Post pandemic, a good Chief Information Officer is more important than ever. But a qualified CIO has to be found first. After all, the shortage of skilled workers is already noticeable when filling simple IT positions, and things are not getting better at management level.
I spoke to several recruiters for the C level and asked them what is important in a CIO application. The recruiters are all on the lookout for three things: a stable, solid career that has developed over the years, leadership skills, and personality.
If you take the following six pieces of advice to heart in your application, you will improve your chances of landing your dream job:
1. Keep it short
Your application should aim to get a recruiter to learn more about you. You should therefore limit yourself to the most relevant information when you have achieved what you have achieved. Tailor your application to the advertised position. If it is not about a specific position, your application should show that you have leadership qualities and can create added value for the company.
2. Express yourself clearly
Your resume is an overview of your previous work. Write down where you worked in which position and for how long. Use bullet points for the points that you have achieved in the respective activities.
If your employer’s name is not common, include a brief explanation. And in no case try to hide any gaps while making your resume. The interviewed recruiters advise transparency.
3. Focus on the business value
One of the interviewed recruiters keeps getting applications on the table in which CIOs Highlight technologies and successful implementations. The applicants are doing themselves no favors. Rather, they should highlight what their projects have achieved in the company. If you can prove it with numbers, that’s what you should do.
What also goes down badly when applying for a CIO position are detailed lists of each individual technology that you have already worked with in your professional life. Those who do this give themselves the stamp of a technology geek. That is exactly what you should avoid.
4. Emphasize your leadership skills
You can express your boss qualities in two different ways on your resume: On the one hand, you can mention results, team building, change management and involve working with other boards of directors. Another option would be to mention the size and direction of your activity: whether you work globally or locally, how big the IT department is and what IT budget you are working with.
5. Show a career boost
With CIO applications, recruiters pay attention to a common thread that shows continuous development on the career ladder. For example, they appreciate it when someone has expanded their area of responsibility and has been in one position long enough to make a difference.
6. Be human
Some recruiters also use résumés to get a first impression of you as a person. Don’t get this wrong – this is not about hobbies and personal interests. Rather, recruiters use the writing style to determine the personality and whether a candidate fits the corporate culture. Therefore, you should always try to write in your own words and not use stylized artificial language.