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Welcome! Your IT/Technical Job Search Just Got Simpler.

You Can Be Certain in an Uncertain Market!

Dear Technical Leader,

Making a career move in today’s tech job market 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. 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 market may be uncertain, you don’t have to be!uncommon the book with stephen van vreede

Simplified. Targeted. Certain.

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

From established “techies” (15+ years), to those who lead technical and engineering initiatives through project/program management, to strategy visionaries like CIOs and VPs, they all have one thing in common, most likely the same thing you’re looking for: To feel certain when they conduct their next career move that they are ready for the market and well positioned to meet its demands (not to hope they are or think they are or feel entitled but have a level-headed, frank understanding of the market and know their place in it).

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So how can you be certain?

By understanding the #1 technical job search secret (one 95% of job seekers miss):

Presentation of value dictates response.

I know what you might be thinking, “I’m doing that. I have the right credentials. I have all the experience. I have it all listed on my resume, and I tell them all about my background in my interviews. All the things I would want to hear when I am conducting interviews.”

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 (they, like us, often have a tendency to say one thing and do another). It is especially true the more “senior” you become!

It doesn’t mean they don’t want the credentials and experience (these are important “features” they look for); it means that unless they can connect the dots between how that background will be leveraged to solve their problems and provide tangible value to them (this is the true “value”), they won’t be persuaded to make the offer.

Brian Tracy career adviceAnd although the “dots” may be obvious to you, they aren’t always obvious to the potential employer or to the leadership team looking at promoting you. There are often a lot of other variables, what I often call corporate “goo,” making it hard for them to connect those dots.

Also, often the further along we get in our careers, even though we move up the proverbial “corporate ladder,” we often don’t adjust our job search approach to meet the level we’re currently at. We still focus on “proving” our skills instead of on bringing vision and value, the two essentials to any leadership position.

This is a very important distinction!

Don’t Just Buy a Resume; Invest in the Best Strategy

It’s why your job search needs to go deeper than just hiring a “professional resume writer.” What I’m about to say might come as a surprise, since I am one, but I don’t believe in technical leaders just “buying” resumes and then tossing them out into the market hoping for some magical result.

95% of perfectly qualified candidates do this and have lackluster results.

It’s important to set a strategy or method for how to present value in not just your documentation, but also in how you approach your job search, respond in an interview, and negotiate salary.

That’s how you get the certainty in the market you’re looking for.

For more on this and on what we do, including details on our one-of-a-kind “concierge” job search solutions, read our report “How to Get a Whole Lot More Than Just Another Technical Resume”:

It may not be like it used to be, but you can protect the tech career you’ve built.

The biggest risk is doing all the right things, working hard, producing good results, getting the right credentials, and making good connections, only to bomb the presentation.

We’re here to make sure you have everything in place to ace it, to protect everything you’ve worked so hard to build. This way, when companies consider you for a role, they’ll be persuaded you’re more than worth the investment.

Best regards,

Stephen

P.S.: If you want to speak with me, feel free to email me at stephen@ittechexec.com 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: View Stephen Van Vreede's profile on LinkedIn

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