CDO Resumes: 5 Traits of a Continuous Learner

Hiring trends are changing in the post-COVID era. In this digital transformation age, qualities such as being eager, trainable, and quick to pick up new skills weigh more heavily in hiring decisions and overpowering items like years of experience or a comprehensive list of technological competencies. These are traits of a continuous learner, and organizations who hire them enable organizational agility and adaptability, positioning themselves ahead of their competition.

Chief Digital Officers (CDOs) who prove themselves as individuals who can expand their scope of understanding and expertise on an ongoing basis are coming out ahead of specialists with heavy technical proficiency. Executive leaders, boards, and organizations are specifically seeking out continuous learners – and important quality to highlight on your CDO resume.

Remaining current on the everchanging technology infrastructure, software development, cybersecurity, and data requirements and expectations is imperative to surviving the accelerated digital innovation. But for an organization to thrive, their CDO must also ask questions and think outside the box, generating ideas on how new technologies can be used to gain a competitive advantage and come out ahead.

As challenging as it is for companies to identify continuous learners in candidates, it might even be more challenging for candidates to portray themselves as such during their CxO job transition.

5 Traits to Focus on in Your CDO resume and Executive Interview

  • Diverse Experience & Collaboration. Those who have experience working with sub-functions and have collaborated cross-functionally are open to learning and taking on new challenges.
  • Mental Dexterity. Those who have earned promotions and have a history of career progression have the desire and ability to better themselves and acquire new capabilities in various contexts.
  • Ambition & Intrinsic Motivation. Those who take the initiative to learn, practice, and perfect a new skill or technology aren’t afraid to step out of their comfort zone.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit. Those who are passionate, work hard, practice discipline, take calculated risks, and challenge the status quo can learn from every opportunity, whether success or failure.
  • Personal & Professional Growth. Those with a track record of continuing education, participation in professional organizations, thought leadership, and positive testimonials set themselves apart from candidates with fixed mindsets.

To find out how we can demonstrate your capacity as a continuous learner on your CDO resume, book a complimentary and confidential call with us here.

Mary Elizabeth Bradford is the Founder and Executive Director of and and a past executive recruiter. A thought leader in the career services industry for over 20 years, she holds 5 distinct advanced certifications for senior-level resume writing, online branding and executive-level job search coaching (CERM, CMRW, CARW, MCD, NCOPE). She has been seen and heard in major media including Forbes, Time, WSJ, Newsweek and NBC affiliate stations. She holds 2 CDI TORI awards and is a top tier judge for the elite CDI TORI awards for four consecutive years. Mary Elizabeth Bradford’s elite team of award-winning, certified, top executive resume writers, former top executive recruiters, and global HR executives help many of the world’s premier C-suite, board members and thought leaders secure the transitions and compensation packages they want. She works with clients all over the globe.

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