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IT Resumes: How to Stick to the Pertinent Facts

Posted on May 28, 2015. Filed under: Resumes |

Oncresume_makeover_technology_executive-100586028-primary_idgee again, Sharon Florentine of CIO.com asked me to participate in its “IT Resume Makeover Series.” This time I had the privilege of working with David Thornurb-Gundlach, a leader in enterprise architecture, who was having a hard time sifting through the wealth of experience he had accumulated to slim his resume down to one that showcased his most marketable qualities in today’s market.

In the end, David remarked, “What surprised me most was how unexpectedly excited and motivated I was when I saw the revised version for the first time. Now, I have a great marketing platform that will do a much better job of presenting me, highlighting my strengths, and delivering my message to potential employers. A resume is a living document, and now I’ve made it past the ‘resurrection’ and am in a great position to be able to tweak and fine-tune it for different opportunities and markets.”

To see the end result of my work with David, and to learn more about the process we went through to tailor the resume to the “pertinent” facts, check out the full CIO article:

IT Resume Makeover: Just the facts (and only the pertinent ones)

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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Your Next Career Move Will Be All About That Presentation

Posted on March 31, 2015. Filed under: Career Management, Consulting/Contracting, Executive Job Search, International Job Seekers, Interviews, Job Market Trends, Job Promotion, Job Search Tips, Personal Branding, Resumes |

career moveIn today’s marketplace, you might often be thinking: “Good help is becoming increasingly hard to find. Whom do I trust?”

Just like you, this is exactly what employers are wondering when you approach them in the job search process. And just like you, they want more certainty. It’s why the hiring and promotion process is such a zoo.

They’re convinced they need you; they’re just not persuaded to take the chance. After all, like all of us, they too have made poor choices in the past, choices that have cost hundreds of thousands in salary and benefits.

So what do they do? Nothing…or worse, look for cheaper alternatives.

It’s why presentation in today’s market has taken on so much importance, and it’s why it takes more than experience, certs, and strong connections to close an offer.

Presentation dictates response.

When many think of “presentation,” they think of 4-color artwork, a fancy brochure, a flashy website, or a 5-star multimedia campaign. But the presentation I am referring to is more than that because really what makes a presentation so effective has to do with two things: 1) a strategic, well-positioned story that 2) speaks to how it solves the problems of its target market.

In today’s tech market, employers are saying they can’t find good talent, both in leadership and in tech knowledge, but I meet top candidates everyday who fit this bill. The problem? Presentation.

Candidates won’t invest in getting that right, and hiring leaders are too busy to help them connect the dots. Thus, they both end up confused and frustrated, settling for less than they deserve.

That’s why you need to connect the dots.

Don’t just get another resume; instead, understand how to carry that through to your job search strategy and interview. Make sure you really know what’s going on in the hiring world, specifically your hiring world.

It’s not like it used to be out there. That’s for sure. But the biggest risk is doing all the right things, working hard, producing good results, getting the right credentials, and making good connections, only to bomb the presentation.

So make sure you have everything in place to ace it, to protect everything you’ve worked so hard to build. This way, when companies consider you for a role, they’ll be persuaded you’re more than worth the investment.

 

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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Is Your Technical Recruiter Right for You?

Posted on March 3, 2015. Filed under: Big Data, Career Management, CIO, Consulting/Contracting, cover letter, Cyber Security, Engineering, Executive Job Search, Healthcare IT, International Job Seekers, Interviews, IT networking, Job Market Trends, Job Promotion, Job Search Tips, LinkedIn, Manufacturing, Personal Branding, Product Development, Programming, Project management, Recruiting, Resumes, Retirement, Salary, social media, Software Development, STEM, Technical Infographics, Technical Sales, Technology, Women in IT, Work Issues |

 

technical recruiterOutside of lack of response during your job search, the next most frustrating issue is spending too much time talking to the wrong people.

And this is particularly true when it comes to technical recruiters.

I watch candidates on a regular basis jump through hoop after hoop for recruiters, writing special presentations and bios, changing this and that on their resumes, and showing up at this and that meeting only to find out that the recruiter doesn’t really have openings for their specific background or salary range.

It’s a big waste of everyone’s time. And it can be A LOT of time. But it happens all the time.

So what can you do about it? It starts with proper matching.

Most candidates are under the impression that if a technical recruiter is in their geographical area and is willing to speak with them, then he or she is a good match. But it goes further than that. You need to know if he or she has placed people with your skills/industry background and at your salary range before, and geography is no longer the indicator it used to be as many recruiters place people over a much broader region than they used to.

So it start by doing your research.

Of course, research takes time.

A lot of time. Even with LinkedIn and premium search tools, you still have to have set parameters and know how to research them. It can take hours of precious job search time to find just one or two.

And then you still have to know how to approach them, engage with them, and make sure they really are the good fit they appeared on paper.

It’s why so many candidates give up.

But there is a lot of value in finding the right technical recruiter because when the match is right, the whole process is much easier. Not to mention the fact that recruiting is on the rise and will continue to play a large role in the hiring process in 2015.

So if finding the right technical recruiter is important to you, there are ways to make it easier. You can simply tap into a general directory of technical recruiters already prepared with full contact info. Or you can take it a step further and engage a recruiter matching solution where you can work with a concierge service to have a customized list of recruiters built for you and your needs by a technical job search specialist (not to mention get good guidance on how to approach the recruiters).

It’s not that you can’t do it on your own; it’s that you no longer have to.

(Also, check out our directory of 800+ project/program manager recruiters or directory of CIO recruiters.)

About 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 (check out his exclusive offer). 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?

 

 

 

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