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11 Ways NOT to Figure Out
What’s Next in Your Career
AKA…
“How to Avoid Becoming
Part of the 95%: Part II”
866.755.9800 st...
Some of the things mentioned
here might shock you…
But they come from 14 years of working with professionals, guiding them...
Successfully Delivering Messaging & Job Search Solutions for CIOs, CTOs, Technology Executives, IT Experts
& Business Lead...
This guide is an overview with many links embedded
in it. More in-depth discussion on the topics will be
found in the link...
#1. Focus all your efforts on soul searching.
In today’s world, the idea of “soul searching” is generally embraced as a wi...
They end up a little more lost than
they started.
Now, if you’re like many people, this discussion might be making you unc...
#2. Command yourself
to become a positive
thinker.
Now, I’m pretty sure this one will
ruffle a few feathers.
What could po...
Nothing if you are looking to bring more
negativity into your life.
Yes, that’s right. I just said that positive thinking ...
A positive attitude or outlook is really only achieved,
at least in any meaningful way, by preparation.
Yes, preparation. ...
By preparing to face objections and other obstacles
along the way, especially in my career, I've grown
more confident and ...
#3. Make work-life
balance the main focus.
The problem is that when you make work-life balance the main focus, it clouds y...
#4. Ignore market indicators
at all cost.
Of all 12 ways listed here, this one is probably the most important one and is c...
#5. Wish for what ought to be.
I’m pretty sure I’ve spent at least 30% of my time as a career strategist listening to clie...
#6. Get more career credentials.
Now, don’t start throwing stones at me. I hear you. Companies keep saying they want someo...
#7. Believe that “no” is always a
negative.
We seem to have a real aversion to the word “no” in our society today. It’s ju...
#8. Network, network, network.
Maybe you’re an extrovert and love those networking mixers.
By all means, love them. But do...
#9. Expect to “get around to it.”
When I hear a job search candidate say, “I’ll get around to it someday,” I can hear the ...
Are you prepared today for
tomorrow’s career move?
To help you get a better feel for where you currently stand in preparin...
#10. Don’t think about
your career “legacy.”
I’m convinced that most people are
disappointed and downtrodden about their
c...
#11. Avoid building career
pipelines.
866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 20
How much have you
invested in the Technical
C...
So if you plan to be in the tech job market for the next 5, 10, 15+ years, can
you have peace of mind in this market?
Abso...
Set up your complimentary Upcoming Career Move Prep Session
with Technical Resume Writer & Career Strategist,
Stephen Van ...
Coming in Summer 2015: The latest release by Brian Tracy featuring
Stephen Van Vreede. Click here to receive an advanced c...
Successfully Delivering Messaging & Job Search Solutions for CIOs, CTOs, Technology Executives, IT Experts
& Business Lead...
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 learn more about ITtechExec or NoddlePlace:
866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 26
Check ITtechExec Out
Or call Stephen...
ITtechExec
Protecting the Technical Career You’ve
Built So Far
ITtechExec members are senior managers, directors, executiv...
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  1. 1. 11 Ways NOT to Figure Out What’s Next in Your Career AKA… “How to Avoid Becoming Part of the 95%: Part II” 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 1 Be sure to catch Part I of this series.
  2. 2. Some of the things mentioned here might shock you… But they come from 14 years of working with professionals, guiding them through the job search process. Unfortunately, misconceptions abound, and as a result, many careers are stalled or even abandoned because 95% of professionals keep following them. We think you’re more valuable to the marketplace than that. So please stick with us as you go through the 12 ways listed here. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 2 Don’t miss our companion article, “Two Roads Diverged in Your Career Path Wood…And You?”
  3. 3. Successfully Delivering Messaging & Job Search Solutions for CIOs, CTOs, Technology Executives, IT Experts & Business Leaders at Top National & Global Companies, Start-Up & Venture Capital Firms, Government Agencies and Contractors
  4. 4. 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 4
  5. 5. #1. Focus all your efforts on soul searching. In today’s world, the idea of “soul searching” is generally embraced as a wise and significant event that we must apply in our lives if we want to achieve any sort of happiness or contentment. We are encouraged, whenever we are facing a difficult decision, to spend a lot of time in deep contemplation (through prayer, counseling, meditation, yoga, intense thought, self-help reading, motivational courses, etc.) that leads to some sort of enlightenment. From people of great faith (Christian or otherwise) to scholarly intellectuals to New Age followers, indecision seems to come down to the same thing: Spend more time soul searching. Here’s the thing, though: At least when it comes to careers, after having worked with more than 2500 people since 2001, I have yet to meet one for whom all this soul searching alone helps to 1) make a clear decision and 2) achieve the contentment the person was after in the first place. Sure, people might feel better in doing so (mostly because they didn’t rush out and do something “foolish”). Maybe they even feel connected with God in a more significant way (who can dispute the value of that?). BUT, in case after case, from a career decision perspective, one of two things happens: Either they do nothing, change nothing, or… 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 5
  6. 6. They end up a little more lost than they started. Now, if you’re like many people, this discussion might be making you uncomfortable. After all, what is wrong with prayer? So what if you talk to a counselor? What harm is there in reading the latest “Career” self-help guide? My answer: Nothing. Do them all if you wish. But don’t expect them to give you concrete answers. Soul searching might help fix some internal issues, but it can also be a crutch for not doing the real work of researching what is next for you. By itself, it does not work….no matter what faith, religion, movement you belong to. This is not my opinion. It is not what I want. (I would like God to be a genie in a bottle, if I’m honest.) But 2500+ candidates prove it to be true over and over again. Determining what’s next for you, at least in regard to your career, allows room for soul searching if you need it, but the soul searching alone is not what gives you the answer you’re looking for. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 6
  7. 7. #2. Command yourself to become a positive thinker. Now, I’m pretty sure this one will ruffle a few feathers. What could possibly be wrong with positive thinking? 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 7
  8. 8. Nothing if you are looking to bring more negativity into your life. Yes, that’s right. I just said that positive thinking can actual be a negative thing! "Positive thinking" is not mind-numbing optimism. Nor is it mind control or "mind over matter" even. Thinking like that can bring a lot of negativity into your life. (I mean, what happens when it doesn't work?) We all do it anyway...even the pessimists among us. We have been socially engineered to think that if we just "hope for the best" or "only see the bright side" that these good thoughts we've put out there will reward us for our good attitude. I went through life "avoiding negativity" until one day I realized that I was incapable of dealing with certain situations and with really connecting with people. In other words, my positivity was actually causing me a lot of negativity! So what is positive thinking then if not perpetual optimism or wishful thinking (or, in my case, pretending not to see what you really see)? 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 8
  9. 9. A positive attitude or outlook is really only achieved, at least in any meaningful way, by preparation. Yes, preparation. We can't go through life (or our careers) denying that bad things happen or acting as though life should really be only how we want it to be. Doing so assumes a level of control that we simply don't have. In my mind, preparation means facing life as it is, not as it ought to be, recognizing that throughout your career in particular, you are going to face obstacles, especially if you plan to take any risks. Whether it has been my corporate career, and especially in my entrepreneurial one, a lot of people and things generally seem to try to thwart my plans and goals. All the optimism in the world doesn't get rid of them or work around them. Instead I must prepare to face them because as soon as I work around one, another always seems to pop up. (I am positive about that!) Now, it is impossible to "prepare" for everything. There is a reason people turn to faith, after all, BUT… 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 9
  10. 10. By preparing to face objections and other obstacles along the way, especially in my career, I've grown more confident and more, well, positive. What I've discovered is that I can discern between what is and is not a real impediment. I'm not just hoping something comes along and rescues me. I do my best to create pipelines of opportunity, understanding that some will work out and some probably won't. Either way, though, this approach attracts many more well-matched, positive opportunities than just believing they will come because I want them to and, hey, I'm a good guy and work hard so I deserve it. So while it is true everyone prefers to be around someone more positive than negative, that's only surface-level living. We can all "fake" the right attitude for a while to get by. But a real "positive thinker" has a foundation behind it. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 10
  11. 11. #3. Make work-life balance the main focus. The problem is that when you make work-life balance the main focus, it clouds your judgment. It has a tendency to make us forget what work really is: service. I know, I know: You’ve always put everyone else first. You’ve slaved away at this job and that only to be poorly treated. You’ve sacrificed too much family time for the sake of work. You never want to make these mistakes again! I’m not suggesting you do. Nor am I suggesting that you become a pushover. I am suggesting, though, that in your quest for these things you shouldn’t lose sight of what the market really is: in need of dedicated service to keep it profitable, to keep us all profitable. I know, I know: We live in a world full of capitalistic greed! But just like how you want what you want, the same is true for the marketplace. And if you’re not careful, you’ll miss this and make future career decisions in an unrealistic bubble. So when you’re trying to decide between paths, have your work-life balance goals, but understand what the market is saying/doing and make sure that you are presenting as a profitable employee who provides a much-needed service first. The more valuable you become in that regard, the more work-life balance demands you can make. Here’s another hot-button topic. Anyone covering the world of work today probably has at least a dozen articles on the quest for “work-life balance”. Companies are bombarded with demands to provide more of it. Younger workers feel entitled to it. And Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers want in on it too. So what’s the problem? 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 11
  12. 12. #4. Ignore market indicators at all cost. Of all 12 ways listed here, this one is probably the most important one and is certainly the one least likely considered by most candidates when trying to consider what’s next in their careers. Why? Because supply-and-demand is, well, not very sexy. It’s tied to money, and money is tied to capitalism, and capitalism is tied to greed…at least that is how many people approach the marketplace! The problem, however, is that despite how we feel about these things, the job market and career success is directly linked to supply and demand. We try to romanticize it by using other language, but the truth is that supply and demand will drive our careers more than anything else will (whether or not we recognize it as such). So if you want to feel more empowered in your career and achieve success, you can’t ignore supply and demand and other market indicators. If you do, reality will most likely be disappointing. At the same, though, I don’t mean to imply that you solely base your decision on these indicators because chasing trends can have its faults as well. My point is that too few people look at them at all in their quest to make a choice in their career journeys. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 12
  13. 13. #5. Wish for what ought to be. I’m pretty sure I’ve spent at least 30% of my time as a career strategist listening to clients discuss the way things ought to be, particularly when they are trying to determine what is next for them. In fact, it is such a key hang-up for many that it’s the main reason people abandon making any career move or avoid making any decisions. I’m also pretty sure it’s why people get so hung up on “soul searching.” We just keep thinking things should be better than they are…The problem, of course, is that this type of thinking doesn’t get us anywhere but frustrated. If you look at the 12 ways listed here, you will notice that they all come back to this concept…making decisions based on what “is” and not on what ought to be. Goals are good. Desires are fine too. But they have to weighed against the reality of the marketplace. That’s not meant to discourage you, by the way. Just the opposite: Nothing is more discouraging than being lost in wishful thinking! 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 13
  14. 14. #6. Get more career credentials. Now, don’t start throwing stones at me. I hear you. Companies keep saying they want someone with this cert or that advanced degree. Your mentor is telling you that you will “never” get into X field if you don’t have Y credential. I hear this all the time, and I help professionals who defy these axioms all the time. It isn’t that career certifications/degrees lack value; it’s that they often don’t have the ROI the institutions charging thousands and thousands for them (while doing little to help you once you get them) claim they do. So it’s important that when you make your investment, you have a clear strategy. One of the biggest surprises that happens to many professionals is that they find after they get the next cert or degree that the main thing they accomplished was going from one competitive candidate pool into another. Sure the pay might be better when they do land a job, but there are many other “certified” candidates also looking!! 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 14 For more on what we mean by this addiction, please check out “Detoxing from Career Credential Addiction”.
  15. 15. #7. Believe that “no” is always a negative. We seem to have a real aversion to the word “no” in our society today. It’s judgmental, condescending, hurtful, and well, so negative! But is that always true? Sometimes professionals struggle to make a career decision simply because they don’t want to face this word. But a “no” can be positive! What if that “no” helps you make a better choice? (Remember that Garth Brooks song, “Unanswered prayers”? “One of God’s greatest gifts are all to often unanswered prayers”? The same is true with “no.” Sometimes it’s actually the best thing you can hear because it gives you an idea of where the market is going. And if you are looking to make a career move, you want to be going with the market, not against it. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 15
  16. 16. #8. Network, network, network. Maybe you’re an extrovert and love those networking mixers. By all means, love them. But don’t forget what networking is really meant to do: Lead to opportunities. If you’re networking in a confused state about what’s next for you, then you should be looking at how to make strategic introductions that will help you get a good sense of the market and answer the lingering questions you have. That is, if you really do want an answer… 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 16 To delve deeper into this discussion, we have “How Not to Get Trapped in the Networking Loop”
  17. 17. #9. Expect to “get around to it.” When I hear a job search candidate say, “I’ll get around to it someday,” I can hear the death tolls start to ring somewhere in the distance. The wolves begin to circle, and well, you get the picture. No one ever really “gets around to it.” Necessity will end up forcing our hand, and then we wonder why we waited so long. Sometimes wake-up calls are needed, but let’s not let that happen this time. A lot of people have fear of the unknown, or of making a rash or foolish decision but “getting around to it” is the biggest unknown there is! And contrary to popular opinion, haste DOES make waste when it comes to the marketplace. Doing nothing is usually much more damaging than making a mistake. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 17
  18. 18. Are you prepared today for tomorrow’s career move? 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 18
  19. 19. #10. Don’t think about your career “legacy.” I’m convinced that most people are disappointed and downtrodden about their careers not so much because they can’t decide what to do but because they can’t see their purpose in what they’re doing and they aren’t getting what they want from it. For more on this, check out our article, “A Career Without Regrets? What’s That?” We’ve taken on this notion that a career should serve us and our desires. But in doing so, we’ve lost sight of purpose and legacy-building. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 19
  20. 20. #11. Avoid building career pipelines. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 20 How much have you invested in the Technical Career you've built so far? Most people think that their careers come down to working more and harder, so they invest only in that. But although hard work is admirable, it is not always profitable. And your work history doesn’t always do the “selling” for you. Building in pipelines for leverage is essential in today’s market even, and especially, when you aren’t sure what’s next.
  21. 21. So if you plan to be in the tech job market for the next 5, 10, 15+ years, can you have peace of mind in this market? Absolutely. Let’s start by taking ourselves a little less seriously and more practically. Let’s get all the job market scare tactics and overused “mind over matter” mantras out of our heads. You can waste a lot of resources doing that. 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 21 This should be a no-brainer, BUT Too many are so willing to live with stress. All your hard work up to this point deserves it…
  22. 22. 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 22
  23. 23. Coming in Summer 2015: The latest release by Brian Tracy featuring Stephen Van Vreede. Click here to receive an advanced chapter release: The Rise of the Corporate Entrepreneur 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 23
  24. 24. Successfully Delivering Messaging & Job Search Solutions for CIOs, CTOs, Technology Executives, IT Experts & Business Leaders at Top National & Global Companies, Start-Up & Venture Capital Firms, Government Agencies and Contractors
  25. 25. 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 25
  26. 26. To learn more about ITtechExec or NoddlePlace: 866.755.9800 stephen@ittechexec.com 26 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
  27. 27. 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 27

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