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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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Where Technical Resumes Are Headed

Posted on June 10, 2015. Filed under: Job Search Tips, Personal Branding, Resumes |

fam48Perhaps you can relate … you think:

  • Resumes are no big deal.
  • Resumes are a VERY big deal.
  • You have no idea what kind of deal resumes are anymore.

Here’s the real deal:

Resumes are one piece of the “career move” zoo. They still play a vital part out in that zoo, but other aspects are just as vital.

95% of professionals spend so much time either over- or underestimating the job market that they end up focusing on the wrong things.

So where are technical resumes headed? (In truth, they are already there; it’s just so few candidates that are actually doing it.)

Resume portfolios along with an industry-focused job search strategy are the most effective approach today.

This is not an opinion. It is proven time and again by today’s market.

Because we are so caught up in it, we often forget that the job market runs on supply-and-demand. So when you watch what companies do as part of their hiring today (and NOT listen to what they say or what “experts” say they say), you discover two interesting things:

1. Companies respond well when information is “dripped” to them. They want to be introduced to you, get a feel for you (a summary), talk to you, learn more about you, get to know you, and finally be reassured that you “fit in.” In other words, it’s a process.

2. Companies really want to believe you are one of them. And that goes way beyond the list of credentials they stuff job descriptions full of. (Again, they often say one thing and do another!)

So what is a “resume portfolio?” And why is it so effective?

Most people see the resume as a list of credentials and experience.

That’s what they are used to reading and that’s all they know. So they don’t want to give it much time. They just want to toss it together and hope it stands out from the crowd. Or, perhaps worse, they end up obsessing over every square inch of it, still missing the bigger picture.

Remember, we can all produce lists of credentials (feel free to read more about mine and those of Our Team). The question is, though, “how will you leverage them to benefit the one hiring you the most?”

Hiring is largely determined by benefits, not by features!!

The resume portfolio gives you more room to focus on the benefits. The more you do that, the more companies want to know about you.

To do that, we start with the traditional resume as your foundation with addenda or add-on pages that serve as reinforcements to build off the positioning of the resume.

We then use a form of “drip marketing” to present the material throughout your discussions with the prospective employer.

When you do this, leadership begins to pay a lot more attention to what you have to say.

(For more specifics on how this works, check out Move Over Resume, Hello Portfolio and Making the Most Out of Your Resume Portfolio.)

With up to a 74% reduction in job search time over the national average, our resume portfolio stats paint a convincing picture!

So what’s in a technical resume portfolio arsenal?

  • Resume
  • LinkedIn Profile
  • Cover Letter
  • Marketing Brief
  • Bio
  • Thank-You Template
  • Infographic Resume
  • Problems-Solutions-Results (PSR) Page
  • Innovation Page
  • Testimonials Page
  • Project Highlights Page

Now, no one needs to have ALL of these materials. But you should build your portfolio based off of your goals, target market demands, and specific situation. In other words, it should be customized to you.

Too many people are saying that “less is more,” but our experience with hundreds of technical leaders each year proves that it’s not less, it’s information provided in smaller chunks that makes more of an impact.

 

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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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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