News You Can Use: How to Master the Post-Interview Waiting Game

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It's happened to all of us -- you have a positive job interview experience that you're sure is going to lead to an immediate offer, only to wait. And wait. It can be excruciating, but it's helpful to remind yourself that the hiring process often takes longer than anyone anticipates. Sit tight, and if you're the right candidate, you will hear back. 

The 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing team is here for you throughout the entire job-seeking lifespan, from resume building and interview prepping to negotiating that offer once it arrives. Connect with us by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100. 

I Had a Great Job Interview - Why Haven't I Heard Back? | The Cut

News You Can Use: How to Think Better and Faster on Your Feet

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The job hunt requires a tremendous amount of mental gymnastics -- will you be prepared when a potential employer asks about your contributions to your last company or worse, an employment gap on your resume? Practicing the art of thinking quick on your feet is essential to acing an interview -- and winning at life. 

The career consultants at 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing are here to help you package yourself and polish your personal brand so that no question will catch you off guard. Find out how we can help you discover your next dream job by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100. 

Five Ways to Get Better at Thinking on Your Feet | Fast Company

News You Can Use: What Your Body Language Is Saying About You

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Your body language speaks volumes about you -- especially in a high-stress setting such as a job interview. By paying attention to the non-verbal cues you may be sending to the person responsible for hiring you, you can send a loud-and-clear message about your capability and your confidence so you ace the interview and land the job.

The career experts at 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing are your go-to team for everything from polishing your resume to perfecting your interviewing skills. Find out how we can collaborate on your personal brand by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100. 

Here's How Your Body Language Can Make or Break a Job Interview | Refinery 29

Meet Our April Placement: From Wall Street to Hometown

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Our Client

This month, we’re highlighting a private equity Managing Director who came to 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing when he was finding it difficult to discover a position in his hometown that was on par with his Wall Street credentials that he had worked extremely hard throughout his career to attain. Looking for a change, he wanted to join a respected private equity firm, namely, one with a track record of excellence on the buy side — and that was located close to home.

Despite having numerous personal connections, he was having trouble reaching firms that could afford someone of his professional stature. While his "street cred" expertise and Big Ten education were impressive, his local network needed a boost because he had not lived in his hometown in 20 years.

Our Solution

  • We tapped into our vast network of financial companies, connecting with the right industry leaders and positioning our client's impressive background to appeal to hiring professionals he previously didn't know existed.

  • We zeroed in on the esteemed private equity firms that fit his criteria, refining our search so that he was enthusiastic about the opportunities we presented to him and well-prepared for the interviewing process.

Success

In just a few short months, our client was hired with a firm he was excited about. He didn't have to sacrifice on his compensation package due to his long-term equity plan offered. Best of all, he escaped the big city and returned home.

The 20/20 Foresight Executive Search team knows inherently that quality counts over quantity when it comes to finding the ideal position. We will consult with you to understand what components — from company reputation to the office address — that matter most to you. 

Schedule a conversation today with one of our Executive Marketing & Job Finding experts by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100.

April Placement of the Month: Our Success Is Yours

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Our Client

This month, we are featuring a 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing client with a distinguished background as a President, CEO and COO with leading financial services, real estate and business services companies. He has been instrumental in determining strategy, implementing technology and leading operations throughout his career. 

This accomplished professional initially engaged 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing in early 2018 to find a new position. After quickly accepting a COO/CFO role, he found the company not to his standards and re-entered our program. Our team was more than happy to work with him again to find a better placement.

Our Solution

  • After re-introducing our client to our proprietary recruitment system, we directed several insightful interviews with him to determine his unique attributes that would build his confidence and make him stand out. Through these in-depth conversations, we updated his resume and online profiles and prepped him for interviews.

  • We discussed what his dream job would ultimately entail, and what facets of the ideal company he would like to focus on, including job description, company culture and location.

  • We executed a highly focused search,  choosing companies that met our client's criteria and centering on our deep real estate networks throughout the Midwest.

Success

After 2.5 months of marketing our client and connecting him with viable companies, he is now considering two executive-level job offers with well-regarded companies in the Midwest.

The 20/20 Foresight Executive Search team considers your success our success. We will work with you hand-in-hand to not only craft your personal brand, but to find companies where your singular expertise will be appreciated and cultivated. 

Schedule a conversation today with one of our Executive Marketing & Job Finding experts by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100.

News You Can Use: How to Search for Your Next Job While Still at Your Current One

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Trying to find a new job while still at your old one is one of life's great conundrums -- especially when your prospective boss and your current employer know each other. Here is some practical advice for navigating the waters with grace while you're waiting it out for your next offer. 

The career consultants at 20/20 Executive Marketing have guided thousands of job seekers through the entire hiring process -- from preparing to take that first step to signing on the dotted line -- with discretion, determination and assurance. Contact us by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100 to see how we can help you.

My Boss Found Out I'm Job Hunting! | The Cut

News You Can Use: Habits of Highly Successful People

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The job search is a time in life when everyone can benefit from some introspection, especially when it comes to learning the secrets to success from people who have achieved it. We love a good roundup as much as anyone, and this list of habits from people who've made it is no exception. Read on to get inside the (highly successful) heads of such leaders as Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates and Arianna Huffington.

At 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing, we help you tap into your potential, polish your personal brand and land the job you've been dreaming about. Connect with our career consultants by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100. 

11 Habits of Highly Successful People | Business Insider

News You Can Use: We Settle the Debate on the Post-Interview Thank You Note

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A recent LinkedIn post concerning the importance of the post-interview thank you note has gone viral -- who knew this could be such a controversial topic! Here's what one Forbes contributor and former hiring manager had to say on the subject. (For the record: We're always advocates of the thoughtful thank you note.)

Your entire job search -- from polishing your resume to prepping for interviews to helping negotiate your starting salary -- can be outsourced to us, your career coaching team. The consultants at 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing are well versed in everything related to recruitment; contact us by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100. 

How Important Is It To Send a Thank You After a Job Interview | Forbes

20/20 Foresight Executive Search Ranked in the Top 20 on Forbes List of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms

20/20 Foresight Executive Search, a retained executive search firm specializing in the real estate, financial and manufacturing and service industries, was recently ranked #18 by Forbes on its prestigious list of “America's Best Executive Recruiting Firms 2019.”

Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to rank the top 200 executive search firms in the United States that specialize in filling positions with salaries of at least $100,000. The highly anticipated annual list comes at a favorable time as the U.S. economy has enjoyed more than 100 consecutive months of job gains. This unprecedented growth has contributed to an increased need for experienced recruitment professionals to guide successful hires across all industries.

Since its founding in 1994, 20/20 Foresight Executive Search has leveraged a proven proprietary recruitment process, the industry’s deepest databases and leading technological tools, and career consultants who are also experts in the fields in which they serve. Managing Principal and Founder Bob Cavoto feels this singular combination is the secret to his company’s ongoing success.

“We are honored to have been named as one of the nation’s top 20 executive recruiting firms during our 25th anniversary year,” said Cavoto.  “This distinction speaks to 20/20 Foresight’s vision of providing the best possible recruitment experience for our clients. Centered on the belief that a strong recruiter supported by a firm with the right systems, tools and expertise can have a powerful impact and build long-lasting client relationships, we have carefully and deliberately nurtured the people and the processes that have contributed to our success and this esteemed industry achievement.”

About the List

In developing the ranking of "America’s Best Recruiting Firms," Forbes partnered with market research company Statista. The broad field of recruitment firms was divided into two main categories: Executive Search, featuring firms that place executives in positions with more than $100,000 per year in income; and Professional Search, representing firms that specialize in filling professional and specialist positions that pay up to $100,000 per year.

To determine the list, Statista surveyed 25,000 recruiters and 5,000 job candidates and human resources managers who had worked with recruitment agencies over the last three years. Respondents were asked to nominate up to 10 recruiting firms in both the executive and professional search categories. More than 17,000 nominations were collected, and firms with the most recommendations ranked highest.


To learn more about the Forbes Lists of America's Best Executive Recruiting Firms 2019, click here.

News You Can Use: Dealing With Age Discrimination in the Workplace

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Recent employment studies show that older workers are facing age discrimination on the job. How are companies approaching ageism and ensuring that their workforce is inclusive? This Fast Company article has some intriguing answers.

From navigating the changing workplace to making sure your personal brand is accurately and positively reflected during and after your job search, the expert consultants at 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing are your career coaching support system. Find out more about our proven proprietary system by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100 to connect. 

Ageism is thriving, so what are companies doing about it? | Fast Company

News You Can Use: How to Conquer Self Doubt in Your Job Search

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Driving a successful job search -- and staying motivated once you've landed your dream position -- takes a healthy amount of courage. By facing and re-framing your personal and professional fears, you can actually use them as a tool to conquer self doubt once and for all. 

The 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing team serves as your career coach to not only guide your job search, but to help you present your best self. Discover all of the ways our proven personal marketing and branding system bolsters your professional mojo by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100.

How to Know When Fear Is Driving Your Procrastination | Fast Company

March Placement of the Month: From Public to Private Sector

Our Client

In March, we highlighted a Chief Investment Officer who came to us when her position with a major pension fund had become too overbearing. Looking for a change, she wanted to join a private fund — and if the position could be in a warm climate with a lower state income tax, all the better.

Despite having a strong network of professional and personal references, she was having trouble identifying opportunities because of her network's relationship with the pension fund where she still worked. And while her professional experience and track record were impressive, her resume also needed work.

Our Solution

  • We engaged our extensive networks and industry-leading databases, positioning our client to appeal to leaders at the top private funds located on her list of desired states. 

  • Based on our outreach and marketing of our client, we were able to quickly present her with viable interview opportunities versus aimless network conversations. 

  • As part of our one-of-a-kind Executive Marketing program, we coached our client on how to effectively convey her background and career trajectory in interviews and how to handle those tough-to-answer questions about why she was looking to transition roles.

Success

Today, our client is happily managing a private fund for a firm with a long-term investment strategy. Most importantly, she transitioned away from the microscope of working for a public firm, lives in a desirable warm climate and eliminated her state income tax burden. 

Harnessing the power of a proven proprietary program of marketing and career coaching, 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing & Job Finding has represented and placed more than 500 executives in the US and around the world. As experts in the fields of career coaching and job finding, you'll outsource almost every aspect of your job search to us!

We want you to be our next success story. Schedule a conversation today with one of our Executive Marketing & Job Finding experts by calling 708.246.2100 or filling out the form at right.

20/20 Foresight Announces the Appointment of Rebecca Wilson as Managing Director

Rebecca Wilson, Managing Director

Rebecca Wilson, Managing Director

20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing and 20/20 Foresight Executive Search are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Rebecca Wilson as Managing Director, leading the sister companies’ New York offices. Wilson brings more than 25 years experience working for top financial services companies specializing in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing. Wilson previously held senior roles with Citibank, First USA Bank (acquired by Bank One), HSBC and Lehman Brothers.

Wilson also founded and ran a strategic consulting firm working across industries throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. Her consulting projects included launching new entrepreneurial ventures, transforming operational processes of existing companies, recruiting and providing executive coaching, and helping guide C-suite executives in their careers.

“Our career consultants have deep industry knowledge of the fields we specialize in, which puts Rebecca in the perfect position to lead our recruitment teams,” said Bob Cavoto, Managing Principal and Founder of 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing and 20/20 Foresight Executive Search. “Her extensive background in financial services, coupled with her strategic consulting experience, will help guide our clients to securing the most successful career placements.”

Wilson has particular expertise in customer segmentation, operational processes, integrated sales and marketing campaigns, and analytics and measurability, including P&L responsibility.  She has a deep understanding of all aspects of the marketing, branding and sales functions of a company. She has traveled extensively and has lived and worked around the world, including studying abroad in Siena, Italy, while completing her Bachelor of Arts in English and Italian from State University of New York. Wilson also received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School.

“I am thrilled to be joining the 20/20 Foresight family. The company’s stature in the executive search industry is unparalleled, and I am excited to utilize my strategic consulting, operations and marketing skills in addition to my financial services experience in my new role,” Wilson said.

Contact Rebecca Wilson at rwilson@2020-4em.com.

The Power of Personal Branding

Our Client

This month, we are featuring a 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing client who has forged an extensive and established real estate career in the residential and multi-family development sector. For the past 20 years, he worked for a large privately held residential land developer in Southern California, which had recently been acquired by a private equity company, and the company structure and culture was changing rapidly.

Because he was still employed at his current company, our client’s search needed to be completely confidential. He understood that if his colleagues had an indication he was looking for employment elsewhere, his job would immediately be in jeopardy. Also, because he was still working full-time, he didn’t have the hours required to take on a comprehensive and successful job search. Enter the 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing team.

Our Solution

  • After conducting several insightful interviews with our client, we learned the various attributes that would make him stand out during the discovery phase of our proven proprietary recruitment system. We helped him draw out those unique characteristics and aspects of his career.

  • We collaborated closely to develop his personal brand, including his digital presence and in-person demeanor, to ensure he put his best foot forward during interviews. Together, we crafted a narrative that highlighted his extensive skill set and the intangibles that make hiring managers sit up and take notice.

  • We executed a highly focused search, centering on our deep real estate networks in Northern and Southern California, Colorado, Texas, Florida and throughout the Southeast.

Success

After three months of marketing our client and connecting him with viable companies, he received job offers from every geographical area we targeted.

With careful consideration of each offer and consulting with his wife, our client chose a highly desirable position in Southern California, where his new position is within a 20-minute drive, adding considerably to his quality of life.

The power of personal branding when searching for your next career opportunity is not to be underestimated. As experts in the fields of career coaching and job finding, the 20/20 Foresight Executive Search team inherently understands what hiring managers are looking for and how establishing your online and in-person presence brings them their next great hire.

Schedule a conversation today with one of our Executive Marketing & Job Finding experts by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100.

News You Can Use: How to Feel Appreciated in the Workplace

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Photo: Amy Hirschi / Unsplash

Perhaps you left your last job because you felt your efforts were going unnoticed. As you're searching for your next opportunity, take this moment to re-frame your role at your next company. By understanding your company's organizational priorities, demonstrating initiative on new projects, delivering results and, yes, showing appreciation, you're sure to rise to the top — and stay there.

The expert career consultants at 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing are here to guide you through the entire job finding and hiring process with proven proprietary techniques that will set you up for success from Day One. Learn more by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100 to connect with one of our career consultants today.

This Is the Right Way to Assert Your Importance at Work | Fast Company

News You Can Use: Top Tips for Negotiating Salary After a Job Offer

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You got the job offer (hooray!), but you want to negotiate the salary before fully accepting the position. Never fear; this is a typical part of the process. Here's how to handle the discussions so that your new employer realizes your true worth before you even start.

The expert career consultants at 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing can help guide you through the interviewing and hiring process so you are set up for ultimate success. Learn more by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100 to connect with one of our career consultants today.

How To Negotiate Salary After a Job Offer | The Cut

Don’t Take it Personally: Helpful Tips to Deal With Job Rejection

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Being on the receiving end of the dreaded “we’ve decided to go in another direction” phone call or email is never an easy position for a job seeker to find themselves in, but with clear-headed reflection and some good, old-fashioned gumption, you just may realize that this universal experience is an invaluable learning moment along the journey to your next great job.

Take a Deep Breath

So, your dream job turned out to be just that: a dream. The pain of rejection is very real; in fact, psychology studies compare it to physical pain because similar areas of the brain are stimulated during both experiences. Evolutionary psychology suggests that in early humans, being ostracized from the tribe was literally a death sentence, so we developed ways to change our behavior when we fear being “kicked off of the island.”

If you consider the process -- the average job seeker is typically rejected numerous times before getting an offer -- you’ll realize that not only are you in very good company, you’re actually one step closer to hearing that coveted “yes.” Use this knowledge to boost your spirits and forge ahead. Confidence goes a long way in the hiring process.

Ask for Constructive Feedback

Always ask yourself at the end of an interview: “What was one thing I could have done better?”. Maybe you could have prepared a few more meaningful questions to ask of the hiring manager. Perhaps you stumbled over a gap in your resume or came across as too glib. This type of continual self-evaluation is what brings about healthy growth and confidence in yourself, your background and what you uniquely bring to the table.

It’s also appropriate to (respectfully) ask the hiring manager for feedback from your interview. You just may be surprised what you hear, and you can potentially keep the discussions with this employer open and productive.

End on a Positive Note

Be gracious in receiving this information. Thank the hiring manager for their time and their insights, and let them know that you enjoyed meeting them and learning more about their company. Projecting a positive attitude can go a long way in maintaining a connection with this company -- and, you never know, another opportunity just might present itself now or in the near future. Remember it’s what you do after rejection that moves your trajectory towards your next position forward.

The 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing & Job Finding team are experts in helping candidates shine brighter than the competition to get the job they really want. Our expert career consultants, whose influence extends across the country as well as globally, navigate the discovery, interviewing and hiring process to streamline communications and ensure the best possible match for long-lasting relationships. Connect with us today by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100.

News You Can Use: It's a Candidates' Market, What Does That Mean for You?

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The stats are in: It's definitely an employee-driven job market. Unemployment is down, salaries are up and employers are hiring candidates quicker than ever. How can you leverage today's employment climate to your advantage?

By partnering with the career experts at 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing, you'll glean tips to help you stay on top of today's competitive landscape, and you'll gain the confidence you need to rise above the rest. Learn more by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100 to connect with one of our career consultants today.

Workers Suddenly Have More Power to Demand Higher Pay, Better Jobs | The Washington Post

What You Can Learn from This C-Level Placement About Your Own Job Search

Our Client

This month, we’re showcasing a Chief Financial Officer who engaged the services of 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing after her previous company was acquired by a private equity firm. Needing to find her next long-term home, she wanted to join a private firm that had stability and longevity in the financial sector, avoiding the churn-and-burn mentality of the private equity world. 

Even with a glowing resume and excellent references and referrals, this talented candidate was experiencing a difficult time finding private firms that offered the future she desired. We helped enable her to expand her network beyond her prior colleagues in the private equity marketplace to make the connections that would place her in a position of power. 

Our Solution

  • Through our extensive personal network of executives and hiring managers and our proprietary global database of 100,000+ contacts, our team immediately helped discover and define companies that met our client's specific criteria.

  • We then marketed her to appeal to leaders who valued endurance and a clear-cut 10-year growth plan. By crafting a careful and compelling narrative that would speak to her experience and unique skill set, our team set our client up for success with the exact types of companies she wanted to work with.

  • As part of our one-of-a-kind Executive Marketing program, we drafted a resume that best articulated this narrative. We coached her through how to effectively convey her background and career trajectory in interviews and how to handle those tough-to-answer questions.

Success

In six months, our client was hired by a family-owned firm that valued her financial acumen coupled with extensive operational expertise. She found a company where she felt she could grow, expand her talents and ultimately finish out her career. 

Harnessing the power of a proven proprietary program of marketing and career coaching, 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing & Job Finding has represented and placed more than 500 executives in the US and around the world. As experts in the fields of career coaching and job finding, you'll outsource almost every aspect of your job search to us!

We want you to be our next success story. Schedule a conversation today with one of our Executive Marketing & Job Finding experts by calling 708.246.2100 or by filling out the form at the right.

Meet Our Latest Success Story: The Perfect Placement at the Right Time

Our Client

This month, we are featuring a 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing client who recently accepted a position as Senior Vice President of Development with a major real estate investor in Texas. The firm recently completed the capital raise of more than $1B to invest in single-family homes for rent, which prompted the immediate need for a versatile and seasoned development executive. Our client previously held development positions with major multi-family and single-family developers located throughout the Northeast US.

Despite his ample career experience, broad network and impressive educational background, our Executive Marketing Program was instrumental in uncovering this opportunity and several others for our client. 


Our Solution

  • We collaborated closely with our client to craft a written and verbal narrative that represented his background in an accurate and compelling way - resulting in a much more marketable candidate on paper and in person.

  • As part of our one-of-a-kind Executive Marketing program, we drafted a resume that best articulated this narrative. We coached him through how to effectively convey his experiences in interviews and how to handle those tough-to-answer questions.

  • Through our extensive personal network of executives and hiring managers and also our proprietary global database of 100,000+ contacts, we reached out to our client’s target companies - and then some - on his behalf, easing the burden of researching and applying. We helped our client to navigate the surplus of interviews requests, ultimately narrowing down to only those that aligned with his objectives and geographic preferences. And when it came time to interview, he was well prepared and confident thanks to our team's one-on-one coaching.

Success

Once we sourced and then facilitated the introduction, our client was quickly offered the position and an employment package that outpaced his previous compensation and exceeded his expectations. He joins his new employer at an exciting time as the company embarks on this new venture with our client at the helm.

Harnessing the power of a proven proprietary program of marketing and career coaching, 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing & Job Finding has represented and placed more than 500 executives in the US and around the world. As experts in the fields of career coaching and job finding, you'll outsource almost every aspect of your job search to us!

We want you to be our next success story. Schedule a conversation today with one of our Executive Marketing & Job Finding experts by filling out the form at the right or calling 708.246.2100.