Is Your IT Resume Ready to Face the Tech Talent War?

Posted on December 27, 2013. Filed under: Job Market Trends, Job Search Tips, Personal Branding, Resumes | Tags: , , |

technical resumeAs we charge ahead into 2014, gone are the days when we would argue over whether a war for tech talent really existed. Now, it seems, the general consensus is that this war is very much alive and well and that it will only escalate as we move into the second half of the decade.

Unfortunately, that is generally where the agreement ends.

For although there seems to be a lot of talk about this war, you will find (as in most wars) a lot of confusion about what caused it and even less understanding about how to resolve it (but instead a whole lot of finger-pointing). Oddly enough, despite the cry for more strategic visioning on the part of tech candidates, there seems to be a severe lack of it on the hiring side as well.

If you scour long and hard enough, you can find all kinds of statistics, like how few people are graduating with computer science degrees and how current tech professionals are looking for corporate wonderlands. You will see calls for better hiring practices and for corporations to step up their benefits and “fun” meters.

You also will see blame placed at the foot of universities that haven’t adapted to the changing marketplace fast enough and at the foot of cultural dynamics because more women aren’t taking up technical careers. High schools are blamed for poor curriculum in the math and sciences, and U.S. parents are blamed for not encouraging their kids to focus on tech careers more.

As if that isn’t enough, we also have industry execs putting forth clarion calls for techie MBAs and companies filled with staff who all understand computer code (just enough to be dangerous) from the marketing department to the CEO. In other words, techies need to speak less Geek, while non-techies need to speak more of it [so they “in theory” can meet in the middle]. IT as a service provider is out (at least “in theory”), and IT as a strategic business partner is in (at least “in theory”).

In the meantime, while all this pontificating is going around, real, live tech candidates are wondering just what to do with their IT resumes.

Here are some tips for positioning your resume to meet the demands of this tech talent war:

  • Show, don’t tell, that you are a team player. And by “team player,” I mean successful in collaborating across business segments. Highlight experience that showcases instances of where you collaborated with various company operations and used your knowledge base to improve on those operations, not just to fix computer problems.
  • Don’t run away from service provider skills, but show that you are agile enough to use them in a strategic way. It’s great you can put the fire out, but what can you do with these skills to resolve the needs of business? Again, IT as a strategic business partner is hot right now. So you need to play along, and your resume should show that you have and will continue to do so.
  • Recognize that metrics matter…to leadership…if not to you. Often those with highly technical skills don’t track and give as much weight to the quantifiable results of their work. Instead, they would rather focus on how they accomplished such and such miracle. The problem is that leadership likes to communicate results, not necessarily the nitty-gritty. So candidates need to show both, the measurable results as well as the know-how.
  • Be forward-thinking. Companies don’t just want to know what you’ve done but how you will take that knowledge and use it to better their environments. So be innovative. Brainstorm ahead of time some ideas for improving business operations and prepare an “innovation” page that showcases those ideas.
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CIO.com IT Resume Makeover

Posted on June 17, 2013. Filed under: CIO, Recruiting, Resumes, Technology | Tags: , , , |

I recently had the opportunity to conduct another IT resume makeover with CIO.com as part of their ongoing series.CIO Resume - Ken Montgomery_Page_1

This particular client has been a leader in IT operations, service delivery, and infrastructure management in a variety of fields. He wanted to convey his main focus as an IT executive, which is to better enable the business and to operate at a lower total cost of ownership by implementing new technologies and creating a stable IT environment.

This was another fun project to work on. Please check out the full CIO.com article that has the before and after results.

Feel free to comment directly on the CIO.com site or here if you prefer. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

About Stephen—-

Stephen Van Vreede is not your average IT/technical résumé writer. He provides career strategy and concierge job search solutions for senior (15+ years) (ITtechExec) and up-and-coming (NoddlePlace) (5-15 years) tech and technical operations leaders. Stephen and his team focus on building simplified, targeted, and certain career move campaigns, be it an external search or an internal promotion. He is co-author of UNcommon with career development leader Brian Tracy (June 2015). Contact Stephen directly at Stephen@ittechexec.com or send him an invite at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenvanvreede. To see whether Stephen and his team are a good fit for you, take their free (and anonymous) compatibility quiz, Is the ITtechExec Approach a Good Match for You?

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CIO.com IT Resume Makeover

Posted on October 15, 2012. Filed under: CIO, Recruiting, Resumes, Technology | Tags: , , , , |

CIO IT Resume: IT Asset Manager

CIO.com IT Resume Makeover for an IT Asset Manager

I was recently asked by CIO.com to participate in their IT resume makeover series. Obviously, the company and the client shall remain nameless =)

After working with the extreme makeover participant, I was able to create a document that highlighted his achievements and communicated his story. The story was a key piece, as he had progressed from a field technician type of role into IT support. He then basically created a new role for himself in IT asset management and software licensing compliance by helping the company through a two-year licensing audit.

This was a fun project to work on. Please check out the full CIO.com article that has the before and after results.

Feel free to comment directly on the CIO.com site or here if you prefer. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

This was a great follow up to the TechRepublic.com resume makeover I did this Spring for an IT project manager.

About Stephen—-

Stephen Van Vreede is not your average IT/technical résumé writer. He provides career strategy and concierge job search solutions for senior (15+ years) (ITtechExec) and up-and-coming (NoddlePlace) (5-15 years) tech and technical operations leaders. Stephen and his team focus on building simplified, targeted, and certain career move campaigns, be it an external search or an internal promotion. He is co-author of UNcommon with career development leader Brian Tracy (June 2015). Contact Stephen directly at Stephen@ittechexec.com or send him an invite at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenvanvreede. To see whether Stephen and his team are a good fit for you, take their free (and anonymous) compatibility quiz, Is the ITtechExec Approach a Good Match for You?

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