Category: Personal Branding

The Sustainable Career

The Sustainable Career

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Some people wonder why it seems like others are always catching breaks at work…getting a promotion or being recruited for an exciting new opportunity. For those who excel, it usually has to do with a single decision made, committed to, and executed over the course of their career.

The Decision

What’s that decision? Simply put, it is the decision to invest in their future, to bring a passion to their place of work every day, to understand their value, and to know how their contributions impact the business at large.

“C’mon, you can’t be serious!” I know, you see evidence all around you of those who are getting ahead without giving one moment’s thought to these things. You’re right, but I would contend that these people aren’t becoming true leaders or giants in the industry. Instead, they’re just focused on nudging their way to the head of the peloton (in cycling, that’s the main pack of riders that cluster usually well behind the leaders). If you would characterize those you’re thinking about as image-conscious and, as my 11-year-old daughter likes to say, “one-uppers” then you’re spot on.

Is That What You Want Too?

Honestly, can you say that’s what you aspire to? Don’t you want to be great…not just fake things so everyone thinks you’re great but to actually be great?

If so, begin by making the decision today to invest in yourself and be passionate about what you do. There are so many ways to investment in you soundly. The typical fallback is another degree or certification. Those are fine but they do little in the way of helping you to understand who you are, what you want, what you have to offer, and how an organization should value your current and future potential.

That’s where building your brand image comes in. Not an illusion or false image, but a genuine representation of you in a form (resume, LinkedIn, bio, in-person) that resonates with executives internally and at prospective new companies.

 

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 (Nodd
lePlace
) (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!

Boost Your Image to Boost Your Salary

Boost Your Image to Boost Your Salary

salary-man-wearing-suit-holding-word-his-hands-41219907I recently read a series of posts by a colleague of mine on what candidates should and should not do when negotiating a pay raise at their current company. The information was largely accurate and relevant, instructing candidates to avoid arguments that focus on fairness, need, or length of tenure while emphasizing performance and success.

After reading and reflecting on these posts, I was struck by one overwhelming thought:

This is all very logical.

Immediately, I recognized that the problem here is too much logic. Don’t get me wrong, I love logic. I fancy myself a very rational, logical thinker. Most of us examine the decisions that others make with our logic, but make decisions of our own because of feelings. Think about it logically (smile)…consider advertising campaigns. When you see an ad for something you’re not interested in, you scoff and shake your head. However, when you see an ad for something that piques your interest (like the next new gadget), you’re transfixed and suddenly willing to overlook the cheesy marketing ploys used in the ad.

The same concept applies here. You’re not going to talk yourself into a raise (not a great one, at least) by using only logical arguments.

Image Is Vital

As much as you and I may hate it, image and perception trump substance in the world of work today. Actually, this has always been true to some extent, but in this era of teamwork and collaboration, if the people around you perceive you as a poor worker or a pain to deal with, your image across the organization won’t be so hot. There are always those people that are terrible at what they do but can game the system and make people think they’re great. On the flip side, there are amazing performers that contribute a ton of value who never go anywhere because they’ve done nothing to boost their image.

How Do I Boost My Image?

There are many things you can do to boost your image. In fact, there are various layers here, making the answer really complex. However, it will probably start with changing your thinking. If you’re like me, you are able to identify the frauds and can see through every move they make. It’s obvious to everyone, right? Wrong! Most people are so busy or are caught up faking things themselves that they don’t see what’s so obvious to you. I’m not advocating being fake yourself, but evaluating what the “successful frauds” do well and learning from that. So when you add a positive perception with substantive performance, your image is going to skyrocket.

That’s when you’ll be in a powerful position to negotiate a great raise based on your positive image (the feeling you produce in others about what you offer) and the value you bring (the logical evidence giving credence to those feelings).

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!

Why You Need to Have Good Relationships With Junior Employees

Why You Need to Have Good Relationships With Junior Employees

You’ve made it to the top–congratulations. Your years of hard work, late nights, and sacrifices have paid off, and now you’re at the top of your corporate food chain. But is it us, or does it sometimes feel a little bit like an echo chamber way up on high? You might not miss the busywork and second-rate projects, but you are missing out big time if you don’t foster excellent relationships with the folks who are now where you were ten years ago.

The most successful businesses fully leverage the intelligence and know-how of all of their employees, not just those at the top. But in big corporations, most of the vital decisions are made by only a fraction of the employees. Not only does this deprive your organization of its full resources, but it can lead to unilateral thinking that will keep you stuck in place rather than moving forward. Junior employees have a lot to learn from you, but you also have a lot to learn from them. Although you are the resident expert and have the final say on every business decision you make, your juniors may have valuable input that could surprise you.

If you look at today’s startups, you’ll see that they way senior staff interfaces with newbies is changing. Gone are the hierarchies, processes, and sometimes even office doors that separate one level of employee from the next. In tech, innovation is the name of the game—and what better way to foster innovation than by listening to fresh ideas? You don’t have to work somewhere with a “flat hierarchy” to reap the benefits of interfacing with juniors, since some companies are better suited towards this than others. What do you have to do? Simply start talking!

When you speak face-to-face with a new or lower-level employee, two things happen immediately:

  1. You contribute towards a company culture where people feel comfortable talking to anyone and everyone, allowing for cross-pollination of ideas.
  2. You begin to build a relationship that could benefit you down the road.

It’s needless to say that the more positive relationships you foster at work, the better. You don’t have to become somebody’s formal mentor to make a difference in his or her life. Sharing your expertise and listening to the struggles and experiences of your juniors will make both of you better at your jobs. Plus, the person who is your junior today could end up being part of your team in just a few years. The better working relationship you develop now, the easier it will be to continue working together down the road.

How can you start to reach out to new or junior employees?

Start a club. Whether it’s learning a new coding language or simply a book club, a regular organization that all staff is invited to become part of is a smart, practical way to socialize and exchange ideas.

Put in face time. Nobody needs more email–instead, try walking over to your junior employee and discussing the matter at hand in person.

Encourage family events. Try holding monthly family potlucks or a “family day” at the office to make your work environment a little more personal, and to get to know your coworkers that much better.

Create a company project. Some companies start gardens, volunteering projects, or even microbreweries to help employees bond. It doesn’t take much–what ongoing project could benefit your company and help improve your company culture?

Don’t go straight home after work. It’s tempting to head straight for your car after work, but that immediately erases any possibility of socializing after-hours with your colleagues. A good, old-fashioned drink or coffee after work is a classic, foolproof way to get to know coworker better.

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!

Kick in the Pants: 5 Signs You’re Going To Get a Job Offer

Kick in the Pants: 5 Signs You’re Going To Get a Job Offer

When you’re a job seeker, there’s perhaps no greater mystery in life than how well you did during your interview. Chances are you were at least a little bit nervous. Your mind was preoccupied with all the research you did beforehand. You got up extra early to be certain you arrived on time. And you may have stayed up a little too late the night beforehand, polishing and printing your resume. It’s no wonder job candidates aren’t in the best position to evaluate their interview performance!

But let’s say you gave it your best shot, avoiding interview pitfalls and presenting the best version of yourself to your interviewers. Is there an objective way to tell whether you’re going to get the offer?

Yes and no.

Remember, you can never really know the inner workings of a company and exactly what they are looking for in a candidate until you actually get the offer and become an employee. Even the best candidates with charming personalities and perfect qualifications don’t make the cut sometimes.

Still, there are a few telltale signs that are strong indicators you’ve proven that you’re the best person for the job:

They obviously know your name—and use it.

Unengaged interviewers, bored out of their minds from the tedium of interviewing, might have to take a peek at your resume to remember what your name is. If your interviewer knows your name from the start and continues to use it throughout the interview, it’s a strong sign that they were impressed by your resume and excited about the potential of working with you.

They tell you how your experience applies.

Most interviewers want you to sell yourself to them through detailed explanation of how your job history has prepared you for the role in question. But when interviewers are particularly invested in you—and are familiar with your resume—they already know how your experience applies and will tell you why you’re a great fit.

You meet the company’s movers and shakers.

If your interviewer takes you around to meet with people who weren’t on your interview list, it’s a very good sign. You’ll have to meet the rest of the team in a second or third interview anyway, so making their acquaintance on your first interview shows that you’re likely to come back.

The interview enters overtime.

When a half-day interview turns into lunch or even dinner, you’ve obviously proven yourself to the company. Interviewers don’t waste valuable time on candidates they don’t consider realistic for the role. Even as little as 20 or 30 extra minutes in an interview can be a great sign.

They ask when you can start.

They’re not the same words as “you’re hired,” but they might as well be. Interviewers who ask about your availability are already picturing you as part of their team. If the topic of start dates comes up in your interview, congratulations—you’ve made a big impression on the company, and you’re practically guaranteed a spot on the short list for their new hire!

 

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 Have a Video Resume?

Should You Have a Video Resume?

video resumeSending traditional resumes into the void can feel like you’re throwing away your time and energy over and over again. In a competitive IT and tech job market, candidates who don’t cut it often won’t even receive a polite rejection letter. (The nerve!) One work-around to the drudgery of resume submissions is creating an impressive, highly individualized video resume. But how do you know if a video IT resume (or other technical resume) is going to get you the job—or turn you into a laughing stock?

You should only create a video resume if it fits the culture of the company and position where you’re applying.

1. Know your audience. Tailor everything about your video—from how you’re dressed to the words you use to your tone of voice—to the precise company you’re applying to. Don’t use the same generic video to apply to multiple jobs!

2. Keep it to the minimum length. It takes less than 30 seconds to scan a resume—60 if it catches the reader’s eye. Your video should be no longer than one minute, so highlight only what’s vital for viewers to know.

3. Act natural. This means no reading from scripts and no reciting your resume—no cue cards, even! Be yourself, and don’t be afraid to do as many takes as necessary until you get it right.

4. Show why you’re using the video format. You’re using the video format because you want to show off things that can’t be contained on a regular resume. Make it clear you have a good reason for others to watch you instead of looking over your written resume.

5. Make it stunning. There’s no question that you should strive to make your video as high quality as possible. Don’t send a video that is anything less than perfect!

Think long and hard about where you’ll be sending your video, because once you click “send,” you lose control of that content forever.

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 Talk Openly About Your Income?

Should You Talk Openly About Your Income?

salaryWhat would you do if you found out your colleagues were making significantly more than you for the exact same work?

Think back to all of those times you stayed late at the office. The skipped lunch breaks. Missed social opportunities. And especially all of those brilliant ideas of yours that helped your organization save money and work more efficiently. As a top-notch employee, you’d expect to be earning as much—or even a little more—than your peers.

Reality check: You might not be. But you’d never know it unless you talked about it.

There’s nothing like discussing salary to summon up corporate smoke and mirrors that deflect the conversation, or even prevent it from happening in the first place. It’s understandable—money is personal, and even emotional. Thinking of your value as a worker in terms of dollars and cents can feel dehumanizing and uncomfortable. Add to that the old-fashioned idea that discussing money just isn’t polite, and you’ve got radio silence when it comes to how much money you and your co-workers make.

Even worse, companies benefit hugely from propagating the myth that it’s illegal to discuss salaries. Whether it’s written into the contract that you sign upon hiring or gently discouraged by your HR manager, many corporations don’t want you discussing how much you make with fellow employees. After all, if you find out that they’re making more than you, you might ask them for more money.

Sound fishy to you? It is.

In a large majority of cases, it is absolutely legal to discuss your salary with your coworkers. You don’t need to be part of a union, and you don’t need to be a government employee. Though certain workers are exempt from this law (such as supervisors and independent contractors), roles are sometimes miscategorized and actually do receive legal protection for salary discussion.

Since 1935, the National Labor Relations Act has protected the right of employees to engage in discussions for mutual aid or protection—and that includes talking about salaries. The problem? Many consider the act to be weak in terms of holding companies accountable for violations. This is one reason President Obama has been working to strengthen workplace transparency and accountability, having recently signed two executive orders to do just that.

For tech and IT workers where salaries can have a very wide range, it’s crucial not to get stuck at a lower salary range than what you deserve. And for women and minorities in tech, the wage gap can spell out an average of 25 percent less earnings than non-minorities. We think that everybody deserves to be paid fairly for what they do. Don’t you?

So what can you do if you think you’re earning less than you should be?

Find out if you’re protected under the National Labor Relations Act.

Don’t assume that you aren’t! Try contacting the National Labor Relations Board if you’re unsure.

Learn the power of negotiation.

One of the major reasons for pay gaps is that some people are simply better negotiators than others. Leverage the power of a convincing argument to show what you’re worth and get a better offer.

Ask for a raise.

Are your co-workers asking for more money, but not you? Don’t hold your breath until your boss decides to give you more money. Ask for it, and you might just get it.

Don’t suffer in silence.

If you have the legal protection to do so, go ahead and talk openly about how much you’re earning and why you think it should change. It could make a major difference in your career advancement—and your bank account.

Report violations to the NLRB.

How much you earn should depend on your qualifications, not your gender, age, race, negotiating skills, or how much the boss likes you. Work against inequality and the illegal silencing of salary discussions by contacting the NLRB if necessary. You’ll not only help your own salary, but you’ll promote a more just and fair treatment for all qualified employees.

 

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: Being Healthy Makes You a Better Employee

Kick in the Pants: Being Healthy Makes You a Better Employee

diet42Could vegetables be the key to getting that promotion?

Paul Marciano’s 2010 book Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work debunked the myth that employers could improve performance with reward or punishment systems—but literal carrots could actually make a world of difference. That’s because a wealth of evidence suggests that those who eat right, exercise, and manage stress are markedly better employees. Companies use this knowledge to their advantage by offering health-conscious workplace perks to protect their most valuable assets: their staff.

But consider this: You can also use this information to get ahead in your job and build the career of your dreams.

You might think that because it’s your brain that does the heavy lifting, your body is irrelevant to the work you do. Not so! Even the most intelligent and intellectual among us is simply unable to work our best when our bodies are unhealthy. Remember, we are holistic, integrated organisms geared toward maintaining equilibrium. If a room is too cold, our bodies will try to balance it out by sending blood away from the surface of the skin where it loses heat; if we skip a night’s sleep, our body will demand those hours back in the form of a nap. All of this is to say, our professional talents and skills are only as good as our bodies will allow them to be.

This means if you’re good at what you do now, you might have the potential to be a whole lot better.

Take, for example, the matter of exercise. You might think going to the gym is a waste of time because you get paid to think, not to sweat. However, studies show that brain activity changes dramatically based upon how much a body moves. Exercise literally makes us more creative and improves our thinking and reasoning skills. How is that for an incentive to get up from your desk?

Studies show that people who eat healthier food are a whopping 25 percent more productive than their counterparts. And chew on this—fresh, natural foods like leafy greens, fruit, nuts, and healthy proteins can actually improve brain cognition. Have you ever been so hungry you can’t think straight? Then you already know from experience! But remember, unhealthy foods might make you feel satiated, but they don’t provide the necessary nutrients to boost your brain power.

And don’t forget to take into account stress when evaluating your health. For busy tech and IT professionals, stress can seem like it’s part of the job. However, stress endangers our cognitive functions, and can be especially harmful to memory—not to mention a host of serious physical ailments that could lead to one sick day after another. In addition to eating right, getting enough sleep, and exercising, learning how to manage stress is vitally important to your overall workplace performance.

What differences will you see when you start adopting healthier habits? You’ll…

  • Work more efficiently
  • Come up with creative solutions
  • Have mental and physical endurance
  • Maintain a sharp memory
  • Improve the way you think

Start by making a change today. You’ll not only notice that you start to feel better, but you’ll also see that your climb up the career ladder can be easier—and more pleasant—than you ever imagined.
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: Why Doing Good—Not Just Good Work—Matters

The Real Skinny: Why Doing Good—Not Just Good Work—Matters

Do you use your tech wizardry for good or evil?

Okay, hopefully you’re not using it for evil. But if you want to put your skills to use, you need to know that tech companies these days are looking for more than a neutral employee who does only what’s asked and goes home at the end of the day. They’re looking for innovative movers and shakers concerned about creating something that’s not just cool or clever, but also creates positive change in the world.

After all, who has more power and resources to do good than IT and tech professionals? Technology is at the root of every scalable force for good that exists in our modern times. Whether it’s as simple as advances in security systems or as complex as 3D-printed prosthetic limbs, tech is making life better for humans and the planet. It’s unstoppable—so leverage that power for your career!

But you don’t need to be a do-gooder to impress companies with your skills. It’s easier than you might think to incorporate positive change into your existing career and skill development. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Can I make a small change in my work that makes life easier for at least one person?
  • Is there a place I can volunteer to build my skills and help others simultaneously?
  • Are there any junior employees I can mentor and positively influence?
  • Can I take my side project to the next level by incorporating socially or environmentally responsible elements?
  • Are there untapped resources I could donate to make an improvement for my company or clients?

Remember, the core mission of most companies is to make life better for people and the planet. When you show a dedication to this mission—and a white-hot skill set—you’ll make an unforgettable impression at your current and future workplaces.

 

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?

 

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