One trap IT leaders often fall into when seeking a new job is viewing their resume as a historical document of their career. The reality is that your resume should paint a clear picture of your career\u2019s future, detailing your past work experience as a roadmap that leads inevitably to your next leadership gig.\n\nBut striking that balance between detailing the past and mapping toward the future can be challenging, especially while keeping your resume to-the-point. A few key strategies, however, can help you tell your career story through your resume without getting bogged down in the past.\n\nWith more than 20 years of experience in data and analytics, Gloria Edsall, whose identity has been changed for this article, is an aspiring CDO looking to break into a C-suite role. We paired Edsall up with Stephen Van Vreede, president, executive resume writer, and coach for ITtechExec.com, to help her strengthen her resume to convey how her career path qualifies her for a CDO role. \n\n\u201cOur meetings focused on discussing how the company and its customers derived value from the actions of the candidate and their team. We spent a good deal of time talking about [her] goals and interests so that the new resume could be tailored to the future and not simply a post-mortem on her career,\u201d says Van Vreede.\n\nFollowing is a report on that process and some tips outlining how Van Vreede\u2019s work with Edsall can help you better shape your resume as a leadership journey toward new opportunities.\n\nHighlight your leadership skills from the top\n\nVan Vreede worked with Edsall to create a cohesive theme for her resume based on her career goals and interests. The first two to three pages of Edsall\u2019s original resume focused on credentials such as education, certification, training, and publications, which were a \u201cbig distraction,\u201d according to Van Vreede.\n\n\u201cFor someone looking to pursue leadership roles that focus on turning data science and analytics organizations into a value driver for the business, there was almost no content that spoke to the candidate\u2019s track record providing tangible business value,\u201d he says.\n\n> Download: Gloria Edsall\u2019s original resume\n\nTo remedy this, Van Vreede included an executive summary at the start of the resume to clearly outline how Edsall\u2019s experience and knowledge help her excel in leadership roles, detailing what type of leader Edsall is and how her experience with management and data analytics makes her an ideal candidate for a CDO role.\n\nVan Vreede also pulled up three top career highlights for Edsall, including generating $25M in value by creating a predictive analytics engine, bringing in $25M in new contracts and $14M in business value through advanced and predictive analytics practices, and driving $5M in value by maturing data science practices. These main accomplishments show Edsall\u2019s ability to benefit an organization\u2019s bottom line through her analytics experience, while also leading successful and resilient teams in the process.\n\nKeep it brief and strategic\n\nOne glaring issue with Edsall\u2019s original resume is that it was far too long and, according to Van Vreede, was \u201cmore appropriately used as an academic CV instead of a personal marketing document for corporate roles,\u201d at seven pages long. This is one of the most common resume mistakes tech professionals make, especially as your career history grows longer, it can be difficult to know what to keep and what to leave off your resume.\n\nAs a general rule, a professional resume should be a concise 1-2 pages when applying for corporate roles. Recruiters read through thousands of resumes, so they\u2019re more likely to lose focus or abandon your resume altogether if they can\u2019t get a sense of your qualifications within the first few minutes.\n\nEdsall knew her resume was too long, and wasn\u2019t happy with the formatting around her skills summary, job achievements, and past work experience. She didn\u2019t know the best way to consolidate experience from more than a decade ago, or how to highlight her achievements and connect those to the value she\u2019d bring to a CDO role.\n\nIn addition to being too lengthy, the original resume was also \u201chighly technical and tactical in nature,\u201d according to Van Vreede. This is a common issue that technologists run into when writing a resume: They include technical verbiage that might alienate recruiters or hiring managers who aren\u2019t as familiar with the technical side of the role.\n\nVan Vreede addressed this by consolidating her professional experience and creating a side bar along the right side of both pages to showcase Edsall\u2019s education, credentials, and key skills. Including this type of sidebar enabled Van Vreede to bring Edsall\u2019s chronological work history to the forefront, without having to bury her education and credentials at the bottom of the resume.\n\nIncluding executive summaries and a side bar with your education, skills, and credentials is a great way to remove redundancies from your work experience, allowing you to focus on specific accomplishments at each role, while consolidating your evergreen skills, expertise, and knowledge into short and simple lists. It also gives recruiters and hiring managers an easy way to ensure you have the necessary skills and qualifications with just a quick glance. Ultimately, you want to grab a recruiter\u2019s or hiring manager\u2019s attention from the jump, encouraging them to delve further into your overall experience.\n\nThe final results\n\nIn the end, Van Vreede helped take Edsall\u2019s resume from \u201ctechnical and tactical\u201d to \u201cstrategic and achievements based.\u201d Most importantly, he focused on highlighting achievements that illustrated how Edsall has built or transformed data science and analytics units at each company and driven profits and business value through her efforts. These achievements help tell the story of her career and how those experiences will make her a strong candidate for a CDO role.\n\n> Download: Gloria Edsall\u2019s final resume\n\nEdsall says she was most surprised by how Van Vreede was able to take the original resume down from seven pages to just two, and notes that the process helped her \u201clearn what leaders look for when recruiting leaders.\u201d She is happy with the final resume, which better highlights her qualifications for a C-suite role.\n\nVan Vreede, too, sees Edsall\u2019s experience and skills now standing out with a resume that is \u201caesthetically pleasing and packed with great content, but all wrapped up in just two pages,\u201d he says. Overall, the final document will help Edsall demonstrate the value-add she brings to the table when interviewing with potential employers.