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Free resume tool kit for landing IT leader jobs

There is a world of difference between an intermediate-level resume and that of one geared toward an IT manager or CIO position, and not just in the amount of experience but also in the way information is categorized to the way it is presented visually. Here's introductory advice, as well as a free tool kit, for creating a killer IT leader resume.

There is a world of difference between an intermediate-level resume and that of one geared toward an IT manager or CIO position, and not just in the amount of experience but also in the way information is categorized to the way it is presented visually. Here's introductory advice, as well as a free tool kit, for creating a killer IT leader resume.

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There's a lot involved in landing an IT leadership job. Before you even put together your resume, you must do some preliminary legwork.

First, it's important to understand the job market. You must do this first in order to analyze your own skills in relation to what the marketplace requires. To understand the job marketplace, you must gain an understanding of the driving forces in the IT marketplace, the major trends affecting the industry, and what opportunities these trends create for you. Don't think you already know the answers to these questions; you need to research them and write down the answers to these and any other questions that you think of as you explore the IT market.

Think about the type of information that yields the best results, and grab every information source about IT leaders, and learn to read between the lines. A company in trouble, in transition, or going through a consolidation or merger might be seeking a new CIO. Learn how to interpret the news -- a corporate announcement can be the tip-off leading to potential leadership openings in the IT department.

Once you have a handle on what the marketplace wants and needs, compare that to your skill set and your needs and wants. Specifically, what are you looking for in your next role as IT leader, and what can you bring to the table?

Consider:

  • Size of the target companies
  • Industry vertical(s)
  • Geographic markets
  • Corporate culture and climate
  • Size of the team
  • Number of users of IT
  • Specific technologies

Now you're ready to begin preparing the resume that will put you in the best light for potential employers. Toward that goal, TechRepublic offer this free special report, Resume Tool Kit for IT Leaders. The report gives you specific, tactical tips for creating the perfect IT leadership resume. Good luck!

6 comments
craftslady2008
craftslady2008

I'm always making a better resume for everyone. Thank you

otimenya
otimenya

i did think that your resume rremains static according to your certifications and work experience, since both are long term ventures. I never knew that you can frame your resume in a different way according to the factors on the ground

devGuy
devGuy

Remember, the purpose of the resume is to get an *interview*, not to be a complete encyclopedic biography. Customize your resume for *each* job opening that you seek, emphasizing your qualifications for that particular position! Minimize the experience that you have (no matter how proud you are of it), if it does not pertain to the position you are seeking! This does not mean that you lie -- of course, that is never acceptable. But, you can emphasize things that the prospective employer seeks, and minimize things that aren't relevant to the position.

jperick.mbei
jperick.mbei

Did you mean "Corporate culture and climate" or "Corporate culture and climate climate"?