IT Resume Makeover: Making the military-to-civilian transition

By Rich Hein , CIO |  IT Management, career advice, insider

As an IT visionary, accomplished entrepreneur, highly decorated war veteran, Saxon has experienced more success in the last 15 years than many people could hope for over a career. Amazing as all that is, he has a problem: Saxon is trying to transition into a civilian position as CIO or director of IT, and he hasn't been getting the desired results.

At first, Saxon's resume was five pages. After all, 25 years of IT and military experience is hardly something you can cram into a one-page resume. Also, in the military industrial channels he was working in, he has seen many three-five page resumes. At the recommendation of and with the paid help of a jobs board resume-writing service, Saxon recently distilled his resume to two pages.

Armed with his new resume, he began again his search and, although he was getting some interest from employers, the positions he was being invited to consider weren't at the levels he knew he was capable of performing.

Saxon had clarity around the role he was looking for, but he wasn't quite sure how to get there. Then at a chance meeting and conversation at a CIO leadership event, Saxon was offered a chance to take part in CIO.com's resume makeover series.

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