31 July 2017
Uber, Etsy, and Twitter are just a few tech companies that have recently gone through some very public tough times. From corporate shakeups to company-wide layoffs, these events have led many to question whether these companies have viable futures. Whether you work at a high profile company or a small tech start-up, this feeling of uncertainty may hit close to home. “Not knowing if you will have a job in a few months is a fear that can keep even the most senior executive up at night,” explains Jennifer Haley, a Director within The Execu|Search Group’s IT Staffing division. “This stress and anxiety is sometimes worse than the actual change itself. However, if you let it consume your every thought, it can often lead you to freeze at work and be absent from your personal life.” As a result, it’s important to deal with this uncertainty head on. Rather than being in denial or trying to ignore the inevitable, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure you are prepared for any situation. To give yourself some peace of mind, here are 4 ways to get started: Be proactive Don’t wait until the last possible minute to start thinking about your job search. “While you certainly do not have to make a move until you are ready to, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared,” explains Jennifer. “If you feel uncertain about your future with the company, start getting organized. Taking the time to set goals and prepare your application materials will help you remain focused and confident during the search process.” To do this, Jennifer suggests assessing your interests, improving your personal brand on sites like LinkedIn, reaching out to your network, and giving your references a heads up. Don’t check out While it can be difficult to focus on your work when you (and others) are playing a waiting game, this is not the time to check out. “Having a one foot out the door policy will only burn bridges,” says Jennifer. “If you ultimately need to find a new job, you’ll most likely want to use a former colleague or manager as a reference. Keeping your game face on is a great way to impart a positive, lasting impression on key people.” This means that you should go about your day as usual, meet your project deadlines, and avoid job searching at work. Stay in your routine Although you may be tempted to devote all of your free time to job searching, it’s important to maintain a healthy balance. This is especially true given that finding a new job can feel like a job in itself. As a result, Jennifer advises professionals to keep to their regular routine. “Find time to enjoy your hobbies and spend time with family and friends,” she says. “This will help you maintain a positive attitude and your confidence, which are both integral to having a successful interview.” Remember, it’s a candidate-driven market While your employer may be facing uncertain times, the tech industry as a whole is experiencing quite the opposite. In fact, the ever-evolving nature of technology has solidified it as one of the fastest-growing industries in the country. Not only does this mean that there are plenty of new opportunities to take advantage of, but there is less competition as well. “In today’s technological age, every company can be considered a digital company, and therefore, all require technology-minded professionals, “explains Jennifer. “This influx of hiring has led to a short supply of talent, which means that employers are the ones competing for candidates. If you are able to position yourself as an individual who can address a skills gap or help the company stay up-to-date with the latest trends, you’ll most likely have your pick of opportunities.”
27 July 2017
In today’s digital age, there is no shortage of ways to get your name and resume out there for companies to see. Job boards, for example, make it very easy to apply for new jobs. From niche job boards to very general aggregators, they can be relevant for professionals of all backgrounds. While job boards should not be your only job search strategy, they can be an incredible asset in your search for a new opportunity. Sites like Indeed and LinkedIn are frequently updated with new jobs from a diverse set of companies, and among those new postings can be the perfect opportunity for you to advance your career. As you go through job boards in search of your next opportunity, here are 4 ways to get the most out of their services: Make sure your LinkedIn profile and resume are aligned As you begin your new job search, you may have to go through your online networking sites (such as your LinkedIn profile) to make sure everything is current. This may mean adding new responsibilities you’ve recently been given and new volunteer opportunities you’ve undertaken. When you aren’t job searching, it can be easy to neglect your resume and LinkedIn presence. However, you won’t have much success with finding a new job if a hiring manager can’t ascertain which asset is most up-to-date. Be attentive to the language you’re using in your profile/resume If it has been awhile since you last updated your resume and social profiles, you’ll want to make sure all of the language and industry-specific programs you are using are up-to-date as well. In addition to this, be sure to mirror the language of job listings that interest you in your profile and resume; if you’re making your resume public on any job board, this is a very important step to take. Don’t be afraid to reach out directly Most job boards won’t list the information of the human resources professionals who work for the companies you apply for. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find their contact information. For example, you can check out the company website or search for them on LinkedIn. From there, you can send an email following up about your application. This human connection can be the one thing that sets you apart from other candidates, so don’t be nervous to reach out. Just remember to be courteous; one email is enough. Pay attention to all of a company’s job listings As you browse job boards, one strategy to employ is perusing all of the opportunities available at one company. By doing so, you’ll have an overall better idea of what the company needs and who they’re most interested in hiring. For instance, if you’re an administrative professional but notice the company is looking out for high-level senior employees, it could mean they’ll need to hire support professionals to assist them in the future. One of the most important things to remember about job boards is that there are no true dead ends, so stay optimistic!
27 July 2017
On July 25th, The Execu|Search Group attended Corporate FunRun’s New Jersey 5k! This event allowed 25 employees from our New Jersey offices to come together for a night of team bonding, networking, and philanthropy. Corporate FunRun hosts a series of 5ks along the east coast. They partner with an official charity at every event, donating a percentage of each event’s race registration fees to the organization and encouraging all participating teams to help fundraise. This specific event supported Tackle Kids Cancer, which benefits the essential clinical care, unique support services and groundbreaking cancer research needed to find a cure for pediatric cancers.
26 July 2017
As a creative professional, your resume and portfolio can ultimately determine if you get invited in for an interview. Too often, candidates pursuing creative roles (i.e., graphic designers, copywriters, etc.) add a variety of design elements to their resume/portfolio in hopes of making it stand out against the competition. While creativity is always encouraged as a way to set yourself apart, there is a fine line between being creative and going over the top to impress. It’s important to use your discretion when designing your resume or portfolio for your next job opportunity. Keep reading to learn from two of The Execu|Search Group’s seasoned account executives about some of the dos and don’ts of putting together your resume: Julie Maurer, Senior Account Executive – Fashion & Retail Julie Maurer, a Senior Account Executive on The Execu|Search Group’s Creative & Digital team, works with an array of employers who put a heavy emphasis on the format and style of a candidate’s resume. “While every employer has different expectations for what a standout resume should look like, creative professionals should focus most on including the information in a format and style that accurately highlights their professional strengths as they align with the responsibilities of the job they’re interested in,” recommends Julie. Some of these include: Using consistent font sizes/styles that help your titles and descriptions standout Maintaining a clean aesthetic (i.e., format alignment, chronologic project lists, etc.) Including links to your portfolio website in an easily visible location The key to adding creative elements to your resume without going overboard is to ensure that your additions don’t distract the reader from the content. Therefore, the following are things you should avoid including on your resume: Caricatures, bitmojis, or personal photos Job titles and dates without additional descriptions Text boxes or colored shapes to separate or highlight difference sections A ‘Professional Summary’ or ‘About Me’ section unless you have over 10 years of experience or have recently changed industries/careers Anjelica Jones, Account Executive – Creative & Digital Anjelica Jones, an Account Executive on The Execu|Search Group’s Creative & Digital team, advises candidates on ways to enhance their resumes through content and design. “Whether you are a seasoned professional in your respective field, or a new grad trying to land your first full-time gig, it can be challenging to find the right balance between highlighting your experience as well as your creative abilities on your resume,” says Anjelica. Candidates should think about: Creating two different resume formats, one that follows a standard format, and a second that incorporates more creative design elements Using up to two pages to highlight your best work that is most relevant to the job Aligning your past experiences with elements of the job you’re pursuing While you can take the above steps to position yourself as a stronger candidate, be sure to avoid the following: Relying solely on creative design software tools (e.g., Sketch, InDesign, Photoshop, PowerPoint, etc.) to create your resume Including every role you’ve held or assignment you’ve completed onto one page Adding irrelevant additional experience/information (i.e., references, hobbies, interests, etc.)
25 July 2017
The Execu|Search Group recently partnered with Hedge Funds Care’s Young Professionals Committee as a sponsor of their Summer Sunset Social! The event, which was held on the terrace of Inside Park at St. Bart’s, was attended by 100 young hedge fund professionals from the New York City area. Alex Wright and Paul Herman, who are both Senior Managing Directors at Execu|Search, attended to represent our company. This event allowed attendants to network with likeminded professionals, while supporting an excellent cause. Proceeds from the event benefited Help For The Children, a global foundation supported by Hedge Funds Care that works to prevent and treat child abuse. To learn more about Hedge Funds Care and the initiatives they support, please visit their homepage: http://www.hfc.org
24 July 2017
Behind every successful executive is an exceptional assistant. Acting as gatekeepers and problem solvers, their responsibilities go way beyond basic administrative work. They not only help manage inner office workings, but also maintain a balance between professional, familial, and social obligations. In short, everything they do is to make their executive successful. “The best executive assistants are more than just assistants,” says Lindsay Hildebrandt, an Associate within The Execu|Search Group’s Office Support division. “Serving as an extension of the person they support, they know everything about them. They understand their executive’s working style, know their expectations, and remember the small things that make them tick. To build this type of relationship, however, there first needs to be a great deal of trust between both parties.” To reach this point as an administrative professional, you have to go above and beyond your job description. This initiative, combined with a few inherent traits, will enable you to become an irreplaceable assistant. Continue reading to learn about the characteristics of a top executive assistant: They anticipate needs: An exceptional assistant is able to address their executive’s needs, even before they are aware of them. This can either be something as small as ensuring they’ve eaten lunch before a big meeting, or something that can have a larger impact—like filtering distractions to keep the executive on track for meeting a deadline. A great assistant, in short, doesn’t need direction to increase productivity. They’re resourceful + adaptable: A great EA practices sound judgement. Knowing when and how to take action, they can respond to and resolve unexpected issues. Furthermore, they are able to juggle multiple tasks at once. If they have to quickly switch gears, they’ll see that their original task is still completed in a timely manner. They reflect their supervisor’s values: Considered a gatekeeper, an assistant must represent their executive in a positive and professional light. As a result, strong attention-to-detail, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a high level of discretion are all integral to helping the executive achieve their goals and make a strong impression on key contacts. They volunteer for special projects, while keeping the office running: Finding an individual to take on special projects or initiatives that don’t fall under a specific department is a common challenge for many companies. This is where a talented EA can step in. If a project is important, but the executive doesn’t have the headcount to devote to it, a rock star assistant will offer to take over. In a similar vein, this person will never consider a task “too small.” Whether it’s ordering a car or maintaining office inventory, they will happily carry out the task for the good of the company. They’re tech savvy: The role of an executive assistant has evolved over the years, and today, they do so much more than just answer phones and file paperwork. “Top admins can assist with a broad spectrum of work and contribute to complex projects, which often require a strong handle on technology,” explains Lindsay. “As a result, admins who are proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, and QuickBooks or Concur will find themselves in especially high demand.” They help build company culture: This is just another area where an assistant can make a significant impact. From organizing holiday parties and happy hours to setting up employee appreciation initiatives, they can help make the company a better place to work.
21 July 2017
The Execu|Search Group is excited to announce that we were recently named one of Florida’s Best Companies To Work For! The annual Best Companies list is featured in the August issue of Florida Trend magazine. One-hundred companies are ranked in small, medium and large employer categories. To participate, companies or government entities had to employ at least 15 workers in Florida and have been in operation at least one year. Companies that chose to participate underwent an evaluation of their workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The process also included a survey to measure employee satisfaction. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. “What’s clear from our list is that amenities like free lunch or a game room at the workplace are not the things that make a great workplace. Those amenities are just part of the way companies reflect their cultures — it’s the culture of the company and the company’s ability to hire people who understand and embody the culture that create a great workplace,” says Florida Trend’s Executive Editor Mark Howard. The Execu|Search Group, which has offices in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, ranked as #20 in the large employer company. With both office locations established in 2015 to provide on the on-the-ground support to our clients in Florida, we’ve built a strong reputation as a leading firm in this market. “A company is only as good as their employees, and all eight of our offices are comprised of the most talented people in the industry,” says Edward Fleischman, CEO of The Execu|Search Group. “We believe in teamwork, camaraderie, and hard work. These principles are deeply ingrained in our culture, which is why we do not define success by key performance indicators, but rather by the relationships we’ve built. This has allowed us to develop an environment where every employee, regardless of tenure, has the support they need for both personal and professional success.” The Execu|Search Group is a leading recruitment, temporary staffing, and workforce management solutions firm headquartered in New York City with additional offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Florida. Since opening our doors in 1985, our company mission has remained the same: to provide leading employers with the highest caliber talent while maintaining our commitment to integrity, honesty and responsiveness.
20 July 2017
As technology continues to have an impact on all companies, professionals are assessing how they can utilize these new capabilities in the workplace. This has led to an influx of work-from-home opportunities. While it may not be for everyone, working from home can sometimes lead to a happier work-life balance and can help some professionals be more productive during the work day. However, making the transition into a work-from-home employee can be challenging for everyone. In order to make the easiest shift possible, be sure to add these best practices into your routine: Commit to visiting the office Although technology allows you to access your work from almost any location, you’ll still want to occasionally come into the office. Doing this on a semi-regular basis will help you stay in the loop with what’s going on with company initiatives and help you collaborate with team members. Determine the environment that works best for you Working in an office environment isn’t for everyone, which is why working remotely can be a welcome change to your productivity! When you work remotely, your office can be just about anywhere. If you thrive in a busy but still quiet environment, you might find that a coffee shop is the perfect place for you. However, if you’re the kind of person who needs complete silence, a library or home office can be an optimal work situation for you. Remember, working remotely doesn’t mean being confined to your home; it’s all about finding the environment that is best for you. Become very schedule-oriented If you’re the type of person who isn’t disciplined when it comes to operating on a schedule, prepare to change that. When you work from home, with little to no supervision, it can be challenging to consistently meet your daily goals. If you’re going to start working from home, part of your preparation should be habitually making schedules every day. While you may be working in an environment that’s better for your overall productivity, a new setting will most likely produce new distractions. Because of this, you’ll want to outline exactly how you want your day to go and what you want to accomplish. Schedule “team time” While you may be happy with your new work environment, you might miss the congeniality between you and your colleagues. At least once or twice during each quarter, make time to go and hang out with your coworkers. Whether that is going to a happy hour or participating in another type of team-bonding exercise, you’ll want to spend time catching up with them in a less formal setting.
19 July 2017
Due to advances in technology, the demand for IT professionals continues to remain strong this year. With a projected growth rate of 15%, which is much faster than the national average according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this trend shows no signs of slowing down! “IT professionals in today’s market will find themselves at a competitive advantage when job searching,” says Steven Lustberg, a Senior Account Executive in The Execu|Search Group’s Fort Lauderdale office. “There are simply not enough talented candidates to go around, leading to the majority of candidates courting multiple offers at once.” For IT professionals, managing several job offers at once can be tricky. There are a variety of angles to consider when deciding between jobs, ranging from personal and professional preferences that best suit your needs. If you’re presented with more than one offer (which is a great problem to have!), consider the following: Responsibilities: As you look at multiple offers side by side, pay close attention to what your daily list of responsibilities will look like. “For some IT professionals, scope of work is a major deciding factor,” says Andrew Gumora, a Senior Staffing Manager in The Execu|Search Group’s Fort Lauderdale office. “IT roles can call for a lot from the professionals who fill them, and while some want to take care of a large, diverse responsibility set, others are much more comfortable with a very specific focus to drive their daily tasks.” Technology used: Depending on where and who you work for, the level of technology used can be different. As a result, closely assess the tech each company uses when making your decision. For example, if you are concerned about continuous professional development, you might want to ensure that the company is committed to using the most current tools, such as the newest servers and most up-to-date networking equipment. Schedule: For many IT professionals, working at unconventional hours isn’t an unfamiliar concept. That’s why you’ll want to put serious consideration into which schedule works best for you if you’re deciding between positions with radically different hours. Additionally, you may also want to discuss if the company will expect you to be on-call. If a company will rely on you to be available at all times, this is something you should feel comfortable with before you accept an offer. Location: Because you may be the only person at your company with the specific knowledge to carry out the job, you may be called upon to travel regularly, including when you aren’t scheduled to be in the office. If this is the case, be sure that commuting from home to work isn’t going to leave you exhausted. As you go through these factors to determine where you should choose to work, also be prepared to receive a counter offer from your current employer. However, while a counter offer may sound enticing in the moment, think twice before you accept. “Because the demand for IT professionals is as high as it is, companies are not only competitive when bringing on new employees, but retaining their current ones as well,” he explains. “While these counter-offers sound promising, a lot of people realize they’ve made a mistake within a year of accepting a counter offer. Unless your reason for leaving is being made solely with pay in mind, think long and hard about why you’re considering new opportunities before accepting a counter offer with your current company, because oftentimes, accepting a counteroffer can do more harm than good.”