International Job Seekers

5 Signs You’re Going To Get a Job Offer

Posted on May 4, 2016. Filed under: Executive Job Search, International Job Seekers, Job Market Trends |

When you’re a job seeker, there’s perhaps no greater mystery in life than how well you did during your interview. Chances are you were at least a little bit nervous. Your mind was preoccupied with all the research you did beforehand. You got up extra early to be certain you arrived on time. And you may have stayed up a little too late the night beforehand, polishing and printing your resume. It’s no wonder job candidates aren’t in the best position to evaluate their interview performance!

But let’s say you gave it your best shot, avoiding interview pitfalls and presenting the best version of yourself to your interviewers. Is there an objective way to tell whether you’re going to get the offer?

Yes and no.

Remember, you can never really know the inner workings of a company and exactly what they are looking for in a candidate until you actually get the offer and become an employee. Even the best candidates with charming personalities and perfect qualifications don’t make the cut sometimes.

Still, there are a few telltale signs that are strong indicators you’ve proven that you’re the best person for the job:

They obviously know your name—and use it.

Unengaged interviewers, bored out of their minds from the tedium of interviewing, might have to take a peek at your resume to remember what your name is. If your interviewer knows your name from the start and continues to use it throughout the interview, it’s a strong sign that they were impressed by your resume and excited about the potential of working with you.

They tell you how your experience applies.

Most interviewers want you to sell yourself to them through detailed explanation of how your job history has prepared you for the role in question. But when interviewers are particularly invested in you—and are familiar with your resume—they already know how your experience applies and will tell you why you’re a great fit.

You meet the company’s movers and shakers.

If your interviewer takes you around to meet with people who weren’t on your interview list, it’s a very good sign. You’ll have to meet the rest of the team in a second or third interview anyway, so making their acquaintance on your first interview shows that you’re likely to come back.

The interview enters overtime.

When a half-day interview turns into lunch or even dinner, you’ve obviously proven yourself to the company. Interviewers don’t waste valuable time on candidates they don’t consider realistic for the role. Even as little as 20 or 30 extra minutes in an interview can be a great sign.

They ask when you can start.

They’re not the same words as “you’re hired,” but they might as well be. Interviewers who ask about your availability are already picturing you as part of their team. If the topic of start dates comes up in your interview, congratulations—you’ve made a big impression on the company, and you’re practically guaranteed a spot on the short list for their new hire!

 

Stephen Van VreedeAbout Stephen—-

Stephen Van Vreede is not your average IT/technical résumé writer. He provides career strategy and concierge job search solutions for senior (15+ years) (ITtechExec) and up-and-coming (NoddlePlace) (5-15 years) tech and technical operations leaders. Stephen and his team focus on building simplified, targeted, and certain career move campaigns, be it an external search or an internal promotion. He is co-author of UNcommon with career development leader Brian Tracy (out June 11, 2015). Contact Stephen directly at Stephen@ittechexec.com or send him an invite at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenvanvreede. To see whether Stephen and his team are a good fit for you, take their free (and anonymous) 1-minute compatibility quiz, Is the ITtechExec Approach a Good Match for You? Also, feel free to take his complimentary resume self-assessment quiz, How Certain Can You Be About Your Technical Resume? You might be surprised by what you find out!

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6 Tips for Sticking Out Your Holiday Job Search

Posted on December 1, 2015. Filed under: Career Management, Executive Job Search, International Job Seekers, Job Market Trends, Job Search Tips |

holiday job searchIt’s that time of year again. That time when mixed emotions, nostalgia, sentimentality, joy, anxiety, regret, and depression, all float around us for ~6 weeks like some deranged version of the Nutcracker.

And if you’re in career move mode or job search mode, it’s an even more confusing dance.

On top of the typical feelings that come with the end of one year and the beginning of another, job seekers have the emotional baggage that comes with any type of career move (internal or external).

If that isn’t bad enough, everyone, everywhere seems to have an opinion on what it’s like to go through a job search during the holidays that range from complete despair to unfounded optimism.

This year, to help curb some of the mixed signals you might be getting as you wade through the job market zoo during the holidays, I’ve put together a no-nonsense report called “6 Tips for Sticking Out Your Holiday Job Search.”

(I’m probably one of the few who thinks that the holidays can be a positive time for the job seeker if you’re willing to think and act a little differently than most!)

 

Click to download the free report: 6 Tips for Sticking Out Your Holiday Job Search

 

Stephen Van VreedeAbout Stephen—-

Stephen Van Vreede is not your average IT/technical résumé writer. He provides career strategy and concierge job search solutions for senior (15+ years) (ITtechExec) and up-and-coming (NoddlePlace) (5-15 years) tech and technical operations leaders. Stephen and his team focus on building simplified, targeted, and certain career move campaigns, be it an external search or an internal promotion. He is co-author of UNcommon with career development leader Brian Tracy (out June 11, 2015). Contact Stephen directly at Stephen@ittechexec.com or send him an invite at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenvanvreede. To see whether Stephen and his team are a good fit for you, take their free (and anonymous) 1-minute compatibility quiz, Is the ITtechExec Approach a Good Match for You? Also, feel free to take his complimentary resume self-assessment quiz, How Certain Can You Be About Your Technical Resume? You might be surprised by what you find out!

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What Is a Job Search Agent Anyway [Revisited]

Posted on September 22, 2015. Filed under: Consulting/Contracting, Executive Job Search, International Job Seekers, Job Market Trends, Job Search Tips, Product Development |

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[NOTE: This post was first published in October 2014. Since then, we’ve witnessed a major transformation in our business from a resume-only shop to a full-service job search solutions firm. I’m proud to say that we’ve played a pivotal role in helping our clients establish strategic connections that have led to numerous interviews and job offers all around the world.

Just this week alone, we celebrated with one of our clients who finally realized a dream of moving his family to England from the U.S. It wasn’t a quick journey, but over the course of the past year, we helped him establish several key connections that led to interviews and finally an offer with a technology firm who didn’t even have an open listing when we first approached them on our client’s behalf! As our client remarked:

“You helped me get focused, get connected, and stay motivated during this process. It wasn’t easy, but together we persevered, and I know I would never have stuck with it if I had been on my own.” Jeff S., IT Project Manager

Experiences like this just continue to confirm for us the need for job search agent solutions in today’s market and why there’s no longer a need to “go it alone.”]

From October 2014:

This whole thing started when I heard someone emphatically “yell” over social media that he “would NEVER EVER use job search services.”

(Note to self: When someone starts “yelling,” and using extremes like “never” and “ever” (especially in all caps), that’s a very good sign there’s a need out there, probably more of one than you even realize….)

It has been my experience that we have the “kickers and screamers” of the world to thank for the rise and spread of innovation.

And I get it. Change is not always a good thing…or it certainly doesn’t seem like it is.

What we deem as “innovation” is not always what’s really best for us as individuals and as a society. So it’s fitting that we should have someones who kick and scream about it. The problem is that the more they kick and scream, the more they expose the truth:

Change isn’t just coming; it’s already here, and we have to deal with “what is” and not “what ought to be.”

So after my social media “friend” did his best to shout at the universe, going on to say that he knew everything that there was to know about job searching, that he was the best networker in the world, and that he was the master of Indeed.com, I knew then that I was on to something important. I had been looking at ways to move our company away from the traditional “resume-only” style of firm that could not really determine its ROI into one that could not just produce top-quality documentation but also play a part in the job search process for our client members.

Maybe, sadly, I wasn’t going to be able to help my social media friend here, but he did confirm for me that obviously there were other people I could help.

That’s when I met Sue.

(Well, actually, I already knew Sue, but I hadn’t realized that our paths would cross in such a significant way. So maybe I should say that I “re-met” Sue.)

If ever there were an answer to prayer, music to my ears, or a sight for sore eyes (you get the drift), Sue was it. Blending a unique background in managing both IT and telecom day-to-day operations with extensive hiring and recruitment experience for small/mid-sized organizations as well as for a prominent Fortune 1000 company, Sue has been up close and personal with HR, and has had to wade through layoffs, acquisitions, and corporate restructuring. (That means she’s a veteran of the job market zoo and has been so deep in corporate goo that nothing surprises her anymore!)

She was the exact person I was looking for to serve as our Job Search Agent at ITtechExec and NoddlePlace.

We had already transitioned to meet current job market demands with a successful “resume portfolio” approach. And after spending time as a career adviser to TechRepublic, Dice, and CIO.com, and seeing the confusion in the job search realm, especially when it came to tech, I knew we needed to develop solutions in that area to meet today’s reality. Too many candidates were approaching the market from an outdated perspective. So even if they had great documents, they didn’t have the proper job search approach to go with them.

We needed to find ways to move candidates, active and passive, out of the job board addictions they were in and into more proactive approaches.

So, together, Sue and I started shaping 4 “NoNonsense” job search solutions that she conducts on behalf of our client members once their resume portfolios and brand messaging has been developed. In other words, she isn’t there just to tell you how to do things (coach you); she actually participates in launching a portion of your job search on your behalf.

Perhaps the best part is that the 4 solutions Sue conducts are all meant to make it simple for you to move beyond the comfortably, but largely ineffective and demeaning, world of job boards and online postings. Using a 3-step model for each solution, called Write the Vision, Make It Plain, and Run With It, she guides you by:

  • Setting a strategic vision for your job search (putting together a practical, easy-to-follow plan for how/where to spend your time based on your goals and limitations. (Strategic Visioning Intro Session)
  • Matching you with recruiters who are best suited for you and your goals and helping introduce you to those recruiters. (Recruiter Matching)
  • Building strategic LinkedIn connections focused on your target industry and goals and helping you engage with those connections in a productive way. (LinkedIn Network Building)
  • Profiling employers who meet specific parameters set up for you and reaching out to contacts at those employers on your behalf. (Employer Profiling)

It’s been an amazing journey over the past year as we have successfully married our resume/brand messaging solutions to these job search “launch” solutions so that by the time you leave us not only do you have top-quality materials, but you also have some traction in your job search.

Just over the past few weeks:

  • I’ve witnessed two members get first and second interview invites for jobs NOT posted anywhere from our Employer Profiling solution.
  • I’ve watched Sue make a strategic connection for another member at a high-profile tech company through our LI Network Building solution that he has been trying to get in with for a long time. He now has had a couple informal informational interviews with this connection and has met a couple other contacts as a result.
  • And I’ve watched numerous others get connected with recruiters who are well aligned with their goals through the Recruiter Matching solution, not to mention the members who’ve walked away with a clear strategy for how they should spend their limited time and resources on their job search.

So although I know this post is a bit “promotional,” please bear with me. We’re all more than a bit excited! It’s hard not to be when you see such progress being made.

It’s what’s taken us from a traditional “resume-only” firm into a full-service job search firm that holds itself accountable for the work it does. We’re measuring our ROI, comparing against national averages, and seeing amazing results.

So although I wish my social media friend well with his “NEVER EVER” mantra, it’s awesome to see our members becoming part of that 5% who recognizes the hiring “zoo” we’re in and are willing to move out of the familiar and into today.

Stephen Van VreedeAbout Stephen—-

Stephen Van Vreede is not your average IT/technical résumé writer. He provides career strategy and concierge job search solutions for senior (15+ years) (ITtechExec) and up-and-coming (NoddlePlace) (5-15 years) tech and technical operations leaders. Stephen and his team focus on building simplified, targeted, and certain career move campaigns, be it an external search or an internal promotion. He is co-author of UNcommon with career development leader Brian Tracy (out June 11, 2015). Contact Stephen directly at Stephen@ittechexec.com or send him an invite at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenvanvreede. To see whether Stephen and his team are a good fit for you, take their free (and anonymous) 1-minute compatibility quiz, Is the ITtechExec Approach a Good Match for You? Also, feel free to take his complimentary resume self-assessment quiz, How Certain Can You Be About Your Technical Resume? You might be surprised by what you find out!

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