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Are You Ready to Take Control of Your Future?

Posted by Jeff Schonberg on Fri, Mar 18, 2016 @ 14:03 PM

The corporate life isn’t for everyone, especially those who dream of one day owning their own business. One of the biggest attractions of owning your own business is the ability to control your future. When you’re calling the shots and doing the necessary work, you are in control of your success.

 At FPC our franchisees have the satisfaction of owning their own business and shaping their future while also knowing they aren’t going it alone. Using our proven system and support, their futures look very bright! 

“I love that there’s unlimited earning potential with FPC. No one is going to cut your salary or split your territory because you’re making too much money. So, the more you put into this business, the more you get out of it. You control your destiny, and you build your future.”
Dave Singer
FPC - Raleigh, NC
 
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Topics: Career Change, Franchise Owner, Career Paths, Career Advice, franchise, Franchise Opportunity, be your own boss, own your business

How to Use Your Network to Build the Business You’ve Been Dreaming Of

Posted by Jeff Schonberg on Fri, Mar 4, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

Part of being a successful businessperson is building a comprehensive business network. This is a compilation of all of the professionals you’ve done business with at different companies. It’s a list of specialized individuals you know you can reach out to for ideas, resources, etc. The power and importance of this list that has taken you years to compile can’t be understated.

Your business network can also be used as the springboard for launching your own business.

“When I first started my FPC franchise I tapped into my corporate network I had built over the years. That was really beneficial in building my business and for finding opportunities I wouldn’t have known about had I not reached out to these contacts. My business has grown steadily over the years, and it all started with my existing corporate network as the foundation.”

Gilly Hitchcock
FPC Franchisee – Bangor, ME
 
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Topics: Career Change, Career Paths, Buying a Franchise, Second Career, Career Advice, franchise

Work Life Balance

Posted by Jeff Schonberg on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 @ 14:02 PM

 The Secret to Controlling Your Time is to be Your Own Boss

 The path to self-employment has at its core a desire to call the shots and decide how you’ll manage your time between work and play. No one knows this better than our FPC franchisees.

FPC Franchisees Know When You Own the Business, the Business Doesn’t Own You.

I have a 3-year-old, so I have to make balance a priority. I am able to get things done at work and in my personal life because the nature of this business is so flexible. Some calls are better to be made at night, so that frees up time during the day. I also make sure all of my recruiters work to find balance too.

Cathy McIssac
FPC - Arlington Heights, IL

Just like anything else in life, you get what you put into your business. And, this industry is really set up to help you find a good balance between work and play because the hours you work can be flexible. I make sure I’m always accessible, and I fit tasks into my schedule. Everything gets done, and I have time to enjoy life! 

 Mark Northrup
FPC – Grandville, MI

Technology has been a game-changer, enabling me to work from anywhere and making it much easier to fit in work and personal time. The flexible nature of this business makes it perfect for anyone looking to achieve a healthy work/life balance.

 Dave Singer
Raleigh, NC
 

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Topics: Career Change, Franchise Owner, midlife career change, Career Advice, be your own boss, work life balance

Your Job Search is a Bare Knuckle Fight! Part 2. Hard-hitting Interview Tips.

Posted by Jeff Herzog on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 14:02 PM

Last month we launched part one of our new eBook, “Your Job Search is a Bare Knuckle Fight. The FPC Recruiters’ Guide to Winning!” In it we shared tough advice about what it takes to get a job in this continuing difficult business climate. your job search is a bae knuckle fight part 2

The information in part one was intended to help you organize and implement an effective job search, the way we recruiters do it. And that’s much different than how outplacement services and job coaches tell you to go about it.

If you’ve read part one and taken it to heart, you’re well on your way to lining up some juicy interviews. That’s where part two of the Bare Knuckle Guide comes in. We believe that the interview advice most people get is way too soft and way too generalized.

As recruiters, we’re preparing candidates for interviews every day – and seeing the results of how those people actually handle themselves in the interview situation – for better or worse. We know what lands the job – and what lands you on the mat.

We’ve dug into our experience to share with you real world anecdotes about both successful and unsuccessful interview moves. Some come from interviewees. Some come from hiring managers. Some come from job search industry leaders.

Among many other important lessons, you’ll learn why:

  • You must be respectful to every person you meet in the interview process regardless of their position
  • The couch in the waiting area is off limits
  • Showing off your knowledge of the company can work against you
  • Your language must be very, very specific

Part two of the Bare Knuckle Guide also explains why you may need to act as your own recruiter and how to do for free what we do for a fee.

It’s hard enough to line up interviews for promising positions. Especially if you’re listening to and trying to follow the ‘rules’ we tell you about in part one – the ones that don’t work if you want to be employed.

When you finally do get a chance to sit down with a hiring manager at a company you really want to work for, you have to know how to assess whether the opportunity is as good as you think it is – and, if so, how to close the deal. This is particularly important for senior executives who have been out of work for six months or more and are stressing out about how to pay the bills and the kids’ college tuitions.

In writing this eBook, I put my heart into sharing some of the professional techniques that I and my fellow FPC recruiters use to help our job candidates build solid careers. It really kills me to see talented, experienced men and women going through long, painful periods of unemployment – especially when it’s unnecessary.

When we launched part one of the eBook last month, I said that the advice is blunt and that some of the activities won’t feel comfortable at first. But you owe it to yourself to push the limits a bit if it means getting back to work.

If you haven’t read part one yet, there will be opportunities when you download part two to get it. Look for links on the download page and also right within the part two pdf. We tried to have some fun in putting this eBook together with lots of boxing references and vintage images. It helps to smile when things are rough.

Enjoy both parts of the Bare Knuckle guide. Feel free to get in touch to let us know how it’s working for you. And if you start to think that this recruiter stuff might be fun as your next career, you’ll be right. It can also make you a darn good living – especially if you do it as the owner of an FPC Executive Recruiting franchise. It’s an incredible way to leverage your past experience and industry contacts, while taking control of your career at a time when corporate careers are increasingly risky.

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Topics: Changing Careers, Career Advice, Interview Tips, Job Search Advice

Changing Careers? How to make a better choice this time around.

Posted by Jeff Herzog on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 @ 14:11 PM

Most visitors to our website and blog, and everyone we meet with who eventually becomes an FPC executive recruiting franchise owner is changing careers. Eighty-five percent of our owners have never before been recruiters. Most have come from the corporate world and industry. Even those who have recruited in the past have worked for a recruiting firm and never owned their own company. Those who have owned businesses have not owned a franchise. Changing Careers - How to make a better choice

Every one of these career changers went through a circuitous and sometimes tortuous path to find the right next step for themselves. By the time we meet them they’ve usually done quite a lot of exploration. Even so, becoming a recruiter wasn’t necessarily on the radar screen, so we try to help them assess whether our offer will be a good fit for their personal, financial and lifestyle needs.

To that end, we have a real interest in reading what others have to say about making good career choices. Today, we want to share with you an insightful article from On Wall Street that offers some good steps to follow on the path to your new career. After you read the article, please share some of the steps you’ve taken in planning you career in the comments.

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Topics: Career Change, midlife career change, Changing Careers, Career Advice

Post Labor-Day Career Advice: Make it Happen vs Let it Happen

Posted by Jeff Herzog on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 @ 12:09 PM

Labor Day marks the start of the business season. Lazy, hazy days of summer are over. Vacations are behind us and have hopefully re-charged our batteries. If we’ve used summertime as an excuse to lay back on our career pursuits, it’s time to look reality in the face. Career Advice - Make it Happen

While you were in summer mode, did any great opportunity somehow find its way to your door? My experience leads me to say, “Probably not.” I’m working on an eBook that we’ll be publishing in the near future, but one part of it is very appropriate to this time of year, so I’ve decided to use this post to give you a preview – and some career advice that has worked for me.

Out of work and looking for a job? In a dead end job and looking for a new one that will get your juices flowing? Seeking the promotion you deserve? Finally, seriously considering starting your own business? Whatever you’re trying to accomplish in your career, this one’s for you.

Why you can’t just let it happen

The number one element of success – or failure -- is how you perceive and feel about you. This definitely applies when it comes to your career moves.

Feeling that the world owes you a job or a promotion or any other workplace reward is a self-defeating idea. So is the idea that if you’re patient, something will come along.

In effect, such attitudes lead to a passive approach. You’re going to wait for – and expect – opportunities to come your way. When they don’t, you’re set up for disappointment. You feel defeated and angry at the world. This is not a good place to come from if you want to succeed.

Face the facts

The reality is that no one cares about you but you! And if you want to succeed, you have to take charge of the process. Once you recognize and accept that the future is in your hands, you put yourself in control. This fosters the sense of confidence you’ll require.

Without self-confidence, the future can seem like a place of terror where fear can prevent positive action. With self-confidence, the future becomes a land of boundless opportunity – limited only by your imagination. In order to make things happen in your life, you must adopt the latter point of view.

I was fortunate to understand that it was up to me to build the life I wanted early in my career. Getting every job I’ve held, starting my own company and becoming an owner of FFC all happened because I pursued these goals with passion, confident that I had a lot to bring to the table. From my experience, what I’m sharing with you works.

But you don’t have to take just my word for it. Norman Vincent Peale, the multi-million-selling author of The Power of Positive Thinking said, “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”

Career Advice - Take ControlMaking it happen

Even more, I like the late tennis star Arthur Ashe’s take on the role of confidence: “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”

As an executive recruiter and franchise owner, my daily mantra is, ‘Plan and prepare’. Planning includes establishing goals and setting out steps to reach them. The engine that drives us to our goals is commitment. Preparation makes it easier to stay on track. Planning and preparing is a great confidence builder. Can you begin to see that these elements contribute to a continuous loop of career success?

Once you start to build the confidence to forge ahead toward your goals, you’ll feel more comfortable departing from conventional wisdom – which is often what it takes. When I speak to groups of job seekers, I tell them not to look for job postings and then email their resumes and see what happens. That does not represent sufficient action to get a job in the current environment. I tell them to look for companies they want to work for and then make a plan to get there.

The plan is sure to include some activities that may not be entirely within your comfort zone, but if you keep your own value and the ultimate reward in mind, you can do it. This post is designed to give you an initial sense of the mind set you must cultivate if you’re going to build the career and life you want.

In the eBook I’ll be sharing a lot of details about how to plan and execute your next career move. It will offer job search and career advice that you probably never heard before – based on the proven techniques that FPC recruiters use to place candidates in great jobs and my own philosophy of creative self-resilience.

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Before you go, please share your thoughts on self-confidence and the role it’s played in building your career.

Topics: Career Change, Executive Recruiting, midlife career change, Changing Careers, Job Search Tips, Career Advice

Career Paths: Wisdom from 36 Years as a Franchise Owner

Posted by Ron Herzog on Thu, Aug 8, 2013 @ 10:08 AM

This is part two in a five-part series about the career paths that led some top executives into franchise ownership. These owners are part of our FPC executive recruiting franchise network, but their stories have broad application for others seeking a new direction.Career Paths from Employee to Franchise Owner

What motivated these owners to consider leaving the corporate world? What options did they explore? Why was franchising appealing? How did they choose a franchise company?

Meet Bob Shanley

Today we’re sharing wisdom from Bob Shanley of FPC of Houston, who has been a franchise owner for 36 years. In fact, he is one of the longest-term owners in our 40-year history of franchising. His franchise has always been a family affair and his older son Bobby currently handles day-to-day operations. We spoke with Bob from his second home in Colorado, where he enjoys more time these days.

“I was 35 years old living in New Jersey with my wife Suzanne and our three kids. I had become a very successful executive for a large corporation in the chemical field. A few things came together to make me think about a change. First, I felt that I was being insufficiently rewarded for my contributions to the company. Second, a big bond issue for the schools in our town was shot down and we were concerned about our kids’ education if we stayed there. Third, an FPC recruiter called me about a great job in Massachusetts.”

Bob recognized that the culture at the potential new company wouldn’t be a good fit for him, but the wheels of change were now set in motion.

“I knew my field and how business operates and had lots of energy, so we started looking around at options besides getting a new job – from buying a McDonald’s franchise to owning a ranch. We explored different locations to see where we wanted to continue raising our family. Bottom line, I determined that I wanted a business that built on my past experience and where the reward was tied to performance.”

Bob had told the FPC recruiter to keep him posted about opportunities – especially in the South. The recruiter – knowing that he was exploring many options suggested he consider an FPC recruiting franchise.

“It seemed logical, so I met with the FPC folks in New York City and there was a buzz about the place that really impressed me. We felt that we’d be more successful with the support of people who really know the recruiting business, and we had choices about where to relocate.

“I liked the idea of recruiting in the chemical and energy sector, which I knew so well. We looked at Houston as a location for our business, since all the big energy and chemical companies are there and found that both the business and family environment in Texas suited us.”

After their intensive recruiting training in New York, Bob and Suzanne opened their office together.

“I worked a recruiting desk and Suzanne ran the office operations for the first few years. My younger brother graduated from college and decided to move down and work with us. He’s been with us for 35 years and recently received a plaque from FPC Corporate for production and commitment to FPC. Our kids came and worked in the office during the summers and grew up in the recruiting business.”

Sadly, the Shanleys lost their daughter to leukemia when she was 16, but both sons became recruiters. Bobby, as mentioned, runs FPC of Houston and also worked in legal staffing for a time before returning to the family business. Younger son Charles also worked in the business.

“It’s wonderful to have given our sons a career path that they both find rewarding.”

Today the company has nine employees – seven recruiters and two support staff.

Joys of Recruiting

Here are Bob Shanley’s top three reasons for loving the recruiting business. He says:

1.      This is a win-win-win business.

·         The client company is thrilled that we’ve filled a critical position with the right talent

·         The candidate has a new job and a whole new career phase to look forward to

·         FPC of Houston gets a good financial reward plus the personal satisfaction of having helped the company and the candidate

2.      It provides a hidden annuity. If you do a good job, companies and candidates come back to you and recommend you over many years.

3.      It’s recession proof. When we started, engineers were earning $17,000 right out of school and we made 25% placing them in jobs. Today engineers out of school earn $85,000 and we make 25%. There aren’t too many businesses like that.

Tips from a Franchise OwnerBob’s #1 Secret of Success

“The key to building a successful business is to hire great people, treat them very, very well and keep them through good times and bad. We want it to be next to impossible for people to want to leave us. We not only provide excellent, comprehensive benefits, but in a business where cash can ebb and flow, we help them to smooth out their income stream. We have a culture of loyalty and team work that has resulted in tremendous longevity. Recruiters have been with us for 30+ years and our office manager has been with us for 28 years. This is good for our clients, too.”

About Picking a Franchise

“Be sure you understand the value equation. We felt comfortable enough that we started with a 20-year franchise agreement. When it was almost up, my lawyer asked if I thought I still needed to pay franchise fees on what were very significant revenues, or if we wanted to go it alone and save the fees. There was no question for me that I wanted to stay with FPC for the next 20 years. They support us every day and I still feel that the value’s there. We get what we pay for and wouldn’t be the same company without FPC.”

About Starting a Business

“It takes a lot of energy to start and run a business, so be honest with yourself about whether you have it or not. I was 35 and had lots of energy. I’ve seen folks in their 40s and 50s get really re-energized by their businesses, but it’s important to put the energy factor into the equation.”

Although he is semi-retired, Bob is still very much involved in the business, although he approaches it a bit differently now.

“I still love working a recruiting desk. Recently, I jumped in to help my son make a placement while he was on vacation. I closed the deal between a company and a candidate who was in Europe from the top of a mountain in Colorado. It feels great at this stage to be able to work as much or as little as I want to and know that I’ve built something that my kids can take into the future if they choose to.”

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Topics: Career Change, Franchise Owner, Career Paths, Career Advice