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This article will describe the key ele-
ments that should be in an IT Executive
Did you understand what the
As you move up the IT management
ladder, you transition from being a
technical overseer to more of a business
Sure you have to make sure the IT
initiatives are well-executed, but at the
very top, you are the company s expert
on how to get the most out of tech-
nology. That makes you both a business
strategist and technology-focused
To do this effectively, you need to
know the business and its core business
That means that your IT Executive
resume should showcase how you part-
nered with executives and line managers
to understand the markets, competition,
opportunities, and threats as well as
the internal business work and data
Armed with this expert knowledge,
you would go on to show how you
improved the company s performance
through the evangelization and savvy
use of technology.
How did you improve the technol-
Once you ve shown that you can
identify the areas where technology
would be valuable, now you have to
show how you managed its use.
Talk to a company s managers about
their technology wish lists and you will
have a rather long list. Now you have
to have the business processes in place
to organize that list.
• Did you establish a business case jus-
tification process that measures the
ROI from IT investments?
• Have you been part of committees
that help business units quantify and
understand the impact of technical
initiatives in a consistent manner?
• Importantly, do you have the inter-
personal skills and talent to drive
stakeholder consensus and buy-in
when there are disparate opinions?
• Have you diplomatically managed
relationships with frustrated user
communities whose initiatives did
not make the cut?
Your ability to build these business
partner relationships with your stake-
holders is critical to your effectiveness
(and success) so prepare to highlight
your talent in this area.
How did you implement solutions?
So far, you have shown how you have
been instrumental in defining and pri-
oritizing your firm s key initiatives and
their expected return.
Now you have to show on your
resume why the next employer should
have confidence in your ability to
implement these solutions. This is
important because the majority of proj-
ects and large scale programs are still
over budget and not meeting their
Yes, you can highlight specific ini-
tiatives like ERP installations, virtual-
ization, and green programs, but that
doesn t really answer the question.
Here you want to speak to proven,
best-in-class processes and method-
• Did you setup or improve a PMO?
• What effect did that have on cycle
times, quality, and internal/external
• Did you introduce Agile/Scrum or
other new tools and methodologies
into the mix?
• Did you shorten learning curves
through strong change management?
• Did you establish a consistent, secure
and scalable architecture?
Here you have to give your next
employer the confidence that you will
improve the delivery of solutions. Of
course, you should quantify as much
as possible the impact of such efforts,
proving that the expected ROI was real-
Validate your story
Now that you have shown that you
have the talent, prove it by highlighting
some key initiatives.
Here it is important to remember
your audience, the executive decision
maker and what is important to them.
A migration from Vista to Windows
7 is lovely but is that a strategic initiative
that supports your theme?
Think in terms of the CEO s key
goals: sales, profits, market share, and
risk management, and speak to those
In this economy employers want to
know how you increased sales or saved
money through reduction in actual
costs and productivity improvements.
• Did you improve customer engage-
ment on the web sites that translated
to sales increases?
• Did you help marketing break through
into new markets through localization
or new systems?
• Did you establish safe and brand-
supportive practices for using social
• Are you effectively protecting the
company s data?
Compare this to most IT executive
resumes that start by stating I am a
great manager (aren t we all?) and then
lists major projects. Take the next leap
up and make your resume showcase
your skills along these lines and you
will see a dramatic improvement in
your job search results.
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