Category: Job Search Tips

The Difference Strategic Networking Can Make

Meet Ally. Ally is a Program Manager for a midsize firm who would like to go back to a Senior Project Manager role at a Fortune 500. She would like to make this move for the simple fact that she much prefers overseeing projects versus project managers. Turns out, she’s very good at it and misses it. She’s even willing to take a pay cut to make it happen. Easy, right?

Well, something seemingly simple…a slight change in direction…caused Ally a lot of grief.

That is, until she started working with Sue, our Job Search Agent. Before then, Ally had a typical process. She either tried to reach out to recruiters or she applied on job boards. At one Fortune 500, she saw the posting of her dreams for the Senior Project Manager role. She applied. She waited. Then she heard back:

Overqualified.

But they would gladly consider her for a Program Manager role. Of course, Ally no longer wants that role. By the time she started working with Sue, she was starting to think it would never happen. But Sue, as always knew better (lol).

The first thing Sue did was work our ITtechExec network and connections to find an in at this Fortune 500. After a few tries and a few calls, Sue had her connection. She then introduced Ally.

Ally met with the connection, explained what she was trying to do and what her experience had been. The connection referred her to someone else inside the company who was in charge of hiring for the senior project manager position. Within a week, Ally was having a phone interview and is currently scheduled to go in for her first round of in-person interviews.

Sue showed us all the difference strategic networking can make.

It’s taken us ~10 years here at ITtechExec to build up a vast, active network of professionals across all types of industries and organizations who generally are willing to support and assist their fellow professionals. Of course, not every connection leads to this kind of response (if only!), but Sue continues to prove to us that the global world we live in can be pretty small at times, and even supportive; it’s really a matter of how strategic your network is and how well you approach them.

I, for one, am grateful for the momentum that the connections made through our network, and Sue’s efforts, make for clients like Ally. What happens from here, and how things turn out, are up to Ally and the interviews she has as a result. Of course, nothing is a slam dunk, and I have already told Ally, we shouldn’t stop here to “wait and see”…there are more connections to be made as things take time.

But, as Ally has already seen, it is a much more promising approach than hearing back from some automated system telling you that you are overqualified.

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:

 

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:

What Do Swim Meets and Career Management Have in Common?

What Do Swim Meets and Career Management Have in Common?

My daughter Olive is 14 and is on her 5th year of competitive swimming. She is, I can proudly say, without a doubt, one of the hardest working, most committed kids in our area (can you picture my chest puffing out? Haha). She doesn’t miss a practice, a meet, an opportunity to get better. You name it, she is there, spending hours upon hours per week in the pool AND she is happy to be there. (I’m not going to lie..Sheree and I tried everything to get her interested in other things, as this was not in our plan for her, and although she is already an accomplished flute player for one of our music schools, she doesn’t love it the way she loves the water.)

But despite all of her dedication, hard work, amazing swim technique, bright future, and so on, Olive has one problem:

She sometimes loses confidence when she needs it the most.

As I mentioned, the dedication is there. The desire is there. The work ethic is there. She posts good swim times at races, is considered a solid performer, but she has this tendency to hold back a little, doubt herself. She’s so analytical, technical even, that she’s acutely aware of her shortcomings.

And because of that, she can pull back when she is supposed to be surging ahead.

It’s a frustrating place for her to be, especially when she is putting in so much time. It keeps her from getting the ROI she should be getting. Some other, less dedicated swimmers are able to keep pace with her. As a result, she feels like she is spinning her wheels.

Now, obviously, she is a teenage girl. Discovering who you are, untangling your web of emotions, fighting against inevitable comparisons, and finding confidence amid your strengths and limitations is all part of that confusing time in life.

BUT, when you think about your career management, can you relate a little?

I can. While giving her one of my little “pep” talks recently (can you see her teenage eyes rolling?), it hit me that I have had many times even in my adult life when I have done the same thing. I’ve pulled back when I should have been surging ahead, all because I got some notion in my head that I wasn’t good enough or perfect enough or the timing wasn’t exactly right or maybe I needed more education.

As a result, my ROI hasn’t always been what it should have been.

Now, of course, there is much more to life than swim times, and our careers are not the only priority, nor should they be. Much like Olive, there are many valuable lessons to be learned beyond just results. But, let’s face it, we do want to reach our potential, don’t we? Or at least get close. After all, our livelihoods do matter. And we spend a fair amount of our lives at our professions. (Ambition and a competitive drive do not make us bad people!)

The main purpose behind our VIP memberships is to help our clients achieve better ROI, to provide the support to surge ahead and not pull back. Much like Olive continues to need good coaching support, and pep talks from dad (although she may not admit that part), we too as professionals often need the same type of encouragement.

We can’t just say we want it, show up, hope it happens….we have to face whatever it is that holds us back and take a new approach to conquering it!

(I told you I’ve been inhaling a lot of chlorine lately…haha…but seriously, our goal here is to help you keep moving forward, even when you aren’t in “active” mode. If it is a confidence boost, a sounding board, a hearty shove, whatever you find you need, I hope you will reach out to us along the way…that is what we are here for!)

The One-Two Punch Every Job Search of Today Needs

The One-Two Punch Every Job Search of Today Needs

When I first started in the resume and career document design business, times were good, especially in the tech/IT job market. Online tools, such as job boards, seemed like a long awaited answer to speeding up and making the hiring process more efficient, jobs were plentiful, and even though we now had online tools, the job search process itself had not changed all that much.

Then came 2007 and things began to change.

The recession hit in the U.S., upward mobility in IT/tech jobs stagnated, social media began to insert itself into hiring practices, and companies began 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, as well as what was good and what was bad. All we really knew was 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.

For the past 8 years, we have been offering our very own “concierge” Job Search support solutions. Our clients would start with the career document design with Stephen Van Vreede, Executive Resume Writer, and then move into our job search strategy development and support solutions with Sue Sacco, our Job Search Agent.

Due to the demand for both types of solutions, we now offer 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.

In other words, we provide the “one-two punch” that is often missing in today’s job search approach.

Too many professionals find themselves blindsided by this marketplace when they embark on a job search. They’re still remembering the 1990s or early 2000s, and it is hard for them to orient themselves in today’s market. And although things were a bit simpler back then, it’s not all bad today.

You just have to know how to maneuver through it while having some patience.

To find out how it can work for you, book a free 30-minute “Upcoming Career Move Prep” phone or Skype session with me, your IT/Tech Job Search Strategist & Resume Writer, Stephen Van Vreede.

 

Two Career Roads Diverged, and I Cannot Decide

In 2014, I wrote a blog post titled “Two Roads Diverged in Your Career Path Woods…and You?” in which I played off of Robert Frost’s famous poem to look at how often we get hung up in life (and thus career) on the ins and outs of making that next step when sometimes all we need to do is just, well, make a step, any step.

I was once again pondering all this recently when I was speaking with a college assistance planner in regard to my daughter, who is about to enter high school. I was discussing how as parents, my wife and I were findings our heads collectively spinning when it came to all the hoops that supposedly needed to be jumped through, and all the boxes that supposedly needed to be checked, when it came to improving her chances amidst college rejection rates that seem to be at an all time high. “How many AP classes can she handle over the next 4 years?” “How many times will she need to take the ACT and SAT, and should she take SAT subject tests?” “By age 18, will she have mapped out her entire life plan and seen enough of the world so she can write some highly philosophical entry essay?”

Yikes…

Obviously, like many parents before us, we want what’s best for our daughter. We want to believe that we are giving her the best guidance and the best opportunities. And, yes, obviously, we are willing to get educated on what’s happening out there and get advice. But, what we’ve found is that there is a point where knowledge and advice can only go so far and you have to stop and ask, “What is our end goal, really?”

In other words, you have to stop chasing and start building.

Of course, you don’t reject all the advice and ignore all the hoops. Some of it is practical, a necessity, a fact of life (SAT scores do matter, for instance, especially if attending a selective college is important to you), but you carefully begin to pick and choose the path you want to follow based on who you are, not on what others say you have to be.

If you don’t, you will go crazy competing against a scale in which you will never measure up.

Naturally, as parenting usually does, all of this got me thinking about my own life and career path. How many times have I just been chasing instead of building?

Over the years, I’ve written about the “rat race”…the allure of it…the constant worry that you aren’t checking off all the right boxes, that the image you’ve built isn’t quite what it should be. We all fall victim to it at some point. We end up on this never ending cycle of playing “keep up” or “catch up”, and it seems like we have little control.

We seem to be living in a world that is a bit out of control.

Certainly I’ve seen this with my technical management clients. They think of personal branding as a mold or structure that they have to squeeze into in order to be “accepted”. In reality, usually what makes personal branding effective is someone who knows how to crack the mold a bit, so to speak.

It’s a frustrating place for those who’ve spent a lifetime chasing the hoops and boxes, maybe even feeling a great sense of accomplishment in having done so. The structure is comforting. It gives you a formula, a direction.

The problem, of course, is that if you’re not careful, it can also make you somewhat indistinguishable from all the other candidates out there.

One role I see this happen with the most is in Project Management. There are so many project managers these days with PMP certifications, it can be tough to separate out from the crowd. Another is Engineers with PE certifications. I’ve often seen it in pharmaceutical and medical device sales as well. Pretty soon the market gets flooded with candidates who are well qualified, but on paper, they don’t stand out from one another.

Often, what has happened, and we’ve all been there, is that so much time was spent trying to be the very picture of PMP or PE that once we’ve achieved it, we’ve also lost any sense of individuality.

So at some point, a decision has to be made: How do I play this game while still building my own story? What hoops do I jump through, and what ones do I skip to forge my own path?

Without doubt, it is a delicate balance. But it is choice that can make all the difference.

About Stephen—-

Stephen 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 “STUCK” to 866-294-1324 to start a dialogue OR click on the calendar below to schedule a free 30-minute résumé assessment:

What’s Your Tech Career Road Map Look Like? Smooth or Bumpy?

What’s Your Tech Career Road Map Look Like? Smooth or Bumpy?

country-roads-wallpapers-1When mapping out your next IT or tech career move, knowing your value and setting achievable goals is a vital first step. In setting goals, the priority should not center on the number of opportunities (quantity) rather on the right opportunities (quality) that align with those values. Specificity in these matters is the key. If it is the right opportunity, go all IN! If not, don’t pursue it. It will take time that you could be using for researching the right opportunity that is in alignment with your roadmap.

Project Manager Job Jungle

When Christina began her job search adventure, she was lost in the wilderness of which way to go. She started out the same way most of her competitions does: by posting for any job that had the words “project manager” in it. She did not define industries, location, or really any other specifics. So as you can imagine, what she got was an avalanche of emails that basically made her frustrated and somewhat lost. Soon she began wasting the little job search time she had trying to sift through them. Her LinkedIn profile and resume really branded her as a project manager, and she was lost in a sea of project managers all vying for the same roles.

Nothing was specific for Christina. She did not stand out. Her values were lost in the job search jungle.

Project Manager Road Less Traveled

It was then that Christina came to me. We began to put together a roadmap that included values that were important to her…location near home including remote possibilities (family and recreation time is important to her), she always wanted to work in the aerospace industry, and she wanted to work at a smaller company after working in a large corporation for years.

So we took these values, revised her resume and LinkedIn profile to align with them, and made some specific introductions to valuable contacts instead of just trolling the job boards.

roadmapShe now had a roadmap inclusive of her values and goals. As a result, she started using her job search time more efficiently and had greater results in much less time. It wasn’t long before she found opportunities that met her goals and gave her that family and recreation time she valued.

In beginning your job search adventure and as you progress through it, ask yourself these questions to stay focused and on track:

  • Am I willing to fight for my values?
  • What’s important to me?
  • Am I am willing to bend or not bend in my unique value or perceptions?
  • Do I know what my value-add is?
  • Do my “stories” reflect my values and goals?
  • Am I pursuing opportunities that I do not really want?
  • Am I being specific?
  • Do my resume and LinkedIn profile portray the brand I want for career goals?

Sticking With It

But here is the real key to the whole thing. Setting goals is one thing. Sticking to them is another. It takes a lot of willpower, and it takes support. Various detours will pop up along the way and get you sidetracked. Other opportunities will arise that might seem worth pursuing. This is why you need a “team” behind you. Every Olympic athlete, even those in “individual” sports has a coach and an entire support system behind him or her. Yet most of us attempt to maneuver through the job search jungle on our own. Considering not only are our livelihoods on the line with each career move, but also our lifestyles, where our families live, how much we work, how long our commute is, and so on, it makes sense that we would build our team as well and not try to “go it alone,” doesn’t it?

If you would like more information on how to use your road map , without so much recalculating, text me at 866-294-1324 to start a dialogue OR schedule a time (see below) to speak with me and learn more about our “concierge” job search solutions:

IT career adviser 5Sue Sacco is a Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS) for ITtechExec who blends a unique background in managing both IT and telecom day-to-day operations with extensive hiring and recruitment experience for small/mid-sized organizations as well as for a prominent Fortune 1000 company. She is also a Career Thought Leader Associate.

Sue has been up close and personal with HR and has had to wade through layoffs, acquisitions, and corporate restructuring. (That means she’s a veteran of the job market zoo and has been so deep in corporate goo that nothing surprises her anymore!)

Text me at 866-294-1324 to start a dialogue OR schedule a time below to speak with me and learn more about our “concierge” job search solutions:

Not Enough Time for Your Next Career Move?

Are you a professional that feels pressure to find job search time? You know it is time to go, but you can’t see how you can get it all done. After all, you likely work 50-60 or more hours per week and have other obligations, like family.

Do you find yourself wondering:

“Where will I fit in job search time to my already crazy schedule? After all I want to find and sustain my work/life balance! It’s important that I watch my kids grow up. But I know it’s time for me to start looking for the next role. So how can I find the time I need to make this next career move?”
As our client Joshua found out, you can have victory over your job search time management. He was aware of a downsizing move coming to his company so he took the time before that happened to prepare for his next IT Director position. While he was getting his résumé designed with us, he participated in our complimentary Job Move Strategy session.
When I first met Joshua, he was stressed out by the idea of making this career move and still having time to be with his family. Like most of us, his life is more than just about work. He has a wife and 3 children that are very active. He commutes over an hour a day, and he coaches his daughter’s soccer team on weekends. Talk about work/life juggling!
Together, he and I were able to incorporate clear strategic methodologies into his job search approach. After prioritizing each method to focus his job search time appropriately, he was able to get noticed, get interviews, and get a new position.

Here is the strategy we designed for Joshua to move toward achieving this victory!

• Recruiters: Joshua did not have the time to research and vet which recruiters would be most effective for him. So I took that burden off of him and did the legwork. Once we narrowed down recruiters to contact, I then reached out on his behalf and began making introductions. This way, Joshua only had to respond to those recruiters who were interested and used his time more effectively.
• Target Companies: Joshua had some parameters in mind for his next company, but he needed some help targeting which ones fit those parameters. Once again, I did the research to present the companies to Joshua and vetted key contacts across our extensive ITtechExec network at those companies.
• Networking (both within and outside your network): Joshua had a pretty large network on LinkedIn and elsewhere, but he found his contacts to be unmotivated in helping him get going with his job search. After some discussion, he discovered that some of the problem had to the do with the way he was approaching them. After some coaching with me, he began to have a much better response. He also took advantage of our ITtechExec network to connect with new contacts who might be helpful in achieving his goal.

In the end, although it wasn’t an overnight success, Joshua did find that a job search doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

Here’s how he described it:
“Sue, before we started putting this strategy together, I was lost. I knew I had to act, but I couldn’t get passed the idea that my life was so hectic. Not only did you give me practical support, but you also gave me direction.”
If you find yourself out in the wilderness, wondering where to even begin with your next career move, text me at 866-294-1324 to start a dialogue OR click on the calendar below to schedule a free consult. We will present a customized strategy for your search and share how we will partner with you to maintain your work/life balance during your job search just like we did for Joshua and his busy family.

 

IT career adviser 5Sue Sacco is a Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS) for ITtechExec who blends a unique background in managing both IT and telecom day-to-day operations with extensive hiring and recruitment experience for small/mid-sized organizations as well as for a prominent Fortune 1000 company. She is also a Career Thought Leader Associate.

Sue has been up close and personal with HR and has had to wade through layoffs, acquisitions, and corporate restructuring. (That means she’s a veteran of the job market zoo and has been so deep in corporate goo that nothing surprises her anymore!)

Text me at 866-294-1324 to start a dialogue OR schedule a time below to speak with me and learn more about our “concierge” job search solutions:

Supply & Demand Works Better Than Ever in the Mid-December Executive 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 law of supply and demand, which generally defines 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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Executive Job Seeker = Supplier

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 are a large number of candidates available on the market, then the company looking to hire can have their 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-December.
  • A company just had its Director of IT Infrastructure give notice that 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? Not if it can help it. The company is 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-December, so get yourself out there now when competition is low and you can position yourself as a top-level candidate.

Stephen Van Vreede

About Stephen—-

Stephen Van Vreede is not your average IT/technical resume 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 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/stephenvanvreede. To see whether Stephen and his team are a good fit for you, feel free to schedule a complimentary 30-minute consult call below:

Your Job Search & Networking: It’s not that you can’t, it’s that…

Recently, Thomas came to us recognizing he needed help in his job search. He wanted a senior-level Software Development position in Europe (he was currently located in the US) and really had no contacts there. He also realized that he had only about 10 hours a week to spend on his job search and most of that was after hours. After a month of two of trying to look on his own, with his limited time, he decided if he was ever going to achieve his goal, he needed help. Thomas partnered with us first through our résumé portfolio approach and then through our “concierge” job search solutions to help build his network in Europe.

Thanks to our large and responsive pipeline of connections, we were able to connect him to several “insiders” in companies he was targeting in his search.

After a few months of building relationships with these contacts, he was invited for an interview and was offered a position. Success!
Here is how Thomas described his experience:

“Instead of using up all my job search time just trying to find the right contacts, I spent that time responding to all those connections you made for me. I know I would not have found these contacts on my own.”

This is what partnership and “pipeline” building are all about.

Most of us professionals know that the most effective job search methodology today is still “networking”. But it takes a lot of time. Like Thomas, it is time you most likely don’t have. If you work 50-60 hours a week, you probably also want to have some work–life balance…catch your kid’s soccer game and get that project done around the house. This is understandable!

Time is our most precious commodity. And it is why we at ITtechExec will partner with you to be part of your job search “team.”

networkingJust looking for a recruiter who will talk to you and tossing your résumé on a job board aren’t enough anymore. Maybe it worked in the 90s and early 2000s when you were last out in the job market, but in today’s global marketplace, “pounding the pavement” has taken on a whole new meaning.

You need someone on your side. Think of it this way: When you check into a hotel or are lugging your baggage through the terminal, isn’t it beneficial and good to have someone there willing to assist you in your “job” at hand? It’s not that you can’t do it yourself, it’s that it’s nice to know you don’t have to carry the burden alone.

As Thomas put it:

“I thought I knew how to look for a job. I mean, this was not my first ‘rodeo’. I’ve been out in the workplace for 25 years. But my life is different now, and the market is different. And although there are a lot of tools and information out there, you can spend all of your time just sifting through it. I’m glad I recognized I needed help. This wasn’t a quick-fix solution. It still took time to find the right fit, but now I had a ‘team’ behind me, and my time was much better spent!”

So how is your pipeline?

If you know you need to build a better pipeline of connections, let us save you the legwork. We will get you in touch with the “insiders” within your target companies and provide you with some other employers you may not have considered. Networking within the current workforce of these target companies is a great way to get an employee referral and learn the culture, issues, and opportunities within the company. You can leverage your “insiders” to know about positions before they are published, and if you uncover an opportunity you are interested in, you can learn more by asking them directly.

Remember: It is not that you can’t, it’s that you don’t have to!

If you would like more information on how to use your road map , without so much recalculating, text me at 866-294-1324 to start a dialogue OR schedule a time (see below) to speak with me and learn more about our “concierge” job search solutions:

IT career adviser 5Sue Sacco is a Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS) for ITtechExec who blends a unique background in managing both IT and telecom day-to-day operations with extensive hiring and recruitment experience for small/mid-sized organizations as well as for a prominent Fortune 1000 company. She is also a Career Thought Leader Associate.

Sue has been up close and personal with HR and has had to wade through layoffs, acquisitions, and corporate restructuring. (That means she’s a veteran of the job market zoo and has been so deep in corporate goo that nothing surprises her anymore!)

Text me at 866-294-1324 to start a dialogue OR schedule a time below to speak with me and learn more about our “concierge” job search solutions: