Let's face it: Having great credentials and having a great resume don't go hand-in-hand. For that reason, every month CIO.com helps an IT pro looking become a CIO or other technology executive land his or her next position by giving a less-than-steller resume a makeover. Thanks to our team of career consultants and resume specialists, we work with aspiring IT executives to focus on their most important attributes and accomplishments.
Because it's easy to focus only the most recent resume makeover projects, we want to call your attention to some of our best how-to articles -- ones that may have fallen below your radar. After all, if you are in the market for a new job in the 2015, now's the time to brush off your resume, give it an honest assessment, and, of course, apply the lessons our experts have offered over the years.
And if you want to be a part of the resume makeover series, let us know by contacting Sharon Florentine.
Best of IT Resume Makeovers
IT consultants looking to transition into steady IT management positions face some challenges. They must be able to prove to prospective employers that they've got what it takes to be an IT executive and can adapt to a corporate environment. This resume makeover shows IT consultants how to write resumes to get corporate IT leadership jobs. There comes a time in many IT consultants' careers when they decide to exchange the trappings of their jet-set professional lives for a corporate IT job with more stability. For this IT resume makeover candidate that moment came at the height of the financial crisis in 2009.
In this resume makeover, our expert and career coach transforms a CIO's resume from one that was cluttered and text-heavy to one that's clear and concise -- and highlights her accomplishments. This IT career Superwoman obscured her accomplishments in an eight-page document highlighted her day-to-day grind through IT project management and business analytics positions to her current role as a CIO. And it highlights that grind in excruciating detail without emphasizing her major strengths -- cleaning up big messes created by other people.
An effective resume is more than a description of the roles you previously held. It needs to tell the story of you. This IT resume makeover candidate is 13-year IT management veteran who's done some amazing things in a short amount of time. From an early point in his career he's taken on major projects and crushed them, resulting in a relatively quick rise into IT leadership. The senior manager of IT Infrastructure with a major technology company was eager to solve the next problem and he has been feeling stagnant in this position and has been looking for a change.
This IT Resume Makeover installment helps an early career project manager develop her personal brand. There's a time and a place for modesty and humility -- your resume isn't one of them. That's what Cheryl Lynch-Simpson, executive career coach and resume expert with Executive Resume Rescue, saw when she looked at this IT pro's resume -- a talented, highly skilled project management professional who was selling herself short.
How do you take your resume from bland to brand?. This resume makeover candidate was suffering from a a malady so common, in fact, that career expert, personal branding consultant and resume writer Donald Burns of Executive Promotions, LLC coined a term for it.
Our resume makeover candidate has had what most would consider a successful IT career. He's navigated to the top of the corporate ladder and boasts 20 plus years of IT management experience under his belt. His credentials include tensure at the CIO of the Popeye's chicken franchise, However, he decided it was time to strike out on his own as an IT consultant. His IT consulting career going as well but after four years of going from contract to contract Davis decided he wanted a more stable position that the corporate world could offer. So with that he set out to find a new position in the corporate world within IT management.