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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, 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 or send him an invite at To 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:

IT Director With Long Tenure at Same Company: Asset or Liability?

IT Director With Long Tenure at Same Company: Asset or Liability?

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Unlike Sam, whom we featured in our last segment as a Technology and Software Innovation Leader, Danielle is a Technology Director who has been with the same company her entire career. She started with them doing database work and hardware support before growing into development and IT operations roles. She wanted to position herself for managerial roles in application development and product management, but she had no idea if other companies would consider her qualified for these roles.

Titles Make a Difference

One major concern for Danielle was the fact that her company had never formally changed her title after nearly 20 years, even though the scope and accountabilities of her role had altered drastically. Did she really need to list that she was a Database and Applications Support Specialist on her resume and in LinkedIn?

No…you are afforded some flexibility with titles to ensure that they align with what the general market would understand based on your job duties. For Danielle, that meant we were able to tweak her title a bit to better communicate the level (Manager) and type of work (technical product management and development) she had been performing for the past 12+ years.

Is Only Working For One Company a Liability?

Danielle had received a bunch of calls and LinkedIn inquiries for Database Administrator and Technical Support roles. When sending her resume to recruiters, she got feedback that they didn’t think she was qualified for a Technology Manager role, and that being at the same company for nearly 20 years gave them concern that she couldn’t handle a change in environment.

Fixing the Problem by Reworking the Resume and LinkedIn Profile

Danielle explained how her position evolved over time, despite having no change in the formal job title. I did a resume makeover – and a LinkedIn Profile makeover too – that made Danielle’s progression come across clearly to even the most casual observer. A clearer presentation of titles that reflected the level of role she held and the duties she performed was also addressed.

The results for Danielle have been strong since we revamped her resume and LinkedIn Profile AND introduced her to some key players in her target market.

She quickly received calls for opportunities that matched her objective to be in technology management. She also got responses from recruiters and hiring directors when submitting her resume in direct response to open jobs listed on their website. Just as important, she felt better equipped to answer questions about her long tenure and why it made her an even stronger candidate.

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 or send him an invite at To 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 consult:

The Real Skinny on Prepping for the 2015 Job Market

The Real Skinny on Prepping for the 2015 Job Market

2015 job marketGreat 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 more than ever, and there are many exciting opportunities for IT and other technical professionals. But what do you do if you haven’t been on the job hunt in a while and don’t know the new rules of interviewing and hiring?

Don’t worry, we’ve got your back!

  1. Expect a different hiring process

More and more companies are realizing that how they hire reflects well (or poorly) upon their brand. Today’s recruiters and hiring managers are aiming to make the process more human and relatable. Use this friendlier recruitment process to showcase your soft skills, but always keep it professional.

  1. Build a portfolio

Whether or not you have something physical to show for the work you’ve done, hiring managers will want to see examples of your work before you get the interview. Write case studies for projects you’ve worked on to broadcast your skills and back up your claims of success.

  1. Go beyond LinkedIn

If you haven’t spruced up your LinkedIn lately, now’s the time — but don’t stop there! Develop a social media presence that shows off your skills and interest in your profession.

  1. Ask the right questions

A report from LinkedIn says that many qualified job candidates don’t get hired because the interviewers don’t know the best questions to ask them. Learn the “forced-choice question” method — asking what the main objectives for the job are, and then using examples to show how you can achieve them — to help improve your odds.

  1. Anticipate a 3-5 year tenure

Perhaps the biggest change of all, many companies now realize that job seekers will only stay at the company for a handful of years. Know this when going into the interview, and stress what a difference you can make in a short time frame. Be sure to think of this job as the stepping stone to what’s next, not the position you’ll be in for the next several decades.

You’ve Earned the New IT Certification, Now What?

You’ve Earned the New IT Certification, Now What?

toon-1061Recently I was interviewed by Susan Hall for a 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 off as a brainless braggart, so the best advice is to call attention to the experience you gained while earning the certification – and how you’ve put it to use doing real work, experts say.

“One of the biggest things that people will probably neglect is leveraging people who have gone through a similar certification – reaching out to them through LinkedIn or whatever means they have available, to make connections and market themselves through other, what should be, like-minded people who are going to value that certification,” says

Stephen Van Vreede, a Rochester, N.Y.-based resume writer and career strategist at”

Read the full article here

Don’t Think Social Recruiting Affects You?

Don’t Think Social Recruiting Affects You?

As I speak with our members at ITtechExec and NoddlePlace and engage across social media with IT/technical professionals, many are still not convinced of the value of social recruiting in today’s market. Although there are many different job search techniques (and I advocate a diverse “pipeline” approach), the rise of social recruiting should not be ignored as this infographic from RecruitLoop shows.


Are You Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn?

Are You Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn?

Perhaps one of the biggest frustrations I hear from job seekers has to do with LinkedIn. Somewhere along the way, we got this notion that it was supposed to be more than it actually is (a numbers game). Nevertheless, with 96% of recruiters scouring it daily, job seekers play along. To help optimize your time on LI, I’ve put together the following presentation.

Getting Stuck in the LinkedIn Wasteland

Getting Stuck in the LinkedIn Wasteland

You would be hard-pressed to hear many negatives about LinkedIn these days, especially when it comes to the job search and personal branding. It is very popular to talk about how LinkedIn is the place to be for career networking and job search.