Resume Reconnaissance: What That Piece of Paper Is Trying to Tell You


HR professionals and hiring managers are often inundated and overwhelmed by the sheer volume of resumes they receive when searching for the perfect candidate to fill an important position within their company. After sifting through a pile of CVs to find the perfect blend of skills and background experience, assessing countless renditions of Professional Objectives and attempting to discern what intangibles a person might bring to the table, it can often be difficult to distinguish one professional from the next.

In our experience vetting thousands of candidates for C-level positions at top companies all over the world, we have found certain elements that are consistent across rewarding resumes, as well as clear red flags. Here are the resume components that spell success:

  1. A clear picture of the candidate. Does the resume you’re reading provide an articulate assessment of the candidate’s career trajectory? Does it demonstrate consistency, both in the candidate’s previous positions as well as their actions, i.e. being promoted within a company? A CV should convey a sense of compatibility and an adherence to a set of professional goals, even if the individual has followed an unconventional career path. 

  2. Facts over fluff. Can the candidate provide demonstrable numbers? “Brought in $3 milliion in new business” makes a much bigger impression than “People person with networking skills.”

  3. Endurance. While today’s job market is more transitory than before, it’s still crucial to look for longevity in a person’s professional past. If each of their previous positions lasted less than a year, it’s an indication that they have a tendency to leave before learning new skills or adding value for the employer. Loyalty still counts.

  4. Matchmaking. Does the candidate have the skills and expertise you’ve asked for in the job description or do you get the sense that they are sending resumes blindly? Just like in love, it helps to match profiles before meeting up in person.

  5. The value of outside experience. To really get a read on a potential employee, look for additional educational opportunities, volunteer work and other activities that further reveal and solidify their personality. 

A well-prepared resume should serve as an invitation to meet the candidate, however, it’s only the first step in the process. If you can pick up on nuances within those neatly formatted lines, you’ll have more success in setting up in-person interviews with candidates who will be a fortunate fit for your company and its culture and help you build your brand, further your efforts and meet your goals for the future. 

The recruitment specialists at 20/20 Foresight Executive Search have the advantage of also having worked in the fields we represent. These industry professionals inherently understand your company’s objectives and your hiring needs, allowing us to seek out candidates who have the background and skill set to succeed. In addition, our comprehensive vetting process, including in-depth aptitude and personality tests, builds a relationship and opens a continuous line of dialogue with qualified candidates, ensuring we only share with you the people who will not only have the most relevant expertise but will also be the most compatible fit for your team.

Find out how we can help you build your company to be its best by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100. 

20/20 Foresight’s Featured Search - July 2019

An established real estate private equity firm has partnered with 20/20 Foresight Executive Search to fill its Chief Executive Officer position based in its San Diego headquarters. 

As the cornerstone of this high-energy, team-oriented firm, the Chief Executive Officer role will work together with the Founder and Chairman, as well as senior leadership, to establish and drive both short-term performance as well as long-range company goals, investment strategy, plans and policies. The CEO will serve as the face of the organization, expanding brand awareness with capital partners, investors and the larger business community. 

This professional will work closely with the company’s Chief Financial Officer to implement and direct the firm’s fiscal function and performance, as well as the Chief Operating Officer to ensure effective and actionable reporting. As the team leader, the CEO will assume ultimate responsibility for the organization’s employees and compensation and will reinforce the firm’s existing success-driven, accountable and collaborative culture.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a minimum of 15 years’ experience in development and/or investment management in commercial real estate, as well as expertise in building and leading a dynamic organization. The ability to identify and drive opportunistic value at the asset or portfolio level, the skill of managing both private and institutional investors, and the capacity to analyze and negotiate complex transactions are of utmost importance to this prestigious position.

With a current portfolio in excess of 6 million square feet of properties with a valuation of more than $1 billion, this successful firm focuses on acquiring value-add and opportunistic real estate, unlocking embedded value in mispriced and special situation real estate transactions. A hands-on approach directed toward mitigating risk coupled with a focus on identifying opportunities that allow for significant value creation and upside potential are the keys to this highly regarded company’s success.

For more information about this position and other roles we are currently looking to connect with qualified candidates, complete the form to the right or contact our Senior Principal:

Glen Esnard

News You Can Use: June Jobs Report Bounces Back

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After a sizable slip in May, the June jobs report showed a marked improvement, with the largest gains in the professional and business services industries. Analysts (and employers) have a renewed (if somewhat subdued) sense of optimism leading into the Federal Open Market Committee later this month, with hopes that a potential downturn in the economy can be thwarted.

The recruitment specialists at 20/20 Foresight Executive Search are here to help you navigate the ups and downs of hiring in a volatile economic environment. Connect with us today by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100 to see how we can guide you to your next best hire.

Jobs Jump: U.S. Beats Expectations With 224,000 Jobs Added in June | Cheddar

20/20 Foresight’s Closed Search - June 2019

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This month, we’re highlighting a completed 20/20 Foresight search for a distinguished Chief Operating Officer position with a real estate private equity firm that is one of the fastest growing owners of single residential rental property in the country. Thanks to the firm’s rapid growth, its founders had an immediate need to find and implement an executive board that would steer the management of the company and drive the business to new heights of success.

Based in Atlanta with regional offices in strategic locations throughout the US, this esteemed firm is considered one of the pioneers of the single-family asset class. The company, which operates under an innovative fund model, oversees the complete lifecycle of every asset it owns -- from acquisition through exit, inclusive of portfolio and asset oversight, construction supervision and property management. Since its inception, the firm has overseen the acquisition, renovation and management of more than 4,000 single-family assets.

This newly established COO role is responsible for the management of several integral company departments, including Administration & Human Resources, Brokerage, Property Management, Construction, Maintenance and Technology. Working across all levels within the organization, the COO ensures all of the firm’s goals and values are met, including driving value through effective leadership, P&L management and innovative business strategies. As the firm’s founders gradually step away from day-to-day operations, the COO is at the helm of leading transformational change for the company and re-engineering and optimizing its management practices, tools and technologies.

The firm’s management team was seeking an experienced, well-rounded professional with proven property management expertise as well as someone who takes pride in providing exceptional customer care. Utilizing our award-winning proprietary executive search process and deep real estate industry knowledge, our recruitment team tapped into our global database of more than 100,000+ professionals to find candidates with both a wealth of real estate experience as well as strong leadership capabilities.

In a brief period of time, we sourced a top candidate and facilitated the interview process, ultimately leading to this individual’s relocation to Atlanta from New York City. This real estate industry veteran will now be leading the firm’s newly installed executive board in addition to managing operations, maintaining industry leadership, fostering top talent and guiding all departments to achieve company goals.

If you’re leading your company’s executive hiring team or are a candidate searching for your next career opportunity, learn more about our nationally recognized executive search process by filling out the form to the right or contacting our Managing Director:

Reid Behrens | 678.537.6928

News You Can Use: How to Tell if a Job Candidate Is Lying

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Call it innocent embellishment or flat-out fibbing, job candidates often inflate their resumes and interview answers to impress a potential employer. This insightful Fast Company article offers a few clues on how to suss out a job seeker who might be less than truthful on paper or in person.

Our recruitment experts and their industry-leading networks do the leg work of qualifying candidates for you, helping to ensure that only the top talent is reaching your Rolodex. Connect with the team at 20/20 Foresight Executive Search by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100.

How to Tell If a Job Candidate Is Lying | Fast Company

News You Can Use: What the May Jobs Report Means for Your Business

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All eyes are on the U.S. economy as a weaker-than-expected May jobs report signaled a sharp slow down. As trade tensions swirl, worker shortages continue and wage increases stagnate, what does this current economic state mean for your company's hiring goals as we reach the mid-point of the year?

Turn to 20/20 Foresight Executive Search for not only a best-in-class recruitment experience, but also industry insights. Our consultants are experts in the fields we represent, offering a unique perspective and inherent understanding of your company's needs, objectives and challenges.  

Weak U.S. Employment Report Raises Red Flag on Economy | Reuters

News You Can Use: April Jobs Report Promotes Continued Historic Growth


The U.S. economy added 263,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to a 49-year low in April, providing the stock market a shot in the arm and proving that the labor market can support growth without sparking inflation. 

How have your company's hiring goals changed in this historic economic climate? The 20/20 Foresight Executive Search team is here to help you with all of your recruitment needs, sourcing the world's top talent to take your business to the next level. Find out how we can work together by filling out the form at right or calling 708.246.2100.

Stocks Roar as Jobs Report Boosts Confidence | Crain's Chicago Business