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Why CTOs Need a Resume Portfolio to Showcase Innovation

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Competitive Market

The funnel narrows considerably for jobs in the C-Suite today. In fact, when you’re talking about a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) role, they are even more difficult to come across than their counterparts in IT (CIO), Finance (CFO), Operations (COO), Marketing (CMO), and Strategy (CSO). This means that a lot of excellent candidates with backgrounds in product development, solution architecture, engineering, and digital transformation will be in contention for these coveted few opportunities.

Differentiation is Needed

Making yourself stand out from the crowd is a must, but most candidates simply do what everyone else does: update the resume with some bland statements and trite descriptions, then copy it over into their LinkedIn Profile.

Sorry, but that just won’t cut it. If you want recruiters and decision makers to perceive you as innovative — you know, the type of person that they want to take over the chief innovator role for their company — than you have to show yourself to be, in fact, different and distinct, with a vision that is hyper-dimensional (sorry…HR types might say “out-of-the-box thinker” here).

Be Taken Seriously as a CTO Candidate

Do you want to be taken seriously? Then show it!

Present yourself in a unique way. Showcase the creativity that you helped to foster in an organization. Highlight the solution path you and your teams took to take a few novel products from conception through to new product introduction (NPI). Do it in a way that gets them thinking about the possibilities of you leading their organization to become an innovation engine.

Resume Portfolio Documents

The great part is, there’s no established standard or “rules” for how to present your record of innovation beyond the resume and LinkedIn Profile. However, I strongly encourage that the presentation be separate from the traditional resume. For example, you can create a detailed innovation timeline, a one-page visual (like an infographic), or an extensive write up on some high-profile innovations that you helped to deliver.

Writing and Creating Visuals Isn’t Your Strength?

No worries…we’ve got you covered. That’s a specialty of ours. I am passionate about connecting with innovators and helping them to position themselves effectively for these roles in the market.

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Stephen Van Vreede

 

About 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 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 (out June 11, 2015). Contact Stephen directly at Stephen@ittechexec.com or send him an invite at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenvanvreede. To see whether Stephen and his team are a good fit for you, take their free (and anonymous) 1-minute compatibility quiz, Is the ITtechExec Approach a Good Match for You? Also, feel free to take his complimentary resume self-assessment quiz, How Certain Can You Be About Your Technical Resume? You might be surprised by what you find out!

IT Job Search Security

IT Job Search Security

How Certain Are You With Your IT Job Search In An Uncertain Market?
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Dear IT Pro,

Making a career move in today’s tech job market can be uncertain. It can penalize you for things you often can’t control … for being too “old,” too experienced, too qualified, too “technical,” too expensive. It might not reward you for this cert or that title, at least not like you thought it would. And many companies struggle with their talent retention efforts, to put it lightly.

Needless to say, your future technical career path may be fraught with more obstacles than perhaps you’ve experienced up to this point.

But even though the tech job market may be uncertain, you don’t have to be!

My name is Stephen Van Vreede, and my team and I overcome uncertainty everyday for my client members as a Technical Résumé Writer and IT Job Search Specialist as well as a Technical Career Adviser to several news/industry outlets, like TechRepublic, Dice, the Linux Foundation, and CIO.com.

So how do we do it?

By understanding how the hiring process has evolved, where it’s going, and how companies often say one thing and do another.

We also understand the #1 IT Job search secret (one 95% of job seekers miss) when it comes to resume and “personal branding,” and that is:

Presentation of value dictates response.

Believe it or not, but a long list of credentials and experience does NOT equate to value in the mind of potential employers even though that is what they “said” they wanted in the job description (again, they say one thing and do another).

It doesn’t mean they don’t want the credentials and experience; it means that unless they can connect the dots between how that background will be leveraged to solve their problems and provide value to them, they won’t be persuaded to make the offer.

That is why our team at ITtechExec goes far beyond just “professional resume writing.” We connect the dots! We work with our technical leaders to present value in their documentation, how they approach their IT job search, and respond in an interview (for more on our approach, you can sign up for our free “How to Get a Whole Lot More Than Just Another Technical Resume” report).

It’s why we say that it is:

Simplified. Targeted. Certain.

And once you have that, then you start to protect all you have worked so hard to build because now you are positioned to talk about value.

So how do you get this certainty?

Simple. You start by building a support team.

Today’s tech job market isn’t for loners. Nothing about the hiring process favors the candidate, so you need a team on your side.

That’s what we do. But…

We don’t pretend to be “right” for everyone; we specialize our focus so that we can offer up that simplified, targeted, and certain job search to our select members.

The best way to find out whether we are the best support team for you and your IT career goals is to take our free and quick compatibility quiz (see below).

No names, phone numbers, or email addresses required; just a simple 15-question anonymous quiz that within 1-2 minutes will tell you whether our approach is a good fit for you and whether you should spend anymore time finding out more. In other words, we know your time is valuable, so we cut right to the chase.

Is our approach best for you and your career goals?

If it is, we’ll offer you two options for getting more background and information on us (or you can sign up now for our free “How to Get a Whole Lot More Than Just Another Technical Resume” report).

If not, we’ll give you an option of recommending another service to you! It’s our goal for all professionals to get the support they need in this zoo-like market, so we are happy to make referrals to one our network of guild writers.

Best regards,

Stephen

P.S.: If you want to speak with me directly, feel free to email me at stephen@ittechexec.com or call me toll-free at 866-755-9800.

About 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 (check out his exclusive offer). 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?





The Real Skinny: Why You Can’t Succeed in Tech Without Creativity

The Real Skinny: Why You Can’t Succeed in Tech Without Creativity

tech careerThe word “creativity” is highly misunderstood.

What do you think of when you hear it? Finger-painting in kindergarten, perhaps? Or even a marketing executive coming up with a killer ad campaign? The first things that come to mind when we hear the word usually have little or nothing to do with our jobs in the IT and tech sectors. Most of us are guilty of offloading creative responsibility onto others because it’s “not something we’re good at.”

We’re here to tell you that this train of thought is a big mistake.

Creativity is everyone’s responsibility, whether you’re highly technical or not. That’s because it plays a different role in every individual’s life. But what is the common theme amongst all creative people?

That creativity means good ideas — and the know-how to execute them.

(Now doesn’t that sound like something you can do?)

Today more than ever, we are seeing tech businesses leverage creativity to benefit the bottom line as well as the world. Think Google’s self-driving car. Or the way Netflix has revolutionized the way we consume movies and television. These companies leveraged their creativity by addressing real-world problems, trying something new, and taking a risk.

In other words, they were creative.

Creativity means innovation, risk, and newness. It means thinking of solutions nobody has considered before. It means sticking your neck out and taking a leap of faith.

Creativity isn’t a guarantee of success. But successful creative solutions have the power to change the world. And it’s the willingness to take such risks that separates out the best employees from everyone else.

Can you start being creative in your job? Absolutely, no matter what it is that you do. Start by looking at the problems you encounter every day with fresh eyes and daring to ask what if?

 

About 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 (June 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) compatibility quiz, Is the ITtechExec Approach a Good Match for You?

Are You a Corporate Entrepreneur?

Are You a Corporate Entrepreneur?

In preparing my content for my upcoming book with Brian Tracy called Uncommon, I’ve been thinking a lot about “corporate entrepreneurship” in today’s world of work. For several years now, I’ve been incorporating elements of this concept into our solutions at ITtechExec and NoddlePlace with the intent of moving away from the short-term job-hop to job-hop mentality that life has a tendency to suck us into toward the much more effective strategy of long-term career advancement and protection.

With an external job move happening every 3 to 4 years for most technical professionals these days, it’s time to think beyond just getting out of your current situation into another one. It’s time to think about how to prepare for a career filled with potential moves.

So how do you do that? That’s what my contribution to Uncommon will focus on.

Today, I’d like to hear what your thoughts are on “corporate entrepreneurship.” What does it mean to you?

I’ve put together the following short poll as a way of gathering some data we can use in the book. Check all the answers that you think apply:

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“Uncommmon” Book Launch: Co-authoring with Brian Tracy

“Uncommmon” Book Launch: Co-authoring with Brian Tracy

Maneuvering the Tech Job Market Zoo

ITtechExec founder co-authors book with Brian Tracy - chapter will cover maneuvering the tech job market zooPublishing a book on the approach we take at ITtechExec and NoddlePlace has long been a goal of mine. But I didn’t want to just “write a book,” I wanted to find someone to partner with who would be a natural fit for the type of philosophy we take here.

Thanks to my agent at CelebrityPress, that goal is now complete!

I’m happy to announce that in Spring 2015, I will be co-authoring a book with best-selling author, entrepreneur, and self-development leader Brian Tracy that will be part of his UNcommon series. For my part, I will be examining how tech leaders today are “protecting” the careers they’ve built and maneuvering through the tech job market zoo.

It’s an exciting time, and I am looking forward to seeing the book listed on Amazon and B&N. So stay tuned!!

Executive Job Search Strategies for CIOs and CTOs

Executive Job Search Strategies for CIOs and CTOs

On Tuesday, October 14, at 12pm Eastern, I had the opportunity to participate in a TweetChat hosted by @BlueSteps called #ExecCareer. This week the topic turned to CIO and CTO candidates. You can view the questions and my responses regarding job search strategies at the following link through Storify: