54:45 PM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
@David, a good interviewer would uncover those sorts of half-truths on a resume by delving a little deeper in the actual goings-on about a particular project. Exactly what did the candidate do themselves? Whom did they supervise? Then they could get into situational questions, like can they recall a time during the project when they handled a crisis, or delegated responsibility, or etc etc. Eventually, the candidate will be trapped by the truth, or they'll continue to lie worse and worse.
David Wagner   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/19/2013 8:56:31 PM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
@Broadway- Well, I guess i'm talking about situations where you play a real part, but a combination of modesty and team reality makes it hard to figure out how much credit to take for something. Is "part of a team that did x" good enough?
Technocrat   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 1:54:13 AM
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Alot of great tips to mold an attention getting resume - now if you can get the boss to actually read and remember it, job well done.
CurtisFranklin   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 12:14:48 PM
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@Dave, I think the real key for a successful resume is in somehow quantifying what your contribution did for the organization. "Created complex spreadsheet that allowed us to save 43% of expected costs on ginormous project," is better than "Member of Ginormous Project Team."
CurtisFranklin   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 11:21:38 AM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
@Broadway, the real problem is that line-of-business managers are often not trained in how to interview people and find the truth about what is on their resume. Interviewing is a skill that every manager should be taught, but it's passed off to the "specialists" in HR who know laws but not the department's needs. It's a tough situation that some unscrupulous job seekers take advantage of!
Sara Peters   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 4:40:29 PM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
@Curt  Such a good point! "Interviewing is a skill that every manager should be taught, but it's passed off to the "specialists" in HR who know laws but not the department's needs." I'd add that this is one of the things that makes the job hunt so frustrating. The person who's actually going to make the hiring decision might have loved you, but they never get a chance to meet you because it's the HR people who are choosing which candidates to interview and which ones to ignore.
The CIO Coach   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 5:22:56 PM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
This is why it's so much better to network in, or at least contact the hiring authorities directly, if possible. :-) ~ Kim Batson
CurtisFranklin   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 6:38:37 PM
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@Kim, this is what should be taught to every college student, no matter their degree program. Your personal network will get you far more jobs than any number of qualifications.
The CIO Coach   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/23/2013 4:14:08 PM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
@Curtis, you are so right. Networking is still the most effective way to get a job. I would say this, though, it used to be "who do you know" but the new mantra is "who knows you." It is far better to be called for your next position because you are known in your space (that is, be the 'hunted', as opposed to the 'hunter'). That's where branding and correct self-marketing come in. ~ Kim
CurtisFranklin   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 6:37:15 PM
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@Sara, the thing is that most HR people are playing a pure numbers game: They might get 1,000 resumes for every opening and they have to winnow through those as quickly as possible. They start by doing requirements matching, and if you don't match the stated requirements your resume doesn't go any farther.

The true difficulty is when, in an attempt to get well-qualified people, they add requirements that are impossible to meet ("Must have 15 years of hadoop experience").

All of this is why I've never gotten a job I just applied for: Every professional position I've ever had either came to me, or resulted from me talking to a contact at the company with the opening. "Who you know" matters an awful lot...
nasimson   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/22/2013 10:37:29 AM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
Everytime we get CVs for a position, HR asks me for the specific keywords relevant to the position for shortlisting. I find it awkward that candidates get filtered on a ctrl+F search.
Sara Peters   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/23/2013 7:21:05 PM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
@nasimson  Ugh. That is DEPRESSING:  "Everytime we get CVs for a position, HR asks me for the specific keywords relevant to the position for shortlisting. I find it awkward that candidates get filtered on a ctrl+F search."
nasimson   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/22/2013 10:38:46 AM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
Everytime we get CVs for a position, HR asks me for the specific keywords relevant to the position for shortlisting. I find it awkward that candidates get filtered on a ctrl+F search.
adil   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/23/2013 5:39:56 AM
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@nasimson:That is the same strategy we use daily when using Google. The companies who wants to promote their services has to implement SEO on their websites to get to the top. Same is expected from a candidate, he should use such keywords in this resume so that his expertise becomes prominent while using Ctrl+F. And these keywords are not hidden to anyone they are easily available in on the internet and are effective too.
Sara Peters   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/23/2013 7:27:54 PM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
@adil  I see your point, but these SEO/keyword searches still strike me as an over-simplified way to review a resume. I hope that the job listing at least contains all the keywords that the employer is looking for -- otherwise how would the applicant know which keywords they need to focus on?

I know that we have to have our own "personal brand" these days, and I know that the CIO and the CMO need to be best buddies, but does EVERYTHING need to be about marketing tricks?
adil   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/26/2013 5:46:56 AM
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@Sara: some of the keywords that applicant needs to considered are usually shared by the employer with their job advertisement. Normally people make a perfect CV (as per their knowledge) and us it for every job they apply. In my opinion that is where they can do better by modifying their CV with each job and highlighting their skills as per the advertisement. Let me put a simplest example to support my point that programmer and developer is a same thing but for Ctrl+F it is not. If we further check different words for same technology or skill we will find many. So it is always better to apply those words which are used by the employer. Also the HR will prefer to use those words as their knowledge on specific domain will be limited which would restrict them to use their own choice of keywords.
Sara Peters   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/30/2013 1:09:13 PM
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@adil  I'm sure that's good advice. It also sounds exhausting. No wonder why it's so much easier to get a job when you know someone first.
adil   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/31/2013 8:53:52 AM
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The circle of networking should not be limited to the people who have been working for the same employer. I have also seen many vendors recommending a person from their previous clients to their new clients. This creates a win win situation for everyone; the person has got a better job; the new client has got an experience resource for their up coming project and last the vendor is happy, as he has already worked with that person on a successful project.
singlemud   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/23/2013 3:35:02 PM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
that is funny and sad, but the fact that if the keywords are not on the CIOs resume's, that candidate might not be a good fit at all since he is not targeting for a CIO position.
Broadway   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/22/2013 5:47:23 PM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
@Curtis, I can attest to the importance of interview training because I've had it. Though I may not remember the nitty gritty of the legal stuff, I do still carry with me some very general but excellent strategies to flesh out answers and truth from an interviewee.
Shamika   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/24/2013 10:31:48 PM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
That's correct. Most of the times, resumes will hold more than what they have actually did. Therefore it is important to always check the real gravity on what they have actually done.
Shamika   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/24/2013 10:36:37 PM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
It is also important to cross check the references given on the resume. It will enable the interviewer to get a better understanding on the resume on what they have done. I think most of the companies practice this concept.
CurtisFranklin   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 11:05:02 AM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
@Dave, my feeling is that you can take credit for being part of the team if you had any role on the team. What you want to avoid is the "I single-handedly killed a bear!" report when you were actually bringing lemonade to the guys who were in there doing bear wrestling.
David Wagner   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 3:22:03 PM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
@Curt- so you're telling me not to put the bear wrestling on my resume just because I gave Susan some lemonade while she wrestled it and you disctracted it with your Zumba lessons?
CurtisFranklin   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 6:24:09 PM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
@David -- Exactly! Keep it in context, man, just keep it in context!
David Wagner   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 3:24:34 PM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
@Curt- so you're telling me not to put the bear wrestling on my resume just because I gave Susan some lemonade while she wrestled it and you disctracted it with your Zumba lessons?
David Wagner   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 3:25:30 PM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
@Curt- so you're telling me not to put the bear wrestling on my resume just because I gave Susan some lemonade while she wrestled it and you disctracted it with your Zumba lessons?
CurtisFranklin   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 11:03:48 AM
Re: Ahhh so....or so what?
@Dave, I think that far too many resume writers are creating works of fiction. That's one of the reasons a recruiter can be a useful ally in hiring -- they're skilled at sifting through the facts and fiction to bring you resumes that reflect what the candidate has actually done in their career!
Anand   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 4:02:15 AM
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One quality should be mentioned in CV of CIO is his/ her leadership quality. The resume should be enriched by the success the person achieved by his leadership quality. The failure experience of one or two could also be mentioned there. How he got learned from the failure and increase his skill should also be detailed in his/her resume
Technocrat   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 4:39:07 AM
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@Anand   Nice point, failures should be noted as you mention, it might very well be the difference in whether you get the role or not.   Since most only stress their successes.
CurtisFranklin   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 12:18:50 PM
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@Technocrat, to me the key is not just mentioning the failures, but somehow mentioning what you learned from those failures. Making a mistake is human: Truly learning lessons from those mistakes can be the difference between career success and failure.
CurtisFranklin   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 12:16:25 PM
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@Anand, I agree that the leadership qualities are key, but how do you quantify those? You could have some sort of supporting statement from other managers, but are there metrics you could include that would show leadership in some concrete way?
Sara Peters   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 7:52:25 AM
How long?
Here's a question for Kim and everyone here: how long should our resumes be? Even though brevity is a glorious thing for us all to strive for, if we're trying to tell a story and provide context, then we might need some more words to do so. So how long is too long? And is it okay for us to drop out certain details in order to expand upon others?

And for everyone else here: how long are your resumes and how many years of experience are you describing on your resumes?

 
Pablo Valerio   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 9:56:12 AM
Re: How long?
@Sara, if the goal of writing a résumé is to get another job you should concentrate on your accomplishments and keep it to two pages maximum. To tell the story write a comprehensive cover letter that makes the recruiter want to find out more and give you an interview.
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The CIO Coach   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 10:16:49 AM
Re: How long?
Two pages are standard for mid-level management, but three pages are acceptable for Senior Executives because of their considerable experience. However, whether two or three pages, what is more important is that the content be powerfully-written, engaging, concisely-stated (bullets for quantified achievement statements, 2-3 sentences per posiition for responsibilities) and highlighting executive brand and business value throughout. ~ Kim Batson
Sara Peters   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 4:34:51 PM
Re: How long?
@The CIO Coach  Thank you so much for your additional advice, Kim! Follow-up question: I know that there are places where authors can see query letters that succeeded and failed. Is there any such source for resumes? Someplace where we can see other examples of what we're doing wrong/right?
The CIO Coach   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 5:20:56 PM
Re: How long?
Sara, certainly. There are good examples and awful examples available on the internet via a web search, but the key is knowing which is which. Some CIO resumes are written by people who know how to write a nice resume, but have little understanding of the CIO role or what a CEO is looking for in a CIO. On the flip side, some are written by those that understand the role, but have little understanding of how to construct a powerful resume. So, yes, it can be confusing. This is why I recommend that a serious candidate for a CIO position seek out someone who truly understands both. It could make the difference between getting called for the position they want, or not.
CurtisFranklin   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 12:49:14 PM
Re: How long?
@Sara, I'll agree with the others and say that 2 - 3 pages is about right; you can always add a supplement if there's some sort of special information required for a particular position.

This is in sharp contrast to the academic CV, on which they want you to put everything you've done since the second day of kindergarten, including a list of your publications. I think I rather freaked them out when I applied fo grad school and my "publications list" ran to something like 15 pages. Of course, it only took them 20 hours to decide that it was OK for me to enter their graduate program, so it worked out OK...
Pedro Gonzales   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 12:08:20 PM
real world advise
I think I better start working on my resume, my current resume doesn't meet  her requirements. I think her advise on the content of the resume can be applied to any jobs.  At the career office at my university they recomend one page resume.
Hospice_Houngbo   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 4:13:09 PM
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@Pedro,

"I think her advise on the content of the resume can be applied to any jobs."

All managerial positions have many features in common. They are all about good leading skills and responsibility.
ProgMan   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/23/2013 4:12:29 PM
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Yeah, this "how many pages should my resume be" answer seems to change periodically - I thought the one-pager was in vogue for a while, although I don't think anyone here could get by on less than 2 pages.
Broadway   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/24/2013 11:08:05 PM
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@ProgMan, I agree. The one pager is impossibly short. Ultimately the resume is just to get you in the door, but there are still some very traditional people in the business world who expect your resume to be a thorough description of you.
adil   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/25/2013 7:04:44 AM
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@Broadway: I agree, if now I Google to get a best template for a resume, I am sure I will find dozens of different options. Some of them would be thorough and some of them would be revealing just the precise information. So I will choose the one I like the best but I am not sure if the interviewer will have the similar choice. In case he differs, the first impression will not be a perfect one.
sherly_mendoza   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/26/2013 1:11:22 PM
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Agree with you, @Broadway. Although there are now companies that prefer short and brief resumes, there are still traditional ones that prefer the comprehensive version. For them, the resume is like an introduction to the person they are hoping to hire. So it is important to get a complete backgrounder on him or her. A comprehensive resume doesn't have to be as long as a novel, but it  does need to include more than just a person's personal, education, and professional background. It should be able to describe the person who wants to be a part of the company or project.
vnewman   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/26/2013 3:51:12 PM
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@Broadway, @ProgMan

As someone who used to teach others how to write resumes, I agree with you that it certainly isn't easy to fit all the pertinent information that someone has accumulated over the span of a career into one page.  One page!  That's just cray cray :)  Seemingly..........

Mine is currently two pages but I'm in the process of trying out a new type of infographic resume to see what kind of response I get. After all, part of me feels that when I say "IT Trainer" or "Help Desk Manager" - do I really need to explain to someone what that means?  Or what I do every day in that position?  Because I do 50 million different things actually.  I do things I should never be doing quite frankly because they are wayyyyy removed from the scope of my job description and they should hire a second person for them.  

I'd love to send out a resume that has a just a list of my job titles, my education, my certificates, related IT skills and a disclaimer.  Google me for further information...

But that seems too drastic therefore, I'm thinking of something like this:  Me as an infographic
Susan Nunziata   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/30/2013 4:28:11 AM
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@vnewman: I love the "Me as an Infographic" idea. It would certainly set you apart from the competition. I've got to try that out too.

The resume practices and expectations have certainly changed in the era of social media. We have to assume that our social profiles are being checked out by prospective employers (and recruiters), possibly even before our official resume hits their in-boxes.

The new business environment really forces us all to think about how we're "branding" ourselves at all times, and not just when we're looking to win a specific job.

 
Sara Peters   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/30/2013 1:16:51 PM
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@vnewman  Wow... I wonder if employers would look at the "me as an infographic" resume and think "OOOooo that's cool and helpful" or would they think "that's a cheap gimmick." Let us know what kind of response you get if you follow through with that plan.



 
vnewman   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/31/2013 6:27:53 AM
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@Sara - I'm curious to know myself because my gut says it is more acceptable for more "creative" type of positions - those in graphic design, art, enterainment, and fields of that nature. But I love the idea not only of the graphic but of getting away from the bloated, verbose resumes that many people either steal from job descriptions on Monster/CB/etc. or have written for them by prof resume writers.  I'll report back at a later date...

 
vnewman   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/26/2013 3:53:47 PM
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@Broadway - P.S.  I promise no cat pics will appear on the infographic!  :)))
Broadway   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/26/2013 7:59:47 PM
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@vnewman, Good luck with the infographic. They are all the rage. As are cats.
Technocrat   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/25/2013 3:37:07 PM
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@ProgMan   Good call.   I think 2 pages is considered acceptable for a lengthy career.
Taimoor Zubair   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/20/2013 7:49:01 PM
need to update my resume.
Such an interesting piece to read. Despite prior experience and hard thinking, I always face trouble about how to present myself on a piece of paper in a way that would grab attention of the employers. In the start, even I could tell by reading my resume that that it was a very bland account of myself, but with time it got better. I am still not very good at it (need to update my resume) but here are some interesting tips to learn from , so thanks.
Zaius   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/21/2013 1:16:10 AM
Re: need to update my resume.
Updating resume is a never ending process. At the same time, it is never a satisfying job. Everytime, I see yet another excellent Resume, I take a note to myself and plan to make mine look as good as that. Shortly after that, another one cathes my sight and the old one looks dull. 

Anyway, making a good resume is a form of art. Some are really good at creating one.
Marif   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/21/2013 3:58:12 AM
Re: need to update my resume.
@Zaius: The question is, does everyone who gets to the position of a CIO knows the art of a resume writing or the resume presentation doesn't matter at this level and only relative experience is considered. And by only copying the good resumes will I be able to learn this art.
Nomi   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/22/2013 1:21:01 AM
Re: need to update my resume.
Zaius I know that its difficult to satisfy one self once you are comparing with some thing you considered better then you. I think it will be a never ending process which sometimes frustrate you. I think the best ploy is to stop where you can say to yourself "I am satisfied" but the big question is HOW?
ProgMan   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/23/2013 4:16:22 PM
Re: need to update my resume.
@Zaius, agreed that it's an art form.  I had a colleage recently pay big bucks to The Ladders to do her resume.  What she got back (besides the money she paid them eventually) was a relatively unimpressive rehash of her original.  Some nice style changes, but nothing worth a couple thousand dollars for sure.
nasimson   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/21/2013 11:52:34 PM
programming languages
Thank you Sara for highlighting the importance of a coherent story. But I don't get the part on how many programming languages does a CIO know carries weight.
Sara Peters   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/23/2013 7:19:46 PM
Re: programming languages
@nasimson  Sorry I wasn't clearer. My point was actually that you could know a million programming languages but it wouldn't necessarily matter -- don't put things on the resume just to add more bullet points.
RashmiK   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/24/2013 2:32:03 PM
Re : Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs
It is true that most employers today are not just looking at how many degrees you have and how many certificates you have accumulated, they are also looking at the skills and the value you bring in to the company once they accept you in. this therefore means that one has to go an extra mile aside from his college degree to learn a more skills
Shamika   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/24/2013 10:25:59 PM
Re: Re : Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs
That's very true.  At the same time it is also important look at the PR which helps the employee to work better, when it comes to working with different type of people. 
RashmiK   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/25/2013 12:27:44 AM
Re: need to update my resume.
This kind of information should be incorporated in the schooling system; the resumes that people are writing are such that saying they are pathetic it would be a compliment. All kinds of careers require a resume before hiring thus the education will go along way.
RashmiK   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/25/2013 1:52:54 AM
RE-NEED TO UPDATE RESUME
After reading this I have realized that there are some few details that I really need to update in my resume so that I am still able to compete with the others out there. Being the person that I am with dreams of making it to become a CEO I definitely need to work on what my resume has to say about me. Answering the 'so what' question should be a wake up call to most young people out there. You should be in a position to defend whatever you have on paper orally as well.
Technocrat   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/25/2013 3:38:46 PM
Re: RE-NEED TO UPDATE RESUME
With all this talk about resumes, it reminds me I have to revise and update mine !  Thanks Guys !
Technocrat   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/25/2013 3:42:26 PM
Re: RE-NEED TO UPDATE RESUME
Great point Rashmik !

It is understandable and somewhat ironic that is takes years to be able to gain the experience to add weight to the question of what kind of value did you bring to your last company ?     And some might never get lucky enough to be able to answer that one proudly.  
Sara Peters   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/30/2013 12:46:59 PM
Re: RE-NEED TO UPDATE RESUME
@Technocrat  One tricky thing is when you are looking for a new job simply because things aren't going well at the one you're currently in -- how do you explain all you've accomplished if you feel like you haven't been able to accomplish much? I think that the higher you rise in your career, the more likely it is that you'll have that quandary.
kstaron   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/29/2013 10:52:03 AM
good tips for anyone
Some of these tips seem more like cover letter material, which is where I typically put the branding, personality and such when looking for work. I start by telling them why they need me, not just someone with the previous experience they are looking for. I even included comments I'd received from clients and work associates that helps build their trust in what I can do. My resume is still a fairly straight forward list of what I've done, where I've done it, and for how long. All of these tips are good, and not just for potential CIO's
Sara Peters   Resumé Secrets of Top CIOs   8/30/2013 12:52:07 PM
Re: good tips for anyone
@kstaron  I think that a lot of it seems like cover letter stuff too, but unfortunately there are some companies that aren't even taking cover letters anymore. When I was last on the job hunt, there were lots of places that would only accept resumes through their Web portal, and you couldn't submit an attachment, you just had to fill out the form as they presented it. There was no opportunity for a cover letter. And these weren't for entry-level positions, mind you. These were senior positions, and yet the process had still been so de-humanized.


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