After decades in IT, it can be hard to capture the extensive skills and experience of a storied career in just one or two pages of a resume. Seasoned IT pros and executives who sit down to list their experience and accomplishments often find they\u2019re left with a three- or four-page resume, which is not streamlined enough to stand out in today\u2019s competitive recruitment landscape.\nThis was the case for Joyce Morganti, who knew her resume was too long but wasn\u2019t sure how to organize her CV to capture her experience and the reader, not to mention offer a clear picture about where she wanted to take her career next.\n\n[ Get a leg up with our free tech resume samples and expert advice. | Prep for your interview with these eight websites for researching your next employer. | Sign up for our newsletters for tips and trends in IT employment. ]\n\n\u201cWhile my resume had good content in terms of quantified accomplishments, it was too long and contained a lot of details. Also, the summary section did not state what I was looking for as a future position,\u201d says Morganti, whose name has been changed for this makeover.\nWe paired up Morganti with IT resume expert Andrew Ysasi, president of Admovio and vice president of Vital Records Control, to give Morganti\u2019s resume an overhaul. Ysasi was impressed by Morganti\u2019s experience, but knew he\u2019d need to help reformat her resume to make it even stronger.\n\u201cMorganti is a seasoned global CIO; there is no question on her ability and experience. Her resume was rich with detail that made it easy to quantify and qualify her experience. However, her resume was four pages long, her most recent position was confusing and there were inconsistencies in grammar and formatting,\u201d says Ysasi.\nHere\u2019s how Ysasi worked with Morganti \u2014 in particular on its editing and design \u2014 to help her resume sing.\nKick off with a career summary\nThe more accomplishments you have, the more time it takes to polish your resume. Condensing decades of experience into a short document that showcases your skills and achievements is challenging. In this case, Ysasi and Morganti went back and forth around eight to 10 times to \u201censure the content was right.\u201d\n\u201cA lot of work went into her resume, and it is no surprise because of the great accomplishments she has in her career,\u201d says Ysasi, who took on the challenge of condensing over a decade of experience.\n download \nJoyce Morganti's original resume\nDownload Joyce Morganti's original resume\n\nOne of the easiest, and most recommended, ways to shore up an overly long resume is to include an executive or career summary at the top of the document. In this section, you can pull up information otherwise scattered throughout the resume, or skills and accomplishments that are repetitive across jobs, and stick them right at the top of the first page.\n\u201cThe first page [of the original resume] didn\u2019t shout she was a Global CIO and an IT executive. It is possible an ATS [applicant tracking system] may have matched her to a role, but a recruiter may not have qualified her as a top candidate,\u201d Ysasi says.\nIn a career or executive summary, you can also include relevant details that might not fit into other sections on the resume. For example, Ysasi included the fact that Morganti is fluent in multiple languages, holds an MBA in international business and has leadership experience at multiple Fortune 100 companies. This is also where Ysasi included Morganti\u2019s future career goals as a CIO and what types of jobs she\u2019d be interested in interviewing for.\nImpactful formatting\nYour resume should deliver a quick summary of your accomplishments wrapped in an aesthetically pleasing document that is easy to read. Ysasi went through Morganti\u2019s resume to make sure there weren\u2019t any spelling or grammar inconsistencies and that consistent language was used throughout the document, so it felt cohesive.\nFor your resume to grab the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager, you don\u2019t need fancy design skills. To create an impactful document, something as simple as adding in complementary colors to bring attention to headers and sections can help. For example, in Morganti\u2019s final resume, Ysasi includes a simple graphic at the top with the candidate\u2019s headshot, name and contact information. He then carries the blue shade throughout the document, using it for headings and page breaks. This helps give the document a cohesive feel and makes it more aesthetically pleasing. It also sets it apart from other basic resumes in the pile.\n download \nJoyce Morganti's final resume\nDownload Joyce Morganti's final resume makeover\n\nFormatting isn\u2019t just for the humans reading your resume. You also want to format your resume so application tracking systems will match you with relevant job openings. Ysasi helped Morganti find the right formatting and keywords to help an ATS catch her resume without sacrificing readability for recruiters. One easy way to do this is by including keywords in a skills section at the top of your resume: Find phrases used in job description you are targeting, along with desired skills and expertise, and make sure those are included and spelled properly so an ATS will pick up on them.\nYou don\u2019t have to share everything\nGaps in your resume are important to address, but you don\u2019t always have to include that information on your resume. In Morganti\u2019s case, she\u2019d taken a sabbatical to care for an elderly parent, but she continued to work on CIO-related projects during the time off. Ysasi cut any \u201csabbatical\u201d references from the resume, noting that the \u201cinformation is good to potentially discuss during an interview, but not necessarily in a resume.\u201d\nYsasi restructured this part of Morganti\u2019s resume and labeled her time away from a full-time CIO career as being a \u201cvirtual CIO.\u201d This better exemplified what she accomplished during her sabbatical and any other questions about her work history could be addressed in an interview. It not only shows that she can manage an unconventional workload but also demonstrates her ingenuity with finding the work-life balance she needed at that time \u2014 all valuable skills for an executive leader.\nFinal thoughts\nMorganti was pleased with her final resume and she found it was a \u201cvery valuable exercise to go through working with a neutral party.\u201d She notes that Ysasi helped her get \u201ccomfortable with letting go of details for early years\u201d and gave her more insight onto how tracking systems work and what catches the eye of a recruiter or hiring manager.\nYsasi notes that the final resume better demonstrates Morganti\u2019s true abilities as a CIO and offers a document that captures everything she can offer to another company.\n\u201cThe focus of her resume now clearly states she is a global CIO, plus her photo ads a human element to her resume. The layout is much easier to navigate, and her career and experience are on two pages. Her summary also clearly articulates her story along with a more robust skills section. She also has a new clean formatted version of her resume that is ATS friendly,\u201d says Ysasi.\n\nMore on the CIO role today:\n\n Wanted: CIOs to master digital strategy at the vanguard of change \n How CIOs can last longer than 4.3 years \n The case against the 'business-minded CIO \n CIO resumes: 6 best practices and 4 strong examples \n New CIO? Your transition playbook in 10 (not-so-easy) steps \n How successful IT leaders take charge from day one \n CIO succession planning in the digital age \n CIO playbook: 10 tips for leading IT in the digital era \n How CIOs transform IT for the digital era \n From CIO to CEO: 8 tips for taking your career to the top \n State of the CIO, 2019: CIOs get strategic\n 7 reasons CIOs quit (or lose their jobs) \n 8 CIO archetypes: What kind of IT leader are you?