05 June 2015
On Thursday June 4th, The Execu|Search Group participated in the 39th annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Central Park. For the 6th consecutive year, a number of our employees had the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather and contribute to a wonderful cause! The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge is a world-wide series of 3 to 3.5 mile running events open to groups of employees from organizations within the business and public sectors. This year’s New York race featured 15,000 entrants from 293 companies and proceeds benefited The Central Park Conservancy.
05 June 2015
When interviewing, employers often ask “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” It’s a common, though difficult, question that’s stumped many a candidate. Our lives are busier than ever and, especially during a job search when we’re likely focusing on one day’s goals at a time, it can be tough to think that far in advance. However, while it’s impossible to tell the future, having an idea of where you’d like to be in five years is always helpful (if not essential) to your career. It gives you direction, purpose, and a goal to focus on when making choices today, which are sure to impact your career down the road. So what if you’re looking to form a more detailed five-year plan, but don’t know where to start? Begin with this list of the top 3 skills employers are already seeing value in and will likely be looking for in candidates by 2020: emotional intelligence, adaptability and longevity, and transdisciplinary thinking. Emotional intelligence Emotional intelligence is a soft skill encompassing a number of intangible traits; as a result, emotional intelligence is already gaining employers’ attention and will likely be a must-have by 2020. People who are emotionally intelligent are typically self-aware, motivated, passionate, social, receptive, observant, and flexible. They also tend to self-reflect more than those who aren’t as emotionally intelligent, which is always desirable in the workplace, as an employee who self-reflects regularly is more likely to learn from their mistakes, and less likely to blame others for them. In a world in which more collaborative work environments are becoming the norm—from open floor plans in offices, to communicating with coworkers in other offices and even other countries via programs like Skype—emotionally intelligent employees are likely to become some of the most-sought on the market. Adaptability and longevity These changes are affecting the way businesses operate, and regardless of industry, there’s no argument that technology is doing the same as well. Change isn’t likely to slow down anytime soon, especially not by 2020—so the ability to adapt to the times and stick with an organization through change is, understandably, becoming highly valued. After all, if the employees making up a business can’t adapt to change, how can the business survive change, itself? Adaptability is something that can be conditioned by starting early. So rather than waiting until 2020 to start thinking about it, get started now: pick up a new skill, update your knowledge on a topic, etc. Not only will this help you keep up with the pace, it’ll give you some great resume builders and interview talking points as well. Transdisciplinary thinking Because businesses are changing the way they operate, they’re looking to find employees who are not only adaptable, but who are able to work across disciplines to make processes as efficient as possible. More and more, we’re seeing the diminishing of rigid job titles and an increase in open-ended assignments with room for growth and flexibility. Therefore, it’s important for job seekers from now through 2020 to focus on acquiring and strengthening transferable skills and seeking ways that their current skills can be applied to areas outside their focus. Remember—2020 is only less than 5 years away, and that’s much sooner than it may sound. So if you’re expecting to be on the job hunt anytime by then, it might be time to start focusing on these skills!