Personal Branding

How to Create a Killer Tech Resume

Posted on July 7, 2015. Filed under: Personal Branding, Resumes |

Thank you to Rich Hein and the Executive Council at CIO.com for inviting me to participate in this webinar on July 15 at 2pm Eastern.

To listen to the hour-long discussion, simply click on the image below.

Also, in the meantime, take my simple, 8-question “How Certain Can You Be About Your Technical Resume?” assessment. It’s free, completely anonymous, and only takes ~30 seconds to do. You might be surprised by what you find out!

 

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Listen to the Webinar by clicking on the image!

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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How Certain Can You Be About Your IT Resume?

Posted on July 2, 2015. Filed under: Personal Branding, Resumes |

11405182-road-ahead-unclear-green-freeway-sign-representing-uncertainty-in-financial-businessWhen I begin working with a new IT job seeker, without fail, there are two things they are hoping for: (1) a simplified career move backed with a level of (2) certainty (or peace of mind). With the job market a bit of a “zoo” and corporate hiring processes a mess (what I call the corporate “goo” that most professionals get stuck in), no matter whether you are just starting out in IT or a Fortune 100 CIO, we all want to find some level of simplicity and certainty amidst the chaos.

At ITtechExec, my team and I spend a lot of time considering, creating, and updating solutions (from the resume through the job search process) that  work toward that goal. We also combine these elements with a key market demand, which is (3) proper positioning or targeting. Employers are overwhelmed with misaligned candidates, which creates more havoc on the hiring process at all levels. Therefore, making sure you are hitting the right target is vital.

How Certain Can You Be About Your IT Resume?

Since the resume is such a big question for so many IT pros getting ready to make a career move (“should I update mine,” “how do I know how good it is,” “whom do I listen to for resume advice”, etc.), I’ve put together a basic 8-question, anonymous and complimentary, self-assessment tool or quiz, if you will, to help you understand the level of certainty you should have in it.

How can an 8-question quiz possibly do all that?

Simple. It examines a key ingredient in resume design: priorities. If you understand what the priorities should be for the technical job market, then you will build a resume that meets them. If you don’t, then you won’t. You’ll build it for a different set of priorities. It might be nice looking; it might say all you want it to say; it might make you look like an IT giant.

But it will be misaligned.

And this misalignment is the hardest thing for most IT pros to grasp because they think that if they just meet all the job description requirements, then they are a perfect fit!

The problem is that companies often say one thing and do another. So you really have to be watching the hiring process closely to see what actually works.

Based on our experience working with hundreds of technical leaders each year, helping them to craft resume and personal brand messages, as well as provide concierge job search solutions, if you can score 80% or better on our quiz, then you are on your way to a simplified, targeted, and certain career move. If not, then there’s some work to be done, no matter how eye-catching your IT resume is or how much you personally like it.

So take less than 30 seconds and see at how your resume was designed and where it is focused (only you will know your result):

About ITtechExec

Simplified. Targeted. Certain.

My name is Stephen Van Vreede, and I overcome uncertainty everyday for my senior-level client members as an Executive IT Résumé Writer and Job Search Specialist, as well as a Technical Career Adviser to several news/industry outlets, like TechRepublic, Dice, the Linux Foundation, and CIO.com. I’m also co-author of UNCOMMON with renowned speaker and career coach Brian Tracy (released June 11, 2015).

uncommon the book with stephen van vreedeAlong with my team of writers and concierge job search agent, from established “techies” (15+ years), to those who lead software/systems development initiatives, to project/program  managers (PMPs), to IT strategy visionaries like CIOs and CTOs, and many others in between, they all have one thing in common, most likely the same thing you’re looking for:

To feel certain when you conduct your next career move that you are ready for the market and well positioned to meet its demands (not to hope you are or think you are but to have a level-headed, frank understanding of the market and your place in it).

That’s why after working with hundreds of clients each year, and after reporting on the technical job market to several industry news outlets, my team and I have put together a very simple, anonymous, self-assessment quiz designed to determine whether the IT resume you’ve put together should bring you a level of certainty (or peace of mind) that you are well positioned for the market.

So, give it a shot. Take the quiz above and find out. It’s free, quick (take less than a minute), and anonymous.

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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?

Get a Free Consult, Get a Free Directory! Click Here to Find Out More.

 

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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