Category: STEM

Resume and Job Search Strategy for an Aerospace Engineer Program Executive

Resume and Job Search Strategy for an Aerospace Engineer Program Executive

Every candidate faces some unique challenges, which is why it is so important to work with an executive resume writer and job search coach who have a deep understanding of the industry and the market. Let’s take a look at one client we worked with recently who had a unique challenge of her own. Suzanne is a senior executive in the aerospace industry, with quite a successful track record leading large-scale programs with the U.S. and foreign governments, the DoD, and major commercial accounts.

Suzanne’s Challenge

Suzanne’s problem was that she’d worked for several of the large players in the space, all within the past five years with each ending after a short period for various reasons. In addition, she wasn’t able to relocate to any of the major aerospace hubs, at least for another few years. Being bound by non-compete clauses and having a limited selection of opportunities within her geographic market made the pickings very sparse. Suzanne knew that she needed a new strategy.

Positioning Strategy

When we started working on the project to develop her positioning statements and marketing materials (Resume, LinkedIn Profile, Executive Bio, and PSR), my goal was to identify the attributes that would make her truly stand out in the market.

Her old resume was very focused on one of the big aerospace companies, whom she had worked with for nearly two decades. She had a ton of great material for that role; however, that job was five years in the past with four different jobs and four different companies in between.

This sent a signal to the market that her best work was well behind her. Of course, this wasn’t true at all, but reflected how she was feeling on the inside about the value she brought to the four short-term roles she’d held since then. So the initial challenge for me was to understand what she accomplished in each of these roles and affirm the value that she created. This took away any negative feelings associated with the succession of company changes in recent years.

Current Is King

Once Suzanne valued her achievements, we were able to build out the details for the four recent roles to give them some weight and significance. After all, we operate in a world that takes a “what have you done for me lately” perspective.

With the content we added, I focused Suzanne’s narrative on her experience leading and transforming programs, delivering within expedited time lines, and developing a strong customer relationship pipeline to fuel sales growth.

Job Search Strategy

The biggest area of opportunity for Suzanne was with her approach to the job search. Traditional channels just weren’t working because the recruiters she knew all recruited for past employers. When she responded to postings on job boards, she either wasn’t considered or they told her that she was overqualified for the roles, usually from recruiters or HR reps.

We not only created a strategy, but we helped Suzanne execute on a strategy that would connect her with senior executives in the industry. By interfacing with actual decision makers, she was able to talk through the constraints she was facing and make genuine headway in her search. The result was multiple offers that within the level and salary range she was hoping for while meeting the geographic requirement and offering schedule flexibility to suit her family needs.

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. Servings 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 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:

Results of Corporate Entrepreneur Poll

Results of Corporate Entrepreneur Poll

Last week I put out a call for responses to a poll asking our audience what the phrase “corporate entrepreneur” meant to them. This topic of corporate entrepreneurship will encompass my contribution to my upcoming book Uncommon with Brian Tracy (Spring 2015), and I wanted to get a sense of what professionals out there thought when they heard the phrase.

The largest response at 23% was that a corporate entrepreneur was “a strategist”. A three-way tie for second at 15% each included:

  • Someone who’s business savvy but probably more suited for self-employment.
  • Someone who sees what’s coming in the corporate realm and prepares for it.
  • A professional who knows how to apply certain elements of self-employment within the corporate structure.

If you’d like to participate in the poll, please feel free to do so. I’ve included it below and will keep it open a couple more weeks.

At that time, I will post the results and give an excerpt from the book discussing this issue. As a technical career strategist following the world of work closely, I am convinced that corporate entrepreneurship is going to be a “must” (yes, a must) for anyone looking to maintain their careers, particularly as we move through the next decade.

The shifting of corporate culture, the convoluted hiring practices, the mixed-generational workforce, and most importantly, the global market outlook are all bringing together a perfect storm that will forever change what it means to be in corporate. What we’ve seen so far is just the beginning.

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The Rise of the Machine and How It Is Going to Change the World

The Rise of the Machine and How It Is Going to Change the World

I am pleased to present an article today from a top innovator in today’s technology field, Fasih Sandhu. Fasih writes extensively on the Industrial Internet as well as on the Internet of Everything through his blogs at I asked Fasih if he would provide my tech readership with an overview of the current state of the Industrial Internet.

Big Oil & The IT Industry: When Two Giants Shake Hands

Big Oil & The IT Industry: When Two Giants Shake Hands

Throughout the day-to-day running of my firms ITtechExec and NoddlePlace, I come across many fascinating individuals who are out there considering the topics of today’s industry and looking at innovative ways of addressing them. Dr. Byron K. Wallace is one of those people.
Having worked in the oil industry for more than 22 years, Dr. Wallace has used his vast experience to examine the impact of IT on big oil, which has resulted in the release of his book, Big Oil & the IT Industry: When Two Giants Shake Hands.
Because I know IT innovation is near and dear to my clients, I asked Dr. Wallace to submit a summary of his book.

The following text is what he submitted to me:

Big Oil & the IT Industry: When Two Giants Shake Hands is mostly based upon the outcome of my research which embarked on a journey to determine if the amount of oil production is synonymously related to the number of information technology (IT) projects oil and gas companies implement. The book revolves around historical facts and current world events, showcasing the relevance and indifference when the “Old meets the New” world, explaining the content in a more exciting, informative way while at the same time emphasizing my main idea: exploring the good and the bad this New World of technological advancement has brought us and how the oil industry copes with the demands.
This book is meant to be practical and yet useful to many, especially to those who work for the petroleum corporations and within the IT industry along with students.
After reading this book, my hope is that readers will have a passing know-how of almost all of the important ideas in the world of IT and the oil industry, and how the game of monopoly is played out in a real, live business setting and a glimpse of the people running the show.
Unlike other published non-fiction books out there with much data structure, illustrations and boring explanations, which give readers a desire to want to skip through the data to reach the “fun parts,” Big Oil & the IT Industry is not like that. Instead I introduce my facts and arguments in a more, let’s say, fun way, without taking away from the meat of the matter, and spinning in tens of circles leaving readers bored and uninterested.
The language is simple and not hard to grasp. By throwing my own experiences into the midst and bringing out more sparks by comparing the past to the present and allowing our readers to see the picture without having to look at a visual aid to know what the author is trying to convey, it is also a great way to see bits and pieces of who Dr. Byron K. Wallace really is, my work. Although the topic seems to be different having to mix IT funding and IT projects implementation as a subject of discussion, the outcome is fascinatingly intriguing and factual and will certainly raise questions and debate.
Big Oil and the IT Industry evaluates the intriguing adoption of information technology budgets and its investment practices.
The book also covers increased organizational productivity and how it does not influence IT innovation project investments.
The petroleum industry covers a wide range of possibilities; it is also very unstable and unpredictable, and yet, it is undoubtedly one of the most powerful industries. The oil and gas rollercoaster throughout history has made scholars and Academia spin their heads trying to figure out what will happen next over the coming years.
Meanwhile both policy and decision makers in global organizations cite the need for changes within the business environment that influence the need for IT in their respective arenas.
Although it is true that the production of oil continues to be rendered equally, it should stabilize a country, keeping the wolves at bay and peace among mega-mogul business corporations. In contrast, information technology doesn’t have the same fragileness and the fact that it’s in demand and now serves as the backbone that helps strengthen our economy, IT has become the new fad taking over almost every inch of our lives. The subtitle of the book “When two Giants Shake Hands” will clearly emphasize how information technology works and why businesses are keeping a close eye on IT and what drives the changes.

Dr. Byron K. Wallace has an undergraduate degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Grambling University, and a Masters degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Phoenix. In 2012 he obtained his doctorate degree of Management in Organizational Leadership with a specialization in Information Systems Technology also from the University of Phoenix. He has worked for 21 years as an IT Infrastructure Specialist for Chevron North American Exploration & Production. He also has had the privilege to work in Angola Africa for Chevron International Exploration & Production where he mentored and supervised National Employees on all aspects of the Process Control network, Device security, Password Protection, and database development process. He is a certified Microsoft System Engineer, Cisco Certified Network Associate, Certified Comp TiA Security, and VMware vSphere 4.
He also teaches online for Liberty University, Indiana Wesleyan University, and Everest College as an Adjunct Professor specializing in the Information Technology arena.
Dr. Byron K. Wallace is an enthusiastic public speaker, intelligent, good mentor, friend, devoted husband, and a loving father to his two boys. He is a man with a happy heart that cares and always the kind who strives to attain his big dreams no matter how hard it may seem; yet his main goal is to bring honor and pride to his family.
For more information, you may contact him via his website or via e-mail at