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Having a set of questions prepared for an interview is always smart-- it shows initiative and a genuine interest in the role. However, as this article points out, there are some questions to avoid, especially during your first meeting.

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For Moms (and Dads) Reentering the Job Market

Stephanie CookSenior Principal, 20/20 Foresight

20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing and Job Finding is a premiere consulting program that specializes in finding jobs for executive-level professionals with leading companies. Our consultants, along with our in-house research team, provide resume writing services, interview coaching, and expert career guidance on finding new opportunities and reentering the Real Estate, Financial and Service industries.

If you’re one of the many parents who took a break from their careers to take care of family, you are not alone. According to a 2017 study, about 37% of college-educated women voluntarily leave the workplace due to family obligations, specifically obligations regarding childcare. However, of these women, only 40% return to the workforce full-time. Rejoining the workforce after a hiatus can be challenging, especially in industries that are constantly changing. With 20/20 Foresight’s highly selective marketing program, we can help you pick up where you left off. Our consultants are experts in their field, with an unparalleled network of contacts, to provide you with the tools and connections to be a successful candidate.

Most executives who have taken time off and are now in the market for a new position often find their resumes and interviewing skills are outdated; more specifically, you have a gap in your resume, and you haven’t interviewed in years. Our marketing program starts with our consultants building a resume that highlights your strengths and the unique experiences that set you apart. We also provide rigorous interview coaching to help prepare you for any tough questions or situations you may face when meeting with decision-makers. More importantly, we tailor every resume, interview preparation, and overall job search to your needs. Our goal is to help you find the job you want and that meets your family’s needs, and not just settling for any job you can get.

A unique aspect of 20/20 Foresight’s job finding program is that we reach out to contacts and companies on your behalf. This way, you are not limited by relying on only your immediate network. Our consultants utilize our global database to distribute your information to C-level executives and hiring managers at your target companies to ensure that the right people are evaluating your qualifications. We also keep track of your correspondence, such as emails, interview times, and other important details to free your time from administrative tasks.

We know that trying to get back into the job market is hard enough--finding a job can be a full-time job in itself. Searching, applying, and interviewing can be an exhausting and overwhelming process especially after a long break. We can help ease the burden for you as well as your family by being a resource every step of the process. We know your priorities have changed, and we want to present you with only the best opportunities that meet your family’s needs.

Let 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing and Job Finding be your guide back into the workplace!

Whether in the US or the world, 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing & Job Finding has been successful in representing and placing 500+ executives in the last ten years with our unique program of marketing and finding jobs for our clients. It's outsourcing almost every aspect of your job search to us! Experts in the field of career coaching and job finding. Speak with one of our expert consultants today by calling 708.246.2100 or fill out the form to the right.

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We've all heard of background checks, but "social media checks"? According to a recent study, more and more companies are using social media platforms as part of the candidate evaluation process. Can a controversial Tweet really cost you your dream job?

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Hiring managers can read hundreds of resumes a day-- sometimes a concise resume can help you stand out. This article talks about some tips to keep your resume short and professional.

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There is a Hidden Job Market - And It's Us

Bob CavotoManaging Principal, 20/20 Foresight

20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing and Job Finding, is a unique fee-based Program that “outsources” your job search to us, experts in your industry and in the field of job finding.  The Program provides a consultant and a researcher, and expertise in your industry in career guidance, writing compelling resume(s), extensive interview coaching and introductions by us to companies and recruiters who are seeking an Executive like you!

A hidden job market consists of vacancies that companies have not yet made public. Traditionally, job seekers must rely on “networking” to access this market - which is limiting and, let’s face it, no one has the network to access 80% to 99% of this market; 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing and Job Finding does.

Navigating the job market alone can be challenging; finding these hidden opportunities can be difficult, and determining where to start can be the hardest part. When an executive is accepted into our highly selective Executive Marketing program, they are paired with one of our consultants who is an invaluable resource throughout the process. Our consultants work with executives to develop a plan and timeline for strategically leveraging their information into the market. Consultants also build resumes that are customized for each market and conduct rigorous interview coaching to prepare executives for face-to-face meetings. In addition, consultants work with our in-house researchers to get information to key hiring contacts on the executive’s behalf, easing the burden of tracking correspondences.

As a well-known player in the real estate and financial industries, 20/20 Foresight has thousands of connections in small, midsize, and large companies - all of whom look to us for quality recommendations to fit their needs. Through our US and global databases, we connect job seekers to companies and recruiters. More importantly, 20/20 Foresight connects job seekers with the right people, ensuring that every executive’s information is handed directly to decision makers rather than automated systems or screeners. Employers value this reference because it removes the hassle and expense of hiring a search firm, handling multiple inquiries, screening resumes, and sorting through candidates to interview.

The main reason why the hidden job market is so large is that most employers are more comfortable working with people they know, even if referred by a secondary or tertiary connection. Employers view hiring a candidate referred by a connection as less risky than hiring a stranger. Traditionally, job seekers rely on their connections to access this hidden market - yet the typical job seeker is often limited to two levels of connections: personal, such as family and friends, and professional, such as co-workers and clients. With 20/20 Foresight’s 92% placement success rate, we are confident that our expert consultants can distribute a candidate’s interests and information far beyond the scope of their immediate connections to help them tap into that hidden job market. 

Make 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing and Job Finding your representative in the marketplace!

With offices across the country and internationally, we are ready to serve you.  Schedule a consultation today with our career finding experts by calling 708.246.2100 or fill out the form to the right.

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As this article points, billionaire Warren Buffett maintains that being comfortable public speaking is invaluable to a successful career.  “It’s an asset that will last you 50 or 60 years and it’s a liability if you don’t like doing it.” He went on to say that it “could instantly raise their professional value by 50% by improving their public-speaking skills.” Our career experts can assist you with sharpening the critical skills needed to succeed and stand ready to assist job candidates.  Learn more about how they can help by filling out the form to the right and our career experts will be in touch.   

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Liz Ryan maintains in this column that there are ten job search moves you never want to make because they “make you look like an amateur” and you won’t be hired for a dream job.  While the advice provided in this column is informative, nothing can replace personalized assistance.  Learn more about how we can assist you by filling out the form to the right and our career experts will be in touch. 

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Interviews can be tough -– on both the candidate and the hiring manager.  In this article, CNBC checked in with an HR professional who works for Tesla and SpaceX CEO and multi-billionaire Elon Musk who offered some valuable insight.  If you’re considering a job change, our career experts can help you with getting more comfortable with interviewing and the other activities necessary to a successful job search.  Start the process by filling out the form to the right and our career experts will be in touch.   

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You think you've done everything you can to prepare for the interview that your well-written cover letter and resume landed you.  Today is the day.  What do you do differently?  "Eat a banana" and four other hints are spelled out in the following article. Learn more about how to put your best foot forward on interview day by working with our career experts.  Fill out the form to the right and our career experts will be in touch.    

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Have you ever wondered what exactly your references are asked by recruiters?  This article maintains that, “straight up asking about strengths and weaknesses is unlikely to get you any useful information. Instead, Grant suggests offering references two terrible options and seeing which they choose.”  Our career experts know the ins and outs of the hiring process and stand ready to assist job candidates.  Learn more about how they can help by filling out the form to the right and our career experts will be in touch.   

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According to this column, adults are estimated to make around 35,000 decisions daily. Are the choices you make about your career deliberate or go with the flow?  As the columnist notes, “while it takes years to build your name, you can destroy it within seconds.”  While the advice provided in this column is informative, nothing can replace personalized assistance.  Learn more about how we can assist you by filling out the form to the right and our career experts will be in touch.   

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Would you be surprised to learn that people are “choosing to leave their jobs at the fastest rate since the internet boom 17 years ago and getting rewarded for it with bigger paychecks and/or more satisfying work?”  According to this Wall Street Journal article, “Labor Department data show that 3.4 million Americans quit their jobs in April, near a 2001 peak and twice the 1.7 million who were laid off from jobs in April.” If you’re in search of a more fulfilling position or one that takes you up a rung on the career ladder, our career experts can help.  Simply fill out the form to the right and our career experts will be in touch.   

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20/20 FORESIGHT EXECUTIVE SEARCH RANKED #15 ON FORBES LIST OF AMERICA’S BEST EXECUTIVE RECRUITING FIRMS, REMAINS #1 IN REAL ESTATE AND FINANCE

CHICAGO – 20/20 Foresight Executive Search, a retained executive search firm specializing in the real estate, financial and service industries, was ranked #15 by Forbes on its list of “America's Best Executive Recruiting Firms 2018.”

Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to rank the top 250 executive search firms out of more than 14,000 firms in the United States. Within the list of executive search firms that specialize in real estate and finance, 20/20 Foresight remains at #1.

“We are honored to have been named as one of the nation’s top 15 executive recruiting firms,” said Bob Cavoto, managing principal and founder. “Throughout our 20-year history, we have continuously striven to ensure we exceed our client’s expectations. Based on the belief that a strong recruiter supported by a firm with the right systems, processes, expertise, and fee structures can have a powerful impact for clients, we have carefully and deliberately built and nurtured the teams and resources needed to deliver for our clients.”

According to Cavoto, the factors that set 20/20 Foresight apart are:

  • Consultants that have extensive experience in recruiting as well as several years of experience in the industries they serve
  •  A proven executive search evaluation process designed to source several qualified candidates, which is documented by consultants at every step and shared with clients
  • An online database, among the best in the industry, with more than 50,000 companies and 200,000 candidates
  • As a “hybrid retainer” search firm, they require only a small retainer upfront with the remainder of the fee due only when a candidate is hired by the client
  • A one-year guarantee for all candidates and a two-year guarantee for “C” level searches, reflective of their pride and confidence in the search process

Company Rankings

The broad field of recruitment firms was divided into two main categories, Executive Search, which includes firms that place executives in positions with more than $100,000 per year in income, and Professional Search, representing firms who work filling professional and specialist positions that pay up to $100,000 income per year.

According to Statista, the ranking in these categories were based on two surveys:

  • A client survey including 4,500 candidates and HR-managers who were clients of recruitment firms within the last three years; and
  •  A survey of 30,000 external recruiters from recruiting firms who were invited, as experts, to share their market insights.

The surveys took place between mid-December 2017 and mid-February 2018. Each respondent could name up to ten recruiting firms per category. An auto-complete function helped the respondent select a recruiting firm. Respondents also were able to recommend any recruiting firm which did not appear in the auto-complete list, but providing a recommendation was not mandatory. In total, 6,500 respondents took this year’s surveys with more than 14,500 nominations of recruiting firms.

To learn more about the Forbes Lists of America's Best Recruiting Firms 2018, click here.

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The hiring process can be very fast or frustratingly slow depending on the firm looking to add professionals.  This article outlines the typical steps in the hiring process as well as tips for job candidates.  If you need professional input and guidance in your job search, consider working with one of our career experts.  Step one is to fill out the form to the right and our career experts will be in touch.   

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THE PERILS, PITFALLS AND POSITIVES OF SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT DURING A JOB SEARCH

Reid Behrens, Senior Principal, 20/20 Foresight

People who share their personal lives, opinions and random thoughts on social media may want to consider how it can affect their professional life and career path.  After all, seemingly bright futures have flickered to darkness because of incivility in tweets or posts on social media platforms. 

High-profile individuals who recently saw their career prospects dim because of offensive posts are Roseanne Barr and Donte DiVincenzo, the Villanova basketball player who came off the bench and played the game of his life helping his team win a national title and, for himself, MVP of the Final Four. 

But accolades quickly turned to accusations when his teenaged tweets, including those containing racist, sexually explicit and homophobic language, were discovered and spread rapidly via social media.  He, and the Villanova PR team, had to work quickly -- and believably -- to restore the lost luster if he hoped to go high in the NBA draft.  Perhaps because they were the tweets of 14-year-old, and as NBA players have been accused of and admitted to more egregious behavior, the brushfire burned itself out and DiVincenzo was drafted 17th by the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Survey Says…

According to a survey in 2017 by CareerBuilder, 70 percent of employers review social media presence to screen candidates before hiring. That’s a jump from 60 percent in 2016 and a mere 11 percent in 2006.

While most job seekers aren’t as high profile as Barr or DiVincenzo, social media musings can come back to haunt even the most qualified job candidate.  We counsel job candidates to review what’s on their social media sites and delete anything that could be deemed problematic and to post only positive or good news during the hiring process. 

Because going completely dark by deleting accounts will raise red flags with employers, we advise candidates to keep a presence, but make sure nothing written could reflect poorly on him or her.  Our counsel is backed up by that CareerBuilder survey which also revealed that 57 percent of employers are less likely to interview a candidate if he or she has no online presence.

In today’s politically polarized and increasingly uncivil atmosphere, any post or comment perceived to be offensive, be it political, religious or racial in nature, can derail an otherwise positive job candidate’s trajectory.

Benefit vs. Risks of Social Media

With hundreds of thousands of resumes posted online from which employers can choose, any negativity on social media can land a job candidate’s resume in the circular file.  With this in mind, we ask candidates to weigh the benefits vs. risk of moving up the career ladder for the pleasure of debating politics with far-flung “friends” they haven’t seen since 6th grade or have never met in person.

The CareerBuilder survey also showed that concerns raised as a result of reviewing social media caused 54 percent of employers to decide not to go forward with a job candidate.  The three most cited reasons were:

·       Provocative or inappropriate photographs, videos or information;

·       Disclosures about the candidate drinking or using drugs; and

·       Discriminatory comments related to race, gender or religion.

People published a real life example of a candidate getting fired before being hired. According to the magazine, a job candidate was informed that he’d been hired pending a drug test.  Within 20 minutes of getting the good news, an employee at the hiring company saw this post on Facebook from the new “hire”: “S***! Anyone know how to pass a drug test in 24 hours?!”

Just as employers use background checks to get a fuller assessment of a job candidate than what is revealed through a resume or interviews, social media screening is another tool to determine whether a candidate should be hired.  And, unlike criminal background checks, employers can research a job applicant’s social media profile without making the applicant aware

According to the results of a 2016 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the top four reasons why HR professionals said they use social media screening in evaluating job candidates were:

·       The ability to gather more information on a candidate than would be provided by a traditional resume and cover letter;

·       To verify information in a resume and cover letter;

·       Social media sites were included in the resume; and

·       The time and effort expended is outweighed by the information gained.

On a positive note, if done right, cultivating an online presence also can lead to an offer if a candidate posts with the intention of getting a job she or he wants in mind. The CareerBuilder survey showed 44 percent of HR professionals have found posts or comments on a candidate’s social media site that resulted in them hiring the candidate. What was on social media that had a positive influence?  The top four were:

·       A candidate's background information supported their professional qualifications;

·       Great communication skills

·       A professional image; and

·       Creativity.

In addition to counseling job seekers to review their social media presence, we also tell them to do internet searches of their name using two or more search engines.  We do that because candidates might be unaware of a social media site that was created as a practical joke or personal attack and could contain entirely false information.  There also is the chance that there is more than one person with the same name in the same industry whose background might not be as positive.  Better to know that going in, so it can be handled proactively.

If you're interested in more personalized counsel as you consider a job change, schedule a conversation today with one of our Executive Marketing experts by calling 708.246.2100 or fill out the form to the right and we'll be in touch.

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There is no singular way that the hiring process works.  As this article points out, “It depends on the company and what methods the company uses to find applicants for employment. However, most large and some small employers have a formal process that it follows to recruit and hire new employees.”  Our career experts know the ins and outs of the hiring process and stand ready to assist job candidates.  Learn more about how they can help by filling out the form to the right and our career experts will be in touch.   

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Before the interview a job candidate must get past the resume screen.  As this article points out, a resume “needs to be flawless--literally. All it takes is one small mistake and a manager will reject an otherwise interesting candidate."  Our career experts assist our clients with resumes and much more.  Start the process by filling out the form to the right and our career experts will be in touch.   

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Are you an avid networker or do you avoid them?  Are they a necessity or a merely option for a job hunter? According to this article, networking “tops the list as the most effective way to find a new job” with 84 percent of professionals polled agreeing that “face-to-face interactions are the best way to cultivate better business relations.”  .”  If you’re considering a job change, our career experts can help you with getting more comfortable with networking, interviewing and the other activities necessary to a successful job search.  Start the process by filling out the form to the right and our career experts will be in touch.   

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