Bonus Tip: How to pick skills by analyzing IT director job description
Reading a job description and translating the language into a list of skills you should include on a resume is its own skill.
Let’s break down how to do it with this real example from Amtrak:
“…responsible for all [[front-end technology systems]] and services which serve Amtrak’s Train Operations. Train Operations includes [[Mechanical, Engineering, Transportation, Network Support, Stations business functions]] among others. This role owns the transform, grow and run the [[business budget]] associated with their service and ensures optimum [[utilization of investment against company priorities]].”
- You need to be familiar with front-end development, TCP/IP, and networking.
- Experience in mechanics, engineering, transport, etc. is important but not everyone one is necessary. Emphasize experience in as many of these areas as possible.
- Budgeting experience is helpful, even if it’s something like running the finances and budgeting for a group you volunteer with. Even non “work experience” can show you have a skill.
- Show instances where you worked to achieve a set of goals set by those above you. This last point shows that you need to balance demonstrating independence with showing that you can execute on instructions you’re given.
If you can nail all four of those points, you’ll have a resume that makes it easy for a recruiter to forward you on to the CIO.
IT Director Resume Education Section: Do You Need It?
In general, IT directors are expected to have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science (or a similar field). So the short answer is yes, you need to include your education.
The more relevant question is whether you should include details about your education (courses taken, GPA, other achievements).
The answer here is no, by the time you’re applying for a position as senior as IT director, you should have years of work experience that speaks for itself. Don’t waste space talking about what you did in university 5-10+ years ago.
IT Director Certifications: The Most Impactful Certifications to have on IT Director Resume
Certifications are a powerful tool for prospective IT directors to show that they’re self-motivated in improving their skillset.
They’re also a great way to show some level of knowledge in an area you haven’t had the opportunity to obtain regular work experience.
So, if you’ve never worked with Scrum but it’s a core part of an IT director position you’d like to apply for, take the time to get certified in it. Though the exact certifications relevant to a position will vary, these 8 are valued across IT director positions: