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.

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: 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

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

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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.

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

It’s Not Enough to Know Your Resume, You Need to Prep for Five Interview Techniques

Bob CavotoCEO, 20/20 Foresight
Executive Marketing Blog – June 2017

You know you, right? Let me guess, it’s your favorite topic? If you think that’s enough to get you through your upcoming job interview, think again. Savvy interviewers use a variety of techniques to evaluate job candidates and the smartest applicants do their homework and come prepared to answer a variety of questions in a variety of ways.

Here’s a summary of five popular interview tactics that an experienced career management consultant can teach you so you can be successful in the spotlight:

• The Gateway interview is designed to let companies know what brings you to the interview table, giving you an opportunity to explain why you have left (or want to leave) your most recent role. Your answers should be reasonable and believable. It’s OK if you mildly criticize current or past employers, but you should be able to back it up with a few details. The interviewer will want to know what has motivated you in the past and what makes you tick. Be prepared for a question on your compensation expectations.

• A Personality interview aims to understand who you are and how you relate to other people. A good interviewer will ask you what you have found rewarding in your career, ask you to describe your management style and how you make complex decisions or resolve conflicts. You should also expect questions about who you admire, who you believe has been your best boss and why. Other fair game topics are how much you work and how you organize yourself.

• While somewhat self-explanatory, do not assume the Resume interview will be a simple recital of your facts. The best candidates offer one or two detailed examples to support the bullet points that are on paper – without even being asked to do so. This technique assures your interviewer that you know your stuff, and can think logically and with some degree of complexity. You should be prepared to distinguish between individual successes and things you accomplished as part of a team.

• A Technical interview is where the proverbial rubber meets the road. Sure, your interviewer may be impressed with your wit and wisdom, but they need to know if you can do the job. Be ready to discuss your areas of expertise in detail. They’ll be looking to test your technical knowledge on simple – and sometimes complex – issues, like discounted cash flow analysis, buy/sell/hold analysis, cap rates, cap rates in certain cities, or approaches to calculating IRR. Know your market. If they are looking for skills you haven’t used in while, be sure to review before the interview.

• Generally the longest and most complex of the interviews, the Topgrading or business situational interview can last one or two hours. Usually not an initial interview, the goal of this conversation is to find candidates who can perform at the highest levels of an organization by reviewing a person’s career history, examining challenges in depth, discussing goals and the trajectory of your career. The company may describe three or four real problems within the company and with the position, and ask you to suggest approaches and solutions. This technique is usually performed when the candidate pool is down to a few finalists. This technique is very revealing as to who should be the final candidate.

In addition to being prepared to navigate several interview styles, one thing remains the same throughout. The most successful job seekers come prepared with answers that fit the job description they are discussing. If the job calls for attention to detail, think about situations where you accurately managed complex projects. If they need sales management skills, be ready to talk about motivation, processes and increases in productivity. Take the time to think things through in advance, and even do mock interviews with an expert. Anticipation and preparation DO make a difference.

20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing has helped hundreds of job seekers successfully navigate the interview process by providing individual interview preparation and coaching. To learn more about executive marketing and career management services, contact 20/20 Foresight at www.2020-4em.com or call 708-246-2100.

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