IT Resume Makeover: How to write a detail-oriented CV

Creating a compelling resume isn't easy, even when you're at the C-level. That was the case with this month's CV makeover, where one IT leader transformed his resume from jargon-filled to clear and concise (resume examples included).

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No matter your level of experience, writing a resume isn't an easy task. With decades of experience as a CIO and CTO, Kenneth Smith -- named changed for this article -- knew that his resume didn't "qualify or quantify" his past C-suite roles. And it's not uncommon -- most job seekers find it difficult to step back and objectively evaluate their own careers.

Andrew Ysasi, president of Admovio and executive director of Kent Record Management, stepped up to the task and helped Smith highlight his C-level roles and outline his extensive experience and success.

Ysasi quickly found that Smith was selling himself short -- a common theme in the Resume Makeover series -- and decided to revamp Smith's resume to showcase his accomplished career. Ysasi dug into his career history to help Smith reformat his resume to better reflect his qualifications as a CTO and CIO.

Tech lingo and missing information

One of the most common resume mistakes that IT professionals make is including too much tech jargon. Instead, you should think about writing your resume for the recruiter or hiring manager who will read it first. HR reps and recruiters serve multiple business units, so you can't expect them to understand every technical term in your industry -- and it's something you can showcase in the interview.

Ysasi found that Smith's resume relied heavily on technical jargon and that he also omitted valuable experience and skills. He decided to focus on highlighting Smith's experience "working with cloud technologies such as Amazon and Azure," which are both valuable skills in today's hiring market.

He also notes that Smith's "original resume did not directly indicate his valuable C-level work experience in multiple industries." Ysasi clearly laid out Smith's versatility as CIO and CTO, emphasizing the different industries and companies where he's held executive roles since the early 90s.

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