The Art of Writing a Really Great Resume

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When was the last time you gave your resume a revamp? If you have to think about it, it’s been too long. We all know that we need to refresh our resumes regularly to add relevant skills, new roles and updated job titles, but what are the qualities of a really successful document, one that makes a hiring manager sit up and say, “I need to meet this person now!”? Especially considering the average recruiter typically spends about 7 seconds perusing a resume, the stakes are high to stand out.

In our experience collaborating with thousands of executive-level professionals to secure jobs with top companies around the world, we have helped craft resumes that have stood head and shoulders above the rest. Here are the resume components that spell success time and time again: 

  1. A clear, concise overview. While a curriculum vitae (a “CV”) offers a complete look at your professional life, including education, experience and expertise without the constraints of length, a resume should provide more of a summary focusing on the last 10 years of employment, especially if you’ve had a long career with lots of job titles and accomplishments. Keep it succinct and include your most outstanding career highlights, enticing a hiring manager to set up an in-person interview to learn more.  

  2. Custom-created content. Be sure to tailor your resume based on the specific position and company. Showcase different skills, roles and certifications you have in your background to make a hiring manager take notice. Nothing screams generic more than a resume that doesn’t speak to the role in question. 

  3. Savvy self-promotion. Spent time working with the most well-regarded companies in your field? Put those positions in your professional summary at the top to grab attention quickly. 

  4. Facts over fluff. Utilize concrete data and demonstrable numbers where you can. “Brought in $3 million in new business” makes a much bigger impression than “People person with networking skills.”

  5. Updated skill set. Today’s technology-driven job market values employees who are constantly learning and evolving. Be sure to include any recent courses you’ve taken, techniques you’ve cultivated and advancements you’ve pursued. This is the perfect place to include industry-focused keywords on your resume. 

Consider your resume to be your calling card, but a truly well-rounded job search is more of a marketing campaign. You need to look beyond the elevator pitch and be prepared for every phase of the process, including interviewing and navigating negotiations, which is one of the many benefits of working with job-finding experts rather than going it on your own.

The specialized career consultants at 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing have the advantage of also having worked in the fields we represent. These professionals inherently understand your chosen industry’s trends and forecasts, giving us an edge when connecting candidates and companies. Our process is time-tested (we started in 2001) and proven (we have a 92 percent success rate), and your job search will be tailored to your distinctive needs and goals.

Find out how we can take you from building your resume to fielding job offers by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100. 

Our Featured Monthly Placement: Making Career Moves That Matter

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Our Client

This month, we’re highlighting a Managing Director who engaged with 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing when his position with an investment banking firm had become stagnant. Wanting to expand his career horizons but still explore the investment banking realm, he was seeking to join a dynamic and growing private equity firm.

Despite the many long-lasting and important relationships built throughout an illustrious banking career, our client was having trouble identifying opportunities because his network consisted of operators. While his professional experience and track record were impressive, he didn't possess the contacts needed to reach the individuals who could help him make his desired career transition.

Our Solution

  • We engaged our industry-leading network of 100,000+ companies, positioning our client to specifically appeal to decision makers at top private equity groups.

  • Our client was quickly presented with viable interview opportunities versus non-committal network conversations that didn't come attached to an actual job opportunity.

Success

Today, our client is successfully managing a vertical for a firm specializing in the manufacturing sector. Most importantly, he has turned a new leaf and found a position and industry that has infused his career with a new level of excitement.

Whether you're looking to stay in the same field or make a meaningful switch, the 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing team of consultants is here to help you identify and amplify your special skills and unique capabilities to connect with a career that will provide job satisfaction and a better quality of life. 

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 Make a Tough Decision Less Stressful

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The stress of making a big decision is not to be underestimated. And when that choice centers on cementing a job offer that will become the next step in your career journey, the stakes are even higher. This Thrive Global article explains why making a selection is sometimes so stressful and the ways to "decide how you will decide" when faced with a life-changing decision.

The career-consulting experts at 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing are here to help guide you through the job-finding journey, from polishing your resume and prepping your interview skills, to that all-important step of making the right move for your professional progress and your life. Contact us today by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100.

Exactly How to Make a Tough Decision Easier and Less Stressful | Thrive Global

Our Featured Placement: Making a Wise Investment

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Our Client

This month, we are showcasing the placement of an experienced real estate professional who collaborated with the recruitment experts at 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing to help map out his next career move after his previous company underwent corporate restructuring. 

Boasting a diverse and impressive resume, our client had a long career in asset management, commercial real estate development and leadership. In addition, he held his real estate broker license and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Purdue University.

Our Solution

  • Armed with our client's seasoned pedigree, exemplary background and specific skill set, the 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing team went to work updating his digital profile to properly reflect his accomplishments and brushing up on his interviewing skills.

  • His newly updated profile combined with our proprietary and proven Executive Marketing Program established him as the ideal candidate for several desirable positions in the real estate investments field.

  • We leveraged our industry-leading database of 100,000+ contacts to source the positions that would provide the best fit for both our client and the companies in our extensive network.

  • We worked hand-in-hand with our client to prepare him for in-person interviews, allowing him to best present his distinguished career highlights and let his personality shine.

Success

Over the course of a few months, we presented several attractive offers for our client to consider. He ultimately selected a Regional Director of Investments title with one of the largest multifamily real estate companies in the US, managing the flourishing Texas region from Dallas. 

The 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing recruitment specialists are invested in your career growth and consider your success as our own. 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 Know When It's Time to Quit Your Job

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If you're lacking passion or purpose in your current position or aren't tap dancing to the office every morning (like Warren Buffet), it may be time to move on. These CEOs present the case for quitting your job and share their own a-ha moments for changing course in their career journeys.

The career consulting experts at 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing are here to work with you hand-in-hand when it's time to find a new direction. Fill out the form at right or call 708.246.2100 to see how we can help prepare you for the career move of your dreams.

5 Signs It's Time to Quit Your Job | Money

News You Can Use: Know Your Retirement Rights

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A recent research study showed that as many as three in 10 workers don't know if their employers offer retirement plans, leaving major money on the table and adding to an uncertain financial future. By asking questions and encouraging co-workers to do the same, we can all contribute to better fiscal health moving forward.

The employment experts at 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing help you navigate the essential aspects of starting a new job, including complex questions about employee benefits. Connect with us today by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100 to see how we can work together toward creating the job of your dreams.

Survey: 3 in 10 Workers Don't Know if Employers Offer Retirement Plans | Chicago Tribune

News You Can Use: How to Know if You're Ready to Quit Your Job

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Quitting your job is a major decision -- but it can also be a majorly empowering one. If you find yourself stagnating in a position or, worse yet, dreading setting foot in the door, it's time to do some honest soul searching -- and come up with a plan. These are the five questions to ask yourself when you're contemplating shaking things up, career wise.

The career consultants at 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing understand the intricacies of searching for a job while you already have one. We're here to help you maneuver your way through a job change that will help you find a position where you feel fulfilled and ready to go the distance. Connect with us by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100.

Do You Hate Your Job? | Inc.

News You Can Use: How to Productively Express Your Feelings at Work

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When you're starting a new job, it's crucial to consider the corporate culture of your new office, including how employees express themselves. By demonstrating thoughtful reactions and enacting meaningful conversations, your role will seamlessly mesh with your colleagues and you'll get more fulfillment out of your day-to-day interactions.

Think of the career consultants at 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing as an insightful recruitment resource when you're preparing to interview as well as when you're navigating the on-boarding process of your new position. Connect with us by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100.

How to Productively Express Your Feelings at Work | Thrive Global

News You Can Use: How to Handle Tough Job Interview Questions

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"Tell me about yourself." For interviewers, it may seem like an innocuous, straightforward question. But when you're in the job interview hot seat, that query can be intimidating. With these tips from the "Ask a Boss" column on The Cut, you'll know how to frame your professional past to make a positive lasting impression. 

How do the career consultants at 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing prepare you for these common types of interview scenarios? We work with you one-on-one to identify and develop your personal brand so you always know how to present yourself with aplomb.

How to Answer 'Tell Me About Yourself' in a Job Interview | The Cut

News You Can Use: How to Stay Motivated During a Job Search

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Your energy and drive can vary from day to day, especially during a job search. But, by employing a few simple productivity hacks as outlined by this helpful Fast Company article, you can move past procrastination and start to see progress, even during the most trying times.

The team of career consultants at 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing collaborate with you on a one-on-one basis to make the most of every moment of your job search. From updating your resume to prepping for interviews and presenting yourself in the best light, you'll be supported every step of the way. Connect with us by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100.  

How to Summon Motivation When You Feel Like You Don't Have Any | Fast Company

Our May Placement: An Officer and an Executive

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Our Client

This month, we are featuring an esteemed Real Estate Development Executive and Naval Officer who enlisted the guidance of 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing to plot the course for his professional journey. 

This exceptional client's background and experience includes an undergraduate degree from the United States Naval Academy, two master's degrees from Cornell and more than 15 years of military service combined with more than 15 years in real estate development. Despite his stellar pedigree, he continued to get "lost in the shuffle" when he searched for new opportunities on his own. 

Our Solution

  • The 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing team was able to successfully highlight  our client's admirable military career in conjunction with his ample real estate experience, identifying him as a standout candidate with a truly one-of-a-kind background.

  • His outstanding updated profile combined with our Executive Marketing Program established him as the ideal candidate for several desirable positions in the real estate development field.

  • We worked with our client to prepare him for interviews, guiding him to best present himself, his professional background and his exemplary record of service.

Success

After less than 60 days of marketing our client and connecting him with our extensive network of viable companies, he accepted a the position of Vice President of Development for a family-owned development firm where he will also be a partner. He was quickly offered an employment package that exceeded his previous compensation by 20 percent.

The 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing team works hand-in-hand with you to bring forth your unique skills and qualities that pinpoint you as the ideal candidate where you can cultivate your career and help your new company succeed. 

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.

Meet Our May Placement: From Contractor To Chief Officer

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Our Client

This month, we’re highlighting a Chief Accounting Officer who came to 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing when he was having a tough time finding a permanent position that was commensurate with the experience he had gained over many years of demonstrated success. 

Despite having numerous engagements as an independent contractor, he found it tiresome having to find his next project time and time again. He had previously led an accounting department and knew he could offer management experience in addition to his extensive expertise solving complex tax issues.

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 firms that fit his specific 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 months, our client was hired with a firm he was truly excited about. In his new permanent position as Chief Accounting Officer, he no longer had to simultaneously search for his next project and cover his family's insurance costs. Best of all, he got back to leading a department and moving a firm forward as part of a team.

The 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing team of consultants is here to help you identify and amplify your special skills and unique capabilities to connect with a career that will provide job satisfaction and a better quality of life. 

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.

How the Economy Affects Employment in Today’s Job Market

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The headlines are enough to give a reader whiplash: The U.S. economy has never been stronger, but many professionals aren’t seeing the difference in their bottom line. Unemployment rates are at historic lows, but people are also leaving their jobs at alarming rates.

What does this mean for a professional who is thinking of quitting their present job for a better one or someone who is already in the market for a new role? By understanding the current economic climate and the outlook for the rest of 2019, you can tailor your job search and position yourself to take advantage of this powerful (yet perplexing) moment in time.

Historic Job Gains - And Some Losses

Job growth in America is on an unprecedented surge: April 2019 marked the 103rd straight month that the economy has added jobs, while the unemployment rate has remained under 5 percent for the past 31 months. In fact, the unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent in April, marking the lowest level since December 1969.

However, as Yahoo Finance reports, job openings recently rose to 7.5 million, due in part to approximately 1.2 million workers leaving the labor force. How to explain this volatility? It’s due to confidence in the market -- many employees are prepping their resumes or returning to school to re-enter the workforce in potentially higher-paying positions. This creates a challenging environment for employers and employees alike: How does an employer attract and retain top talent? On the other hand, how does a job seeker navigate this tricky time to stay competitive and stand out from an increasingly larger crowd of candidates?

“It’s extremely helpful to enlist the help of a career consultant during uncertain economic times,” said 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing Managing Principal Bob Cavoto. “As recruitment experts, we understand what qualities companies value as current situations shift. And, we offer objective insights into what candidates should ask for when negotiations for a new position begin.”

What About Wages?

Let’s say you and your career consultant conduct a successful search and you land your desired dream job. Congratulations! Now there’s the question of compensation in today’s economic environment.

While all of this talk about extraordinary economic gains percolates, many economists point out that the average worker is only recently starting to feel the progress in their paychecks. It’s true: Wages have largely stayed stagnant even during this historic period of growth, only recently showing a slight growth (3.2 percent) in April, as reported by The New York Times.

A recently hired candidate should keep this shift in mind when negotiating a compensation package. Be sure to capitalize on this slight-but-significant surge and your new employer’s inclinations to build -- and keep -- a solid staff.
The 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing team is made up of career consultants who have worked in the fields the firm represents, providing informed insight and invaluable support during your job search. Connect with us today by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100.

News You Can Use: How to Deal With a Lengthy Job Search

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There are numerous factors that contribute to a lengthy job search -- and many of those aspects are beyond the candidate's control. This Fast Company article offers tips to keep your focus sharp and your motivation high during this often unpredictable time. 

20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing is a one-of-a-kind, industry-leading service that advises and guides job seekers throughout the entire hiring process. Our expert career consultants offer advice, direction and support to help assure smart searches and successful hires. Connect with us by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100.

How to Cope With a Long Job Search | Fast Company

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