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From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo...
How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far.
How to Prepare for Tomorrow’s
Career...
PLEASE NOTE
This guide is an overview with many links embedded
in it. More in-depth discussion on the topics will be
found...
Let's face it.
Making a career move in today's
tech job market can be uncertain.
It penalizes you for things you often can...
Plus, there isn't much
that is conventional about
the tech job market at the
moment.
Even though traditional approaches do...
But here’s the good news:
Just because the market is uncertain,
you don’t have to be!
While times may have changed from wh...
But before I go further, here’s a little bit about
me, Stephen Van Vreede …
I am NOT your average IT/technical résumé writ...
Successfully Delivering Messaging & Job Search Solutions for CIOs, CTOs, Technology Executives, IT Experts,
Program/Projec...
Released June 2015: The latest book by Brian Tracy featuring Stephen
Van Vreede. Click here to receive a chapter copy:
The...
Now that you’ve seen my credentials,
let’s get back to:
Simplified. Targeted. Certain.
My team and I find that from our cl...
Life has a funny way of getting in
the way
And before we know it, we’re demotivated. We’re
too busy. We just don’t feel li...
Maybe you can relate….
A lot of times we know what we “should” do, but
either we don’t do it or we just wait until we have...
OR, perhaps worse, we
throw more money and
time at accumulating
degrees and certs.
There's no arguing that an MBA or other...
So the question becomes, then,
how do you deal with demotivation
and reduced ROI on certs/degrees?
Hint:
95% of technical ...
Most professionals are just hoping
for the best.
Maybe they’ll toss out a resume
here or there or attend a network
mixer h...
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
You can have more certainty.
866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 15
From Tech Job Mark...
In an ideal world, we’d get all of our jobs through
peer-to-peer networking referrals or online job
postings, continued ed...
Today’s Corporate Entrepreneur
Certainty begins with preparation and
continues with maintenance.
And that should start tod...
No Matter Which Type of Career
Move You Want to Make…
External Search, Internal Promotion, or
Contract Opportunity…
(or ev...
And that begins with pipelines.
Entrepreneurs quickly learn the importance of building channels of
opportunity that go bey...
Another pipeline:
1. Profiled employer connections. Most professionals have some idea of the
type of company that is ideal...
Here’s one more:
1. Small, engaged group job hunting network. Many people tell me they
network; very few tell me they do s...
Those are just a few pipelines
you can build. There are several
others. The point is to create
diverse areas where opportu...
It’s not about being smarter or more ambitious or about putting your career
above other things.
It’s about adapting to whe...
So where do you start?
Getting your resume ready is a start, but it's no longer enough. You want to think about your “bran...
Don't Get Stuck in the
Muck with the 95%
If you just plan for one career move at a time,
no matter where you are in your c...
If you don’t do anything more, at least start to consider…
866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 26
From Tech Job Market Zoo...
You don’t have to suddenly turn into the tech job market guru.
Isn’t that a relief?
866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 27...
Let’s talk some more:
Set up your complimentary Upcoming Career Move Prep Session
with Technical Resume Writer & Career St...
To learn more about ITtechExec or NoddlePlace:
866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 29
Check ITtechExec Out
Or call Stephen...
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  1. 1. From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far. How to Prepare for Tomorrow’s Career Move Even When (or Especially When) You Don’t Feel Like It! 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 1
  2. 2. PLEASE NOTE This guide is an overview with many links embedded in it. More in-depth discussion on the topics will be found in the links. For optimal viewing, please download off of SlideShare onto your device. Apple products, in particular, tend to do better when the presentations are downloaded. But if your device does not have Flash, some links may not operate. Contact Stephen directly at stephen@ittechexec.com if you are having issues. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 2
  3. 3. Let's face it. Making a career move in today's tech job market can be uncertain. It penalizes you for things you often can't control... for being too "old," too female (or even too male), too experienced, too qualified, too "technical," too expensive. It might not reward you for this cert or that title. And many companies struggle with their talent retention efforts, to put it lightly. All of that can be demotivating! 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 3 By “uncertain,” I don’t mean lack of jobs. I mean, well, uncertain. Career moves are happening every 3 to 4 years. Even if you beat those odds, change is very much part of the market, especially in tech fields. From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far. The job market is a “zoo” filled with corporate “goo” (aka hiring practices that are a hot, sticky mess)
  4. 4. Plus, there isn't much that is conventional about the tech job market at the moment. Even though traditional approaches do still have merit, they are convoluted in the technical job market zoo. You will find that even with the credentials and the good peer referral, you still need a differentiator to back it all up. Otherwise, you end up with lots of nice interviews and discussions but no offer...even though you are qualified. So this too can lead to more demotivation and uncertainty. Although jobs are opening up, promotions are on the rise, and contract/consulting opportunities are exploding, the fierce competition, the demand for more than just degrees and certifications, and the question of relevancy all make it uncertain...a bit of a "zoo," if you will. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 4 From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far.
  5. 5. But here’s the good news: Just because the market is uncertain, you don’t have to be! While times may have changed from when you first started out, it hasn’t been all bad. Your next career move can be Simplified. Targeted. Certain. All you need are the proper tools and the proper support. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 5 From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far.
  6. 6. But before I go further, here’s a little bit about me, Stephen Van Vreede … I am NOT your average IT/technical résumé writer. I provide 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. My team and I focus on building simplified, targeted, and certain career move campaigns, be it an external search or an internal promotion. I'm also a technical job search adviser for TechRepublic, CIO.com, and Dice, where I have been featured extensively, as well as co-author of the upcoming career/life development book UNCOMMON with business leader Brian Tracy (Summer 2015). [Contact me directly at Stephen@ittechexec.com or send me an invite at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenvanvreede. To see whether me and my team are a good fit for you, take our free (and anonymous) compatibility quiz, Is the ITtechExec Approach a Good Match for You?] 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 6
  7. 7. Successfully Delivering Messaging & Job Search Solutions for CIOs, CTOs, Technology Executives, IT Experts, Program/Project Managers, & Business Leaders at Top National & Global Companies, Start-Up & Venture Capital Firms, Government Agencies and Contractors. Here’s just a sample:
  8. 8. Released June 2015: The latest book by Brian Tracy featuring Stephen Van Vreede. Click here to receive a chapter copy: The Rise of the Corporate Entrepreneur 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 8
  9. 9. Now that you’ve seen my credentials, let’s get back to: Simplified. Targeted. Certain. My team and I find that from our client members of established “techies” (5+ years), to those who lead technical and engineering initiatives through project/program management, to strategy visionaries like CIOs and VPs, and anyone 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). BUT… 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 9 From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far.
  10. 10. Life has a funny way of getting in the way And before we know it, we’re demotivated. We’re too busy. We just don’t feel like doing what we know we need to do. We’re kind of just hoping for some magic pill or a bit of luck. Or we’ll just put our head down and do nothing until we’re forced to. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 10 From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far.
  11. 11. Maybe you can relate…. A lot of times we know what we “should” do, but either we don’t do it or we just wait until we have to because: • We no longer have the ambition we once did • We have kids to raise and focus on • We believe the obstacles we will face in the market are too overwhelming or exhausting to face • Work no longer matters much • We’re too busy • We always figure something out when we need to • We’re not really sure what we want to do next • We have external concerns that weigh on us • We have other unfulfilled goals and dreams 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 11
  12. 12. OR, perhaps worse, we throw more money and time at accumulating degrees and certs. There's no arguing that an MBA or other grad degree or the latest certification or PMP or PE credential is still a major resume "booster." In the past, though, just the fact that you had one or two would immediately open doors for you. Grad schools and cert programs knew this, of course. So they convinced us to go into debt to get them (and to keep going into debt to sustain them). Today, however, the continuous quest for more credentials does not always equate to immediate open doors. The job market is more discerning, and these programs don't do much to prepare you for that market, much less the technical job market that often has its own set of rules. So you can invest quite a bit of your own time and resources only to find out that you still need to know how to position yourself properly. (For more on this, see my own “MBA story”.) If you're anything like me and my entire team, you've probably spent thousands on graduate degrees and certifications, countless hours throwing yourself into the latest development project or solutions initiative, and more time than you might care to admit thinking about work. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 12 From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far.
  13. 13. So the question becomes, then, how do you deal with demotivation and reduced ROI on certs/degrees? Hint: 95% of technical professionals will all do the same thing; the same thing they’ve always done... 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 13 From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far.
  14. 14. Most professionals are just hoping for the best. Maybe they’ll toss out a resume here or there or attend a network mixer here or there. But primarily, they are just waiting and hoping something will happen. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 14 From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far.
  15. 15. But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can have more certainty. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 15 From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far.
  16. 16. In an ideal world, we’d get all of our jobs through peer-to-peer networking referrals or online job postings, continued education, and a basic resume. In the past, maybe you always have. Today, though, it doesn’t always work that way. It’s important to come at the market from diverse angles or to have “pipelines,” if you will. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 16 These pipelines take some effort to set up, but not as much as getting a new degree or certification. And they show a much better long-term payoff. It doesn’t require you to be the most ambitious person out there or the most extroverted. In fact, it tends to be most effective for the busy professional, balancing life, work, and a desire for more effective connections (and less “schmoozing”). From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far.
  17. 17. Today’s Corporate Entrepreneur Certainty begins with preparation and continues with maintenance. And that should start today (well, really, yesterday!). 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 17 BTW: It's not really a question of being optimistic or pessimistic. Having good karma or bad karma. About always landing on your feet or swimming with the fishes. It's about recognizing the market for where it is right now and moving forward with it. Not where it used to be 5, 10, 15, years ago. From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far.
  18. 18. No Matter Which Type of Career Move You Want to Make… External Search, Internal Promotion, or Contract Opportunity… (or even if you plan to “stay put” for awhile) In today’s world of work, we all need to take a page out of the entrepreneur’s playbook. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 18 From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far. If you haven’t had a chance to read my book UNCOMMON with Brian Tracy , I recommend you download the following chapter: The Rise of the Corporate Entrepreneur
  19. 19. And that begins with pipelines. Entrepreneurs quickly learn the importance of building channels of opportunity that go beyond just “networking” and acquiring credentials. Here is one “pipeline” every corporate entrepreneur should establish: 1. Recruiter connections (you should properly match yourself with at least 1 or 2 recruiters who place professionals in your field, area of focus, and with your salary requirements) and you should be in regular contact with them EVEN when you aren’t looking. You need to do periodic check-ins to see what is up, what they are seeing in the market, etc. (This only has to take a few minutes every quarter, and you can set up regular reminders to do this). Recruiters can be frustrating, but you should have one in your back pocket! 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 19 From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far.
  20. 20. Another pipeline: 1. Profiled employer connections. Most professionals have some idea of the type of company that is ideal for them. But I rarely meet one who is working toward building connections at companies that fit this profile. Occasionally, someone will have 1 or 2 people they happen to have met or know, but until they are in desperate job search mode, most professionals will not be proactive in building these relationships. And to think LinkedIn makes it so much easier! 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 20 From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far. Not sure what your ideal employer looks like, chances are you do have some idea about your ideal work situation (within reason) would look like. Begin writing it down! Work with a career coach if you need to. The point is to start building a target. From there you can find employers who meet all or some of these goals. A good concierge job search agent can help you find these employers and link up with connections through LI. The key to making this approach work is understanding tact and the information interview process!
  21. 21. Here’s one more: 1. Small, engaged group job hunting network. Many people tell me they network; very few tell me they do so productively. Here’s why: Their network is too social; their network is too large and unfocused. Yes, too large. Within your network should be a subnetwork. These are a few people who have specific goals that you pledge to help one another support. You then make regular introductions, forward potential opportunities, and recommend/refer. Some meet online every couple of months or more depending on need. The point is that they stay engaged and concerned about each other’s goals even after they land a new role. Group job hunting is perhaps one of the most effective job search methods; it is certainly one of the most underused. But just like entrepreneurs build strategic partnerships, so too should corporate professionals. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 21 From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far.
  22. 22. Those are just a few pipelines you can build. There are several others. The point is to create diverse areas where opportunity could arise. It’s Too Hard to Start From Scratch…and to Get the Timing “Right” Today, it can be a rude and expensive awakening to find out that what used to work is now not as effective or that a career move can take so much longer to get up and running. Trust me. I see it everyday with technical leaders who come to me worn out from working for the wrong employer, corporate acquisition/merger chaos, start-up drama, Fortune 500 messiness, and general market uncertainty. And they are overwhelmed by the hiring process to take the steps they need to. All it takes is a little bit of planning, regular strategy check-ins, and periodic updating now. It’s not as hard as you might think. And it is much better than the alternative! Back in the day, you put a basic resume together, worked a few connections or answered a few job ads, and felt pretty certain the right opportunity would come along. Then if you worked hard and didn't burn too many bridges, you most likely had a pretty secure career path ahead of you perhaps even with the same company. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 22 From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far.
  23. 23. It’s not about being smarter or more ambitious or about putting your career above other things. It’s about adapting to where the market is now. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 23 In fact, it’s about understanding that you do have a lot to lose and you want to protect you and your loved ones. From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far. Simplified. Targeted. Certain.
  24. 24. So where do you start? Getting your resume ready is a start, but it's no longer enough. You want to think about your “brand” message and how you want to position yourself before you build your pipelines. At the same time, though, you don’t need to do everything (or buy everything!). You can waste a lot of resources doing that. To help you get a better feel for where you currently stand in preparing for tomorrow’s career move, I’ve developed a simple self-assessment survey you can take that is quick to do, free, and helps get you thinking about where you are and where you need to be: Career Move Preparation Self-Assessment 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 24 From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far.
  25. 25. Don't Get Stuck in the Muck with the 95% If you just plan for one career move at a time, no matter where you are in your career, you could be making an expensive mistake. The Corporate Entrepreneur approach is simple, targeted, and certain. It might not fast…but it is effective, much more so than starting a job search from scratch every few years. OK, so along with still putting all their eggs in the proverbial “resume” basket, most technical professionals also fail to be “ever ready.” They know they kind of need to be, but they get stuck in that period of time where work and life take over, and the last thing they want to do is keep their resume updated, build pipelines, or think about a job search. But Proper Maintenance Is the Key to the Whole Thing! With the rapidly shifting market we seem to be in, and career moves happening every 3-4 years or less, technical professionals in particular are being forced to keep their options open, at all times. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 25 From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far.
  26. 26. If you don’t do anything more, at least start to consider… 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 26 From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far. Where do you currently stand in preparing for tomorrow’s career move? Maybe it seems overwhelming or too time-consuming. But it doesn’t have to be: You can be part of the “Rise of the Corporate Entrepreneur”!
  27. 27. You don’t have to suddenly turn into the tech job market guru. Isn’t that a relief? 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 27 From Tech Job Market Zoo to Corporate Goo... How to Protect What You’ve Built So Far. Let’s make the most out of the power of our connection! Join my active network on LinkedIn: Send me a connection request at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenvanvreede.
  28. 28. Let’s talk some more: Set up your complimentary Upcoming Career Move Prep Session with Technical Resume Writer & Career Strategist, Stephen Van Vreede, today. We've made it easy to schedule your consult with Stephen. Simply click on the calendar image below to schedule your appointment. (If you can arrange to have Internet access during the call, then he can share his desktop presentation with you.) You will receive 1 confirmation email and 1 follow-up note from Stephen sent through our Appointment Core admin (Links make life so simple when they're working, but sometimes they take on a life of their own. If for some reason the link doesn't work properly here, please email Sheree directly at sheree@ittechexec.com!): **Please look for the "admin" email from Stephen that has information regarding the call. It usually arrives within an hour of booking the appointment.** 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 28
  29. 29. To learn more about ITtechExec or NoddlePlace: 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 29 Check ITtechExec Out Or call Stephen toll-free at 1-866-755-9800; email at stephen@ittechexec.com. (When you contact us, we will help determine which of our approaches is best for you.) Check NoddlePlace Out
  30. 30. ITtechExec Protecting the Technical Career You’ve Built So Far ITtechExec members are senior managers, directors, executives, and C-level tech leaders (15+y ears of experience) who specialize in the following fields: • CIO & CTO • IT Operations • Project/Program Management • Enterprise Architecture • Telecommunications • Engineering (Mechanical, Aerospace, Electrical…) • Manufacturing • Call Center Operations • Technical Sales Leadership • Medical Device • And all things technical related… These members have worked hard to get where they are today, and they are committed to investing in protecting and maintaining these careers. They come to us as guides through the technical job market “zoo” to help them invest their valuable time and resources wisely on solutions that produce effective results. NoddlePlace Your Technical Career Advancement. SIMPLIFIED. NoddlePlace members are the up-and-coming versions of our ITtechExec members. With about 5 to 15 years of technical career experience under their belts, they are dedicated to investing in steady career advancement. They understand that they are likely to make 8 to 10 career moves over the next 25+ years of their career, and they are looking not just at getting a resume but at building in a strategic approach that positions them for this next move and beyond. As with ITtechExec, we provide a concierge-type service, where we combine the resume portfolio side with the job search “launch” side. Our goal is to produce measurable ROI and to reduce the stress that comes with job search and career management for both our NoddlePlace and ITtechExec members. At NoddlePlace, we make technical career advancement simple in a job market that’s gone insane. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 30

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