02 October 2017
This is part of a series of testimonials from candidates who have successfully been placed by The Execu|Search Group. This testimonial comes from Daniel Perez; you can find our past testimonials here. After more than a decade in credit and collections, Daniel was laid off and in search of a new career opportunity. Shortly thereafter, he connected with Ashley Mejia, a Staffing Manager in the Execu|Search Group’s Temporary division, who was able to help him find a new role that same week. Enjoying his new role in Collections and Receivables, Dan was happy to speak with us: On his background… I have a dual background in computer science and accounting, and my road to credit and collections began in the 90s with a successful business in Dallas. Some of the roles I’ve had over the years include Inventory Control, Computer Operator, and Credit Manager. After more than 15 years in the field, I found myself laid off from the company I had been working for. On what he was looking for… Soon after I was laid off, I learned my daughter had a serious medical diagnosis. This accelerated my search for a full-time job as my fears for myself and my family were compounded. When opportunities weren’t coming up at first, I started to grow more and more anxious. However, it wasn’t too long before I got the call from Ashley. On how TESG worked to meet his needs… Once I started talking with Ashley about my goals, she became committed to helping me find a new job. She pointed out ways I could improve my resume and what questions I should be prepared for during the interview. She was very understanding and was extremely attentive to what I was looking for. Since she knew that I needed to find something quickly, she was constantly in communication with me to make sure I was prepared for everything. On preparing for the interview… Ashley asked me all the right questions about what I wanted to achieve, and from there was able to tell me what the interviewer would be looking for. With her knowledge of the company and the field, she knew exactly how I should respond to potential interview questions. Being able to anticipate what the interviewer was asking for gave me the confidence I needed to make a strong impression. On his overall experience… I was excited and relieved that I landed the opportunity, and I cannot overstate just how great Ashely was in preparing and helping me land this opportunity. I’m looking forward to this new position and where it takes my career! “Daniel was wonderful to work with,” says Ashley. “Throughout the process, he was very receptive to my advice and committed to landing this position. Based on his experience and interests, I think he’s really going to enjoy this new role!”
02 October 2017
If the recent Equifax data breach is any indication, cybersecurity is a growing concern for many companies. The hack, which compromised sensitive data belonging to 143 million users, has led many to question the company’s handling of the breach and whether they did enough to prevent it. “These cyber-attacks are quickly growing in number and severity, so most organizations are investing in stronger security measures to protect valuable company and customer information,” says Lisa Samson, a Senior Technical Recruiter within The Execu|Search Group’s Information Technology division. “These ever-evolving threats can impact every type of business, so we are seeing an increasing need for cybersecurity professionals across all industries. Unfortunately, the supply cannot meet demand—leaving many organizations vulnerable.” This talent shortage, however, presents new opportunities for professionals to break into cybersecurity or diversify their IT skills. For example, it’s been reported that the global cybersecurity workforce will have more than 1.5 million unfilled positions by 2020. This ultimately means that employers will need to expand their horizons when it comes to identifying talent. For example, IBM is one company that has partnered with local community colleges to develop curriculums and courses that are aligned with their hiring needs—particularly in cybersecurity. This also means that employers need to prioritize potential over experience when hiring, opening these positions to professionals who possess the character traits needed for success in this field: critical thinking, attention-to-detail, and proactivity. Whether you currently work in security or hope to make the transition, acquiring one of these in-demand cybersecurity certifications can help increase your professional marketability: Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA): This certification, which is primary designed for IT auditors, is a testament to your ability to ensure a company’s information systems are monitored and protected. Globally recognized as the industry standard, this certification gives you a competitive advantage over your peers when seeking new opportunities for growth. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP): Of the cybersecurity certifications one can attain, the CISSP is perhaps the most prestigious. Successfully meeting the strict requirements of this certification proves your ability to design, engineer, implement, and run an information security program. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM): If you are looking to build a successful career in information security management, having this designation can be a major asset. You’ll be recognized as an individual who can manage, design, and oversee an enterprise’s information security—something that can open a lot of doors in light of today’s landscape.