From the rise of skills-based hiring to the end of the Great Resignation and the meaning and momentum behind the #SeptemberSurge, the evolution of how, when, where, and why we work continued to unfold in 2023. As we usher in 2024, job seekers once again find themselves standing at the threshold of a dynamic and evolving job market. With technological advancements, changing economic landscapes, and shifting workplace trends, the coming year promises both challenges and opportunities for those seeking new professional horizons.
That’s where a skillful executive marketing and job finding team with extensive career consulting experience combined with deep industry expertise comes in to help guide the entire job search process and ensure success.
We’re optimistic about what the new year holds for ambitious job seekers. But first, as we round out 2023 and look ahead to 2024, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the year that was and some of our companies’ proudest executive marketing achievements to serve as inspiration for your own career pursuits.
20/20’s 2023 in Review
Throughout 2023, our executive marketing & job finding program was placing executives in coveted positions around the country. With too many success stories to list here, we will just name few highlights:
- An experienced financial executive with diverse expertise in commercial credit, private equity, financial advisory and FinTech platforms accepted a position as a Senior Vice President of Underwriting & Portfolio Management with a multinational financial services company. But that’s not all – his base compensation exceeded his goal by 100 percent.
- A finance and accounting executive with 25+ years of public company experience in the real estate space accepted a position as Chief Operating Officer of a large privately held industrial owner/operator.
- An experienced asset management, property management, and corporate operations executive with 20 years of private and public company experience accepted a position as a Chief Operating Officer with a prominent, vertically integrated development company.
We simultaneously strengthened our infrastructure bringing on new consultants with industry expertise so that our clients continue to receive personalized one-on-one career guidance that other programs cannot match. We also continued to invest in our industry-leading database and digital platform which allow us to market our exceptional clients to the all right decision-makers.
As insightful and celebratory it is to look back, we’re optimistic and energized for what the year ahead holds for prospective job seekers and for the executive marketing and job finding industry. Here we’d like to share some takeaways with you as you determine what’s next for your career trajectory in 2024 and beyond.
What Does 2024 Hold for the Employment Outlook?
How can prospective candidates stay ahead of the curve in today’s jobs market? Adapting to changing workforce dynamics, strategically upskilling and reskilling, and embracing flexibility are all key to navigating this evolving landscape successfully. With a proactive approach and a commitment to continuous learning, job seekers can position themselves for success in the year ahead and beyond.
Here we present the top 5 need-to-know factors to supercharge your job search in 2024:
1. Embrace technological literacy: In today’s digital world, job seekers must take charge of and advance their technological literacy. Develop a proficiency in relevant software, tools, and platforms within your industry. This will not only make you more attractive to employers but will also enhance your ability to adapt to the rapidly changing work landscape.
2. Enhance soft skills: While technical skills are increasingly important, balancing them with soft skills such as empathy, communication, and leadership becomes even more essential in long-term career success. Employers value candidates who possess effective decision-making, collaboration, adaptability, and problem-solving skills. Focus on improving these attributes to stand out in interviews and workplace environments. Online courses, workshops, and networking events can all be valuable resources to hone your soft skills.
3. Build a strong online presence: In the online age, your digital presence plays a pivotal role in your job search. Ensure that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date with a professional photo, comprehensive work history, and endorsements. Consider creating a personal website or an online portfolio showcasing your achievements, projects, and skills. This not only helps potential employers find you but also allows you to demonstrate your expertise and uniqueness.
Networking has always been vital in job hunting, and in 2024, social media continues to be a powerful tool for building professional connections. Actively participate in industry-related discussions and join relevant groups on LinkedIn. Engaging with professionals in your field can open doors to opportunities, provide valuable insights, and expand your network.
4. Stay informed about industry trends: The job market is highly dynamic, with industries evolving to meet new challenges. Attend webinars, conferences, and read industry publications to stay informed about the latest trends, advancements, and changes in your field. Demonstrating knowledge about current industry trends during interviews showcases your commitment to professional development.
5. Develop a growth mindset: Embrace a growth mindset to navigate the uncertainties of today’s job market. Reframe challenges as opportunities to learn and grow. Continuous learning is key to staying competitive. Consider pursuing certifications, attending workshops, or enrolling in online courses to acquire new skills and stay relevant in your industry.
Is This Your Year to Transform Your Career?
As we continue to collectively shape the future of work in an era of constant disruption, professionals should take heart: People are an organization’s greatest asset. If you’re currently in a role where you feel undervalued or like you’ve hit a career dead end, this may be the time for you to make a major transition. Partnering with a professional executive marketing service will be your smartest move yet.
With our industry experience and insights, 20/20 Foresight is uniquely positioned to help candidates maximize their job-seeking efforts. We work with you hand-in-hand to develop your personal branding campaign, polish and perfect your résumé and digital persona, expertly coach your interviewing skills and — most impactfully — connect you with the top recruiters and hiring managers at the companies where you want to work.