Last year, Gartner cited the IT skills gap as a challenge CIOs will face in 2016, with 15% of digital leaders expecting to move job roles within 12 months.

So, while there is no perfect CV, many CIOs are looking to gain additional skills across a number of different areas, such as cybersecurity, customer relationships and soft skills. CIOs are looking to advisors, peers and network groups to ensure they're on the right track for a successful career as a digital innovator.  (See also: 3 new priorities for a CIO in 2017.)   

Skills CIOs should have on their CV: Creativity

As the role becomes more strategic, CIOs should embrace the shift from managing digital teams to coming up with new and innovative ways to drive business transformation.  

A Harvey Nash survey revealed that 45% of CIOs expect creativity to drive innovation. So, by showing off your creative side on your CV, you can create better engagement with those reading it and highlight that you not only embrace new ideas, but also generate them.

CIOs are looking for new ways to deliver IT products and services to their organisations. By regularly coming up with creative ideas through the use of hackathons, brainstorming sessions, and attending industry events, CIOs can pitch ideas to business leaders who may have a lack of knowledge around IT.  

And through creative presentations CIOs can break down information using animation, infographics and keywords to help promote a key message across to their business colleagues.

In some organisations, creativity is the skill which drives digital leaders in their role, and CIO Duncan Gooding has seen originality help him to deliver new products and services in his role at TalkTalk Business.

"By not sitting back and looking at what new technologies are available to deliver can help deliver the customer experience," he said. "I think trying to stand out and be creative is one of the best things at TalkTalk Business."

Gooding describes TalkTalk Business as an entrepreneurial organisation that has allowed him to be creative in his role by not necessarily "making money" from projects but being valued as a key player in a competitive telecom market. (See also: TalkTalk Business COO Duncan Gooding on security strategy since 2015 cyberattack.)

The use of collaboration and social tools can help CIOs generate new ideas with colleges, peers and industry experts to help deliver change in the organisation, while also improving your skills.

LinkedIn is a great tool for publishing content, sharing news and receiving updates from relevant industry experts. This can help gain a better insight of the industry, keep up to date with trends and learn from peers.  

Skills CIOs should have on their CV: Security

62% of IT professionals see cybersecurity as a key skill to develop in 2017, according to the Spiceworks tech career survey.

The increase of ransomware, password theft and spyware has seen companies become prone to cyber attacks.

And such cyber attacks have seen organisations such as TalkTalk, Three Mobile and Yahoo! witness some of the most costly data breaches reported in recent years. (See also: Security challenges for CIOs in 2017.)

Security attacks have seen organisations' demand for security professionals increase, with the need for IT pros to block access to business systems, encrypt files and recover leaked personal data, continuing to grow.

In 2016, Gartner challenged organisations to tackle issues such as hiring and retaining security talent to ensure businesses are protected from threats.

And security expertise is an important skill for employers to have access to as it can help educate employees on the possible threats made to the company. Often, to develop these skills CIOs should have a detailed security plan in place to ensure the business and its data is protected with security workshops available to all.

Collecting information from previous reports can help formalise a security roadmap and illustrate which areas need particular attention. This should include costs, resources and objectives, which can meet security standards for the organisation.  

Collaborating with security teams and examining previous reports can help ensure your security knowledge is up to date and appeals to future employers.

Skills CIOs should have on their CV: Financial Management

As finance is featured in every aspect of every organisation it has become a key trait for a CIO to develop to help keep a business running.

Budgeting, analytics and forecasting are all valuable skills most employers will look for.   

A great way to develop financial skills is through using management tools such as QuickBooks, Interact and Xero which help create budget plans, financial reports and statistical overviews. These tools offer guides and tutorials to help manage business costs, create budget plans and track transactions.

Often, collaborating with the finance department can offer CIOs a great insight into their role.

CIOs are finding new ways to manage business costs through collaborating with the financial department to ensure change. Through communication, observation and mentorship from financial leaders they educate CIOs on how to turn the business model into profits and growth, while adding to their skill set.  

A background in finance remains infrequent for CIOs but it is still a vital aspect for businesses to break even today. Financial management can help keep costs under control while also ensuring the business is ahead of its competitors, with the added bonus of improving your CV with valuable financial expertise.

Skills CIOs should have on their CV: Vendor management

As a CIO develops her or his managerial skills they should build external relationships with vendor suppliers.

Vendors and third party suppliers have become an important relationship to maintain as they bring their support and expertise to many aspects of the business. As CIOs strive to find a vendor who can deliver in terms of cost, performance and timescale, they will need to identify suppliers who will truly represent the brand. And it's this kind of experience that will attract future employers. (Read next: CIO tips on partnerships with vendors.)

To increase this skill, CIOs should build relationships with vendors who can support the business needs. To do this, CIOs should regularly communicate and engage with vendors to ensure the right materials are bought into the organisation. Defining set roles and measuring vendor performance through project management tools which can help articulate a CIO's expectations from the vendor to ensure the project is a success.

As vendor management remains a skill to be learnt through experienced leaders, maintaining a good relationship with suppliers can help lead the business to make better decisions and achieving project deadlines.  

Skills CIOs should have on their CV: Team management and team building

Team building is a skill for CIOs to embrace as they become the digital enablers of the organisation, and expand their soft skills.

There is no magic management guide available to all CIOs, with each leader having their own unique leadership style to help manage their teams.  

Team Collaboration should see a CIO delegate tasks, communicate regularly and motivate their teams to achieve successful results. The support of a team will help lighten a CIO's workload and will turn their focus to other areas of the business which need to be improved.

A CIO should lead by example to ensure it can move its team members and the business forward. Through recognising achievements and rewarding your team through giving feedback, internal group emails and team meetings it can help value team members in their role.

As team building remains a valued skill by employees, often a lack of communication and motivation from their leaders can lead to a lack of trust and bad rapport with team members. (Read next: 7 ways to motivate your IT team after a setback.)

Regular communication through team building exercises such as hackathons and brainstorming sessions can help CIOs monitor their teams, work towards shared business goals and gather essential skills.

Skills CIOs should have on their CV: Marketing

CIOs might need experience and skills in marketing as some are now involved in customer-facing roles.

In some organisations, as they continue to develop a customer-focused strategy it is the CIO’s role to engage and help improve the quality of its customer service. A demand for technology and great customer experience means businesses will have to find new ways of improving its standard of service.  

Collaborating with marketing departments and the CMO can help CIOs understand their audience and gain a better insight into their customer data. Marketing relies heavily on analytics tools such as Hubspot, Google Analytics and Exactarget which can collect and report on consumer behaviour.   

The analytics tools generate a profile of the user through examining their purchasing history, determining their location and finding their age demographic. This is great for CIOs wanting to create a better engagement with customers and improve their marketing skill set.  

Skills CIOs should have on their CV: Networking

A key skill for CIOs is being able to network and build relationships internally and externally outside of IT.

A CIO is managing several responsibilities in the enterprise including developing relationships with marketing, finance and HR departments to ensure business innovation.

Networking is a skill which can be developed through events, communities and meetings which can provide CIOs with the opportunities to build relationships with people in the same industry.

Through regular networking it can help with upcoming job opportunities, share IT experiences and offer advice to CIOs. This skill is very important as it shows that you have a vital soft skill that is crucial across many roles.  (Read next: 13 recruitment tips for CIOs.)