10 January 2014
Jesse Siegal, Managing Director of The Execu|Search Group’s Temporary Staffing division, was featured in a recent article discussing our whitepaper titled, The Rise of the Contingent Workforce, published on Medibistro.com.
10 January 2014
Interviews are a two-way street. Candidates generated from a recruitment firm come in intending to impress the interviewer, but in the same vein, they’re doing all they can to determine if the company is a good fit for them. This is even more crucial with interviews further into the hiring process, such as a follow-up interview.
10 January 2014
When Google announced that it was about to drop its policy of asking candidates questions that were impossible to answer, it is likely that there was a huge sigh of relief among job seekers in the information technology and software sector, especially for those who don't know the number of golf balls that can fit
09 January 2014
The Execu|Search Group is proud to announce our expansion into the field of engineering recruitment. The Engineering division will connect businesses located throughout New York and New Jersey with the best talent in the field across all of the major verticals, including: Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Manufacturing Process. Led by Danny Myers and Joseph Amador, our Engineering division will recruit professionals on a full-time, temporary-to-full-time, and contract basis. To learn more, please visit: http://execu-search.com/expertise/engineering
09 January 2014
The new year is here, and many accounting professionals from both public accounting firms and the private sector are busier than ever and possibly looking to advance their career through an accounting recruitment firm. But despite the rush the holidays bring to any position, don’t become complacent in your career! It can be easy to hold off on thinking about major changes while the work piles up, but keeping your career moving forward should always be top of mind. The question you should be asking yourself right now is: should you stay where you are, or seek out better opportunities? In order to determine what move would be best for you and your career, consider the following questions: Is the fit, cultural or otherwise, still right in your current position? Will you continue to be challenged? Do you see upward mobility in your current role? Do you feel undercompensated compared to your colleagues in a similar role, and if so, will that change this year if you stay? Do you feel you are given more work and responsibility without any additional recognition and will that change if you stay at the same firm? If you answer “no” to one or all of these questions, it is most likely time to move on to a more rewarding and challenging position. We know change, especially in your career, can be nerve-wracking—there are numerous factors that can keep you comfortably situated in your current position. However, Elisa Dammacco, Managing Director of The Execu|Search Group’s Accounting/Finance division, has the following advice: “You must take the initiative to change your personal career path for the better this year. Don’t allow comfort to drive your career,” Elisa says. “Even the little things can make us complacent: familiarity with our subway commute, where we get breakfast every morning, etc. But if you take advantage of the New Year (and a continuing growing economy) and step out of your comfort zone, it will help you grow as a professional rather than remain stagnant.” The growing economy, as detailed in The Execu|Search Group’s new Whitepaper, The Rise of the Contingent Workforce , is resulting in all-time highs of employment—especially in Accounting. In fact, accounting roles have made it to the “Top 8 Hottest Jobs of 2014” according to Salary.com. So don’t allow a fear of the job market scare you into staying at your current position if you are unhappy or unchallenged in your current role. “2013 was an in-demand year for quality accountants, and as experts in the field, we see that trend only continuing through 2014 ,” says Gary Grossman, The Execu|Search Group’s President of Accounting/Finance Recruiting. “All indicators are pointing toward an upward trend.” And while money is always a factor in your career, don’t let it hold you back. In fact, make it a motivator: find a position that has the salary requirements you want as well as the growth potential your career needs. There are a lot of skills and qualities that are best developed and sharpened by staying abreast of the industry, and two such qualities are drive and initiative—which you can show by recognizing your position’s limitations and moving on when there is no momentum left. “Bonuses and raises are just about behind us,” says Gary, “so it’s time to start looking forward. We consider a lot before making our career decisions but, ultimately, it comes down to one deciding factor: growth potential.”
09 January 2014
In a recent article citing the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Salary.com listed Registered Nurse as the #1 job on their “8 Hottest Jobs of 2014.” The list, which ranked jobs based on their potential for growth over the next year and beyond, also featured School Psychologists and Mental Health Technicians amongst those with the most promising futures. It should come as no surprise that three of the eight top jobs and medical recruiting opportunities fall into the healthcare sector, especially positions in nursing. “The job market for Registered Nurses is expected to grow 26% by 2020, which is faster than the average for all other markets,” says Kelly Mattice, Vice President of The Execu|Search Group’s Health Services division. This is due to a few major factors: the aging baby-boomers who are now requiring more health services, the emphasis on wellness and preventive care, and new technological advancements. Registered Nurses will not only benefit from the stability of their industry, but have the opportunity to branch into new and exciting areas of medicine.” With these changes taking place, especially those put into place by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health services recruiting is going to be in high demand—something we projected earlier this year particularly relating to Case Managers. To see any of our 200+ open listings for Registered Nurses, click here.
09 January 2014
With 2013 behind us, our Financial Services department has noticed a consistent trend from 2013 to 2014: a large skills gap in the hedge fund compliance sector. Many of our hedge fund clients are reporting a high demand for skilled and experienced compliance professionals, but the demand outweighs the supply. Many candidates, though highly capable, do not yet have the extensive experience required of some of the higher-level roles. So if you’re looking for the next step in your career as a finance professional, consider getting a head-start on being a prime candidate for these opportunities by taking the step into compliance and familiarizing yourself with the responsibilities and skills required of the field. The gap can mostly be contributed to the circumstances surrounding the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) decision to require all hedge funds to register with them in 2012. Prior to the change, not many hedge funds had a need for compliance specialists; as a result, only a small percentage of finance professionals chose it as a viable route for their career. Once all hedge funds were required to register, the demand for the small pool of compliance candidates skyrocketed, and even today casts a large shadow over the still underpopulated niche. “Many of our hedge fund clients need experienced compliance professionals, but few candidates have that many years of experience,” says Stephanie Tancredi, Director of The Execu|Search Group’s Financial Services division. “It’s hard to find someone who has 5-6 years of experience when, only three years ago, the need for professionals with such knowledge was scarce. As a result, those who do have experience didn’t gain it organically—instead, many were in different positions with varying responsibilities and simply took on as many compliance duties as they could.” To satisfy their needs, many hedge funds have begun hiring compliance professionals out of banks and other organizations, but unfortunately, those professionals don’t have experience with the same regulations. The need for those with hedge fund-specific compliance skills is rapidly increasing and transforming, making the field highly specialized. In order to gain the correct skills and experience needed to thrive in it, you have a few options: step back into a more entry-level role, take one of the educational programs now being offered at some organizations, and/or sit in on the compliance team in your current role and ask if you can pick up some tasks. If you decide to take up compliance, you are best off becoming familiar with hedge fund compliance specifically, especially by obtaining certifications such as Certified Hedge Fund Compliance Expert (CHFCE). However, even with such credentials, it may be necessary to take a step back in your career to start from an earlier point and develop the proper skill set. Though maybe not ideal, it’s beneficial to keep in mind that making such a move could potentially set you up for excellent growth in the future since the pool of candidates with such experience and skills is still so small.
08 January 2014
Now that we’re into January, the timing is ripe for looking back on the career moves you made last year, and how far they’ve taken you. If you struggled with your job search in 2013, regardless of your industry from nonprofit to healthcare, you can use the inauguration of 2014 to wipe the slate clean of all your career baggage, and start your quest to find a job anew. In order to rejuvenate your search, you may want to take the time to consider where you have fallen short, and address any areas needing improvement when it comes to your application materials, demeanor, interviewing skills, and networking abilities. If you’re up to the challenge, take charge of your search and get inspired with our tips on how to freshen up your job seeking process. Make an overview of what you’ve been doing – Why not break your job process down component by component and see where there’s room for improvement? By going through all the dimensions of your process, you may be able to catch slip-ups, sloppy formatting, or areas that need a complete overhaul. In your self-evaluation, take a critical, objective look at your applicant documents and all aspects of your personal presentation when it comes to the later stages. As you’re doing your audit, you can use context clues to figure out where your weak points are. For example, if you’ve been forwarded to the next round of the hiring process several times, only to never make it past the interviewing stage, you can take that as a sign that your interviewing skills could use some work. If you haven’t been successful in getting an employer to contact you at all, you may benefit from the advice of an advisor at your alma mater’s career services department or a professional career coach. Fine tune the little details – So, once you’ve realized your job process needs some adjusting, what can you do? There are actually many thoughtful elements you can add to your routine that may make the difference in whether or not you get called back. For example, if you’re working with a health care recruiter, a courteous thank you note after the interview can make a positive impression on the hiring manager and distinguish you from the competition. Other steps you can take to stand out from the crowd include telling a story of your accomplishments on an interview, as well as emphasizing your skills that may matter just as much or more than your years of experience. If you’re transitioning careers or making a shift in the industry you work in, you may want to develop your strategy for explaining how you’ll be successful in this move. Re-do your resume – What’s better than giving your resume a face lift? Depending on your background and experience, there may be better ways of formatting your resume than how you currently have it laid out. For example, if you’ve dabbled in contract work, there are ways of highlighting those roles. Also, you may get more out of your resume if you reformat it for easy reading on mobile phones, as many hiring managers are now using their smart phones to view resumes on the go. Or, you may simply want to make your resume more substantial by adding extra touches and details that can make a big impression. Re-do your cover letter – Your cover letter is your opportunity to introduce yourself and communicate your personal brand to the hiring manager. Treat it as your chance to demonstrate how you’re so much more than your credentials, and to express to them how great of a fit you are for that specific job. Remember, your resume may have hooked them, but your cover letter is what will keep them engaged. If you need to brush up on what you should include in your cover letter, check out our article on how to get a call with your cover letter. Market yourself – Get exposure! If you’ve tried all the traditional methods of job hunting, you may want to get creative by using social media platforms. If you have an industry-related blog, you may be able to use it as your online portfolio, and if you don’t, now’s also a great time to get one. Diversify yourself – If you want to make yourself more professionally valuable, you may want to get more training to gain certifications and qualifications that employers will find attractive. Or, if you’re unemployed, you may want to fill your time outside the job hunt with productive activities such as volunteering. This can be a valuable way of meeting others as well; you never know who you’ll meet and what employment opportunities they can present you with! Find a mentor – Having someone mentor you will not only help you gain some guidance, but can put you on the right career path. There are many qualities you can prioritize when looking for a mentor, which leaves the choice up to you. Whether you want a seasoned professional in your industry, or someone who has a large network, what’s important is to find someone you will be excited to learn from. It may be helpful to look through your alumni network to find a few prospective mentors whose occupations are relevant to your interests, and go from there. Likewise, you may choose to be a mentor, which demonstrates your leadership abilities and your desire to share insight with others, both attractive candidate traits. There are so many ways to reface the dimensions of your job search, and by making thoughtful and effective choices, you can ring in the New Year with more ambition than ever before, and hopefully, will find a new position soon.
07 January 2014
The Execu|Search Group is proud to announce that we have once again achieved the Gold Seal of Approval® for healthcare staffing services certification from The Joint Commission! To become re-certified in healthcare staffing services, we underwent an unannounced on-site audit of our compliance with national standards that assess how staffing firms determine the qualifications and competency of their staff, how they place their staff, and how they monitor staff’s performance. As part of the audit process, The Joint Commission reached out to some of our clients who were quoted as referring to Execu|Search as, “the go-to firm for temporary staffing” and “the number one firm.” “With an ongoing focus on credentialing and compliance, we were fully prepared for this audit,” explained James Dolan, Director of The Execu|Search Group’s Credentialing & Compliance – Health Services division. “In order to ensure we are compliant with the new policies and procedures being rolled out, our team pushes ourselves for constant improvement by staying abreast of industry trends and educating our firm on new requirements. Our team’s hard work paired with the efforts of the rest of the Health Services division guarantee that the staffing process exceeds The Joint Commission standards.” Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. The Execu|Search Group has been certified since 2009.