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6 Essentials to Creating an Interview-Producing CIO Executive Resume


CIO Executive ResumeMost high-performing CIOs have not kept up their resumes because, well, they are too busy being high-performing. As a result, their current resumes still reflect their years as tactical practitioners rather than their track records as leading IT executives.

As a CIO, or a rising information technology (IT) executive, properly crafting an interview-generating executive resume is still one of the most important steps for communicating your skills, promoting your achievements, confirming your abilities to work with technical and non-technical leadership and, ultimately, demonstrating how you are the best candidate for a coveted CIO role.

The key difference in creating an effective CIO executive resume versus a professional-level IT resume is the integration of human capital management skills and fiscal acumen with your technical qualifications throughout. An example of how this is done is outlined in this CIO Resume Sample.

Here is the bottom line: As an IT executive, you need to demonstrate how you have utilized human and technological resources to improve corporate profitability. Period.

Here are six ways to achieve this goal:Continue Reading…

7 Straightforward Reasons You Weren’t Hired


reasons you weren't hiredAm I overqualified?

Is it my age?

I get asked all of the time by job seekers why they weren’t hired for a job they applied for. I heard the story: You’ve been on a number of interviews and sent out more applications than you can count, but still no luck. If you hear back at all, it’s often a “thanks for your time, but we’re not interested” or “you’re not the right fit for this role.” I know that it can be frustrating and disheartening. While everyone’s situation is unique, I may be able to shed some light… Here are 7 reasons why you likely didn’t get the job, that you can examine, and – hopefully – turn your luck around so you don’t keep receiving the same response.Continue Reading…

Gluten-Free Resumes: Is Your Pursuit of the New Eroding your Resume Common Sense?


gluten free resumesGluten-free resumes the new fad for designing your resume….sounds ridiculous, right? Well, because it is. However, even the most accomplished executives can let the next new thing get in the way of basic common sense when crafting a resume.

I had a client who had viewed one of my resume webinars. Less than 30 minutes after downloading the webinar, despite it being a 61 minute webinar, I got a call from him, saying that he found nothing new in the webinar. In looking over his resume, I noticed that at least six of the key 14 essential points covered in the webinar were nowhere to be found on his resume. Although he lacked a clear summary, proper keywords for his target roles, and measurable achievements, my client was looking for something new before attending to basic resume essentials.

Like the trend toward finding health benefits in gluten-free food, it is important to cover all your resume basics (and food and exercise foundations) before reaching out for the next new buzzword, recruiting trend—or miracle diet.Continue Reading…

7 Steps to Take Now When Your Boss Might Be Fired


boss might be firedYour boss might be fired. That’s the rumor in the grapevine. Or there’s the confidential information credible source shared with you. Your department is now holding its breath. Your boss might wind up terminated.

What’s at stake?

How that actually plays out is irrelevant, right now. What counts is that in the period of uncertainty, there are 7 things you should be doing. Your objective has to be to protect your own job, reputation, emotional balance and future career, within or outside the company.

Those 7 must-dos:Continue Reading…

6 Strategies on How to Use Conflict as a Powerful Career Tool


use conflict as a powerful career toolConflict is one of the most underutilized career tools. When conflict presents itself, you want to run, but I suggest that you don’t.

Many professionals go to great lengths to duck conflict. That’s because, as Peter T. Colemen and Robert Ferguson explain in the book “Making Conflict Work,” it “elicits anxiety.” Yet, managing conflict is absolutely necessary for achieving your own professional as well as the organization’s goals. Those could include getting a raise, remaining within budget by reducing employee benefits and acquiring a company to fill a gap in your product line.

Here are 6 tips for how to leverage conflict as a powerful tool in the workplace:Continue Reading…

Ace a Panel Interview for an Executive Position


ace a panel interviewPanel interviews are becoming increasingly popular because it streamlines the hiring process for the company. Instead of the candidate interviewing with one person at a time they meet everyone involved in the hiring decision at the same time.

As a result panel interviews can also be extra nerve wrecking for the candidate. Use our tips to make sure you ace a panel interview.Continue Reading…

5 Powerful Ways to Incorporate Soft Skills Into Your Executive Resume

incorporate soft skills into your executive resumeUp until relatively recently companies thought that hard skills are what would get them their bottom line.

Now we’ve come to realize that soft skills are just as important when it comes to growing a company. Soft skills are considered to be behaviors and traits such as adaptability, critical thinking, people skills, likeability, time management and so forth.

Essentially soft skills are those that aren’t as hard driving or as up front. Often times they are skills that have more to do with your personality, making them slightly more difficult to put on paper. That’s why how you present them is crucial in whether or not you’ll get the job. The following are some ways to effectively & strategically incorporate soft skills into your executive resume.Continue Reading…