31 January 2014
29 January 2014
Barbara Tamberlane, Managing Director of The Execu|Search Group’s Physician Recruitment division, will be a guest speaker at the AttendingDR Physician Networking Series’ February and March symposiums.
29 January 2014
With the employment market noticeably improving over the last few months of the financial year, there is a demonstrated need for companies to ensure that they can attract the right talent in 2014. Job opportunities became more prevalent in 2013, and for some industry sectors, the challenge is not in just filling an open position
28 January 2014
Though positivity is usually the setup for success, when it comes to resolutions, pessimists may actually have the upper hand. Surprised? Think about it – how many New Year’s Eves have over-achieving optimists spent making unattainable lists of resolutions, only to let them fall to the wayside throughout the year. More than they would like to acknowledge, and probably too many to count. So what should you do, stop creating goals? Of course not! We’re merely suggesting that there is an art to creating achievable, realistic goals. The right way to get motivated for 2014 is to create a reachable goal that will help you in the short-term and bring you closer to your long-term aspirations. By formulating a feasible goal, you can build the framework to carry that goal to fruition and stay committed to fulfilling it. If you’ve picked the right goal, the bigger picture will be more accessible, and by the end of the year, you’ll have improved yourself professionally in many areas without ever having needed to make extra resolutions. Here are steps to take to create an achievable career goal for 2014. Start by pinpointing areas that need improvement In order to formulate your resolution for the year, you’ll want to brainstorm areas in need of improvement, such as your work performance or an area of expertise you would like to expand upon. In order to improve, you’ll also have to pinpoint your negative habits and map out how you hope to combat them. For instance, do you ever show up late, or procrastinate and constantly find yourself scrambling to meet a deadline? Write down your bad habits, as well as good habits you would like to develop, and things you want to do differently. Think of your long-term career goals Depending on your personality, your inclination may be to think in the long-term, instead of the present and near future, which is another great place to start. You may have goals that will be impossible to reach in just a year, but can be made much more doable through the steps you take in the present. Contemplate your ambitions, and map out the steps you’ll likely need to take to get there. For example, by becoming an impeccable worker in the upcoming year, you can set yourself up for a promotion, and bring you that much closer to the paycheck and respect you hope to achieve. Ask yourself questions such as, “What skills do I need to achieve my long-term ambitions?,” and “Which industry do I want to be in, and where should I focus my efforts to make that a reality?” Assess what’s realistic for you Let’s go back to our example of becoming a diligent worker. This can be accomplished by always showing up on time, consistently fulfilling your duties, staying on everyone’s good side with thoughtful and considerate actions, and helping your coworkers. Depending on how hard you work, this can be a real possibility, but there is a chance that you’ll be adding too much on your plate at once. We recommend that you work on one goal at a time, so you can say at the end of the year that you improved yourself in at least one real quantifiable way. For instance, one goal you can work on throughout your year is to enhance your professional value. You can do this by taking a course, getting a certification, or becoming a volunteer. This is a great approach to bettering yourself because there are concrete steps you can take to be successful in meeting your target. Another plan of action is to join us for our 12 days of career advice, in which we outline how you can refresh your professional presence each day for twelve days. Do it This is the hardest and most significant phase in fulfilling your goal – doing what you’ve set out to do. One fun fact is that when you set goals, your brain produces more dopamine, which is a great motivator. However, when you over-shoot, your resolve breaks and you find yourself giving up. Start small and build your way up so that you don’t feel overwhelmed, and stay committed to your goal. There’s a reason why you set that specific goal for yourself, and with the potential to improve your life in the big picture, there are sacrifices worth making in the present so you can have the life you want, and be the professional you want to be. As long as you stay focused on the benefits of your efforts, you’ll have the clarity you need to keep going. Make the most out of your success If you have successfully turned your bad habit around or have been doing something differently, congratulations! Make that improvement work the most for you – if you’re hoping for a raise as a result of your hard work, be sure to document all your accomplishments, instances in which you’ve gone above and beyond what was required, and any praise that is thrown your way. Get the most you can out of your energy and effort by creating short-term goals that will better you and positively affect your success in the long-run. So, what’s your goal? Maybe you want to gain more responsibility in your current position, or further your education to open yourself up to more opportunities. Maybe you want a second source of income. Whatever your goal, plan ahead to increase your opportunity for success, and know, that anything worth getting usually can’t be attained easily. With that, we wish you a happy 2014, and a great goal-making, brainstorming session.
27 January 2014
Edward Fleischman, Chairman and CEO of The Execu|Search Group, was featured in a recent article discussing the firm’s 2014 Regional Hiring Outlook whitepaper published on Forbes.
24 January 2014
Ask a professional what they find most nerve-wracking about their job search, and in many cases, you’ll get the same response: the interview. There are many tips and guides available on how to handle even the most unconventional of interviews, but what if the interviewing process is suddenly coupled with one of the biggest known phobias, public speaking? Depending on the position, some employers are now implementing presentations into the interviewing process to assess the candidate’s hands-on skills.
23 January 2014
Following up with an employer after an interview is standard practice these days. A good thank-you note helps you leave an impression, shows that you’ve taken something away from your conversation, and gives you an opportunity to make one last self-pitch before the hiring manager makes a decision. But if you’ve already interviewed, followed up, and have been informed that you were not the top choice for the position—then what?
22 January 2014
On Thursday, January 16th, we had the privilege of partnering with Digital DUMBO as a supporting sponsor of dd:COLLECTIVE “Vines, Tumbls, Pix, Flix, Gifs – Social Campaign Design.” The event, which was held at Digital DUMBO’s new community lounge and event space, was attended by over 80 professionals in the creative & digital industry. At the event, executives from Scripps Network Interactive (HGTV, Food Network, etc.), the digital agency Huge, and the culinary giant Momofuku Restaurant Group explored how to design engaging social campaigns and content. The topics discussed included campaigns built for Twitter, social conversation through the lens of Cap’n Crunch, and building an audience through food. “We felt that this event was especially relevant to us because as technology has advanced and social media has become ever-present, we have not only seen the importance social media plays with our clients but also with our own business,” explained Heather Cianchetti, Director of The Execu|Search Group’s Creative & Digital division. “The ability to design for social media is not only a requirement that many of our clients are demanding in candidates but also something we have developed internally through our marketing team that develops and manages our digital presence.” Digital DUMBO produces live events, conferences, content, and custom experiences that connect companies and brands with their community of digital leaders, talent, and executives. Digital DUMBO was founded in 2009 as a local, monthly gathering and today, is a global platform and initiative with over 13,000 members. Our Creative & Digital division will be hosting Digital DUMBO’s next Co-Working event, “Making the Jump! Land a Tech, Start-Up or Ad Career,” on Tuesday, January 28th. For more details, please visit the event page, here.
17 January 2014
Don’t let the timeframe fool you; despite it only spanning 30-60 seconds, the elevator pitch is not an easy speech to perfect. In fact, it’s precisely its brevity that makes this helpful networking tool so difficult. How can you effectively sum up your career history, achievements, and goals in a mere minute or less—the time it takes to ride an elevator to your destination? Much like writing a professional bio for a web site, crafting an effective elevator pitch requires advanced planning and a few revisions before it’s ready to go live. The first order of business is to pick a goal. Are you crafting your elevator speech for a career fair? To promote your new startup? To notify your network of your new job search? Your pitch should be focused, and in order to be so, it needs a target to focus on. What you include in your speech will change with its goal, so make sure you’re clear about what it is you’re after from the get-go. Once you’ve done that, you can identify what, and who, you have to address. The content of your speech, as well as the tone you use, depends entirely on who you will be speaking to. Should you be pitching an idea or your competencies for a position to someone who already knows you, there would be no need to include things they already know, which will give you more room for facts and achievements that might otherwise take the backburner. But if you’re speaking with someone who is only meeting you for the first time, you may need to give certain details priority—such as your education and work history. Among the details that should be present in any elevator speech are your best achievements. Write down your achievements, and pick the best one or two. Your elevator pitch should sound like a brief but compelling introduction to you as a professional, not a laundry list. What are the achievements you’re most proud of? Which are the ones most relevant to your goal? Writing these down will give you an objective view of which would be the best choice and the opportunity to physically cross out the ones that aren’t. You should also write your speech down and read it aloud. Writing it out will help you commit the main points to memory, while reading it aloud will ensure that it sounds right to the ear. You can then work to perfect your tone by recording the finished product and listening to it later with fresh ears, or performing the speech for others to see what they think. Finally, be natural! Even if you spend a considerable amount of time organizing your speech and committing the key points to memory, don’t recite a stiff monologue. Some of the many skills you can show with a strong elevator pitch are your ability to communicate effectively and remain calm in a high-pressure situation. So keep your goal and achievements in mind, remain calm, and talk to the other person as you would any other fellow human being.