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According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, roles that fall into the computer and information systems manager category, like Chief Technology Officer, or CTO, will enjoy a 15% increase over the next 10 years (until about 2032). That, of course, means there will be a ton of people vying for those positions. 

They say that competition breeds success, but in reality, too much competition can be counterproductive. If there are hundreds of qualified applicants for CTO positions, what do you do to stand out? How do you get the attention of a hiring manager – whether you’re applying for a role at a new company or an internal promotion? 

The answer is that you have to have a compelling, clearly articulated, and achievement-packed CTO resume!

It can be a challenging thing to do. Fortunately, you’re in the right place! The experts at ZipJob have created this CTO resume guide with an example CTO resume and a lot of tips and tricks to help you land your next interview.

How to write a resume

First things first! How do you write a CTO resume? 

Several factors go into a resume that lands in the hands of a hiring manager and, from there, wows them. First, your resume has to pass those frustrating employer applicant tracking systems, otherwise known as an ATS. This means it needs to be ATS-friendly. Once your resume gets past the ATS, it then needs to stand out to recruiters and hiring managers. 

Here are some tips to help you tackle these tasks. 

Write with an ATS in mind

Most employers, somewhere in the neighborhood of 90%, use an applicant tracking system to screen candidates and build efficiencies into their hiring practices. If your resume can’t be read by an ATS, or the ATS doesn’t believe it’s relevant, then it will likely be rejected. What does that mean? It means that, even if you’re qualified, your resume won’t be seen by a human reader, and we don’t want that!

Here are some considerations for creating an ATS-friendly resume:

  • Use a reverse chronological format in most instances since it’s the format most easily read by an ATS. The bonus here is that most hiring managers also prefer this format. 

  • Don’t include information in the header or footer or your resume. An ATS can’t read these areas.

  • Use plenty of keywords throughout your resume based on your experience and skills that align with the job description.

  • Use standard naming conventions for section headings. You might confuse the ATS if you try to be creative. 

  • Avoid including graphs, images, and tables. Most applicant tracking systems can’t parse these correctly.

  • Only use acronyms that you’re confident are typical for your industry. In most instances, it’s best to use the acronym and also spell out the abbreviation to ensure the ATS picks it up in at least one of those instances. 

  • If you must use columns, only use right-aligned ones. Most ATS software can’t read left-aligned columns.  

  • Run your resume through a free ATS resume checker.

Select the best format

There are three resume formats commonly used for US resumes:

  • Reverse chronological

  • Functional

  • Hybrid

You’ll want to select the best format for your circumstances. In most instances, your safest bet will be to go with the reverse chronological format. As mentioned previously, it’s the most easily read by ATS software and the version most liked by recruiters and hiring managers. 

Another benefit of the reverse chronological version is that your most recent experience is listed first, which is considered the most relevant to hiring managers. In other words, hiring managers will see what they’re most interested in at the top. 

Incorporate a strong resume summary

Your resume summary follows your contact information at the top of your resume. The goal of a summary is to capture the attention of the reader so they want to learn more. You want your summary to pack a punch by incorporating the most important elements from your resume in terms of experience, knowledge, and skills. 

Include relevant competencies

Following your resume summary, include a list of 12-15 core competencies that show you have the knowledge to get the job done. The core competencies section generally includes the hard skills you possess. 

Be sure to include all of the core competencies you have that are outlined in the job description. This will stand out to the hiring managers and also show that you have the relevant skills necessary during ATS scans. 

Write achievement-based bullet points

When you get to the meat of your CTO resume – the Professional Experience section – you may be tempted to list everything you’ve done at your jobs. Avoid doing this. Instead, focus on the things you achieved at each position. 

As you write your professional experience section, think about the job description and what the new company wants or needs. The only way they’re going to be able to tell that you have what it takes is to see things you achieved at previous jobs. 

Expert Tip

Use numbers every chance you get to quantify your accomplishments!

A lot of CTO resumes will write bullets like this:

  • Managed the IT department

  • Led a team of developers

  • Implemented new technologies

While those are great things, you can bet that every other CTO resume will say basically the same thing. So, to stand out from the crowd, transform those bullets into achievement statements like this:

  • Managed an IT department consisting of 5 teams and a budget of $100M

  • Coached and mentored a team of 12 developers by creating an open environment of communication that facilitated future-facing decision-making

  • Architected the release of 3 new products in the SaaS space that set the company apart as an industry leader

Which set of bullets gets your attention more? It’s the achievement bullets that have numbers, right? Those are the same types of bullet points that will impress future hiring managers.

To get your brain juices flowing, here are some ideas you can use to get some quantifiable achievements onto your CTO resume:

  • Did you do anything to increase revenue?

  • What, if anything, did you do to reduce system downtimes?

  • Do you have any numbers related to increasing user engagement scores?

  • Did your team implement any processes that improved cybersecurity?

  • What have you done with artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML) to scale analytics?

Here’s a challenge! Try to add a number to every single bullet point on your resume.  

Add extras at the end of your CTO resume

By the time you get to the point of your career where you’re applying to executive-level technology roles, you’ve probably participated in some extra projects or research and development related to technology innovations. You may have even been a member of some committee, board, or task force. 

You can absolutely add those things to your resume. 

All you have to do is add a new section beneath your education to flesh out the details of those extras. Write it up just as you would your Professional Experience section, using the title of the project you participated in, the company you worked on it with, and the timeframe. Also, feel free to add a couple of accomplishment bullets if you need to add more keywords to your resume. 

Here’s an example:


Threat Intelligence Platform | Major Bank | YYYY

  • Implemented industry-leading cloud-based TIP solution, enabling bank to become 2nd institution nationally to automate threat intelligence processes

  • Minimized data loss by 85% and increased security posture by 50%

While these types of extras can be critically important on your resume, you should remember that you’re working against a limit of two pages for your resume. You can possibly get away with using three pages if (and only if) the only information on page three is your career extras. 

Hiring managers spend about 10 seconds glancing at incoming resumes. They simply don’t have the time to read page after page of your career history when they have 50 other resumes to get through. Always ask yourself, “Will this be THE THING that gets me an interview?” If the answer is “No,” then don’t include it on your resume. 

Adhere to standard margins, spacing, and fonts

You want your resume to look coherent and consistent throughout. Choose standard margins and line spacing that adhere to what resume readers are accustomed to seeing. Also, use a resume-friendly font type and size. Your font size should be 10 to 14, based on the type of font you select. Some resume-friendly font types include:

  • Verdana

  • Trebuchet

  • Times New Roman

  • Tahoma

  • Helvetica

  • Garamond

  • Calibri

  • Arial

Use standard naming conventions

When you use unconventional section headings in your resume, you might confuse an ATS. Also, if you want hiring managers to quickly find the information that shows you have what it takes to succeed on the job, it's best to go with what's standard vs. trying to be creative. That means using the following naming conventions for your resume sections:

  • Work Experience or Relevant Work Experience

  • Education

  • Certification

  • Technical Skills

  • Awards

  • Publications

You’ll definitely include a Work Experience and Education section following your contact information and resume summary sections. The additional sections listed above can be included based on your unique circumstances. 

Tailor your CTO resume to the job description

Applying to jobs used to be a numbers game: the more resumes you sent out, the better chance you’d have of hearing back from someone. That simply isn’t the case anymore. 

Because of the rampant use of resume scanning software, you simply cannot send out the same resume to every company. It would be a complete waste of your time and effort. 

You must tailor your resume to every job that you apply to. The easiest way to do that is by focusing on your title/headline, summary paragraph, and core competencies. Of course, you can weave keywords into your resume wherever you can make them make grammatical sense, but working with the top part of your CTO resume is the fastest way to get it done. 

  • The title: This should mirror the job description and will likely be changed with every single job to which you apply. If the title of your resume is currently “Chief Technology Officer,” but the job description is looking for a "Technology Strategy Executive,” be sure to change your title accordingly. 

  • Profile Paragraph: Your profile paragraph and any highlight bullets beneath are a great place for keywords to appear in your resume. This paragraph basically answers the tell-me-about-yourself interview question. As you review the job description, you will notice that there are some key phrases. These are the tasks that are imperative to the successful completion of your day in the new role. Weave those key phrases into the verbiage of the profile paragraph. 

  • Core Competencies: This is the list of skills just below your profile section. This is what career experts like to call the 'Beat the Bots' section. While the skills you possess are important, it’s MORE important to target your resume to the job description. As you compare your current skills list with that of the job posting, make note of keywords that you’re not using and include them here.

Don’t forget about your cover letter

In the spirit of talking about a complete application for a new CTO position, we would be remiss if we didn’t teach you that the tips and tricks involved in crafting a compelling CTO resume hold true for your cover letter, too. 

Not too long ago, the thought process behind cover letters was that they were a waste of time. In the last few years, though, that has changed. Customize it as much as you can, including keywords from the job description and a hiring manager’s name if you can find it. One very important thing to note, though, is that your cover letter shouldn’t simply regurgitate information that’s already on the resume. 

Use the cover letter as a way to inject some personality into your overall application. Talk about why you’re excited to join the company and why you’re particularly suited for the CTO position they have open. Your cover letter should show enthusiasm, your passion for technology, and your dedication to innovation. 

Chief Technology Officer Resume Example

How confident do you feel about your resume? If you need more help, you can always refer to the following Chief Technology Officer resume sample for a position.



City, State or Country if international

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Solutions-orientated Chief Technology Officer highly regarded for more than 15 years of progressive experience developing, implementing and supporting complex infrastructures and technical solutions for leaders in the XXX industry.  Superior expertise with development methodologies, developer supervision and client relations. Motivational and influential project manager, providing effective leadership in fast-paced, deadline driven environments. Track record of surpassing goals and expectations for quality, schedule and cost while implementing leading-edge IT solutions. Out-of-the-box thinker who thrives in collaborative environments, working across business and technical teams to increase profits and reduce costs through continuous improvements and strategic IT infrastructure planning.


  • Full Life Cycle Development

  • Budgetary Oversight/ P&L

  • Software Analysis & Design

  • Object Oriented Technology

  • Application Development

  • Program Management

  • E-commerce & Websites

  • Process Improvement

  • Training

  • Manager/ Leader Enterprise Wide Systems

  • Technical Solutions

  • Project Leadership

  • Six Sigma Methodology

  • Change Management


Chief Technology Officer



  • Provide strong leadership and effective interdepartmental communication to effectively meet or exceed all project timelines and budgetary goals.

  • Serve as a liaison between operations and information technology (IT) to identify and drive implementation of solutions and resolve issues surrounding the complex deployment of international platforms.

  • Consistently implement programs that result in substantial cost savings while improving and modernizing technology infrastructure to better serve customer needs.

  • Provide hands-on project management and served as a key member of the technology strategy team specializing in framework architecture.

  • Define business process, application, and technology requirements for multiple applications across all business units.

  • Facilitate communications and negotiate with team members to build alignment between business and technology groups.

  • Understand core business processes and identified technologies to support and enhance operations.

  • Focused primarily on the development of tools for knowledge management, workflow, document & content management, search, and web-based collaboration.

  • Managed multiple projects and initiatives throughout the entire project life cycle; held full responsibility for project staffing, design/architecture, modeling, budgeting, and execution.

  • Spearheaded the development and enhancement of a secure communication portal.

  • Global leader in management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing dedicated to helping business and governmental clients maximize their performance.

  • Consulted directly with clients as a senior technical architect to design and implement new technologies.

  • Shared best practices and systems architecture knowledge with line consultants to improve project outcomes.

  • Performed technology audits to ensure clients took advantage of best methodologies and tools to meet business objectives.

  • Generated full budget and work plan for development and implementation of the technical infrastructure.

  • Partnered with business sponsors and technical groups to identify business functionality and processes for the site and determine best technologies to expand current capabilities.

  • Led a team of 5 technical architects to upgrade to an existing imaging system within a document management application.

  • Generated project plans and ensured that strict timelines and budgetary goals were successfully met.

  • Developed short- and long-term strategies to address client needs and unique market requirements.

  • Led a cross functional team of XX members, managing career development, training initiatives and mentoring toward advancement.

  • Coordinated with product managers and development teams to implement new features and product extensions.

  • Maximized efficiency in a constantly evolving environment where the process is fluid and creative solutions are the norm.



Complete School Name, City, St/Country: List Graduation Years If Within the Last Ten Years
Complete Degree Name (Candidate) – Major (GPA: List if over 3.3)

  • Relevant Coursework: List coursework taken (even include those you are planning on taking)

  • Awards/Honors: List any awards, honors or big achievements

  • Clubs/Activities: List clubs and activities in which you participated

  • Relevant Projects: List 2-3 projects you have worked on

Key Takeaway

  • Have a good balance of hard and soft skills (see the next section)

  • Use quantifiable career accomplishments to prove you’re the best

  • Write a title that mirrors the job description

  • Include a profile paragraph that highlights your ability to deliver results

Key hard & soft skills for a Chief Technology Officer

Any standout resume will include ample relevant skills for the job. Don't just showcase hard skills, but also incorporate the soft skills necessary to succeed. Of course, you only want to list the hard and soft skills you possess. Below are lists of hard and soft skills you might find on a Chief Technology Officer resume.

Chief Technology Officer resume hard skills

Here are some of the hard skills you might find on a Chief Technology Officer resume:

  • Full Life Cycle Development

  • Budgetary Oversight/P&L

  • Software Analysis & Design

  • Object Oriented Technology

  • Application Development

  • Program Management

  • E-commerce & Websites

  • Process Improvement

  • Training

  • Manager/Leader Enterprise Wide Systems

  • Technical Solutions

  • Project Leadership

  • Six Sigma Methodology

  • Change Management

  • Infrastructure Development

  • Development Life Cycle

  • Quality Assurance

  • Process Improvement

  • Workflow Management

  • Budget Management

  • Imaging Systems

Chief Technology Officer resume soft skills 

Soft skills might not be easily measurable like hard skills, but an employer knows if you have them or not. The following soft skills are common skills highlighted – typically in the resume summary and work accomplishments areas – of a Chief Technology Officer resume. 

  • Leadership

  • Interpersonal

  • Communication

  • Detail-oriented

  • Analytical

  • Time management

  • Organization

  • Problem Solving

  • Adaptability

  • Collaboration

  • Teamwork

  • Conflict Resolution

Summary & last words

Writing a resume to pass an ATS and land in the hands of a hiring manager takes a lot of effort. The next step of wowing the hiring team takes additional effort. Fortunately, it's not rocket science. You'll already be one step ahead of the competition by using the tips above and referring to the Chief Technology Officer resume example. 

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