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Your Tech Job Search: IT Employment Expert Stephen Van Vreede Says You Don’t Have to Move to California To Get a Good Tech Job

Your Tech Job Search: IT Employment Expert Stephen Van Vreede Says You Don’t Have to Move to California To Get a Good Tech Job

Your Tech Job Search…

CEO of ITtechExec Stephen Van Vreede shares the benefits of staying local during an IT or tech job search depending on your state.

Rochester, NY — Mar 26, 2015 — Stephen Van Vreede, CEO of ITtechExec, published a new blog post titled “You Don’t Have to Move to Silicon Valley to Get a Great Tech Job.” In the post, he discusses how the employment rate of New York IT professionals is increasing faster than the national average, noting that, while Silicon Valley’s paychecks are bigger, so is the cost of living.

Van Vreede says, “When you’re frustrated with your tech job search, it’s tempting to think of moving to an area where it seems like people are getting hired left and right. But the truth is, you don’t have to move to California to get your dream job. In fact, there are several good reasons why you shouldn’t.”

Stephen Van Vreede is a personal brand strategist, certified technical resume writer, tech job search agent, and the CEO and owner of ITtechExec. Stephen has 10 years of experience in IT employment strategy and 8 years of corporate management experience. He holds an M.B.A. in Marketing from Villanova University.

Read the entire article here. http://www.ittechexec.com/the-real-skinny-you-dont-have-to-move-to-silicon-valley-to-get-a-great-tech-job/

About ITtechExec:

ITtechExec is a new kind of full-service employment agency that combines technical resume writing, portfolio building, and tech job search solutions to launch extraordinary tech careers in the 21st century job market. CEO and Executive Solutions Guide Stephen Van Vreede created ITtechExec in 2001, using his background of personal branding and corporate management to create a multi-pronged approach to the tech job search that gets results. ITtechExec serves as the IT job seeker and tech career changer’s trusted adviser, helping them make the best of the IT careers they’ve built and guiding them into the professional futures they desire.







Your Tech Job Search – The Real Skinny: You Don’t Have to Move to Silicon Valley to Find a Great Tech Job

Your Tech Job Search – The Real Skinny: You Don’t Have to Move to Silicon Valley to Find a Great Tech Job

Looking for the perfect tech job or IT job for you?

Your tech job search doesn’t have to be difficult or force you to relocate somewhere else across the country.

technical resume writer tech job searchWhen you’re frustrated with your tech job search, it’s tempting to think of moving to an area where it seems like people are getting hired left and right. But the truth is, you don’t have to move to California to get your dream tech job. In fact, there are several good reasons why you shouldn’t.

Take our native New York, for example. With major tech companies like Verizon, Time-Warner, IBM, and Siemens, the employment rate is growing at an annual increase of 3.08%, compared to the national average of 1.8%. And the jobs aren’t just opening up in New York City. CompTIA reports that there are 18,645 tech companies located throughout the state with an emerging abundance of openings in areas such as Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown.

With an average IT salary of $85,244, there are plenty of good reasons to stay in New York — the ninth-highest ranking state in terms of salary compared to all 50, plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Convinced yet? Here are a few more great reasons to keep pounding the (local) pavement in your tech job search:

Avoid an over-saturated market.

In highly saturated markets like Silicon Valley’s, there may be more opportunity, but there’s also more competition for the available tech jobs and IT careers that are available..

Save yourself moving costs.

Unless you’re a top-ranking employee, most employers won’t cover moving costs, which can set you back a bundle — and twice that if you decide to move back.

Consider cost of living.

While Silicon Valley paychecks tend to be fatter, cost of living is dramatically higher than in most of New York. Your disposable income could flatline, or even decrease, depending on your job and where you live.

If you’re stuck in a rut with your tech job search, don’t pack up that moving truck just yet. Give us a call, and we’d be happy to work with you on finding a job that fits your IT career path and your ideal geographical location.


The IT Job Search: 1 Year of Experience 30 Times or 30 Years of Experience?

The IT Job Search: 1 Year of Experience 30 Times or 30 Years of Experience?

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Age, Experience and the Tech Job Search or IT Job Search… Does the number work for you or against you?

One of my favorite types of clients to work with is the more “experienced” professional, the one whose been around the tech/engineering fields for a while and has watched the evolution of technology and different trends come and go. It fascinates me that anyone (no matter how well intentioned) would suggest to these valuable professionals that they should:

1. Hide their experience


2. Ask them to pretend to be younger

Logic dictates that if you have 30 years of experience in your field (or 20 or 40 or whatever you have) and have been a valuable member of that community, it should be a source of achievement, not suddenly an impediment or something you have to change or hide about yourself (as if you really can anyway).

And in my mind as career strategists, we need to ensure that our industry STOPS reinforcing this notion.

It certainly doesn’t help these professionals continue to progress in their fields, and we aren’t sending an effective message, other than “there’s something wrong with you, which you can’t control, but you have to fix it anyway” and, my favorite:

“Compete with younger people as if you are younger too.” In other words, the message becomes “be hip”. And “sell yourself like a commodity.”

There’s nothing wrong with having 30 years of experience, and we need to stop acting like there is.

Instead, where there’s a problem that needs to be addressed is in how that 30 years of experience is presented.

All too often, there is a tendency to position more experienced workers as “stagnant” in which their education was learned once a long time ago and simply repeated throughout the course of their career. Or worse, their earlier education is tossed out and the focus is only placed on the last couple years.

So rather than demonstrate 30 years of accumulating education and experience, it comes off as much less, and it gives the employer an apples-to-apples comparison between the younger worker and the older one.

What we really should be doing is making an apples-to-oranges comparison.

In other words, when it comes to the two groups, there is no comparison. They each bring different types of business value to the organization, and the challenge for the more experienced candidate (as well as for the less experienced but in a different way) is to communicate how he or she does that.

For the professional with 30 years of experience, it is a matter of building a story of how that amount of experience culminates in understanding today’s business challenges and how you can leverage your background to solve those problems.  Any organization that wants to profit knows it needs people who bring business value because that value produces results, and like it or not, results are what organizations are after (private sector AND public sector).

Now, you might be thinking, “I have been doing that. I’ve been telling them how relevant I still am.” Chances are you’ve been telling them from a skills-based focus. You’ve been telling them how up-to-date your skills are. But that’s not really leveraging your background with your skills. In other words, it’s not really giving them the full breadth of what you bring, and it’s not being tied in to that bottom line business value.

We all have this tendency to think that hiring managers are good at connecting the dots…but they aren’t. No matter what age, we still have to do it for them.

We think that our latest credentials we paid handsomely for or our work history will just tell the story for us, but it rarely does. Instead, potential employers often just look at us and think, “is this person going to make my life easier or harder?”

And the more experienced you are, the more difficult it can be to show how your background can be leveraged to make life easier for the employer because it is, well, complicated…there are more dots that need connecting. Therefore, the focus by the older worker often dissolves into “defending” his or her experience.

Contrary to popular belief, most employers only want to do so much “molding” of younger workers. They might think at first that this will make their lives easier (because it is easier to identify with younger because you were younger once too; it’s harder to identify with older when you haven’t been through that yet) until they start trying to “mold” them. 🙂 So there are only so many of them they can realistically hire/promote. That can mean opportunity for those who are “different” (who are that “orange” and not another “apple,” so to speak). Unfortunately, though, most candidates believe that “difference” is really a bad thing and try to hide it, but that comes back to not knowing how to leverage it properly.

But difference has to “know” its relevance, not just “say” it’s relevant. (Think of how companies are continually looking to differentiate themselves.) And that “knowing” comes in understanding the results you can bring (or support) to the organization because of the amount of experience you have.

It’s funny. Communicating that is what makes you “hip” again….trying to act younger does not.




#IT Candidates Highlighted

#IT Candidates Highlighted

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At ITtechExec, our goal is to comprehensively assist professionals in their tech job search or IT job search. This includes fine-tuning their tech resume or IT resumes whenever needed.

One of our goals here at ITtechExec is to offer a value-added service to our customization of a complete messaging portfolio for our IT/technical clients in their tech job search or IT job search. We want to do that by reaching out across our well-developed network of technical recruiters, HR personnel, and career services leaders to highlight the prestigious backgrounds of our clients.

Many a technical recruiter and employers come to us looking for specific skills sets, and it is our aim to match our clients up with those needs.

Therefore, toward that effort, we will be starting a new segment to our blog that highlights some of our clients each week. We will be sharing this post across all of our network.

Anyone interested in an introduction to one of these clients should contact Stephen at Stephen@ittechexec.com directly.

Sales & Ops Exec leads explosive growth/turnarounds for service biz, builds winning teams/pragmatic solutions (in Philly/Central NJ)

  • Transforms sales organization and team culture
  • Streamlines sales processes and uses technology to increase sales productivity
  • Directs M&A, divestitures, new business unit incubation, market entry/exit, and product/service development strategy
  • Reverses historical flat or negative performance into sustained and highly profitable top-line sales growth
  • Harvard Business School Strategic Leadership Executive Program Graduate
  • Technical sales resume available – tech resume – technical resume

IT Director optimizes performance for project management, operations, governance, applications, etc. (in Northeast TX)

  • 20+ years of experience in technology operations leadership
  • Large-scale project management and program management background
  • Data center and server consolidation projects
  • Compliance, IT service delivery, security, and governance programs
  • Manufacturing, supply chain, inventory management, and forecasting technologies
  • Technology M&A integrations, offshoring, PMO development, and Big  Data/BI reporting solutions
  • IT Director resume available – IT resumesIT resume

Click here for full profile.

EMEA Technology Director, concept to delivery of innovative tech products/solutions with Executive MBA (in the Netherlands)

  • Multi-cultural schooling and professional experience
  • Fluent in 3 languages
  • Fosters business transformation, technology optimization, cost savings, and revenue growth
  • 17+ years of excellence in product development and delivery execution
  • Leads breakthrough new products and programs
  • Resume for IT professional available – IT resumetech resume

Software Engineering Manager, tech product innovation in applications, embedded software, real-time IP (in IL)

  • BSEE from #1 ranked undergraduate engineering school
  • 13+ years of engineering management experience
  • Creates a sense of urgency to drive and empower teams
  • Develops a clear vision and sets a clear objective to get all resources aligned on the same path
  • Designs common solution architecture for cutting-edge new products
  • Leads development using traditional and iterative/Agile methodologies
  • Senior software engineer resume – software engineer resume sample – technical resume example available

Click here for more details.

Healthcare Equipment/Medical Device Sales Executive with 13+ years of healthcare industry experience (in VT)

  • Led growth of capital medical equipment and consumables manufacturer from $25M to $168M over past 7 years
  • Launched new premium products that gained market value through pre-assembled, sterilized, and FDA validated offering with full regulatory compliance documentation
  • Collaborated with medical device manufacturers to develop new products and applications for 3D scanning and tracking devices
  • Technical sales resume available – tech resume – technical resume
How to Write Tech Resumes, IT Resumes, or Technology Resumes

How to Write Tech Resumes, IT Resumes, or Technology Resumes

Are You Certain About Your IT Resume?

We’ve created a simple way to find out! (Take Our Quiz!)

NoddlePlace_2Dear IT Pro,

If you’re like most professionals today, the idea of making a career move is a bit daunting. The market is, well, uncertain. It often penalizes you for things you can’t control, like age, gender, too much experience, too little experience. And to top it off, corporate hiring practices are a bit of a mess, despite all the efforts to streamline them.

So it is no surprise then that most IT pros are looking for simplicity and certainty when it comes to their next IT job search, and they’re hoping the main document, the resume, is going to provide that. So they scour the Internet looking at resume sample after resume sample, and read up on all the latest resume gimmicks and trends.

Although all that is fine, after awhile it can make your head spin, and you often don’t feel any more certain than when you started.

What works, and why does it work?

Simplified. Targeted. Certain.

My name is Stephen Van Vreede, and I overcome uncertainty everyday for my senior-level client members as an Executive IT Résumé Writer and Job Search Specialist, as well as a Technical Career Adviser to several news/industry outlets, like TechRepublic, Dice, the Linux Foundation, and CIO.com. I’m also co-author of UNCOMMON with renowned speaker and career coach Brian Tracy (due out June 11, 2015).

uncommon the book with stephen van vreedeAlong with my team of writers and concierge job search agent, from established “techies” (15+ years), to those who lead software/systems development initiatives, to project/program managemers (PMP), to IT strategy visionaries like CIOs and CTOs, and many others in between, they all have one thing in common, most likely the same thing you’re looking for:

To feel certain when you conduct your next career move that you are ready for the market and well positioned to meet its demands (not to hope you are or think you are but to have a level-headed, frank understanding of the market and your place in it).

That’s why after working with hundreds of clients each year, and after reporting on the technical job market to several industry news outlets, my team and I have put together a very simple, anonymous, self-assessment quiz designed to determine whether the IT resume you’ve put together should bring you a level of certainty (or peace of mind) that you are well positioned for the market.

How can an 8-question quiz do all that?

Easy. It looks at a key ingredient in resume design: priorities. If you understand what the priorities should be for the technical job market, then you will build a resume that meets them. If you don’t, then you won’t. You’ll build it for a different set of priorities.

Based on our experience working with hundreds of technical leaders each year, helping them to craft resume and personal brand messages, as well as provide concierge job search solutions, if you can score 80% or better on our quiz, then you are on your way to a simplified, targeted, and certain career move. If not, then there’s some work to be done, no matter how eye-catching your IT resume is or no matter how much you like it.

So, give it a shot. Take the quiz below and find out. It’s free, quick (less than a minute), and anonymous.

#IT Job Trends and IT Employment Trends: Age/Generation Gap

#IT Job Trends and IT Employment Trends: Age/Generation Gap

IT job trends and the IT job search and tech job search

Do IT job trends and IT employment trends show an age and generation gap?

Many feel that there is a glaring difference between older and younger workers in the technology arena. At the two ends of the extreme you have:

a) Younger workers wanting to get an opportunity to prove themselves, helping their overall marketability for new positions in the IT job market and good pay increases.

b) Older workers knowing that they have proven themselves but concerned about their IT job security and their marketability in this challenging business climate and IT job market.

Either way, both groups are anxious about how they appeal to companies and the technical hiring executives during their IT job search or tech job search.

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