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Thought Leadership: Q1 2017 Marketing & Investor Relations Search Update

Filed under: Hiring, Insights, Thought Leadership

In the link below, please find our 2017 Q1 Thought Leadership piece, a reflection on the 2016 marketing landscape.

The intention of this paper is to summarize patterns witnessed throughout 2016 and forecast marketing and hiring trends for 2017.

Briefly, here is an excerpt…

  • Asset management experienced a rocky 2016, particularly for marketing hires. Due to record outflows of capital, uncertain markets over Brexit and the presidential election, and a lack of performance, it’s not unexpected that sales hires slowed dramatically.
  • As we see performance picking up again, and clarity around the political landscape, the firms who have strong marketers and well-packaged messaging will surely gain traction and exceed their peers, just as we’ve seen in prior cycles.
  • Private equity marketers are increasingly more expensive and they move a lot less, making the hiring market extremely competitive.
  • Hedge funds are constantly innovating and will always be hiring, whether it’s product growth or replacement. These firms tend to evolve quickly, as opposed to year over year.

Whether you or your company are seeking a recruitment partner to address your hiring needs, or you are looking for information on potential opportunities, we look forward to answering your questions.

Written by Alexis DuFresne

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How to Know You’re the Right Person for the Job – and Convince Others

Filed under: ambition, Hiring, Job Search, Professional Development

Being certain that you’re the right person for the job is as important for you as it is for the person potentially hiring or promoting you. It may be you’re going for a senior position or you may be just starting out in your career. You might be seeking an internal promotion, a transfer across the business or a new external role. In all circumstances, we need to be able to decipher if we’re the right person for the job. And then if we believe the answer is yes, to be able to convince the decision makers to come to the same conclusion.

Here are five ways we can know and convince others we’re the right person.

1. The job seems too hard. Whenever you have a choice, don’t go for a role that you can already do. Go for one that will be a stretch and force you to develop.

Click here to read the rest on Forbes >>

Thought Leadership: Marketing & Investor Relations Search Update

Filed under: Hiring, Insights, Societal Shifts, trends, Uncategorized

In the link below please find our Q4 Thought Leadership piece entitled Asset Management Marketing & Investor Relations; Hiring Insights for a Changing Landscape Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.

This paper is designed to update you on market movement, hiring insights, and the expansion of our Marketing & Investor Relations Search Practice here at Solomon Page.

Briefly, here is an excerpt from our Thought Leadership paper forecasting Q4 and 2017 hiring trends…

  • While the demand for client-facing professionals remains strong, we believe new marketing hires will be sector specific, as opposed to mass hiring, particularly systematic and private strategies.
  • There will likely be a continued decrease in consultant relations and product specialist roles, as firms will expect senior marketers to cover those responsibilities. Consultant relations and product specialist roles are expensive hires, and have the potential to be ultimately viewed as cost centers.
  • Junior and midlevel client-facing investor relations roles will continue to be a strong area for recruitment to support the senior hiring boom over the past two years, predominantly in credit.
  • Private strategies will likely become the focus in asset management recruiting for marketing roles, as the asset base is more stable, and investors are no longer shying away from locking up money.
  • Long/short equity hiring will make a comeback. There has been virtually no hiring in the space for the past 3 years, and turnover and retooling are inevitable.

Whether you and your company are seeking a recruitment partner to address your hiring needs, or you are looking for more color on potential opportunities, we look forward to answering your questions.

Written by Alexis DuFresne

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7 Body Language Mistakes to Avoid in a Job Interview

Filed under: Good Habits, Hiring, Interviews, Job Search

You’ve perfected your elevator pitch, can explain your greatest weakness, and know exactly where you want to be in five years. But have you studied your body language? If not, you could end up costing yourself a job offer.

Even talented candidates can torpedo their chances if they make certain body language mistakes during an interview, according to a recent survey of more than 2,500 hiring managers by job search website CareerBuilder. Fidgeting, a weak handshake, or a constant grimace can leave a bad impression and may even take you out of the running for the position. Combine those errors with other mistakes, like dressing inappropriately, swearing, or displaying an arrogant attitude, and you have a recipe for an interview disaster.

“Preparing for an interview takes a lot more than Googling answers to common interview questions,” Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder, said in a statement. “Candidates have to make a great first impression appearance-wise, have a solid understanding of the target company, know exactly how to convey that they’re the perfect fit for the job and control their body language.”

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Why do Employers Expect More of Entry-Level Employees than Ever Before?

Filed under: Behavior in the Workplace, Career Advice, Communication, Hiring, Societal Shifts

When Grinnell College senior Ham Serunjogi began his first internship at an environmental technology accelerator in 2013, he was shocked by how much was expected of him in his first days on the job, and how little school had prepared him for entering the workforce.

“In my first meeting with the executive director, he was asking me about what classes I had taken, and he asked if I had taken a database class in college, and I did, and he said, ‘Okay, good, then you can oversee this project of designing and implementing a new communication database for us,” he says. “That was the first time I was ever brought into a project I had little or no knowledge about, and was expected to deliver results.”

Serunjogi soon realized that there was an expectation for him to learn on the fly, and to make a meaningful contribution early on in his internship. And this past summer, Serunjogi began an internship at Facebook, where expectations were even higher.

“Facebook is a very fast moving culture,” he says. “There’s an expectation that you come in and you learn how to catch up with everyone else, otherwise you slow down the entire organization.”

According to a recent study by Harris Poll, commissioned by education-technology company Fullbridge, 27% of the 319 executives surveyed said they form an opinion of entry-level employees in less than two weeks, and 78% decide in less than three months whether or not that employee will be successful.

Click here to read the rest on Fast Company >>

Unemployment at 7-Year Low: Much Work to Do

Filed under: Feedback, Hiring, Job Search, Layoffs

The job market recovered in April after getting roughed up in March. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said 223,000 new jobs were added last month, matching consensus estimates. As it turns out, March was worse than initially reported-only

85,000 jobs were created, putting monthly job creation in the first quarter of 2015 at 191,000, down sharply from the average of nearly 260,000 in 2014.

The unemployment rate ticked down to 5.4 percent, the lowest level since May 2008. This time around, the unemployment rate slid for the right reason: 166,000 additional people entered the labor force and snagged jobs. The labor force participation rate (the number of Americans in the labor force or actively seeking employment) ticked up to 62.8 percent, near a 37-year low of 62.7 percent and within the narrow range of 62.7 to 62.9 percent for the past year.

Average earnings were up 2.2 percent from a year ago, up from 2.1 percent in March. But nearly six years after the official end of the recession, something exciting could happen: Americans may FINALLY get a raise! That’s a big deal, since according to Mohamed El-Erian’s comments at the LinkedIn FinanceConnect15 conference yesterday, most of the total income growth during this recovery has gone to the top 5 percent of earners. (I’ll have more from my interview with El-Erian later today!)

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5 Myths Debunked About Temporary Jobs

Filed under: Hiring, Insights, Job Search, Your Career

Despite its growing popularity, there are still some misconceptions about temporary jobs. The bottom line is that you should choose a job that suits you and your career needs. Don’t base your decisions on outdated myths.

Myth #1: Temporary jobs are mainly for administrative roles or low-level work.While it’s true that decades ago temporary staffing began with administrative and light industrial roles, today temporary jobs are found in a very wide range of industries and professions. For instance, a company that is going through a public offering may have a need to take on finance experts for a period of time. The work is not low-level at all, but is temporary by nature. Another company may be going through a hiring burst as a result of a move into a new area and wants to bring on HR professionals to help them through the transition. The work is temporary because it ends once the project is complete.

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