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CROSSROADS OWNER, MITCH BECK INTERVIEWED

Here is the first part of a two part series where Crossroads Consulting, LLC‘s owner, Mitch Beck, was interviewed by Experteer.com about the recruiting industry and job seeking.

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10 reactions from Headhunters that you thought you knew but did not

We started a series on insights from Headhunters earlier this week, and today we have a few answers today, with a humorous twist for your application process, considering it is a fun Friday! Today’s insights come to us from Mitch Beck from Crossroads consulting. Crossroads Consulting, LLC is a full-service Employment Agency and Executive Search firm whose mission is to help people find genuinely rewarding employment and assisting companies find the dedicated professionals they seek.

  • What makes a headhunter, ‘successful‘?

The same thing that makes ANYONE successful. Ambition. Hard work. Mental toughness. Opportunity and, at least in my opinion, interpersonal skills.

  • What was the biggest candidate faux-pas you experienced?

I could write a book on this one… So many that it would be too lengthy to get into .The bottom line is to use your head folks. Be Smart. Think through what you are going to do when you get there and use a smidgen of common sense. You want to differentiate yourself from your competition, but you do not want to do it by being an idiot. Always treat every interview with all the seriousness and respect that it deserves. Answer the questions that come your way as directly as you are able. Smile. Be friendly. Look people in the eye when you are talking to them. Most important of all, DO NOT LIE! It is as simple as that.

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  • What do headhunters pay attention to, in terms of a candidate’s appearance?

REALLY? Do I really need to answer that question? Hmmm…let me think about that a moment? Okay… my answer… Breasts! People care about breasts. That is why they are the most often ordered piece of chicken, why a whole industry is built around them for women, why men go to the gym for endless hours and take supplements to get one… and why Pamela Anderson even had a career. Okay… I hope that you do realize I am joking. Recruiters are human beings. Let us stop right there in elevating them by thinking they are looking for something everyone else is not. They are not. They want to see a neat, clean and professional appearance just as the hiring companies do.

  • How do you identify high potential candidates for an interview?

We have discussed that several times. Some of it is instinct and the rest is presentation. Does the person come off energetic? Do they come across as friendly? Do they sound desperate? Is anyone still reading this? I am boring myself at this point. Be sincere and do your best. For the thousandth time, do not risk everything on one endeavor and put all hope of your future in some recruiter somewhere. Use them as another of the resources that you have available to you to get where you want to get to.

  • How should a potential candidate respond when they receive a call from a headhunter at their current workplace?

They should be in awe of my incredibleness. They should ask how they could properly worship me. Come on…they should be professional and friendly. If they cannot speak at that moment, just be honest and say so. Arrange a time when you can speak. All together now…treat others the way you want to be treated.

  • Which questions should a candidate never ask?

Another loaded question for a former comedian. Again, to me it is all common sense. I sound like a broken record (a skipping CD for those of you who have never seen a record) in that you should treat the interviewer not differently than you would want to be treated yourself. Use your head. Anything that would get you ruled out by offending the interviewer would be bad.

  • What is the one thing you particularly look for in a resume?

The most important thing is readability. Many programs out there allow you to do all sorts of fancy things with fonts and layout and all sorts of things to try to make your resume stand out. Many resume writers charge you a boatload of money and justify it by dressing up your resume into a work of art, but people lose sight of what a resume IS. It is an advertising piece. If you have too much on it, nobody will read it. If you have too little on it, they will not read it either. I ALWAYS recommend having multiple resumes that you customize for the particular job that you are applying. They MUST contain 100% of the truth, but gear the language on your resume to include the same keywords that the advertisement or the job description is using. The idea is to just, “Keep it Simple…” If you take one thing out of reading this piece, remember this… “A resume does not get you a job. It gets you an interview. A prepared,positive candidate is the one who gets a job.”

  • How do you  (headhunter) obtain a search mandate for a senior position from a company?

This is the most straightforward question to answer. YOU ASK FOR IT! You do not get what you do not ask for.

One of the rather humorous yet insightful interview we have had on Vantage Point so far. Thank you Mitch, you really do put the ‘human’ back in recruiting! We will back with another part of this interview about more topics related to headhunter and executive recruiter perspectives related to the job application process. Hopefully all our candidates aspiring for management jobs and executive positions can gain new perspectives through this series!

About Mitch Beck & Crossroads consulting LLC

Mitch Crossroad consulting executive recruiter and headhunter

In the fall of 1996 Mitch Beck was at a personal “Crossroads.” Alone and out of work he had to make a decision about his future. Mitch had spent 20+ years as an innovative Radio Personality & Comedian and had also worked on and off as an Executive Recruiter in the Employment industry since his childhood as his mother owned an Employment Agency. So Mitch decided that he wanted to add something he hadn’t had in his life in quite some time, no, not a date, but employment stability. So Mitch borrowed $5,000 from a friend, took out his 3 ring notebook filled with fresh ideas and dreams of success and Crossroads Consulting, LLC was born. Crossroads Consulting, LLC is a full-service Employment Agency and Executive Search firm whose mission is to help people find genuinely rewarding employment and assisting companies find the dedicated, hard-working professionals they seek.

PRITCHETT: FIVE PROVEN JOB SEEKER TIPS

Jobhunter_teenBY: Philip Pritchett

With the current ‘State of the Union,’ the job search can be as demeaning as ever.  With the number of jobs available being minuscule in comparison to the number of unemployed Americans, only those who employ a strategic approach to landing a job will do so.  While many unemployed Americans find their selves relaxing their efforts due to summer time activities, this is the perfect opportunity to make the most out of your job search.  USNews offered some tips on how to have a successful job.  There was some excellent advice in their piece, but here’s a bit more on it…

  1. Get started.  Studies show that the longer you’re out of work the harder it is to find.  Your best chances to land a new job are within 6 months of becoming unemployed.  I know it’s summer and you deserve a vacation, but don’t put your search on hold – doing so will make finding success in the future harder.  I suggest starting with your resume, and professional preparation can ensure that you have a success-based resume that’s up to date with today’s standards.
  2. Prepare for a marathon, not a sprint. One of the most common mistakes people make is rushing to apply for ideal positions without properly preparing, and when they don’t get the feedback they’d hoped for losing momentum.  Some people will land those first jobs, but most will not.  Prepare for a multi-month process and don’t let yourself become easily discouraged.  Professional recruiters like Crossroads Consulting, LLC can help you reduce the length of your marathon by preparing you for all of the obstacles job seekers face in today’s market.
  3. Market yourself.  Social media plays a big role in today’s job search.  Sites like LinkedIn, Monster.com, and even Facebook can play a major role in developing a professional profile easily accessible to employers looking to recruit top talent.  A well-constructed branding statement and elevator pitch are also crucial – if you can’t sell yourself, no one else can either.
  4. An internship can be very valuable.  This is the perfect time to intern.  Although most internship positions are unpaid, they do provide valuable experience that will enhance your resume.  For those looking to break into a field in which they have no experience, an internship can provide them with the exposure needed to do so.  It’s also a way many people can allow themselves to stay sharp and utilize their skills while searching for a new career.
  5. Always look for opportunities to network with others.  Even if it’s at a summer party, get to know people you’ve never met.  You never know, your next door neighbor could be looking for someone with your background, right now.  In-person networking is a vital asset to utilize during your job search.  You must always be on the lookout for opportunities to build relationships.  All job seekers should invest time in sharpening their skills and message before, during, and after their job search.

Taking the right approach is vital to your success in your job search.  Having a well thought out course of action that’s based on maximizing access to your profile through multiple platforms is also crucial.  Fortunately, there are resources available to help guide you through these steps, and others during your search.  Sending your resume to info@crossroadsconsulting.com should be your first step down your path to the career you’ve always wanted.

PRITCHETT: WHAT’S UP IN CONNECTICUT?

ctBY: Philip Pritchett

According to the State of Connecticut’s Department of Labor, last year marked another positive one for Connecticut’s job market as the state gained 14,300 jobs in 2013.  This was the third straight year with an increase after having lost 119,100 jobs in the recession between 2008 and 2010.   The latest addition to Connecticut’s job market continues to inspire job seekers who have now seen over half of the jobs lost during the recession recovered.

Six of Connecticut’s nine major industry sectors experienced growth in 2013.  Private sector increases lead the way, having recovered over 62.3% job lost to the recession.  The CDOL stated that the construction industry recovered 32%, transportation and utilities – 44%, and professional and business services regained 73.2%.  While the hospitality industry has yet to fully recover, it continues to add jobs at rate higher than pre-recession levels.  Even education and health services (one of few industries to not experience loss due to the recession) continue to add jobs at high rates.

With an economy that continues to show positive growth, Connecticut’s unemployment rates are lower than most of its New England neighbors.  The state’s dedication to providing quality opportunities to its citizens has paid off as real total personal income of State residents has steadily risen in the past four years.

Based out of, “The Constitution State,” Crossroads Consulting has maintained long-term relationships with some of the best employers in the area.  They’ve been helping New Englanders find careers in their respective industries for 20 years.  With services that include resume’ preparation, interview coaching, and contract negotiation, their team of professional recruiters has what you need to successfully navigate today’s hiring processes.  For consideration on any of the opportunities Crossroads Consulting might be currently working at filling, send our resume to info@crossroadsconsulting.com, and let them help you achieve your career goals.

PRITCHETT: NY JOB MARKET – DRAWING THE BEST OF THE BEST

nyBY: Philip Pritchett

NY’s Economy Attracts ‘Best of the Best’

According to Bohdan M. Wynnyk, Deputy Director of the Division of Research and Statistics, and the New York State Department of Labor, New York continues to experience record-breaking job growth in the private sector.

New York State’s economy continued to grow in May as it added 21,300 private sector jobs, reaching a new all-time high and outpacing job growth nationwide. This marked the 18th consecutive month of private sector employment gains. Our state’s jobless rate remained at 6.7%, its lowest level since late 2008,” said Wynnyk.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is credited with helping rebuild New York’s employment industry, having overseen the record growth of the last few years.  Since his inauguration on January 1, 2011, the New York State economy has added 466,000 private sector jobs, and experienced job increases in 36 of the last 41 months – including 18 consecutive months of growth in the private sector.

Over the past year, private educational and health services sectors experienced the most growth, adding +36,300 jobs to New York’s economy.  Professional and business services had the second largest increase in jobs with +30,100.  New York’s trade, transportation and utilities sector added +23,300, third most in the state.

Numbers like these are inspiring New York’s job seekers to prepare themselves like never before for this ultra-competitive job market.  This business mecca attracts the world’s top talent, and requires that you are not only highly-qualified, but that your application and resume also pass rigorous screening processes done prior to selecting candidates for interviewing.  Without a first-class resume, many highly-capable job seekers fall by the wayside.  Job seekers owe it to themselves to take advantage of every asset available when pursuing their next career.

With connections to major employers throughout the “Empire State,” Crossroads Consulting has all of the resources available to help you pursue a top-tier career.  Let their 20 years of experience in the greater NYC area provide you with an inside track to the position you deserve.  They’ll help you prepare your resume and even teach you how to successfully conduct yourself during an interview.  The job industry has changed significantly over the past few years; let them help you maximize your chances in this highly-competitive market. Send your resume to info@crossroadsconsulting.com, or call them at 203-459-9969.

PRITCHETT: UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS AND OVERCOMING THEM

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The unemployment rate continues to fluctuate. In this ABC News’ report, unemployment rates fell in 20 states during the month of May and there appear to be opportunities for those willing to put forth the effort to find them.

Though for those who are unemployed or trying to find new employment opportunities, it might not seem like it, but May was the fourth straight month of nationwide increases in hiring in the United States, however, individually many states continue to see an increase in the number of unemployment applications.  Applications for unemployment benefits increased in 32% of the United States (16) in May, and remained unchanged in another 28% (14).  That’s a combined 60% (30) of the United States still experiencing a major crisis on the job front.

According to the Washington Post, most of the states that are experiencing an increase in unemployment applications are due to layoffs, in a wide variety of fields.  Remember, none of these statistics include those who have given up seeking employment entirely. In states like California, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Florida, they continue to see unemployment numbers on the rise despite reports of a ‘national increase.’

If you experiencing your own employment crisis, have you done all you can to give yourself your best shot at the few positions that are available right now?

In business since 1996, a recruiting firm like CrossroadsConsulting.com offer a wide variety of services that can help you advance forward and find that new opportunity. For example, is your resume professional? By that, is it 2 pages or less? Are there grammatical and/or spelling errors? Is it formatted where things are easy to identify or do people need to really study your resume to get out of it what you were hoping they would?  Perhaps you need affordable Resume Preparation or even a professional opinion to help you with your upcoming job interview, or maybe some advice to assist in you in negotiating a reasonable pay rate.

Remember that recruiting firms that have been around for any serious length of time will have a strong network of relationships with companies throughout the United States, who quite often, know about unadvertised, or open positions that the general public are unaware of.

Should you wish to reach out to Crossroads Consulting, you can do so at Info@crossroadsconsulting.com.

“Hello, Hello, Hello………Is There Anybody In There?”

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailBY: Philip Pritchett

According to a report from ABC News, the US Labor Department, unemployment rates fell from 6.7% in March 2014 to 6.3% in April 2014.  Nationally, 288,000 jobs were created, making April’s increase in hiring the biggest increase of the last 2 ½ years.  Still, in this report, many job seekers are unable to find jobs that they want.  More often than not, many are also unaware of resources available to help them land their dream job.

With today’s job market as competitive as ever, getting your resume in the hands of the hiring manager can be the biggest challenge.  Timing is key in this process, and having a network of professionals who are familiar with the industry, and companies within it is a must.  A professor of mine at Florida State University once told me that applying for a job that had been posted for more than 3 days was a, “waste of time.”   Take a look around, most job postings you’d probably be interested in are well over 3 days old.   Thus, the process of looking for a job, even when well-qualified, can be a pretty intimidating obstacle.  How often do you see a job posting that’s perfect, but it’s two weeks old?  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a team of experts on your side?

Fortunately, an employment agency like Crossroads Consulting is available to help, “Put the human back in human resources.”   Perhaps the world’s most unique Executive Recruiting agency, Crossroads Consulting’s goal is to decrease the unemployment rate however they can.  With over 50 job placements available, they have something for everyone.  They will help you write your resume, get you ready for your interviews, and even prepare you for salary negotiations.

Whether you’re unemployed or just unsatisfied with your current employer, Crossroads Consulting can help.  They have all the connections needed to help you land your dream job.  The quest to find a rewarding career can be a lonely one.  Shouldn’t you have an expert on your side?  Send them your resume, TODAY, at info@crossroadsconsulting.com, or give them a call at (203) 459-9969; you’ll be glad you did!

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TIME TO SAY THANK YOU AND GOODBYE

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailBY: Adam Gavriel

Allow me to paint you a picture, if I may.

The year is 2011. This blogger is a junior at the University at Buffalo, and it is March. With junior year coming to an end, he has no concrete leads on an internship that may spring him into the professional world. All he has is his New York Rangers blog and Twitter account that he runs on the side as an experiment, and for fun.

What I was able to do with my New York Rangers blog and Twitter account (as a suggestion I’ve even offered to the readers here a few times) was make connections.

Enter into the picture, Mitch Beck, President at Crossroads Consulting, and manager of Howlings.net – a website dedicated to the Rangers’ AHL and ECHL minor league affiliates.

Mitch and I would converse via Twitter about the Rangers on a near daily basis. Finally, in that same month of March, I worked up the courage to see if Mitch might have an internship with Howlings.net where I could contribute anything at all. What Mitch ended up offering me was such a fantastic opportunity that would change my life forever.

I remember like it was yesterday. Mitch direct messaged me his phone number and e-mail address and we immediately got to talking. He told me about Crossroads Consulting, the company that keeps Howlings.net rolling, and we began discussing how I could contribute.

Very quickly, we worked it out where I could contribute to Crossroads Consulting as a marketing intern. Managing the blog here at OutOfOurMinds.net and the Twitter account for the company. This all began in April 2011, just a month after first reaching out to him.

In time, Mitch had even put his trust in me to become an entry-level recruiter with the organization, helping readers like you get placed into their dream job.

From day one, working with Mitch and Crossroads Consulting have been nothing short of revolutionary and life changing for me. My internship here with Crossroads Consulting has led to so many other opportunities and it’s all because of the trust Mitch placed in me, and the work he allowed me to tackle with his own company.

Despite the fact that Mitch always knew that my end game was more in the marketing realm, and less in the recruiting industry, he never let that affect the way he treated me as an employee. Mitch never hesitated to challenge me in new ways, or teach me new things about the company and the industry that would help me grow my skills as an employee to not just be more valuable to Crossroads Consulting, but to any firm that may come knocking.

Now, nearly three years after starting my professional work career with Crossroads Consulting, my time here is coming to an end, as I begin down a more marketing path professionally.

Crossroads Consulting and Mitch will never be far from my heart and my mind as I continue down my professional path. Knowing I owe a lot to this man and his company, it’s something I’ll never forget – and even more – hope it is something that I can pay forward in the future.

Mitch, I am forever in your debt. Thank you for giving me an opportunity when no one else would. It meant the world to me sitting in my apartment in Buffalo, just as much as it does – if not more – typing this at my home today. I’m so glad we had the opportunity to connect on a personal and professional level. Please never hesitate to reach out in the future if there is anything that I can help with. I look forward to continuing our relationship. Thank you for being the best, and most helpful boss I have ever worked with.

I know Mitch is currently looking to add executive recruiters to the Crossroads Consulting staff. I can’t recommend working with Mitch and Crossroads Consulting enough. If you’re looking to work in the recruiting industry, or you have a strong sales background and are looking for a new challenge, there is absolutely no better place to get going. I have no trouble saying it will immediately be seen in your eyes as one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.

Thank you.

(Editor’s note: Adam – I was VERY touched and moved by this and I GREATLY appreciate the kindness, but truly it was a pleasure to watch you grow. You’ve been an invaluable part of my company and you’ll be EXCEPTIONALLY hard to replace. I’ll miss you and I thank YOU for all you’ve done for me, my family and my company)

 

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