Tech Resume Library: 27 downloadable templates for IT pros


A well-written resume is the foundation of your job hunt; however, resume writing is overwhelming. Theres so much pressure to make your resume stand out, so many formats and styles to choose from. Figuring out how to focus on the most important parts of your career and experiences based on your current job seeking goals is challenging.

Getting your resume just right in order to attract the attention of recruiters, HR pros and hiring managers is in a word, daunting. To reduce the stress that comes with this task, Insider Pro in collaboration with CIO.com, has assembled this collection of real resumes revamped by professional resume writers.

Each resume available to our subscribers in the Insider Pro Tech Resume Template Library has been designed for a specific sought-after position. These templates will guide you through the process so you can create a resume that will help you land the tech job of your dreams.

Updated May 17, 2021

Position desired: Technology Executive

After over a decade with the same company, jumping back into the job search process can be overwhelming, and may require rewriting your resume from an entirely new perspective. That was the challenge for this resume makeover candidate who was seeking an executive-level position.

J.M. Auron, a leading global IT careers leader, resume writer and owner of Quantum Tech Resumes, was up for the challenge. Auron started by digging deep into the candidate’s career history, with a goal of uncovering relevant skills he may have overlooked. The resume was targeted more towards a system administrator or network engineer role — and not the executive-level positions the candidate was seeking.

Your resume is the place to brag about your accomplishments, but most job seekers hold back, giving only a modest representation of their experience. So, Auron focused on creating a resume that demonstrated clear achievements and results at an executive level. The focus of the resume changed to one of clear value proposition and achievements rather than boilerplate responsibilities. The final document was more organized and visually appealing, making it easy for a recruiter or hiring manager to read.

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Tech Resume Template: Technology Executive

Position desired: Business Executive

In this resume makeover, resume writer Donald Burns was faced with an interesting challenge — he needed to take a resume that was already in good shape and make it even better. This makeover candidate, a COO and CTO, needed help taking his resume from tech-focused to one that showcased his business acumen, because his ultimate 10-year goal was to become a business executive.

It’s important that when you’re writing a resume for a job outside of your current field, that you don’t alienate anyone reading it. The candidate had the experience and the right background to make it in the business world, but his resume just didn’t reflect that so Burns needed to take this tech heavy resume and make it something that someone with a business background would better understand.

Very often, the resume owners are shocked to see how marketable they look to an outsider. The final result transformed this resume from tech-focused and dense, to something that any recruiter or hiring manager would actually read and understand.

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Tech Resume Template: Business Executive

Position desired: Data and Information Management

In this resume makeover certified professional resume writer Jennifer Hay revamps the IT resume of a data warehousing and business intelligence professional who’s been out of the IT industry for four years, a specific challenge common to many IT professionals for a number of reasons.

This makeover candidate was finding employers and recruiters were keen on his background and skill set, but worried his experience wasn’t up to date with the latest technology. The main challenge for Hay was getting readers interested in this candidate and his achievements before noticing hed been out of the IT profession for a period of time.

Hay felt Bernal’s resume was too focused on technology, which she says is a common mistake. She wanted his resume to focus more on specific projects and accomplishments he achieved. She wanted Bernal’s resume to tell a story about his value and professional experience. She made it clear that the business intelligence, data warehousing and information management technologies that the candidate was versed in were still current. She also highlighted that he is a continuous learner who stays up-to-date about technology trends.

The new resume communicates the candidates soft skills, which differentiates him and markets him beyond his technical aptitude.

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Tech Resume Template: Data and Information Management

Position desired: Senior IT Leader

The longer your career, the more difficult it can be to pull out the right details to create a focused resume. Finding a common theme that runs through your experience, can help guide the process. Do you have trouble establishing a cohesive focus for your resume? That was the case for this resume makeover candidate

Laura Smith-Proulx, career and resume expert, set out to find a focus for this candidate’s resume, she quickly realized he was selling himself short. By drilling down into his career history, Smith-Proulx gained a better picture of what this candidate had to offer and what set him apart from others — his leadership skills.

Smith-Proulx wanted to emphasize the candidate’s ability to work on large projects, lead teams and manage sensitive initiatives which would better position him as a leader qualified for high-level positions. So she built the resume around his experience with problem-solving, critical thinking and leadership. The end result is a document designed to guide the reader through his career story, demonstrating his unique leadership qualities.

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Tech Resume Template: Senior IT Leader

Position desired: IT Management

IT consultants looking to transition into steady IT management positions face some challenges. They must be able to prove to prospective employers that they’ve got what it takes to be an IT executive and can adapt to a corporate environment. In this resume makeover Caitlin Sampson, a certified professional resume writer and career consultant with Regal Resumes, shows IT consultants how to write resumes to get corporate IT leadership jobs.

Sampson identified four over-arching problems with Straus’s resume: It didn’t define his career objective, it was too long, his skills and qualifications were unclear, and it contained a red flag. The challenge, Sampson had to transform a resume for an IT consultant into a resume for an IT leader.

The new resume had to demonstrate Straus’s ability to be a corporate IT director by showing how he had fulfilled similar roles in the past. Sampson created a tagline for his resume, beefed up his executive summary, added areas of expertise, focused his work experience and drew attention to his IT leadership and management experience, added a “Consulting Portfolio” section, included his technical skills, and chose a modern layout. With these changes, employers will now be more responsive to this candidates resume.

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Tech Resume Template: IT Management

Position desired: Private Sector IT Director

In this resume makeover a director of technology and a senior technical programmer from the public sector wants to find a position in the private sector. Expert Andrew Ysasi, president of Admovio and vice president of Vital Records Control, provides important insights, not only for those looking to shift to the private sector, but for any seasoned IT pro seeking to move up the career ladder.

When applying for jobs in the private sector, your resume should be streamlined, capable of catching a recruiters or employers attention quickly. The candidates original four-page resume was too academic, it had too many acronyms and jargon specific to government roles. Ysasi first needed to make the resume more concise overall by replacing some of the jargon and acronyms with keywords better related to the positions the candidate was interested in.

While the original resume was packed with information, it made the common mistake of overlooking key skills and accomplishments. When writing your own resume, it can be easy to downplay your success, having an expert bring a fresh eye to your career history is a useful way to uncover impressive information for your resume. In this makeover Ysasi was able to provide a more focused format and identify what labels and concepts could translate what the candidate had done as public sector entrepreneur into a private sector context.

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Tech Resume Template: Private Sector IT Director

Position desired: Senior Technology Executive

If you’re going for a role that is technically a step up from your current position you need to get strategic to make your resume stand out. In this resume makeover Stephen Van Vreede, IT and technical resume writer at ITtechExec and NoodlePlace, aimed to rework this resume to better reflect the candidates qualifications as a senior technology leader.

The original resume had too much technical information and lacked order, it didnt position the candidates experience to reflect his career goal. A resume needs to be more than a boring list that outlines your work experience, education and past achievements. The use of color in the original resume and the right-hand sidebar that included a breakdown of achievements for each position the candidate held was something Van Vreede was able to improve and expand on to create a more cohesive document with better flow. Van Vreede focused on simplifying by eliminating extraneous text and labels. To preserve some of the content being eliminated, Van Vreede created an “addendum” with a similar format to list out additional project details and technical skills, so that just like a list of references, the candidate would have a document ready to hand interested recruiters/hiring managers.

Ultimately, Van Vreede refocused the candidates professional brand to better present his qualifications for a senior executive role. Moving the skills and experience to a visually appealing section helped emphasize the most important points while helping to steer the reader through the resume.

Position desired: Senior IT Manager/CIO Consulting Role

As a general rule, a resume that’s too long will buy you a one-way ticket to the “no” pile. But the opposite is also true; a resume that’s too short, or tries to cram too much information into a limited space, will be difficult for a recruiter or hiring manager to follow and could result in rejection, even if your qualifications are top-notch.

Length was the first issue Regal Resums’ Caitlin Sampson, CHRP, CPRW, CEIP and career consultant, tackled when she approached this IT management consultants resume. Sampson helped this candidate expand on his extensive experience while narrowing his focus — a move that lands him his dream job.

The resume needed focus. Sampson added a tagline and a catchy statement to draw the reader in, as well as a professional overview that provides a brief summary of the candidates qualifications and the potential value that he can add to an organization. Sampson then narrowed the focus to demonstrate his business strategy, innovation, project management and team mentoring abilities, he was then much better positioned for a more strategic IT position that could use the depth and breadth of his entire experience, instead of simply focusing on project-based and company-based projects.

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Tech Resume Template: Senior IT Manager/CIO Consulting Role

Position desired: CIO

This job candidate is a career Superwoman. But you’d never know it from looking at her original resume. Executive career coach, strategist, publicist and founder of Executive Promotions, LLC Donald Burns transforms this CIO’s resume from one that was cluttered and text-heavy to one that’s clear and concise — and highlights her accomplishments.

This job seeker lives and works in Perth, Western Australia, the resume ‘norms’ are very different than in Europe and North America, Burns said. Here a resume is lean and mean — like a telegram. In Australia (and New Zealand, India and South Africa) the typical resume is more like a booklet, so it wasn’t surprising that this resume looked more like “an eight-page data dump.”

The first task was to rework the introduction: create a headline, subheadings and a summary paragraph that can also function as a one-page “networking bio. Next, Burns’ focused on readability. Once Burns was finished, the new resume shifted from a laundry list of job descriptions to a document that accurately and effectively showcased the candidates strengths — solving problems for her employers. The final resume makes the candidate look like Superwoman — with no lying or exaggeration — just a true story of accomplishment without apology and without bloated text.

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Position desired: Senior IT Executive

Writing a resume means knowing your audience. If you try to please everyone, youll only wind up with an unfocused and disjointed document filled with unconnected work experience and accomplishments. Cheryl Lynch Simpson, career, job search and LinkedIn coach and Master Resume Writer, helped this candidate focus his resume to demonstrate his wealth of knowledge and experience.

If you don’t have a personal brand, you’re behind the times. As people gain more exposure through the internet and social media, it’s become increasingly important to meticulously craft your professional image — and it all starts with your resume. While his resume didn’t reflect it — much of his past experience directly correlated to his current IT role and aspirations. The challenge was connecting those dots so that any hiring manager or recruiter would understand just how well-rounded his experience was. Simpson tackled the candidates “accomplishments” section and moved them into more strategic areas on the resume. This job seeker walked away with a resume that better portrays his career experience and future goals.

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Tech Resume Template: Senior IT Executive

Position desired: Senior Director of Digital Marketing

Your resume is how you sell yourself to a hiring manager or a recruiter, which means you want to avoid a long list of job descriptions. That’s the mistake resume writer Andrew Ysasi, president of Admovio and executive director of Kent Record Management, said this job candidate made in her original resume. She focused on highlighting her work experience, but neglected to demonstrate the impact she had on the bottom line of her former companies and the impressive trajectory of her career from manager to senior director of digital marketing. She was seeking a job outside the hospitality industry, but Ysasi said her resume emphasized only her experience working in that field. Ysasi was able to take her experience in the hospitality industry and reflect how it could translate to other fields outside of hospitality. He also reworked the resume to reflect the path that led to her role as a senior director of marketing and shortening the document from two pages down to one.

The biggest focus was on creating a resume/story that better reflected her career and show that, while she is certainly a dedicated hospitality professional, her experience spans far beyond the hospitality industry and could translate well into other industries, like technology.

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Tech Resume Template: Senior Director of Digital Marketing

Position desired: IT Engineering Leader

Laura Smith-Proulx, certified professional resume writer and career management coach with An Expert Resume, unearths and highlights a job candidates skills from under a mountain of detail. This job seeker had two resumes, one to cover his experience supporting broadcast systems and another for his time in IT operations. However, neither one adequately focused on the next step in his career. His resume was missing the context of his achievements and a focus on the direction he wanted his career to go, engineering management.

This job candidate had frequently risen to the challenge of delivering major projects that allowed the companies he worked for to offer new services to their customers; yet, his original resume had buried these details in the bullets. Smith-Proulx was able to sift through the incredible amount of detail and accurately pinpoint the accomplishments that best demonstrated the candidates abilities. He will have greater opportunities to pursue a career as an engineering manager now that his resume reflects his skills as well as his goals.

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Tech Resume Template: IT Engineering Leader

Position desired: IT Leader

Making the move from IT professional to IT leader takes a different set of skills. Once you reach the senior level of your career, its time to change how you approach the resume writing process. As a seasoned professional in a leadership role, you need to focus less on your technical skills and more on defining your value proposition.

This job candidate worked his way up the corporate ladder to the role of senior IT director. But after years in the industry, he says it was difficult to transform a long, successful career into a structured, brief and comprehensive two-page resume. J.M. Auron, a global IT careers expert, resume writer and owner of Quantum Tech Resumes, took on the task of streamlining this resume.

The biggest issue Auron found with this resume was that it was written as a narrative. Auron said this narrative style can be seen in “I did” phrases, which can come off as “unprofessional,” and add unnecessary length to a resume. So he focused on building a story around a central focus by establishing specific situations where his leadership and expertise resulted in positive changes for the company.

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Tech Resume Template: IT Leader

Position desired: IT Sales or Marketing Pro

While charts and graphs arent always appropriate, they can bring an eye-catching edge to a resume, especially if you’re an IT sales or marketing pro looking to highlight your revenue-generating skills. Career development specialist and expert resume writer Jennifer Hay, with IT Resume Service, explains how to do this effectively.

“When words don’t communicate your thoughts concisely or deliver the desired impact, there is another step you can take to market your professional brand, said Hays. Delivering that positive perception requires great attention to detail when creating charts and graphs to illustrate accomplishments. This candidates resume was crowded with confusing statistics and figures; the numerous charts and graphs originally included didn’t do much to concisely communicate his value as an IT sales pro. Charts and graphs aren’t all created equal. Certain formats are better at conveying specific types of information quickly. Using the wrong one can have the opposite effect — even if the data is stellar, the format can be your downfall. By separating this job seekers data into two graphs, Hay was able to show how his efforts delivered a greater portion of company revenue through software sales in consecutive fiscal quarters, and how his role had increased company software sales as a percentage of total sales — both strong contributions to the overall corporate strategy.

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Tech Resume Template: IT Sales or Marketing Pro

Position desired: C-suite Executive, CIO Role

To break into the upper echelons of IT, your resume has to be honed to emphasize leadership skills and experience. Even if your resume has a strong foundation, shifts in structure and subtle tweaks can significantly enhance your chances of landing a CIO role or other executive leadership role. IT resume expert Andrew Ysasi, president of Adamovio and vice president of Vital Records Control, worked with this candidate to optimize his resume with better formatting and a more visually appealing design.

The first issue was a lack of clarity and an absence of some important experiences and skills. It can be difficult for some to look objectively at their own work history. Some people also struggle with feeling as though theyre bragging on their resume. But to write a solid resume, you need to find a way to get a fresh look at your career path and history to highlight your biggest accomplishments and accolades. The next big change was transforming the candidates resume to a more graphically appealing resume that highlights the skills for senior data and analytics leadership positions.

The original resume featured a standard resume format, with bolded text, bulleted lists and Times New Roman font. None of these things are necessarily bad, but its exactly what most resumes look like, which wont do much to make you stand out. Taking the time to bring some clear design to your resume can help catch a recruiter or hiring managers attention.

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Tech Resume Template: C-suite Executive, CIO Role

Position desired: IT Executive

Its every executives challenge: Condensing decades of experience and expertise onto a single resume page. With nearly 25 years of technology management experience and 10 years of senior leadership experience this candidate was facing that very issue. Resume expert Andrew Ysasi, president of Admovio and vice president of Vital Records Control, helped streamline this CIOs storied career.

Ysasi identified what type of positions the candidate was interested in and helped reshape his resume to reflect his desired career path. He began by ditching the tech jargon in order to demonstrate the candidates technological knowledge without alienating the reader. Ysasi then shifted the focus from what was a general technology resume and turned it into a more skill specific resume highlighting the candidates CIO skills, specifically, leadership accomplishments that are a huge part of the job. A long resume can ultimately turn a hiring manager or recruiter away, so condensing this resume and keeping it focused was key.

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Tech Resume Template: IT Executive

Position desired: Global CIO

After decades in IT, it can be hard to capture the extensive skills and experience of a storied career in just one or two pages of a resume. Seasoned IT pros and executives who sit down to list their experience and accomplishments often find theyre left with a three- or four-page resume, which is not streamlined enough to stand out in todays competitive recruitment landscape. In this resume makeover IT resume expert Andrew Ysasi, president of Admovio and vice president of Vital Records Control, gives this CIOs resume an overhaul. While impressed by the candidates experience, he knew hed need to help reformat the resume to make it even stronger.

One of the easiest ways to shore up an overly long resume is to include an executive or career summary at the top of the document. For your resume to grab the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager, you dont need fancy design skills. To create an impactful document, something as simple as adding in complementary colors to bring attention to headers and sections can help. Formatting isnt just for the humans reading your resume, you need to format your resume so application tracking systems will match you with relevant job openings. Ysasi helped this candidate find the right formatting and keywords to help an ATS catch her resume without sacrificing readability for recruiters. The final resume better demonstrates this candidates true abilities as a CIO and offers a document that captures everything she can offer to another company.

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Tech Resume Template: Global CIO

Position desired: IT Executive

IT leaders seeking executive-level roles face a common resume conundrum: how to convey their extensive experience and skills in a compact way that has impact. In this resume makeover Andrew Ysasi, president of Admovio and vice president of Vital Records Control, helps a CIO find a focus for his executive resume, while overhauling the design for a more visual and compact impact.

The candidates original resume didnt tell the right career story for the executive-level position he was seeking. You want a recruiter or hiring manager to look at your resume and quickly understand how your career has progressed and how that makes you qualified as a CIO or vice president. Establishing a clear career story is difficult, if youre struggling to find a theme that gives recruiters a clear picture of why youre qualified, Ysasi suggests starting with relevant job descriptions, then focus on including skills and accomplishments with actionable results. Any skills you have that can be backed up with data or figures will go a long way in communicating your executive IT qualifications to a recruiter or hiring manager.

To further help this candidate stand out, Ysasi overhauled the visual aesthetics of the resume, opting for a visually impactful document that includes a headshot, a QR code that leads to the candidates LinkedIn page and bold yellow coloring to draw the readers eye through the document.

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Tech Resume Template: IT Executive

Position desired: IT Executive

If you feel like your resume doesnt quite capture your experience and passion for technology this resume makeover is for you. JM Auron, a leading global IT careers leader, resume writer and owner of Quantum Tech Resumes, helps a VP of security engineering craft a resume that properly outlines his abilities, initiative and accomplishments. The original resume portrayed him as a rather dull, procedural candidate. Its a common trap that job seekers fall into underselling themselves. But if there is ever an appropriate time to brag about your accomplishments, its on your resume.

While most job seekers find it difficult to keep their resume concise, this candidate had the opposite problem, he needed to lengthen his resume to strengthen it. Auron said its important to show recruiters and hiring managers that youve faced challenges in your career and acted on those challenges in a way that has produced valuable results. Dont just tell them what you can do, show them what you can do.

The original resume featured basic, to-the-point bulleted lists and a lack of eye-catching detail. Auron helped transform it into a document led off by an executive summary to highlight the candidates key attributes as an IT leader. Then each section was marked off by simple, elegant graphics to break down the candidates accomplishments, supported by data and key wins in his current role. The headers and sections Auron created better organized the candidates experience and transformed the focus from day-to-day duties that every security executive performs to his distinct approach to help recruiters see his true value beyond the original dry bullet points.

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Tech Resume Template: IT Executive

Position desired: CIO

Not everyone has a typical career trajectory where titles, skills and promotions all line up into a neat, concise story. Career expert Laura Smith-Proulx, helps a CIO tackle his extensive — and impressive — background to build an engaging resume.

This job candidate had all the right information on his resume, but the layout wasnt engaging. It can be difficult to create a resume that uses skills and job titles to build an attention-grabbing story while maintaining a professional tone. There’s a common misconception that resumes should never be more than one or two pages in order to keep a hiring manager’s attention. But Smith-Proulx said that’s not always the case.

Since the candidate’s goal was to obtain another CIO role, Smith-Proulx decided to consolidate his CIO roles and corporate strategy leadership positions together so that his strong career history became center stage. She showcased some of his achievements that had a direct impact to the bottom line, including his ability to generate revenue — which is unusual for a CIO.

The result was a three-page resume that highlighted his impressive background in technology and as a leader. Smith-Proulx says she emphasized his “record of cost controls and ability to streamline every process he touched,” to show how valuable he is as a CIO. Essentially, she used her candidates resume to create a career identity for him.

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Position desired: ERP Expert

Donald Burns, founder of Executive Promotions LLC, has been editing and rewriting resumes long enough to know that one size does not fit all. Sometimes you need to break a few rules to get your best resume. You’ve probably heard about the rules of resume writing and why you should throw out years of experience to keep your resume short. Take a note from this resume makeover and leverage that older work history to sell your professional brand and land a job in a new industry. Rather than erase this job candidates experience, Burns went back 35 years to show how his career path from structural engineer to ERP manufacturing would tell an appealing story to hiring managers.

The original resume was weighed down with bulleted lists of past accomplishments that made it difficult for someone not in the ERP industry to consume. Burns had a hard time figuring out the job candidates career story from his original resume, which means recruiters and hiring managers were probably having the same problem.

To capture the readers immediate interest, he organized the resume so that it had an introduction, headline and summary to get the reader invested in the candidates experience. After he pared down the text, he organized the employment experience. This is where Burns went against the “rules of the resume,” and included experience from nearly 35 years ago. He also cleaned up the most important experience — your most recent job. Burns said your most current job is the most important real estate on your resume, blowing this section could doom your whole resume.

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Tech Resume Template: ERP Expert

Position desired: C-Level Leadership Role

Creating a compelling resume isn’t easy, even when you’re at the C-level. That was the case for this IT leader who needed to transform his resume. Andrew Ysasi, president of Admovio and executive director of Kent Record Management, stepped up to the task of helping this job candidate highlight his C-Level roles and outline his extensive experience and success.

Ysasi quickly found the candidate was selling himself short and was making the common mistake of including too much technical jargon. Ysasi said candidates should think about writing their resumes for the recruiter or hiring manager who will read it first.

Next up was tackling the resume length, the longer your career, the more difficult it is to keep your resume to a tidy one- or two-page document. Consolidating skills to the top of the page will make it easier for a recruiter to see how they’re applicable to all the jobs listed below. The executive summary then acts as a first impression, emphasizing your professional brand and career story.

Ysasi also recommended that this job candidate change his email from a Hotmail account to an Outlook account. It’s a small detail most might overlook, but it can give your resume a fresh, updated feel and a professional email account isn’t just good for your resume, it’s also a great way to consolidate your job search to one inbox so you’ll never miss an email from a recruiter. Ysasi makeover shows recruiters and future employers everything this candidate can bring to the C-suite.

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Tech Resume Template: C-Level Leadership Role

Updated August 23, 2019

Position desired: IT director

This particular original resume didnt feature any glaring flaws, just the common mistakes most of us make when writing a resume. Resume expert, Andrew Ysasi, president of Admovio and executive director of Kent Record Management, said this candidates resume was too technical, scattered and failed to shed any light on his extensive experience in information security.

These issues would prevent the resume from performing well with common search queries for information security jobs and would keep it from performing well against other candidates due to lack of cohesion. Despite the candidates years of experience in information security, his resume lacked focus and a consistent theme, and ultimately didnt speak to the position he was seeking.

This resume rewrite needed a strong summary to highlight the candidates most recent and impressive accomplishments to set the tone for the rest of his resume and would introduce him as a prime candidate with executive appeal.

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Tech Resume Template: IT Director

Position Desired: CIO

The problem facing many IT managers in today’s competitive job market, according to executive recruiters, is that organizations hiring CIOs want “proven” candidates who currently possess that title. Employers don’t want to take chances on mid-level IT managers or IT directors.

This aspring CIO’s resume was too technical and didnt show enough management skills to be considered for a CIO position. Career coach and professional resume writer Wendy S. Enelow stepped in to show him, and IT managers and IT directors like him, how to use his resumes to demonstrate that he possess the experience necessary to move into a coveted CIO position.

Enelow first focused on rewriting the executive summary to encapsulate his career, capture his key strengths, combine his technical and leadership skills, and articulate the work environments in which he excels. She also gave the executive summary a headline to make it clear exactly what the candidate does. Enelow then set her sights on Snapp’s professional experience to gear it towards the position he wanted, this included getting rid of the excessive number of bullet points. Her rule of thumb, no more than four to six bullet points, if you have more put them under different headings to cluster them and give them some hierarchy to enhance the readability of the document.

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Tech Resume Template: CIO Resume (second example)

Position desired: IT executive

The key to this resume revamp: Write your resume for the job you want, not the job you have. When seeking an IT leadership role, your resume needs to tell a different story now, one that is geared towards the position you now seek. J.M. Auron, owner ofQuantum Tech Resumes, helped this candidate (whose name you has been changed to protect his identity) with his previous resume, which was how he landed his most recent IT leadership role.

Now he had to create a new focus in order to climb the ranks, which meant he needed to update his resume to better align with the IT executive career path. Auron told CIO.com (an IDG publication and a sister site to Insider Pro) you start by looking back and identifying what makes you unique or valuable in your field. Once you pinpoint these skills and traits, you can organize your resume to highlight these strengths.

For this candidate, what made him stand out was his success implementing change, so his new resume focused on establishing his executive identity as a transformative leader, a valuable skill in the fast-paced tech industry, and highlight this skill to help recruiters understand the candidates capabilities and worth.

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Tech Resume Template: IT executive

Position desired:IT Leader

Making the move from IT professional to IT leader takes a different set of skills. Once you reach the senior level of your career, the time comes where you need to change how you approach the resume writing process. As a seasoned professional in a leadership role, you need to focus less on your technical skills and more on defining your value proposition.

This IT resume template was created for a candidate who worked his way up the corporate ladder to the role of senior IT director. But after years in the industry, his struggle was how to transform a long, successful career, detailed in four to five pages, into a structured, brief and comprehensive two-page resume.

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Position desired: CIO

Once you hit the executive level, your resume needs to show what you can offer beyond your career history and education. If you have an IT resume that looks like most others long in verbiage and short on professional branding, you need a new strategy.

Resume expert J.M. Auron helps a job candidate inject personality, clarity and branding into a resume aimed at landing a CIO-level position. The original resume included long, bulleted lists that outlined responsibilities and accomplishments dating as far back as the early 90s. While this format tells a linear story, it doesnt tell a career story. Its up to you to show the hiring manager how your accomplishments have produced real results.

Also, if youve been in the workforce long enough to climb the corporate ladder its difficult to keep your resume to one or two pages. Using the 10-year cutoff rule was key to this resume revamp, no more than a decade needs to be discussed in detail, this strategy can also help you avoid the very real problem of age discrimination.

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