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How to Make Your CIO Job Search Simple

Posted on June 16, 2015. Filed under: Career Management, Consulting/Contracting, Executive Job Search, International Job Seekers, Job Market Trends, Job Promotion, Job Search Tips, Personal Branding, Resumes |

NoddlePlace_2I get asked all the time by various types of technical leaders how they can make their job search much simpler. My answer?

Don’t Do It All Yourself.

It’s really not as hard as it may seem. We get help for almost everything of importance we do in life (and yes, your career is important. It may not be the most important thing, but if you need to eat and pay bills, then it’s important.) From big things like investment planning to tax preparation to real estate advice down to small things like yard work and hair cutting, we might like to think of ourselves as DIYers, but generally, we rarely go it alone.

For some reason, when it comes to careers and protecting our livelihoods, we act like it is a burden we must carry by ourselves.

And maybe there is some justification for that. In the past, the job search process was less complicated. Corporate ladders, at least seemed, more straightforward. There weren’t so many dotted lines and grays areas. Today, well, it’s a bit of a zoo with corporate hiring practices that are full of “goo” (aka, a hot, sticky mess).

All of that makes for a shifting landscape, and unless you’re a professional job seeker, it’s unlikely you are up on all the latest and (not so) greatest in hiring. So while you can still go it alone, just like you can try and sell your house on your own, it can make for a long, frustrating, and complicated process.

My team and I have spent a lot of time considering three important factors when it comes to both our resume/brand messaging solutions and our concierge job search services:

  1. How can the job search process be made more simple for the job seeker?
  2. How do we ensure that our client members are properly positioned or targeted to communicate value, not just credentials, to their desired audience?
  3. How can we build certainty into the job search process?

Simplified. Targeted. Certain.

Of course, there is no magic pill or no slam dunk, but even with our current crazy job market zoo, making a career move doesn’t have to be a crap shoot either. Nor does it have to be all on your shoulders to carry.

Isn’t that a relief?

But sometimes getting started is the hardest part (let’s face it, there are “sexier” things to spend your time on), but for most of us, we know we need to get going on making that next career move.

And if you are a CIO or looking to move toward that CIO role, we offer 3 great options. (If you’re not a CIO but in the technical arena, please see Bonus Option at the end of article.)

1. Start with the very simple. Get properly matched with CIO recruiters who specifically place CIOs like you (and in YOUR salary range). This is very important, and believe it or not, it can take a lot of work, researching, vetting, and trying to meet recruiters who are really well suited for you (and you for them). Recruiting is not local anymore, and it is all about timing. So you need to contact many of them, but they should be targeted to fit you and your needs.

So why not do yourself a favor? Save hours of research and frustration. We’ve already done most of the legwork for you.

Click Here to Learn How to Get Your U.S. CIO Recruiter Directory for $49

 

2. Better yet, why not get the directory for free? For 30 minutes of your time, you can have a 1-1 complimentary consult with me and receive the CIO recruiter directory for free. How’s that for simple?

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3. Get educated. Receive our brief presentation called:

 “How You Can Leverage Technical Recruiters to Build a Career Protection Pipeline”

 

BONUS OPTION

Here’s the simplest one of all! Whether or not you are a CIO or future CIO, to see whether we are a good fit for you, take our free (and anonymous) 1-minute compatibility quiz:

 Is the ITtechExec Approach a Good Match for You?

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. 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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So Exactly How Are Your Video Interviewing Skills?

Posted on June 3, 2015. Filed under: Executive Job Search, International Job Seekers, Interviews, Job Market Trends, Job Search Tips, Personal Branding, Resumes |

hr90If you’re like most professionals today, regardless of where you fall on the corporate ladder, the answer to the title question is, “I don’t really know.”

And why should you really? It’s not like video interviewing has been around a long time or was taught in any college course you likely took.

Yet, the use of video, be it via Skype or FaceTime or Google Hangout or web conferencing is increasingly be used throughout the global marketplace. And it has found its way into the interview process as well.

Slowly but surely, the video interview is starting to replace the phone interview and even some face-to-face interviewing.

This trend will only increase as time goes by and video tools become more sophisticated. Therefore, just like with any interview, preparation is paramount, only you want to make sure you understand some of the differences between video interviewing and face to face.

It might surprise you, but the way you appear on camera and the nuances of body language, surrounding environment, and tone of voice are all more pronounced on video, so you need to understand what someone else is going to see and hear.

Unfortunately, far too many people spend their time obsessing over resumes and LinkedIn profiles only to bomb the interview because they won’t invest in mock interviewing. But truthfully, the mock interview just might be the most valuable of all.

It takes a little swallowing of pride perhaps, but a mock interview with expert feedback can make the difference.

Last year, my team and I realized that too many professionals were out there going it alone. So we decided to do something about it. We launched our concierge job search solutions that now include “crash courses.” One of them is our Video Interviewing crash course. It’s designed for those who want to improve their video interviewing skills, and who want something 1-1 and customized to them. So if that is you, check it out!

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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Why Testimonials Matter in Your Next Career Move

Posted on May 14, 2015. Filed under: Career Management, Consulting/Contracting, Executive Job Search, International Job Seekers, Job Promotion, Job Search Tips, Personal Branding |

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In my book, Uncommon, with business development guru Brian Tracy (released June 2015), my contribution has to do with what I call “becoming a corporate entrepreneur.” My premise is that in today’s world of work, tech included, with professionals likely to change jobs every 3 to 4 years, with job “security” at an all time low, and with contract work on a steady rise, there are a lot of important elements from entrepreneurship that today’s corporate professional should (really, “must”) adopt.

stephen van vreedeOne of them has to do with making more of testimonials. Every good small business owner learns this, and fast. You have to know what the market is saying about you because it is a powerful thing to have someone else promote you. It’s one reason LinkedIn added its recommendations and endorsements feature, and employers are increasingly looking for strong references.

But often we receive other testimonials that go untapped, such as via email, and we don’t do anything with them. I strongly encourage you to start storing these emails if you haven’t already. Then I encourage you to convert them into a testimonials page.

This page can be used during your next career move as part of your portfolio approach. It can be brought out at promotion and review time as a reminder to leadership of the value you have brought (believe it or not, but we as humans are forgetful and need such reminders). It can be used as an add-on to your LinkedIn profile recommendations. You can copy and paste portions of it onto your resume or cover letter. You can send it along with your follow-up thank-you note after the interview as a form of “drip” marketing.

In other words, the Testimonials page adds so much more than the resume alone could.

Things like the Testimonials page, the Innovation page, the Problem-Solutions-Results page, and the Marketing Brief are why we strongly encourage our technical leaders here at ITtechExec to focus on resume portfolios instead of putting so much pressure on the resume alone to “sell” you like 95% of candidates do. When executed properly, the portfolio approach speaks much louder about the type of value you bring, not just list of credentials or features.

And the Testimonials page is a great way to let your network of co-workers, corporate leaders, end users, and so forth showcase your value.

So either start saving these types of kudos now or go dig them up, and let your world of work do the talking.

(By the way, in case you think this is something just for a job search, it is wise to have one for review time, promotion options, and to go alongside a bio or introduction that you might use during the course of your day-to-day work [I’m thinking about all of you who are brought in to lead diverse project teams across several locations or must collaborate with global divisions of your company].)

 

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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