According to a 2012 report by Ladders.com, a recruiter spends about six seconds reviewing a job applicant resume (Keeping an Eye on Recruiter Behavior, 2012). As an applicant, you don’t have much time to grab their attention. Writing a killer resume can be challenging. You have to sell yourself on paper, not just to a potential new supervisor, but also to the search committee who is screening your resume. Search committees are usually hardworking groups who look at resumes and must quickly make next-round decisions, separating resumes into two stacks, next-round and eliminated.
During my 15 years as an IT executive, I’ve sat on search committees and reviewed numerous resumes both as a technology executive building robust teams with qualified people and as a resume consultant through my nonprofit organization, CHECS (Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies, www.checs.org). While reviewing resumes, I often see common mistakes among those individuals who want to take the career-advancing step from a technology director role to the chief information officer (CIO) leading a department at a college or university. Here are my top six strategies to strengthen a resume.
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About Wayne Brown, PhD.
Expertise: Information Technology Leadership
Wayne Brown is Vice President of Extended Education at Excelsior College and CEO of Educators Serving Educators. Dr. Brown’s long career in the information technology field began during his service in the U.S. Air Force and carried through to the higher education field. He joined Excelsior College as vice president for information technology in 2009, and rapidly expanded his impact at the institution: In addition to mentoring his own CIO successor, he formed the Center for Technology Leadership (CTL), an Excelsior-based professional development and training center for chief information officers.
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