IT Resume Makeover: Advice for the Tech Pro Who's Done It All

In CIO.com's latest Resume Makeover, executive career coach Donald Burns works with an IT professional who's won awards, worked for Fortune 500 companies, pharmaceutical businesses and in the government sector. The challenge: His resume was just a running list of the jobs he's held. The goal: make his most impressive skills stand out.

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In a world full of noise, competition and short attention spans, your resume has to say a lot quickly.

Your resume is a marketing tool for your personal brand and the first impression that hiring managers, recruiters and HR reps see of you. Suffice it to say, you need to get it right to successfully compete against the horde of IT professionals out there.

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Misspellings, unexplained employment gaps, or a simple list of past positions and responsibilities are all potential red flags that can make the decision-makers push your resume into the "no" pile or make it go unnoticed completely.

Enter Arnold Stern

Meet Arnold Stern (not his real name). Stern has a long and successful career as an IT professional, an innovator and a problem-solver. He's won awards, worked for Fortune 500 companies and pharmaceutical companies. Most recently, he was recruited into a government IT role where was asked to untangle some particularly complex issues. Stern was feeling the itch to again find a new challenge in the private sector and decided it was time to update his resume.

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