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Interview with Kurt Phelps of Phello

Interview with Kurt Phelps of Phello

Starting in 2019, ITtechExec has begun incorporating Phello’s advanced contact management system into our Job Search Solutions. In a recent podcast with Phello owner, Kurt Phelps, our own Stephen Van Vreede discusses resume writing, your network, and utilizing it in the process:

Listen to Podcast Interview with Kurt Phelps of Phello

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!

8 Steps for Your First Year in a New Job

8 Steps for Your First Year in a New Job

Congratulations on Landing that New Role!!

You did it. You made it through the job market zoo, maneuvered through the corporate hiring “goo”, and negotiated your way into your next position…it’s time to celebrate! Woohoo!

It’s also time to be wise, and I know you, simply because you are reading this, are wise. 🙂

Now, I don’t want to bring down the mood in anyway because we should be doing our happy dance, BUT I always strive to be real with my clients and network. So here it is: The first year of any new role is pivotal for two reasons: (1) You want to get off on the right foot, and (2) you want to enter into a “cautiously optimistic” mode where you hope for the best but yet don’t completely abandon the work done during your job search to build your network  and get yourself into a “ready” position.

The last thing we all want is for anything to go awry, but in today’s market, sometimes it does. So our goal here at ITtechExec is to help you transition into the new role with ease while taking a “cautiously optimistic” approach that gets you off on the right foot in your new role while keeping you “always ready” to make a move should a new opportunity come along. And you can do all that without a heavy burden.

*This is how Stephen’s concept of “Corporate Entrepreneur” works in today’s career market. You give your all to your new role, but you wisely keep yourself ready to make another move. It’s not that you want to do so; it’s that you want to stay strong all the way through your career to the finish line.*

8 Steps to the First Year in Your New Job

Step 1: Write a Short Introduction/Bio

  • Start by putting together a short bio that you can send out and use to make intros across the organization. It’s nice to have something succinct, yet prepared, that you can use to make the best first impression, whether that is to your in-house team, global team, vendors, contractors, etc.

Step 2: Update Your LinkedIn Profile to Add Your New Role

  • We usually recommend you wait at least a month into a new role before doing this. Let’s get you acclimated a bit and see how things are looking first. Then let’s make it public on LI. Plus, you might have a little more say after you’ve put in a few weeks…like what the job is really about.

Step 3: Contact Network

  • If you’ve been through our Document Design & Job Search Membership, then you are familiar with the CM system we use, but even if you haven’t been, you can still find a better contact management tool than LI, to prepare a message to go out among your contacts announcing your new role (you can’t just assume everyone will see this through LI).
  • As with the LI profile, it is wise to wait a few weeks in to see how things are going and to consider how we want to announce it.

Step 4: Build a Testimonial Page

  • Here’s something we try to get every client to start doing…collecting testimonials, whether that is from executive leadership, peers, end users, partners, etc.
  • Every good entrepreneur knows how important it is to have others do the talking about them, so they collect testimonials. Every good “corporate entrepreneur” should do the same.
  • A testimonial page is an excellent resource to have at Performance Review time, Promotion time, or when entering back into the job market.

Step 5: Update  Your Resume

  • OK, as you get later into your first year in your new role, and likely have some early accomplishments under your belt or at least underway, now it is time to update the resume.
  • You might not think it is important, but it is good to do it yearly. This way your resume is always current and ready to go. And if you do it yearly, it takes a lot less time than if you wait 3 or 4 years.CIO resume example IT recruiter

Step 6: Transition into Maintenance Phase for 2nd Year

  • Think about what you can be doing on an ongoing basis to keep yourself poised for the future. We don’t tend to have static careers anymore, where it is 10-15 years before we change roles or companies, so having a yearly maintenance check-up is important. Here are some things to consider:
    • What is the state of your resume? LI profile?
    • Are you continuing to collect those testimonials?
    • Have you kept up communicating from time to time with your close network connections?
    • What about those recruiters you spoke with during your job search? Do you touch base every once in a while?
    • Do you have a “Next Opportunity” profile? In other words, if you were looking to make a move, what would that next role look like and where? What can you do in the meantime to keep your eyes and ears to the ground?

Step 7: Pay It Forward

  • So often when we think about networking, we think about what others can do for us, but now that you are securely in your next role, is there someone in your network you can help by making an introduction or referral?
  • What would it look like if you let your network know that you are available to chat with or mentor if someone needs some job search advice (within reason, of course).
  • The careers of tomorrow are going to be based more and more on networks of professionals sharing and supporting one another, so it is wise to be someone who is ahead of that game.

Step 8: Think of It as “Career Protection”

  • We all would like to have some sense of “job security”…it’s one of the main items listed on any survey done on careers. In today’s market, the best way to get that, or at least some semblance of it, is to build in your own “career protections”. That is what these steps are meant to do, and it is what I talk about in my book UNcommon with Brian Tracy. I see it making a difference for the hundreds of clients I work with each year.

Sometimes these steps seem hard, especially when all we want to do is sit back and enjoy the new role. We don’t want to hear that there is more work to be done! I get it. As a small business owner, I really get it! And if you need to take a week or two to enjoy the moment, go for it.

Just remember, a cold job search is getting tougher and tougher to launch even in a good hiring market because corporate hiring practices are increasingly getting, well, crazier.

So a little preparation along the way will give you a head start later on! It’s one reason why we recently started offering our “New Job First Year Membership”.

Here’s how it works: Throughout your first year at the new job, we walk along beside you, basically taking care of all the steps listed above on your behalf, to make sure you update your LI profile, notify your important contacts of your new position, prepare a short introduction (or bio) to help you get going within your new organization, touch base with you a few months in to see how things are progressing in the new role, update your resume so it is “always ready”, and make new strategic introductions across our network based off of your new role (as you always wants to be networking as long as you are working; now we can leverage the new role).

Our membership solutions are designed to be flexible to each situation, manageable, and diverse. Of course, we want you to be focused on this new position and on making it as successful as it can be. So our membership isn’t meant to be time-consuming. Think of it as us working in the background to help keep some momentum going that will get you updated and ready to go should you decide to or should you decide to go for a move internally with this new organization.

To find out more, email me at stephen@ittechexec.com, or if you want to know about our resume and job search support solutions, set up a time to speak with me below:

About Stephen—-

Stephen Van Vreede IT Job Search Tech Recruiter ExpertStephen Van Vreede is not your average IT/technical résumé writer. Some people just write résumés; he cares about the whole job search. Serving as a Job Search Recruiting Agent, he provides career strategy and concierge job search solutions for senior (15+ years) (ITtechExec) and up-and-coming (NoddlePlace) (5-15 years) tech and innovation 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. Contact Stephen directly at Stephen@ittechexec.com or send him an invite at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenvanvreedeTo see whether Stephen and his team are a good fit for you, text him at 866-294-1324 to start a dialogue OR click on the calendar below to schedule a free 30-minute résumé assessment:

Supply & Demand: A Relevant Concept for Today’s IT/Technical Job Search?

Supply & Demand: A Relevant Concept for Today’s IT/Technical Job Search?

If you’ve read any of my other content, you know that I like to challenge “conventional” wisdom and go against the grain from what most people are saying. It’s not because I want to be a rebel, but the truth doesn’t change because the opinion of the majority says so. (Simply put, it makes me want to declare what is true and real all the more boldly!)

So what myth am I busting today? Well, it has everything to do with laws of supply and demand, which generally define the effect that the availability of a product (supply) and the desire for that product (demand) have on the price of that product. Here is a simple supply/demand chart (courtesy of Investopedia.com):

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What most people get wrong in this scenario is that you, the job seeker, are the supplier. After all, the company doing the hiring is paying whomever they hire to provide a product or service, which is the work performed. When the volume of products on the supply side is higher than the demand for those products, prices get driven down until suppliers bow out and equilibrium occurs. So, in this scenario, when there is a large number of candidates available on the market, then the company looking to hire can have its pick…and possibly get that person at a price below the typical market value.

How does this go against conventional wisdom, you ask? Well, let me lay out the following scenario:

  • It is mid-November
  • A company just had its Director of IT Infrastructure give notice that he or she is going to work for a competitor
  • The company doesn’t have a viable internal candidate to back-fill the role
  • There are some major infrastructure projects in the works that must move forward

Is this company going to wait until after the New Year to fill the role? Of course not. It’s going to fill the position quickly. But around this time every year, I get calls from clients saying that they’ve been advised to wait until January to conduct their job search because that’s when more candidates are active.

So, because everyone else is waiting until January, you should too? I don’t think so. Go back to the law of supply and demand. If you wait until everyone else is conducting a job search to conduct your own, you’re competing in a market with supply that is higher than demand. That’s not ideal. You actually put yourself in a better position by conducting your search during a time in which others are not. It’s now mid-November, so get yourself out there now when competition is low and you can position yourself as a top-level candidate.

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!

Should You Try—Or Avoid—“Being Yourself” At Work?

Should You Try—Or Avoid—“Being Yourself” At Work?

If you happened to run into your boss during the weekend, would he or she recognize you?

For many tech employees, the answer might be no. That’s because a staggering 63% of Americans hide their authentic selves at work. For many people, it’s only natural not to reveal certain parts of their personality or history that could be viewed negatively in the workplace. Nobody needs to know about your Beanie Babies collection, or that you secretly hate going to football games. But for the 63% in question, it’s not foibles or quirks that they are hiding–it’s major aspects of their humanity, such as natural appearance, health, sexual orientation, family situation, affiliation with certain groups, or belief systems.

And while it’s each employee’s prerogative to make the decision about what to reveal and what to conceal, some experts are beginning to question how much good it does to hide one’s true self in the workplace.

It’s an energy suck. Depending on what you’re hiding, it could take an awful lot of effort to cover your real self up each and every day at work. That’s energy that could be directed towards your job.

It prevents bonding. The feeling that you can’t be yourself at work makes it harder to want to open up to colleagues–and it prevents you from identifying with others in your same position.

It perpetuates systemic issues. Some people hide aspects of themselves because they fear prejudice. While it’s deeply personal to decide whether or not to be public about some things, it’s also true that concealing differences makes it harder for them to become part of the fabric of everyday life.

Should you open up about yourself at work? Only you can decide. If you find that you’re expending large quantities of time and effort maintaining appearances and having a hard time building strong relationships at work, you could consider it. There’s an accepting, healthy workplace for everybody–and you’ll find yours, no matter how much of your authentic self you choose to bring into the workplace.

 

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!

The Real Skinny: What You Need to Know About Diversity In Tech Hiring

The Real Skinny: What You Need to Know About Diversity In Tech Hiring

workplace diversityHighlighted by the recent Re/code conference, the tech industry right now is buzzing about a crucial issue that affects workers across the board: Diversity.

Despite the fact that diversity has been a major issue in the tech and IT fields for years, reports show that progress has been sluggish. But, in part due to the media attention attracted by Ellen Pao from her gender-discrimination lawsuit earlier this year, industry voices are piping up once again to work through some of the complicated issues that prevent women and minorities from entering, succeeding, or rising to executive-level roles. Pao, who claimed that she failed to be promoted in her company due to her gender and then was fired for complaining about it, lost the suit to former employer Kleiner Perkins. Taking her loss in stride, she has been leveraging the media attention to further important discussions about workplace diversity, and has recently decided to appeal her case.

For tech workers of both diverse and non-diverse backgrounds, the conversation sparked by Pao and many others is one that’s crucial to each and every company, team, and employee. As the Houston Chronicle elegantly puts it, “Access to a larger talent pool is one of the biggest advantages of having an employment recruitment policy that values diversity.” Diversity means equitable hiring and treatment regardless of race, class, creed, religion, age, sexuality, political views, abledness and any other differences that don’t affect an employee’s skills and workplace performance. A successful diverse workplace means a better workplace on all levels, including both profitability and positive work culture.

This is why it falls to all of us to take part in the conversation.

Reactions from the Re/code conference indicate that the needle is moving on workplace diversity, but there’s still more work to be done. While some celebrated the coup of even talking about diversity in the first place at this year’s conference, others noted that the conference itself was problematic, bringing on board only 6 female speakers out of a total of 27.

Leaders across the most important tech companies are trying to solve the diversity issue with varying degrees of success. Chief Business Officer at Google Omid Kordestani proclaimed of diverse hiring practices, “We’re all terrible at it.” And indeed at Google, a whopping 70 percent of employees are men, 60 percent are white, and 31 percent are Asian. However, Kordestani and others are using innovative new methods such as “bias training” to teach employees how to account for the unconscious biases that can lead to hostile workplaces for diverse employees. At this time, over half of Google’s workers — some twenty-thousand people — have attended these seminars.

Other companies are investing large sums of money into hiring programs that will help them build stronger, more diverse workforces. Intel, for instance, announced a $300 million campaign at the start of the year that has already increased diversity by 9 percent. To a lesser extent, Ebay — also a non-diverse workplace — has increased their diversity by one percentage point as of Q2.

Even some of the world’s brightest minds haven’t cracked the code for workplace diversity yet. There may be a long road ahead of us, but it would seem that we’ve at least taken the first step. As Google’s Kordestani put it, “There’s not a silver-bullet answer here.”

 

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!

 

The Real Skinny: How Wearable Tech Might Influence Your Next Job

The Real Skinny: How Wearable Tech Might Influence Your Next Job

wearable techThe internet can’t stop talking about wearable tech, and why should they? With many thought leaders suggesting it could be “the new smartphone,” businesses are clamoring to get an edge on the market. But with businesses and consumers raving about this new technology, where does that leave employees who are working in related fields, and what does it mean for their jobs?

One of major impacts of wearable technology is that it’s forcing professionals in the field to think creatively. We’ve already written about why tech employees need to use their creative sides, but it bears repeating. Wearable tech is a highly creative new sector that combines artistry with practicality. As the IT and tech industries expand over the coming years, how are you going to push the limits on what’s possible and discover creative, unexpected solutions?

Another predicted result of wearable tech is that employees will become even more productive. Experts estimate that this new technology will make people up to 8.5 times more productive, in fact, which will have huge ramifications on jobs and profits. If the average user is that much more productive armed with wearable technology, how much more productive can you, the tech expert, be in your workplace?

Lastly, you can expect to see even more blurred lines between work and life once wearable technology goes widespread. If today, we use our smartphones to manage our lives and families from our desks, think of how much more we’ll be able to do — and how much more efficiently — when we are armed with smartwatches, smartglasses, and smartclothing.

We hope to see wearable tech make a big different in terms of work-life balance, allowing us easier access to work or to life when we need it the most.

How do you expect wearable tech to affect your work?

 

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!

 

 

Kick in the Pants: Networking for the Socially Awkward

Kick in the Pants: Networking for the Socially Awkward

sell46Let’s face it: If you’re a tech professional, your biggest talents usually lie somewhere other than the field of social knowhow and interpersonal communication.

IT and tech employees love delving in deep, getting analytical, and solving complicated problems — ones that people outside their immediate area of expertise might not understand so well. Of course, tech folks are often highly talented across the board, and there are certainly some who could outdo a diplomat in terms of tact, communication, and sociability. But for everybody else, there remains the elephant in the room — networking — which everybody knows they should be doing, but not everybody knows how.

If you’ve ever felt too reluctant, shy, or socially awkward to even consider networking, this article is for you.

First thing’s first: adjust your attitude. If you truly believe you “can’t” be successful at networking, you probably won’t be. Networking is a skill just like anything else, and it takes practice and a little trial and error to get it right. And if you’re a tech geek, trial and error should be right up your alley, so think in terms of hacking the networking experience instead of lacking the skills.

The next order of business? Lighten up and recalibrate your expectations. So many of those who identify as socially awkward at networking events do so for two reasons: 1) they think they have to stay the whole time, and b) they think they have to talk to dozens of people. You’re not a baby bird; you don’t have to jump headlong off the branch and hope you’ll fly. Start out slow and set different goals for yourself, like staying halfway through an event and talking to just a few people. After all, one great connection is worth far more than ten duds.

As you get ready for the event, make sure to have a plan. Prepare a little in advance so you don’t find yourself painted into a corner. Even skilled networkers will do a little research on the crowd ahead of time, nail down a few talking points, and ask for introductions to smooth things over. Figure out exactly how you’ll introduce yourself to those you meet so you can focus on giving a firm handshake, adequate eye contact, and hopefully a little smile.

Remember to listen and talk in equal measure as you meet new people. It can be tempting to let the other person talk the whole time (or to do all the talking yourself), but aim for the 60-40 rule. Listening slightly more than you talk shows respect, friendliness, and intelligence.

If you find yourself in a lull, don’t hide away at the bar or in your smartphone. There’s a natural ebb and flow to networking events, and you won’t always find yourself caught up in the right conversations — or any at all. Think of a few ways you can fill empty moments productively, such as jotting down a few notes, offering to grab refills on drinks, or locating and thanking the host.

Last but not least, don’t forget to flex your tech know-how by connecting with the people you meet online. After all, in-person networking is an extremely useful, and often necessary, aspect of building up your online social network. So even if you’d rather make connections from the safety of your computer, get out there and give old-fashioned networking a solid try. You’ll be impressed at just how valuable the in-person contacts you make can be.

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!

 

IT Employment Expert Stephen Van Vreede Says It’s Never Too Late To Start A Career In Tech

IT Employment Expert Stephen Van Vreede Says It’s Never Too Late To Start A Career In Tech

CEO of ITtechExec Stephen Van Vreede encourages professionals interested in transitioning into tech careers to hop right in and start learning — there are plenty of high-paying jobs to go around.

Rochester, NY — June 17, 2015 — Stephen Van Vreede, CEO of ITtechExec, published a new article titled “How to Transition to a Career In Tech.” In the article, he explains that due to the tech industry boom, many working adults are starting and succeeding at second careers in tech through dedicated learning, work, and practice, but not necessarily another degree.

Van Vreede says, “Today, everybody is getting a lot more techy — from young students to senior managers. Jobs that were once clearly non-technical are being filled by qualified candidates who know how to code in addition to the other skills they bring to the table … This is why if you are interested in tech, it’s a great idea to pick up new skills and learn how to use them on your current job. And if you really like using your tech know-how in a professional environment, you can start plotting a career transition that will allow you to use your new skills full-time. All it takes is a little planning.”

Stephen Van Vreede is a personal brand strategist, certified resume writer, job search agent, and the CEO and owner of ITtechExec. Stephen has 10 years of experience in employment strategy and 8 years of corporate management experience. He holds an M.B.A. in Marketing from Villanova University.

Read the entire article here. http://www.ittechexec.com/kick-in-the-pants-how-to-transition-to-a-career-in-tech/

About ITtechExec:

ITtechExec is a new kind of full-service employment agency that combines resume writing, portfolio building, and job search solutions to launch extraordinary tech careers in the 21st century job market. CEO and Executive Solutions Guide Stephen Van Vreede created ITtechExec in 2001, using his background of personal branding and corporate management to create a multi-pronged approach that gets results. ITtechExec serves as the job seeker and career changer’s trusted adviser, helping them make the best of the careers they’ve built and guiding them into the professional futures they desire.

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Kick in the Pants: How to Transition to a Career In Tech

Kick in the Pants: How to Transition to a Career In Tech

Brian Tracy career adviceIf you’re a full-fledged adult in today’s world, you probably didn’t spend your youth dreaming of working in tech.

Your parents, teachers, and mentors were from a generation or two before you — one where the tech industry was full of niche specialists with computer science degrees, hidden away from the public eye. You may have never even known what a tech job really looked like up until the past ten or fifteen years. But today, all you ever hear about is how well-paid, rewarding, and stable tech jobs are. Admittedly, you’re maybe even curious to see if you’d like it or be any good at it.

But you already have a career, a college degree, and a life. Is it too late to make the switch?

Never!

Today, everybody is getting a lot more techy — from young students to senior managers. Jobs that were once clearly non-technical are being filled by qualified candidates who know how to code in addition to the other skills they bring to the table. And that’s not to mention the young boys are girls who are being actively groomed for tech careers by their schools, as well as the seemingly infinite available resources online.

This is why if you are interested in tech, it’s a great idea to pick up new skills and learn how to use them on your current job. And if you really like using your tech know-how in a professional environment, you can start plotting a career transition that will allow you to use your new skills full-time. All it takes is a little planning.

Here’s how you can get started making a career change into the tech sector:

Understand the Tech Universe

If you’re coming from outside the tech world, there’s a daunting amount to learn. Start slow and divide information into manageable chunks. A great place to begin is by learning how websites work and what programming languages you’ll need to do the type of projects you’re most interested in. You can also try installing Linux to boost your familiarity with the way your computer’s operating system works.

Get Educated

Just because you don’t need a formal CS degree doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get more education. There are myriad classes, “bootcamps,” and online resources to help build up your skills from scratch.

Give Before You Receive

Practice your burgeoning skills by contributing to open source projects, or volunteer for other types of projects so you can test what you’ve learned and get valuable feedback and experience.

Start Working Right Now

Most employers are thrilled to have tech-savvy employees on staff, regardless of the nature of their full-time role. Look for creative ways you can use your skills at your current workplace, where you can later leverage your successes for a new role at your current job or elsewhere.

Keep Your Eye On the Prize

One thing common to all tech workers is dedicated motivation. Think in terms of innovation, experimentation, progress, and amassing knowledge, and you’ll find yourself in an exciting tech role before you know it.

Stephen Van VreedeAbout Stephen—-

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IT Employment Expert Stephen Van Vreede Says The Switch To Cloud Is A Workplace Culture Issue

IT Employment Expert Stephen Van Vreede Says The Switch To Cloud Is A Workplace Culture Issue

CEO of ITtechExec Stephen Van Vreede explains how, rather than a pragmatic or financial issue, debates over switching companies to the cloud all begin as culture issues.

Rochester, NY — June 10, 2015 — Stephen Van Vreede, CEO of ITtechExec, published a new blog post titled “How To Get Your Company to Move to the Cloud.” In the post, he addresses the difficulties many tech employees have in getting their companies to switch to cloud computing, citing the underlying misunderstandings, fears, and disagreements as the result of an inhospitable company culture.

Van Vreede says, “How do you get your company into the 21st century and into the cloud? You have to realize that it’s more than just a pragmatic issue. In fact, it’s a company culture issue. Companies go through major structural transitions all of the time, and the move to the cloud is no different. But like other major changes — office location, software, organizational hierarchies, and so forth — it must be handled with delicacy and care. The first and most important step is to get your team on board with you is by making it clear why moving to the cloud is necessary before you explain how you will accomplish it.”

Stephen Van Vreede is a personal brand strategist, certified resume writer, job search agent, and the CEO and owner of ITtechExec. Stephen has 10 years of experience in employment strategy and 8 years of corporate management experience. He holds an M.B.A. in Marketing from Villanova University.

Read the entire article here. http://www.ittechexec.com/real-skinny-how-to-get-your-company-to-move-to-the-cloud/

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ITtechExec is a new kind of full-service employment agency that combines resume writing, portfolio building, and job search solutions to launch extraordinary tech careers in the 21st century job market. CEO and Executive Solutions Guide Stephen Van Vreede created ITtechExec in 2001, using his background of personal branding and corporate management to create a multi-pronged approach that gets results. ITtechExec serves as the job seeker and career changer’s trusted adviser, helping them make the best of the careers they’ve built and guiding them into the professional futures they desire.

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