My name is Elliott Esparza and I’m the new Technical Education Manager for IT Career Lab!

As you may know, IT Career Lab is an innovative back to work program that is designed to help aspiring Information Technology professionals get trained, certified and hired. Moving forward, I’ll be the first point of contact for interested for individuals interested in IT Career Lab and will be conducting information sessions both at our downtown Chicago office, as well as other offsite locations.

In addition to conducting outreach and recruitment, I am working with our National Able Network (Able) Career Coaches and leveraging my own experience in the IT industry to assess the suitability of candidates for this intensive program. That being said, it’s my hope that I can serve as a helpful resource for information on IT Career Lab and the IT Industry to all of my coworkers at Able!

Before coming to Able, I spent five years as a Program Director for one of the largest training providers in the state of Illinois. The experience helped me gain a  deep understanding of the unique challenges Business Management and IT professionals face after they are let go from their jobs. More importantly, I was able to test and document strategies an individual can use to position themselves successfully on the job market.  This experience led me to embrace the various credentials that matter to employers in IT and Business Management and to appreciate the power of professional branding in one’s job search.

What I’ve learned time and again: If a job candidate in IT doesn’t possess essential certifications for popular technologies and doesn’t market themselves on the most popular technology platform for business (i.e. LinkedIn), other job candidates will receive preference and these deficiencies will serve as barriers to getting back to work. It’s my goal to help my clients overcome these and other barriers through IT Career Lab and to help grow this wonderful organization!

If you’re an aspiring IT professional looking to become certified, please click here to apply for IT Career Lab today!