The experience section above uses the provided formula to show why the candidate is qualified for this specific job.
Examples with numbers and statistics show the company how you will exceed their goals and expectations. Simply saying “facilitated platform adoption among customers” doesn’t tell them anything about your successes or achievements.
Of course, a typical CTO role will include many responsibilities. Project management, IT leadership, development strategy, and staff training might all be part of the job description.
Focus on the ones that are your greatest achievements and will be the most impactful for your target job.
CTO skill section: how to get ahead of your competition
The position you’re applying for will influence the best format choice for your skills section.
Some companies will want you to jump in alongside the engineers and exercise those DevOps skills. Others will look to your leadership skills to recruit and retain top-level IT talent, execute global IT strategy, and scale operations.
Almost every CTO comes from a technical background, so putting all the focus on your tech skills won’t make you stand out - every candidate will have a great section.
Soft skills are often what separates a good CTO from a great CTO. Leadership, communication, and team management play a major role in CTO responsibilities.
If you have a software background, you’re probably more comfortable talking about Java, Python, MySQL, and other technologies rather than your ability to lead and organize projects.
However, simply listing soft skills on your resume won’t be enough to convince recruiters. Like the achievements in your experience section, it is best to demonstrate by showing examples.
Presenting soft skills in a real-world context allows you to show evidence of your soft skills and emphasize your achievements once again.
For example, you analyze the target job description and see that part of the job is to present a platform to partners and clients through events and conferences. Use your past experience and show your presentation skills in an engaging context:
“Delivered keynote speech at Global 2020 Innovative Tech Conference on customer management workflows”
Another way to make your skills section stand out from your competition is to frame it in a way that is fresh and original.
Titling your soft skills section “key achievements,” “strengths,” or something similar adds some originality to your CTO resume format and will draw the recruiters’ eye.
Use the CTO template in our resume builder tool and add your soft skills in the section labeled “key achievements” like the example above.
Still not sure which soft skills to focus on? Here are some of the most desired soft skills to add to your chief technical officer resume: