Celebrating the successes of 2018 and looking ahead to 2019

At 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing & Job Finding, we consider our clients’ professional advancement cause for celebration. As we look back on the accomplishments and milestones of 2018, we also forecast the trends and innovations that will drive the evolving employment industry in 2019 — and beyond.

2018 achievements

We enjoy sharing our clients’ professional placements because your success is our own. As an international firm specializing in the real estate, financial services and service industries, we’ve had exciting opportunities to pair professionals like you with executive-level positions at leading companies in major cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago and NYC, as well as other top markets across the country.

As the year draws to a close, we look back on a sampling of the sought-after positions we filled with top talent such as you.

Our top 18 placements for 2018

C-Level positions:

  • Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Property Management Company, San Francisco

  • Chief Development Officer, Multifamily Development Firm, Dallas

  • Chief Financial Officer, Mid-Sized Private Real Estate Management Company, New York City

  • Chief Financial Officer, Retail Real Estate Development, Investment & Management Firm, Cincinnati

  • Chief Investment Officer, Growing Private Equity Firm, Denver

  • Chief Investment Officer, Mid-Sized Real Estate Investment & Management Company, Atlanta

  • Chief Operating Officer, Large Private Real Estate Company, Los Angeles

  • Chief Operating Officer, Privately Held Real Estate Services Firm, Miami

  • Chief Operation Officer, National Privately-Held Hospitality Real Estate Investment Company, Washington, DC

Senior Vice President roles:

  • SVP Acquisitions, Large Private Real Estate Investment & Development Firm, New York City

  • SVP Asset Management, Premier Commercial Real Estate Investment Management Company, Los Angeles

  • SVP Capital Markets, Mid-Sized Financial Services Firm, Houston

  • SVP Finance, General Private Equity Firm, Chicago

  • SVP Operations & Finance, Mid-Sized Real Estate Investment & Management Company, Chicago

  • SVP Development, Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust, New York City and Chicago

Management opportunities:

  • Managing Director, Credit Risk Management, Global Online Payments Platform, Chicago

  • Managing Director, General Private Equity Firm, Seattle

  • Senior Managing Director, Large Banking and Financial Services Firm, Boston

2019 employment trends and predictions

As we are all aware from the headlines, 2018 saw one of the strongest job markets in decades, continuing a surge of steady growth for the past nine years. The national unemployment rate hovered at 3.7 percent — the lowest it has been since 1969. This is all encouraging news, but how will the ever-changing job market fare in 2019? What will be the disruptors we should look out for?

We predict that heading into the 1st and 2nd quarters of the new year, hiring opportunities will continue their strong showing. However, as the year progresses, we do anticipate an overall slow down in the employment sector for the remainder of 2019, most notably for upper-level executives.

While the economy doesn’t seem to be slowing down as of yet, cracks are beginning to show. As a recent Forbes article explains, recessions are oftentimes unexpected and tend to be preceded by economic strength. The author notes that watching indicators such as retail sales, industrial production and the unemployment rate can help predict if and when a recession might hit.

While this may seem premature or even alarmist, the key takeaway for any job seeker is: Now’s the time to put your plan for securing a new position in 2019 in motion.

Set your professional intentions for the New Year

Aside from polishing up your resume and adding to your LinkedIn profile (which you should be continuously on top of), what else can a professional do to prepare for a job search in 2019?

A successful job search strategy should always start with a proactive approach — no surprise there. However, we feel that collaboration is also key to success. We call it The 20/20 Difference, a multi-pronged plan that puts the power of our team’s extensive experience and expertise behind your job search.

When partnering with 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing, you’ll work one-on-one with a job-finding consultant who is an expert in your industry. Together, you’ll conduct interview coaching, resume prep and career counseling so that you feel empowered and prepared throughout the process. Our consultants reach out to our powerful database of hiring managers for you, selling them on your unique background and skill set so they can’t wait to schedule an interview. With a success rate of 92 percent, we’re unlike any other outplacement or recruitment firm.

What will your success story be in 2019?

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.