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6 examples of effective IT resumes

Sarah K. White | May 11, 2015
Anyone can write a resume. However, creating one that impresses potential employers often requires help from career-development professionals. With that in mind, CIO.com assembled this collection IT resumes -- all hand-crafted by leading experts -- to offer advice and inspiration.

Resume Makeover: How to write an IT executive resume
 The first rule of resume writing is to keep it short, so when Rob Sorensen reached out for a resume makeover, career consultant Caitlin Sampson's first goal was to tackle the length of his resume. While Sorenson included an impressive list of his accomplishments, Sampson felt his resume lacked focus and flow.

Sampson first discarded any extraneous details that didn't emphasize Sorensen's experience as an IT manager and director. She also focused on including Sorensen's managerial experience in IT within the first third of the resume, which is where most hiring managers and recruiters look first. In the end, Sorensen's resume demonstrated his most impressive accomplishments, skills, and relevant experience at the top of his resume to catch the eyes of recruiters and hiring managers.  

IT Resume Makeover: Corporate IT to IT Consulting and Back

 After years of working in a corporate environment, this ex-CIO ventured into consulting, and after four years he decided to get back into IT management within the corporate world. However, when he reentered the job market, recruiters and hiring managers saw his four years of consulting as a four year unemployment gap on his resume.

Even with the well-rounded experience this resume makeover recipient gained in those four years of consulting, he wasn't getting the responses he'd hoped for from recruiters and hiring managers. Executive career coach and resume writer, Donald Burns, felt that while his resume was okay, "it wasn't competitive."

Burns' first approach was to solidify the ex-CIO's consulting experience as a career on par with his past executive experience. Burns reworked his resume to demonstrate how his four years as a consultant would make him a well-rounded IT manager, since he gained experience outside of his role as a CIO.

resume makeover: how to write an it executive resume
 Henry Cole had spent nearly a year-and-a-half searching for the right executive position to move his IT career forward, but he had to keep it quiet because his company did not take kindly to people leaving. He also felt his resume was hindering his job search, which even he admitted wasn't an "attention-getter."

After months of radio silence from potential employers, Cole looked to Ross Macpherson, a certified professional resume writer, to help him recraft his resume as an IT manager. Macpherson identified three major issues with Cole's resume. First, it didn't make an impression on the reader, good or bad. Second, it didn't emphasize Cole's executive potential, which led Macpherson to rework the language to reflect an executive-level employee. Finally, he eliminated a number of unnecessary details to deliver a short and "easily digestible" final product.  

 

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