Building an Effective CIO Resume
If you're a CIO or an aspiring C-suite IT executive looking to make a move, you'll find that creating an effective technology leadership résumé is a different type of challenge than you've encountered in the past.
Mon, March 28, 2011
Computerworld — If you're a CIO or an aspiring C-suite IT executive looking to make a move, you'll find that creating an effective technology leadership résumé is a different type of challenge than you've encountered in the past.
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After all, the résumés for typical midcareer roles such senior solutions architect, deputy of MIS or even IT manager feature specific technologies as their centerpiece.
In contrast, your CIO résumé will need to emphasize your company-level contributions, rather than merely the technologies you've employed or the projects your teams have completed.
Here are three key components of a CIO résumé that paint a vivid picture of fitness at the IT executive level.
1. Strategic rather than tactical focus
This describes specific areas where you've added value to the organization and taken long-range business plans into account when developing the IT road map for the corporation. If your career has already included a seat at the executive table, you'll want to provide details on the contributions you've made as a CIO, with special emphasis on the role of technical upgrades that support future growth.
If you have yet to hold the title of CIO, take a closer look at your strategic charter within roles such as IT director or vice president of IT. Here, you may have been asked to help determine the viability of upgrades at the enterprise level from an infrastructure standpoint, or assisted in planning application migrations from legacy systems.
If this is the case, add these examples to a CIO-level résumé as proof of your ability to strategize at the leadership level, with supporting details that show potential cost savings to the business and the nature of your executive relationships with major business unit stakeholders during the process.
The following CIO résumé example shows how to flesh out and reframe the context of an executive-level activity with long-term implications:
Before: Created risk management profile on aging infrastructures for presentation to executives.
After: Spearheaded creation of five-year strategic road maps instrumental in executive team planning for IT; clearly communicated risk surrounding replacement needs for end-of-life infrastructures.
2. Incorporation of technology as a driver for the business
As a measure of effectiveness, many CIOs can point to new initiatives that added value in the form of increased revenue, higher levels of efficiency or improved staff productivity. The key to showing this type of detail on a CIO résumé is to focus on the end result, while speaking to the technologies involved as a means to achieving it.