IT Job Promotion Certainty

Let’s Get Certain in an Uncertain World.
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Dear IT Pro,

Making a career move in today’s tech job market, especially when making an internal move for promotion, is often 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 (or like “they” told you it would). And many companies struggle with their talent retention efforts, to put it lightly.

Needless to say, your IT career advancement may be fraught with more obstacles than perhaps you’ve experienced up to this point. Whether it is internal office politics or difficult personality issues, the IT job promotion process is the highest stakes form of career move there is.

But even though the promotion process 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

So how do we do it?

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

We also understand a very important distinction (one 95% of professionals 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 your current leadership 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.

And yes, even though you may have been working for them for the last 10 years, they often still struggle to view how you will provide the value they need in this new role.

That is why our team at ITtechExec goes far beyond just “resume writing.” We connect the dots! We work with our technical leaders to present value in their documentation, how they approach their promotion process, 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 world of work isn’t for loners. Nothing about the hiring and promotion 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 career advancement to our select members.

Here’s what one of them has to say:

“While I have always had positive feedback on my resume, this makeover process for me was about getting the presentation of the content positioned for today’s marketplace. A favorite saying I once heard rings true in this case, ‘Presentation will dictate response’,” says John Chavner, CIO, “I figured my resume was something I should just be able to do on my own. But the finished results exceeded my expectations, which was surprising. While I had no preconceived ideas of what the completed document should look like, I did not know that Stephen could organize such a radical transformation with the same basic information. He was able to tell my story better than I was. My resume is now a proper marketing document and not just a list of facts and numbers.”

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,


P.S.: If you want to speak with me, feel free to email me at or book a 30-minute free phone/Skype consult with me via my Calendar tool.

P.S.S.: Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn too: 

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