29 January 2016
On January 27th, The Execu|Search Group hosted a spotlight event for creative, marketing, design, and tech professionals at the Dumbo Loft! At the event, which focused on innovation, inspiration, and process, attendees had the opportunity to hear from four of the leading companies in the digital industry about their latest projects and what drives their innovation. The night began with an hour of open networking and featured several speakers who are leading their organizations’ efforts: Aaron Harnly, Chief Technology Officer at Amplify; Michael Clark, Principal at Beeby, Clark + Meyler; Stephanie Fleischman, Director of Ad Innovation at The New York Times; and Jeremy Strauser, Vice President and General Manager of Digital at Topps. “This was a unique opportunity for creative and tech professionals to get inspired by not only experts from leading companies, but their peers as well,” says Heather Cianchetti, Managing Director within The Execu|Search Group’s Creative & Digital division, who helped organize the event. “The goal was to create a collaborative environment and encourage attendees to share their ideas for improving workflow and driving innovation. I think that everyone was able to apply something they learned to their individual process, and we’re excited to see what they accomplish!”
28 January 2016
This is part of a series of testimonials from candidates who have successfully been placed by The Execu|Search Group. This testimonial comes from Clay Clecidor; you can find our past testimonials here. Clay Clecidor has been in the technology industry for almost a decade. Despite his experience, he found himself in need of some extra help when it came time to move on to a new role with new challenges. That’s when he began working with Bryant Vargas, a Director within The Execu|Search Group’s Information Technology division, in November. Clay is now employed with a well-known company he’s admired for some time. He had a great experience working with Execu|Search and was happy to speak with us further about it: On his background… I am originally from Florida but moved to New York City years ago to follow my dream of working in technology. While studying Computer Science at Hunter College, I was fortunate enough to land my first career opportunity while still an undergraduate. This gave me a head start and allowed me to gain real-world experience while pursuing my degree. Since then, I’ve worked nearly 9 years as a Software Engineer/Consultant in various industries including Publishing, Digital Advertising, Gaming and Education. On what he was looking for… I was looking to switch gears when I partnered with Execu|Search. I had worked with a specific set of technologies for years, and I wanted to transition to a role where I could learn and ultimately use new programs that I was keen on learning. My goal was to join a company that would enable me to work with these technologies full-time to gain valuable experience and broaden my skillset. On how TESG worked to meet his needs… Shaking things up was a major selling point for me. I would emphasize this to other recruiters who contacted me, but they seemed more interested in keeping things easy by placing me in similar positions. Bryant welcomed the challenge, made it his top objective, and was able to deliver. He discovered a handful of opportunities which fit the criteria I desired and, ultimately, helped me land a position at a cutting-edge and fun company. On preparing for the interview… When Bryant first reached out to me, I happened to be in Florida wrapping up a short-term remote assignment. To circumvent the distance between us, Bryant set up a video conference so that we could meet virtually. Within a matter of days after our initial call, Bryant presented me with the opportunities he found and allowed me to pick and prioritize the ones I wanted to pursue. Once the interviews were set, he helped me prepare for them by providing insight beyond the job descriptions; he gave me detailed information on the company’s culture and even briefed me on what the hiring managers were like. Armed with these insights, I was able to prioritize my talking points and plan effectively for all interviews. On his overall experience… This was my first experience with Execu|Search, but working with Bryant was the best. He and his team are spectacular, and they were able to connect me with a company that I’m very happy to be with. I look forward to collaborating with Execu|Search again in the future. “Clay was an absolute pleasure to work with throughout the entire recruitment process,” says Bryant. “He was able to clearly articulate what his “ideal” opportunity was, and we are extremely happy that he is now working within an organization that he was a big fan of prior to joining. I wish him the best of luck at his current assignment and I am positive we will work again in the future.”
27 January 2016
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. “Our Credentialing and Compliance group is the backbone of our division,” says Kyle Mattice, President of The Execu|Search Group’s Health Services division. “We’re incredibly fortunate to have such a committed and dedicated team and wouldn’t be able to provide the level of service that we offer our clients and candidates without them.” As part of the audit process, The Joint Commission reached out to some of The Execu|Search Group’s clients who were quoted as referring to Execu|Search as, “their go-to partner” and “genuine and honest.” “To ensure that our staffing process always exceeds The Joint Commission standards, we felt it was necessary to expand our Credentialing & Compliance department,” explained James Dolan, Managing Director of Credentialing & Compliance at The Execu|Search Group. “Our Health Services division has grown significantly since our last audit, so it was important for us to make a greater investment in our internal process. Doing so has allowed us to better serve the employers we partner with, while ensuring our compliance with new policies.” 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.
26 January 2016
With the job market the strongest it’s been in 7 years, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a 12.5% growth in IT employment through 2024, the future looks bright for IT professionals! While these projections point to a promising outlook for the IT job market, it’s important that job seekers and working professionals alike understand how these changes can potentially impact their job prospects in 2016. Erica St. Pierre, Managing Director of The Execu|Search Group’s IT division, routinely provides job seekers with guidance on market trends and what to expect from employers throughout their job search. “One of the biggest changes job seekers can anticipate is having greater flexibility to negotiate with employers on the factors that are most important to them,” says Erica. “In order to successfully traverse today’s marketplace, educating yourself by staying up-to-date on industry trends is one of the best ways to position yourself for success.” To take advantage of opportunities in the current market, Erica recommends 3 hiring trends that IT professionals should take notice of in 2016. It’s a candidate-driven marketplace Where employers once held most of the advantage, job seekers now have the opportunity to be more selective about the offers they receive and the organizations they work for. With greater optionality, IT professionals have the power to negotiate for what they are truly worth. For example, instead of assuming your prospective (or current) employer is giving you their best offer, job seekers should educate themselves on how much professionals in their specialty areas are being paid in their geographic location. “Knowing exactly what you are looking to do, the skills you’d like to acquire, and the type(s) of roles that can help build certain skills, will give you the foundation to negotiate better in the current market,” highlights Erica. In such a highly-competitive industry, the most successful professionals are the ones who can accurately articulate their skillset and justify their monetary value to an employer. “An inability to quantify or justify your value can have a direct impact on how much an employer is willing to pay for your skills,” warns Erica. “As a result, it’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure you are paid at market value.” Companies are utilizing a variety of hiring solutions For IT professional in today’s market, it can be easy to feel content with an employer that meets your needs. However, as candidates have gained more flexibility with the employers they can work with, understanding how the hiring landscape is changing and how to take advantage of these trends is essential. For example, The Execu|Search Group’s 2016 Hiring Outlook, which surveyed employers from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, found that 66% of respondents plan to increase staff headcount and compensation in 2016. More notably, approximately 30% of employers plan to increase their hiring of temporary/freelance staff. “If your employer is not meeting your needs and you have a very specific idea of what you’re looking for in one, start exploring your options,” advises Erica. In addition, an increasing number of employers are offering flexible working schedules, training and development, amongst other amenities to make the decision easier for prospective hires. Therefore, the more educated you are on what employers are willing to do for top IT talent, the easier it will be for you to make the most informed decisions about your career moves in 2016. ‘Working Interviews’ are on the rise One of the most recent trends taking shape is the concept of ‘working interviews,’ which allow both parties to evaluate long-term fit before making a longer-term hiring commitment. “This style of interview can be a win/win situation for both the employer and the job seeker,” notes Erica. “While the employer can ensure the candidate would be a valuable member of the team, the candidate can showcase their skills, work on a variety of projects, and gain exposure to different aspects of the company. This can help you determine if the company is the right fit for your needs.”
25 January 2016
If you’re seeking a new position or think you may be in the near future, now is the time to take a closer look at how you’re presenting yourself to potential employers. It’s been estimated that, on average, 118 people apply for any given job, and of those applicants, only 23% move onto the interview process. In other words, that’s a lot of competition! With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you become a more marketable candidate: Develop an impressive resume Did you know that on average, a hiring manager only spends about six seconds reviewing a resume? For that reason, it’s important to make sure that yours is not only an accurate representation of your experience and skills, but attention-grabbing as well. Though bright colors or non-traditional fonts may seem like a good idea, a memorable resume has more to do with its content than quirkiness. Before you send in your resume, take a look at yours and make sure that it is: An appropriate length Cleanly formatted Printed and proofread for typos Free of cliché phrases such as “team-player” or “hard-worker” Be technologically savvy Regardless of what field you’re working in, it’s always a big plus to be proficient in the latest forms of technology that are relevant to your profession. Since the success of a company is undoubtedly linked to its ability to stay up-to-date with the latest technology, it’s important to do a little research into the most up-to-date and widely used systems in your field. Hiring managers are seeking candidates with the technological know-how to push their company forward, so if you’re feeling a little rusty or want to master a new program, brushing up on your skills is a great way to boost your marketability. Utilize the hidden job market Using LinkedIn or any other professionally relevant networking site is essential, but how you use it could make all the difference. To better uncover the hidden job market, it’s important to interact with peers and reputable professionals in your field. By connecting and maintaining contact with your network, you may be privy to information that you may not have heard of otherwise such as seminars, private events, and unposted job openings. Consider volunteering Employers generally place a high value on volunteering because it demonstrates that you’re proactive, possess leadership skills, and are compassionate to the needs of others. If you’ve been unemployed for a period of time, volunteering can be a great way to show that you’re staying involved within the community while continuing your job search. That being said, regardless of your employment status, finding the time to volunteer to a cause you find worthwhile can be a great way to help others while strengthening your interpersonal and professional skills.
25 January 2016
Last week, The Execu|Search Group’s Lisa Carver and Lisa Morano partnered with Angela Kubisky, Executive Vice President of Morris County Chamber of Commerce, to teach a networking class to women enrolled in Morris County’s chapter of Dress for Success. To help the class of 30 women learn about the fundamentals of networking and how it can be critical to landing a job, Angela, the special guest speaker, presented on: The appropriate place and time to network The people you’ll want to aim to connect with How to overcome common networking challenges The importance of following-up and maintaining professional relationships “Dress for Success is an amazing organization that I am proud to be a part of,” comments Lisa Morano, who serves on the nonprofit’s Steering Committee alongside Lisa Carver. “It allows us to apply what we do on a daily basis to an incredible group of motivated women who are making the effort to advance their careers. It’s a unique opportunity to leverage our professional guidance and industry insight, and in return, are rewarded with the ability to make an impact and build gratifying relationships.” Dress for Success is an international organization that aims to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. To learn how you can get involved, please visit: http://www.dressforsuccess.org/home.aspx.
21 January 2016
Few people find networking to be an easy task. Our professional networks commonly consist of people we meet in many different ways—whether through a colleague, a career fair, mutual connections on LinkedIn, or a previous employment opportunity—and as a result, it can be hard knowing how to communicate with each of them. Thankfully, there’s one thing all of your contacts will appreciate and respond positively to: being considerate. Since one of the trickiest parts of networking is knowing how to ask for help when we need it, it’s important to know how to approach this process with tact. After all, you’re asking another professional to take time out of their likely busy schedule to assist you with something. Even though the whole point of networking is to create mutually beneficial relationships and help each other out in our careers, this can still be daunting; what if that other person is too busy? Will they be annoyed by your request for help? Thankfully, following these tips to considerate networking can help you rest easy and know that you did your best: Keep correspondence polite, short and to the point. Just about everyone is busy these days, so taking up your contact’s time with a lengthy phone call or a long email is ill advised. You can briefly and politely address the following few things in just a couple of sentences, which many professionals will appreciate: The reason for your call/email Why you trust that person’s expertise An offer to meet whenever is convenient for that person. The last point is crucial; since the person you’re contacting will be helping you with your career, do your best to accommodate whatever time works best for them. Do not follow up multiple times. If a week or so has gone by without response, feel free to shoot that person an email or leave a voicemail—but that’s it. If he or she hasn’t responded to your second inquiry, move on and seek another contact who can potentially help. Pestering your contacts may encourage them to avoid you in the future, or worse, to pass over you in the future if or when they know of a great opportunity. Offer your help in return. It’s always good practice to let your contact know that you appreciate their help and offer to return the favor. If you aren’t aware of anything you can specifically help with, like providing them with leads for their job search, for example, then simply let them know you would be happy to help them with anything they may need in the future. Make the meeting your treat. Of course, this means picking an inexpensive place like a café, but that kind of setting is ideal anyway. Meeting for coffee gives you both the flexibility to decide when to meet and how long your meeting should run, since your contact may be unable to make time for something like a sit-down lunch or dinner. Do the legwork. Don’t expect your contacts to know what it is you’re looking for; rather, be prepared with questions, a solid idea of what you need, and anything else that can make your meeting go more smoothly and save time. Thank them for their time. Both in your initial contact and after they have responded, it’s always great practice to show your gratitude. Whether you choose to send a thank-you note via email or a card in the mail, being grateful can only improve your contact’s view of you and may help them remember you for future opportunities.
21 January 2016
Healthcare professionals interested in making a job change this year are in luck! As we reported in our 2016 Hiring Outlook, the current state of the job market has resulted in a major shift; where employers once held most of the advantage, job seekers now have the ability to be more selective with the offers they take and the organizations they choose to work for. This is especially true within the healthcare industry where the demand for health services greatly outweighs the supply of professionals who are qualified to provide that care. “Due to these factors, we’re seeing many healthcare facilities competing with each other for talent,” explains Amanda Bleakney, Senior Managing Director of The Execu|Search Group’s Health Services division. “As a result, many of our top candidates are receiving multiple offers and have to make a difficult decision. To help our candidates determine which opportunity is the right fit for their needs, we regularly stress that there are a variety of different factors to consider that go beyond compensation.” With the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reporting in their latest projection that healthcare is the fastest growing sector and that there will be 5.1 million jobs to fill by 2024, multiple job offers are going to become a reality for an increasing number of healthcare professionals. Make the right decision by considering: Future opportunities for growth: As a professional working in the ever-evolving healthcare industry, it’s important to determine which opportunity offers the most growth potential. “Whether you specialize in Health IT or Acute Care, one of your top priorities should be gaining new skills and experience,” advises Amanda. “Focus on the big picture and think about which position will enhance your skillset and marketability for future opportunities. You never want to run the risk of becoming complacent in a sector that is constantly changing.” Rather than focusing on compensation, look out for the offer that gives you more opportunities to build your skills, gain new responsibilities, and advance within the organization. For example, your title, number of direct reports, and other managerial responsibilities can make all the difference when you are ready to look for a job later down the line. The organization’s culture: If you are looking to thrive in your next role, it’s important to ensure the organization’s culture and environment are the right fit for you. “Company culture encompasses factors such as the organization’s values, how formal or laidback the environment is, and the way colleagues interact with each other, to name a few,” notes Amanda. “Your ability to be successful in a role can be directly tied to how happy you are with the organization. As a result, it’s important to determine your priorities and consider the qualities you desire in an employer when weighing multiple job offers.” To ensure your needs will be met and that you can work well with a particular employer, consider asking yourself the following questions: Would I work well with the person that I will be reporting to? Do I like the dynamics of the team I would be joining? Is a flexible schedule important to me? Do my values align with the organization’s overall goals? How would I specifically make an impact? The entire package: When juggling multiple offers, try to avoid judging each job by their individual salaries. “While compensation can definitely be important, you shouldn’t default to it as the sole deciding factor,” advises Amanda. “Rather than focusing just on the number of each offer, consider the entire package. For instance, benefits, bonuses, retirement plans, tuition reimbursement, and vacation policy are all factors that can make up for a lower salary.”
20 January 2016
Social media is now an integral part of life. Just about everyone has at least one social media profile and employers do expect that you are using social media, both personally and professionally. But while social media improves communication and personal branding, it can hurt your professional credibility. Nowadays, companies will sometimes monitor what their employees’ social media activity and will certainly make the effort to research any prospective new hire’s presence on these sites. As a result, it is important to avoid committing any social media faux pas. To keep you from falling into any of these traps, try to refrain from: Posting Anything During Work If you’re in a position where you are on a computer all day, the temptation to spend time on social media sites can be difficult to avoid. It’s understandable too; if you have a large social network of friends and family, there can sometimes be pressure to keep up with everything going on in all of your connection’s lives. However, if you’re at work, your first responsibility is completing what’s in front of you. Avoid This By Using Site Blocker Apps There are multiple site blocking apps, such as StayFocusd, that you can install in your browser to keep you from accessing sites like Facebook and Twitter. Schedule times with one of these apps to keep you from getting distracted by what’s going on in your social media sphere. If you’re nervous about missing out on anything during the day, impose the time ban to end during your lunch break. Catch up on your personal life then. Complaining About Work Look, we get it; work isn’t always the most fun place in the world and there are times when it can be stressful. Venting your frustrations into the ether is healthy to an extent, but it is more than unwise to post your grievances online, especially if they’re about work. Even with the highest of privacy settings in place, you never know what someone will find and share with your coworkers and supervisors. By posting your complaints about your employer, you’re putting yourself in danger of being reprimanded or, even worse, fired. Avoid This By Scheduling Dinner With Friends When you’re frustrated, call a friend and ask them if they’re free to get dinner anytime soon. It can be reassuring to get validation from friends online, but you’re just as likely to get sympathy and reassurance from meeting in-person with someone you know and trust. By doing this, you won’t have to worry about who sees what, and you’ll probably feel even better talking with a friend than you would have by complaining online. Sharing Too Much Personal Information Sure, your social media profiles are your own space where you can curate whatever content you want, and while you are entitled to share photos of your latest vacation, it’s best to keep these personal moments as minimal as possible. Photos of you drinking or participating in other activities along those lines can damage your company’s brand and reputation, which can come back to haunt you. Avoid This By Going Through Your Archives While ensuring your privacy settings are up-to-date is important, your best bet to keep your personal life private is by going through your posts, photos, Tweets, and anything else you may have shared, and deleting any questionable content. Go through your activity log or timeline and delete anything you feel might be compromising. It can be tedious, but you’ll thank yourself later when you have one less thing that can put you in harm’s way when it comes to your job search and/or career.