20 June 2011
Last Thursday, June 16th, the most competitive members of The Execu|Search Group gathered in Central Park to participate in the 35th annual J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. Competing against 15,000 other runners and walkers in the 3.5 mile race, Team Execu|Search finished in impressive fashion with the men’s team coming in 25th place, led by Nkrumah Pierre (24 minutes, 21 seconds) and Rob Szymanik (25 minutes, 4 seconds) and the ladies’ team coming in 29th, led by Chelsea McGorry (31 minutes, 1 second) and Becky Garson (32 minutes, 9 seconds). This year’s Corporate Challenge donated funds to benefit the Central Park Conservancy and was an exciting opportunity to network and mingle with coworkers and other metro-area professionals, while staying in shape!
17 June 2011
It is Charity Day again at TESG! This month we are supporting Raíces de Esperanza. These individuals seek to inspire young people to think outside the box, and proactively support their young counterparts in Cuba through academic and cultural initiatives guided by three basic principles: amor, amistad y esperanza (love, friendship and hope). If you are interested in learning more about their projects, check out their website here. One of the simplest ways that you can enhance your resume is through altruistic initiatives. By donating your expertise or time to a worthy cause you can gain serious brownie points with a potential employer. Here are some ways that volunteering can help you with your job search or career advancement: • You Will Expand Your Network – When it comes to finding a job you can never have too many people on your team! Volunteering helps you expand that group of people in the most organic way. You never know whom you might make a connection with… • You Can Gain New Skills – Even if you feel confident with your present skill set there are always things that can be improved upon. Volunteering allows you the opportunity to enhance those existing skills or learn new ones to augment your current proficiencies. • It Looks Good On Your Resume – A volunteer position might not be an exact match for what you aspire to do career wise but, it is beneficial to show that you are keeping active professionally even if you are not currently working. If you are currently employed volunteering might give your resume the boost it needs if you are looking for new business contacts or a new career. • You Feel Good – You might be going though some tough times finding a job right now but, working in a place where you are making a difference can be it’s own reward. It is also a welcomed and necessary break from the minutia of your job search.
07 June 2011
Congratulations, recent college graduates! Now that your caps and gowns have been put away, what’s next? That’s right, the dreaded job hunt begins. Have you considered a career in sales? You should, these openings are listed as one of the top ten jobs for college graduates. In the present economy, companies are looking to hire sales people first to beef up their business. In these roles, entry-level candidates can gain valuable skills that will serve them well throughout their careers. As a bonus, compensation is growing at a rate of almost two times that of other corporate positions. All that being said, people are still skeptical about entering a career in sales! Why? Stereotypes. Here are some of the negative stereotypes about sales and reasons why they aren’t true at all: Sales people are dishonest – Honesty is the best policy when it comes to sales. People want to be able to trust you and you want them to come back with any future needs they might have. The most successful sales people know that it is in everyone’s best interest to stick with the truth. Sales jobs are not secure – Job security feels like a very elusive thing these days. With any job you need to be motivated and passionate to succeed. The same is definitely true in sales. Sales jobs require considerable travel – Long gone are the days of the traveling salesman. With email and phone you can connect with your potential clients almost instantaneously. When you need to communicate face-to-face, online video calling is right at your fingertips. You don’t even need to leave your office! Sales positions are more stressful – It is true that sales can lead to high-pressure situations but with the right skills you can easily and effectively navigate the challenges you are faced with without worry or stress. Hopefully, you can now see how positive a career in sales might be for you. If you are interested in exploring some career opportunities and obtaining an invaluable professional skill set please visit our Careers Page!
02 June 2011
On Wednesday evening, June 1, 2011, Amanda Bleakney, Director of Health Services and Allison Fagan, Director of Health Services hosted the second segment of their 3-part “Building your Brand” series at New York Association for Ambulatory Care (NYAAC). The keynote speaker was Marc Cenedella, CEO and Founder of TheLadders who provided the health industry members and attendees with strategies and advice on “Building their personal brands.” Marc shared his approach when formulating an elevator pitch about your job background and skill sets. He advised job seekers to refrain from using “$5 words” which are exhaustive and unnatural phrases. Instead, he encouraged people to try the “The Bud Test.” Would you say your elevator pitch to friends and acquaintances over a beer at a backyard barbeque? If your answer is yes, your pitch should be effective. It’s important to speak naturally and relay information about your personal brand as you would to a peer. Marc also suggested preparing three main talking points prior to going in to an interview. If the conversation gets sidetracked, you can always come back to the three talking points you previously prepared. He also emphasized the importance of explaining what you can accomplish for the Hiring Manager and organization. Marc suggested asking ”How do I help you get a gold star on your review next year?“ One important element of building your personal brand that Marc spoke about was to think of your personal brand as the modern small business. With a small business you have to devote time and effort to marketing the message of your brand. Marc recently published a book, You’re Better Than Your Job Search, in which he conveys techniques on how to relay your personal brand to others. Amanda and Allison are looking forward to launching their third and final part of our series, with “Building Your Brand through Social Media.” This event, which includes a networking event, will take place on Monday, June 20th. Jason Seiden and Vincent Gatti, Co-Founders of Ajax Social Media will speak to NYAAC about adopting social media into their corporate and personal brands. You can register for the event by clicking here!