by Stephen Van Vreede

I had the privilege of working with David Thorburn-Gundlach recently. David is an enterprise architecture leader who had an outdated, 9-page resume from 10 years ago. When he tried to update it, he was having difficulty determining how to represent his experience in a way that was most relevant to today’s market.

Here’s how he tells it:

“I had invested a lot of time and effort into crafting a resume — 10 years ago! I knew my resume was entirely out of date, and that the focus of my career has since changed. I figured it needed modernization to bring it into line with current presentations, since styles change’,” says Thorburn-Gundlach.

To address the length as well as the overabundance of information, I had Thorburn-Gundlach describe the ideal type of role he envisioned. Once that was established, we worked together to create a profile of David’s background as well as his wants and needs for filling this role. We then went through his extensive experience, projects and achievements to determine what content would be included, how it would be prioritized, and the manner in which it would be presented.

To read more about the process we went through, check out the following article written by Sharon Florentine of CIO.com:

IT Resume Makeover: Just the facts (and only the pertinent ones)

In the end, David summed up his experience as:

“What surprised me most was how unexpectedly excited and motivated I was when I saw the revised version for the first time. Now, I have a great marketing platform that will do a much better job of presenting me, highlighting my strengths, and delivering my message to potential employers. A resume is a living document, and now I’ve made it past the ‘resurrection’ and am in a great position to be able to tweak and fine-tune it for different opportunities and markets,” Thorburn-Gundlach says.