Simplified. Targeted. Certain.
My name is Stephen Van Vreede (LinkedIn), and I overcome uncertainty everyday for my senior-level client members as an Executive IT Resume Writer and Tech 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).
From established “techies” (15+ years), to those who lead software/systems development initiatives, to project/program managers (PMP), 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).
At ITtechExec, we have developed a carefully honed approach based on the job market realities of TODAY, not those of the 1990s and early 2000s. This distinction is important because too often IT/tech job seekers come to us thinking they just need to toss out a resume here and there on a job board or speak with a recruiter and they will have a position tomorrow.
The reality is, however, that even when upward mobility in the job market is good, as it is starting to be again, hiring practices have changed.
My wife, Sheree Van Vreede (LinkedIn), and I began our own career services firm called “No Stone Unturned” in 2001 just outside of Philadelphia. Initially, we had a small office where we hosted seminars and workshops, wrote resumes, and served a cross section of professionals and backgrounds.
But we wanted to get more hands-on with the job search process and become advocates for the job seeker, not for the companies.
To do that, we decided to hone in on one segment of the marketplace. Thanks to my background in IT/telecom management for the supply chain/logistics industry and to Sheree’s experience serving as an editor to the scientific/engineering community in the publishing world, we soon realized that we were best suited to serve the technical professional trying to maneuver through what by that point (2007) had become a complex and exhausting job market.
Not only that, we noticed that other resume writers were avoiding technical clients, unsure of how best to position their specialized skills.
Therefore, it wasn’t long before we began to work exclusively with IT and technical or “STEM” clientele, professionals who have devoted themselves to some of the most innovative and rewarding fields in today’s industries, from engineering to healthcare IT to scientific exploration to big data and cloud services to project/program management.
That’s when ITtechExec was born…
So there we were: The recession had hit in the U.S., upward mobility in IT/tech jobs had stagnated, social media had begun to insert itself into hiring practices, and companies had started demanding more and more automation in the hiring process. For a few years, it was hard to tell which direction things were going to go, and what was good and what was bad. All we really knew was that things were changing, and the job market was less and less pleasant.
But by the early 2010s, it became apparent that the job search landscape was altered for good.
The online tools that were supposed to make life better for companies and job seekers alike persisted, but it was apparent no one gave much credence to them actually working, especially past the manager level. And those newly automated hiring practices became so wieldy that, frankly, only HR people seemed to like them.
What became obvious to us at ITtechExec was that we needed to do more than just design documents; we needed to help guide professionals through this new job search “zoo” by offering solutions that would help them build momentum using other, more effective methods to create opportunities for themselves.
Eight years ago, we began offering our very own “concierge” Job Search support solutions. Our clients would start with the career document design with me and then move into our job search strategy development and support solutions with Sue Sacco, our Job Search Agent (LinkedIn).
Due to the demand for both types of solutions, in 2018, we began offering them as part of a comprehensive, month-by-month Document Design and Job Search Membership that walks side by side with you throughout your job search introducing you to recruiters identified just for you, working within our own ITtechExec network to help you build contacts in your industry and target market, and offering support in reaching out across your own network more effectively.
We aren’t a replacement for your own search efforts, but we do ease the burden and offer you potential connections that could lead to opportunities in today’s market.