Work. Life. Balance. These are three of the most problematic words for employers and employees alike. How do you know if you have enough of it? Maybe you have too much of it? Are you working yourself to the bone? Or are people’s careers skyrocketing ahead of you because you focus too much on your […]
People in tech have one big benefit over people in other industries: the awesome workplace perks. We’ve all heard about the free meals, massages, and gym memberships that some companies use to herd all of the best talent their way. And yes, if your particular workplace doesn’t offer high-caliber perks, you might feel a little […]
If you’ve been taking a slow, leisurely climb up the career ladder, listen up: It’s time to stop being passive and start thinking like an entrepreneur. These days, it’s no longer your employer’s responsibility to plan out the next 20 years of your career — it’s yours. Work is changing, and if you want to […]
Meet John Chavner, a CIO consultant who despite having exceptional experience and credentials was still struggling to get noticed out in the job market. I had the privilege of meeting John as part of the latest CIO.com Resume Makeover series. Sharon Florentine approached me about taking on this makeover, and I jumped at the chance to help […]
There’s nothing that gets as many groans of despair as updating a really old resume. If you’ve let yours sit in an old computer file untouched for a year or more, it can be a harrowing experience to try to update it — especially if you’re in a time crunch. But there are many reasons […]
In TechCrunch’s New Year’s Eve post on projected IT trends in 2015, venture capitalist Steve Herrod wrote “there will be hacks.” As we witnessed in 2014 with the major cyber attacks of the likes of eBay, Target, JPMorgan, and Sony, even the biggest companies are not immune to hacks. And, when you’re an IT professional, […]
Answer truthfully: Have you ever gotten a great job via a job board? Do you know anybody who has in the past 5 years? If your answer to these questions is “no,” or “just one or two,” then you already know for yourself that the job board has faded as the job seeker’s best career-finding […]
No matter how hard we try to get away from the drama of IT and tech office politics, they have a way of sneaking up on us. Whether you’re just starting a new job or you’re working your way up the ladder, it’s essential to know how to handle your specific workplace environment. No two […]
We get a lot of questions about what we mean when we say “protecting” or refer to “career protection.” The following presentation tells the story of how this idea of protection took root and how it has evolved into everything we do at ITtechExec and NoddlePlace. It is our sincere belief that in today’s market, […]
A few months ago, I announced that I will be co-authoring a book with business development expert Brian Tracy called Uncommon. The complete title is UNcommon: Common Sense but Uncommon Knowledge from Today’s Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals to Help You Lead an Extraordinary Life of Health, Wealth and Success. I am now proud to report […]
Age discrimination is a delicate subject, but not talking about it won’t solve the problem. One of the lesser-known truths about it is that — yes — there is something you can do about it. Today the tech and IT worlds are more youth-obsessed than ever, largely because younger workers tend to be cheap, smart, […]
Job-changers and entry-level job-seekers alike all seem to have the same question: Should I spruce up my resume with extra certifications? And if so, how many do I need to get the job of my dreams? The answer? It depends. Of course, showing off your skills and education is a good thing — but so […]
Great news: Bloomberg reports that after November’s remarkable hiring surge, the job market is expected to grow in 2015. If you’ve been stuck in a non-ideal or part-time job and are looking to make a strategic career move, now is the best time to do it. The way we hire and work is changing now […]
Here’s a snippet of a typical conversation I have with professionals whose companies are experiencing a merger or acquisition: Pro: “My company was just acquired. I’m not sure what this means for me.” ME: “OK, so knowing that, what do you think your strategy should be?” Pro: “I should sit tight and see what happens.” […]
In early 2013, I published the following post on the issue of regret. As we enter into another new year, it’s usually there, lingering about in the corners of our mind…this idea that we might have regret or that we have to live with regret. As a technical career strategist, much of what I hear […]
Welcome to our new “Kick in the Pants” series! (Let’s face it: We all need one once in a while, especially when it comes to our careers!) Contrary to popular opinion, December is an excellent time to ramp up your job search. Don’t believe it? Chew on this: What if you had an abundance of […]
In today’s job search market generally, and especially in the technical arena, there is a lot broken when it comes to hiring and retaining talent. In a recent post I published on LinkedIn in regard to recruiters, from some of the comments, it was evident just how frustrated most professionals have become with this broken […]
AKA: “14 Ways to Avoid Becoming Part of the 95%” If you’ve followed my posts or read through any of our reports at NoddlePlace or ITtechExec, you will know that I talk a lot about the “95%”, those professionals continuing to approach today’s job market with yesterday’s mindset, especially today’s technical job market. And this […]
Last week I put out a call for responses to a poll asking our audience what the phrase “corporate entrepreneur” meant to them. This topic of corporate entrepreneurship will encompass my contribution to my upcoming book Uncommon with Brian Tracy (Spring 2015), and I wanted to get a sense of what professionals out there thought […]
Business Insider released the following infographic citing the top 100 employers based off of stats from LinkedIn. As a technical career strategist, this list is anything but surprising. And as someone who’s worked with candidates to get into many of these employers, what’s also not surprising is that the more desirable these companies become, the […]
In preparing my content for my upcoming book with Brian Tracy called Uncommon, I’ve been thinking a lot about “corporate entrepreneurship” in today’s world of work. For several years now, I’ve been incorporating elements of this concept into our solutions at ITtechExec and NoddlePlace with the intent of moving away from the short-term job-hop to […]
It’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. For on top of the typical feelings that […]
Recently I was interviewed by Susan Hall for a Linux.com article, The Best Ways to Flaunt Your New IT Certification. Here is an excerpt: “If you’ve got it, flaunt it, right? You’ve worked hard for that Linux certification, and you want everyone to know about it. At the same time, you don’t want to come […]
In Part I, we talked about the fine line between becoming the #1 supporter of our significant other’s career or the #1 impediment. It’s not something talked about openly in the career services field too often, but it is a big factor in how we progress in our careers because, like it or not, there […]
Publishing a book on the approach we take at ITtechExec and NoddlePlace has long been a goal of mine. But I didn’t want to just “write a book,” I wanted to find someone to partner with who would be a natural fit for the type of philosophy we take here. Thanks to my agent at […]
How You Both Survive This Upcoming Technical Career Move Don’t take this the wrong way, but… The #1 impediment to career progression is often a significant other. (Yikes!) The good news, though, is that on the flip side, our significant other can also be the #1 supporter of our career! The line between becoming an […]
We’ve written pretty extensively about the strained relations that often go on between recruiters and job seekers. (See That Recruiter Is Just Not That Into You and Tired of Recruiter Mismatch on LinkedIn?) It’s certainly no secret that the two groups often find themselves on different planets. To reiterate this point, I recently came across this […]
I’ve harped on this before, and for good reason. Our writing skills matter perhaps more than ever in today’s “remote” working age, and they are especially important for the technical professional. This infographic from Grammarly shows how writing skills can equate to your bottomline: your salary. Having worked with IT, engineering, manufacturing, telecom, medical device, […]
For years we kept telling our technical resume/job search members they needed to get properly prepared before they rushed out into full-blown job search mode, even “passive” job search mode. We kept saying that those members who do see much better results, particularly in dramatically reducing the length of their job search time and the […]
One of our newest offerings at ITtechExec are our What’s Next? solutions. They came out of several years of working with tech/IT/engineering professionals (and those who serve with them) and observing all the things they were doing to try and figure out what’s next for them. The following Slideshare presentation details 11 ways we’ve identified […]
I was speaking with a fellow parent a few years ago who has a son my daughter’s age. While our two children were playing together at a birthday party (they were about 5 years old at the time), he was proudly telling me how he “never says no” to his son (of course he had just heard […]
On Tuesday, October 14, at 12pm Eastern, I had the opportunity to participate in a TweetChat hosted by @BlueSteps called #ExecCareer. This week the topic turned to CIO and CTO candidates. You can view the questions and my responses regarding job search strategies at the following link through Storify: https://storify.com/BlueSteps/executive-job-search-strategies-for-cios-and-ctos?utm_source=embed_header
I encountered Zig Ziglar ~15 years ago at a leadership conference I attended in Lancaster, PA. Shockingly, and sadly, at the time, I really didn’t know who he was. I was young, supposedly well “educated,” ambitious but green, very green. And so when he came up to me and shook my hand, I had no idea who […]
If there’s one thing people, especially people in my line of work (career services), love to talk about it is “attitude.” Usually right on the heels of use of the word “attitude” comes the term “positive thinking.” Positive thinking is touted as the best way to get through life. It makes you, at least on […]
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 “always” (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 […]
I was having a discussion recently with a colleague of mine in which the word “pitch” was used in reference to candidates in the job search process. This colleague quickly bristled and said, “I don’t advise my clients to pitch anything.” To which I quickly reminded her that she most certainly does. After all, she prepares the […]
And you? And you? If you’re like many professionals, you know it’s time to make another career move. The writing is on the wall, so to speak. You’ve either been in your current role for a bit longer than you intended, the corporate culture around you is shifting in a direction that you don’t seem […]
We get a lot of requests at both ITtechExec and NoddlePlace for stories of how our members have made it through all the tech job market zoo and corporate goo that makes up much of today’s world of work. So we’ve compiled the following 5 stories, each dealing with different aspects of today’s market and […]
One of my favorite types of clients to work with is the more “experienced” professional, the one whose been around the tech/engineering fields for a while and has watched the evolution of technology and different trends come and go. It fascinates me that anyone (no matter how well intentioned) would suggest to these valuable professionals […]
When you ask most professionals what their best quality is, typically, they will respond with some variation of “hard working.” Sometimes they will call it “dedicated” or “committed” or even “loyal,” but it pretty much all boils down to the fact that they think they work harder than other people do and that this should […]
Here’s something we all wish were true. Believe me, as a small business owner, I definitely wish it were true! But a product (or service, which is really what your “work” is) does not and cannot sell itself. Why? Well, there are lots of reasons for this, but essentially, it all boils down to one […]
We’d like to think that all of our decisions are rational, that we know how to tell the difference between an emotional response and a logical one, and that we are completely in charge of our emotions. These are nice thoughts, but study after study proves us wrong on all accounts. Just look at the […]
Recently, I was asked to contribute to a CIO.com article by Rich Hein on “career negotiation.” As always, I am thankful to CIO.com for including me, especially on such an important topic in today’s market: 8 Tips to Be a Better Career Negotiator
Now that Labor Day has passed us by, summer is fading, and the kids are back to school, there’s one thing that is sure to happen…in fact, it already has… IT and tech candidates are going to decide they are now ready to get going with their job search, you know, the one they have […]
In Part I of this series, I started out by talking about what makes us move from the ordinary into the extraordinary, questioning the clichés we often hear when it comes to the use of “excellence.” In Part II, I started discussing some things that my 10-year-old daughter and I have been looking at it […]
by Sheree Van Vreede (@rezlady) A couple of years ago, after being somewhat frustrated with myself for my inability to disconnect from work during my family vacation, I published the following post. Now each summer I like to re-post it as a reminder of what a vacation is supposed to really mean: —– As a career professional, I spend […]
If there’s one thing that we hear over and over again in the tech market, it is that the talent pool is lacking. Yet, when job postings come out, I come across candidates who at least on the surface check off all the boxes on the posting. So what gives? The following infographic from the […]
by Sheree Van Vreede (@rezlady) Since I first published the following post almost 2 years ago now, I’ve received lots of feedback, mostly from people who are seeing a serious lack of written communication skills on their jobs and a general lack of concern company-wide about it. So I thought I would revisit this issue again. […]
I ended Part I of this series talking about what excellence really is. Often we think of it as hard work and commitment, both of which are noble things. Or we think it comes out of a competitive spirit or extreme natural talent, again not bad things necessarily. They all certainly can put you on […]
Let’s face it. Most professionals would like to get promoted at their current companies. It’s much easier than facing another external search and less disruptive to work-life balance. You know the culture, and good or bad, you know what to expect. But despite the desire to get promoted, most professionals get lost in the promotion […]
OK, so in Part I of this series I might have ruffled a few feathers by referring to what I see as a “job board addiction.” Listen. If job boards are working for you, you have so many hot opportunities lined up and your pick of good positions with great salaries, then that’s awesome! You […]
If there’s one thing I see a lot of when it comes to today’s professional it is a tendency either to overestimate or to underestimate the job market. Either someone is telling me (in so many words) that they don’t need to try very hard to find that next gig or that the world is […]
If you’ve been following my blog, you probably know that my daughter swims competitively for a year-round club team, and like most sports these days, it’s a confusing world, probably made even more so by a sport that is more individual than team oriented and leads you on a continual race down the proverbial rabbit hole. In […]
Maybe you can relate with Joanne. Joanne was doing some contract work but really wanted a full-time gig. While she was considering what to do about her job search, a miracle happened (or at least it seemed like one at the time). She had a “hot” job prospect come up without even having to do anything for it. A colleague of hers got her an introduction for a coveted permanent position at a coveted firm she had been eyeing.
Our own, NoNonsense Job Search Agent, Sue, explains a little bit about how we go about using networking to build an Employer Profiling campaign. It’s probably a different kind of networking than most people are used to, and it goes beyond worrying about job postings and online openings.
We’ve written in the past here about HR’s dilemma with IT and other “technical” operations within most organizations. The two have not always seen eye to eye, and many technical candidates I represent tell me that HR doesn’t “get” them, often misunderstanding key skills and background information in its role as gatekeeper.
We live in a world that claims to love credentials. And not surprisingly, there are institutions after institutions that will feed our…”love”.
As my teams at ITtechExec and NoddlePlace have found over the last couple years, social media and LinkedIn in particular offer a great deal of untapped potential for all professionals, including the experience professional if you understand the true value of an introduction.
Recently, I was interviewed by Rich Hein of CIO.com regarding 8 ways to get your career back on track. One of the things that came out in the article was first how to identify when you might even be off track.
When it comes to the job search process, there is a lot of frustration, to put it mildly. But perhaps one of the greatest sources of frustration has to do with the resume itself. People seem to have all sorts of opinions about them, from what they should look like to how long they should […]
If you’re familiar with our company background, then you’re probably already aware of how our company has evolved from first a “resume-focused” firm into a “resume with personal branding” firm into a “full-service resume/branding and job search solutions” firm. The reason for our evolution has been simple: We want to help our clients in tech […]
So I was reading through the latest survey data to come out on world of work trends, and I came across this information from the Center for Professional Excellence from York College of Pennsylvania.
We’ve talked quite a bit about the marriage of the multigenerational workforce in today’s market (Baby Booming to a Millennial Beat and Will Gen-Xers Please Speak Up?), and I thought this infographic through Monster.com provided some good data to add to that discussion.
Classic career advice says that you should aim to stay at every job for a minimum of one year — but how do you know when it’s time to move on? There’s been a lot of talk in the past few years about the dramatically changing workplace and how shorter tenures are becoming the norm. […]
CEO of ITtechExec Stephen Van Vreede discusses the ins and outs of workplace perks and lets readers know whether all of the extras will actually make you happier at your next job.