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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.

If you’re wondering what it’s like to leverage your past experience and contacts in a new career as an FPC franchise owner, please download our popular recorded webinar, “A Great Career Option You May Never Have Considered.” It’s free! Enjoy the article!

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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.

We’ll be announcing the launch of the new eBook here, so if you’d like to get it when it comes out, just subscribe to the blog. Type your email address into the field at the top of the right column and you’ll get our posts delivered to your inbox weekly.  

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

Changing Careers: 4 Ways to Give Fear the Boot

Posted by Jeff Herzog on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 @ 18:07 PM

If you’re like most people faced with a job search or career transition, you’re suffering from metathesiophobia. Simply put, that’s fear of change. If you give in to this fear and let it affect your planning and actions, then you’re not only battling external economic and workplace conditions, you’re also battling yourself.

Whether we’re working with men and women considering buying an FPC executive recruiting franchise and becoming employers, or we’re counseling job seekers on how to land their next career we often see fearfulness. After all, it is a natural response to any feeling of threat. And change can certainly seem threatening.

It’s part of our job as both franchisors and recruiters to empower the potential franchisees and job candidates who come to us. In both situations we provide tools and training designed to help them to overcome fear of change and move forward with confidence.Changing Careers - Overcome Fear

To clarify, we’re not saying that change is easy and that it doesn’t have its ups and downs. Successful change requires realistic expectations. Almost certainly, it will not happen overnight. However, change is totally do-able and, with the right mindset, always leads to personal growth.

Here are four things to consider:

1. Be your own best friend. Spend some time reflecting on where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’d like to go. Focus on your strengths, both professional and personal. Acknowledge your weaknesses.

This process will help you to create realistic goals and a workable plan for reaching them. Most important, it will help you to identify and emphasize what you like and admire about yourself and make you likeable and admirable to others. Get passionate about who you are and what you have to offer.

2. Identify possible destinations. What do you do when you’re planning a vacation? You think about what you’d like to experience, whether you want rest and relaxation or a fast-paced, exciting tour. You think about the places you’ve always wanted to see. You look at your budget and the amount of time you can be away. Then you pick a few possible destinations for further exploration.

All in all we plan vacations with enthusiasm, curiosity and a positive attitude. There’s no reason why we can’t think of changing careers the same way.

When we work with job candidates we tell them, “Don’t pick a job. Pick a company.” If you explore the possible destination, determine its desirability and can picture yourself there – productive and happy – you can then build a plan for getting there.

Many of our franchise owners have had business ownership as one of their possible destinations. They may not have known exactly what kind of business, but it was an option open to exploration – and it led them to our door and a successful new career.

3. Find and use proven techniques. A sign of confidence is knowing when it’s smart to find help. One way to dispel fear of change is to enlist those who can help you minimize risks and smooth the transition into new territory.

For example, as recruiters we coach job candidates on proven techniques for every step of their job search and give them inside tracks to their destination companies.


As franchisors, we offer owners who have never been in recruiting a proven process for success. Recently our newest franchisee, who’d been in business for less than a month, reported how excited he was that the training he received was already opening doors for him.

4. Kill fear with action. Set your daily, weekly and monthly goals and do what it takes to reach them. Ten calls a day? Make them without fail. Research five new companies a week? Don’t settle for four. Visit with four business or franchise owners each month to benefit from their experience? Why not make it five or six and reach your goal even faster.

We see these steps work time and time again. We hope this information and the examples in this post will give you confidence in changing careers.

Thanks for sharing your tips for giving fear of change the boot!

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

5 Unconventional Job Search Tips from an Executive Recruiter

Posted by Jeff Herzog on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 @ 22:07 PM

Many of the men and women who visit our website and read our blog are exploring a number of career options – including getting a new job. Some of our visitors will become interested in owning an FPC executive recruiting franchise. But for the visitors who primarily want another great job, we want to make your visit worthwhile, too.Job Search Tips - Be Different

While we are a franchise company, first and foremost we’re executive recruiters passionate about what we do. So, we’d like to share some unconventional job search tips that may very well put you ahead of the competition for that next job.

1. Be your own recruiter

Even if you are working with one or more recruiters, it’s in your interest to be your own recruiter. The next few points will give you a crash course.

2. Be an industry advocate and expert

Recruiters do best who recruit in an industry that they know inside out. They understand the job functions, the role interactions, the productivity issues, the competitive environment. Conduct your search as though you are an executive recruiter with industry-specific expertise representing you and also representing the company seeking to fill a crucial role.

3. Have a love affair with your phone

Most job searchers today make emailing resumes to potential job postings their key strategy. Even though we may use email to let potential candidates know about a position, the real success of executive recruiting happens over the phone.

Fortunately, calls from executive recruiters are generally well-received. They offer a career opportunity to an executive or someone in his or her network; they help a company to find the talent needed to meet business objectives. People tend to take our calls. If you approach your job search from the perspective of solving someone else’s problem rather than your own, they’ll take your call, too.

4. Partner with recruiters

Successful recruiters are great networkers, so get into the network of a few recruiters who are active and plugged into good jobs in your current industry or, in the case of career changers, your prospective one.

The best networkers give more than they ask for. Become a resource. Recruiters have positions to fill that aren’t suitable for you, but may be perfect for someone in your network. Instead of calling every week to see if anything new has come up for you, make an introduction.

This will keep you top of mind and well thought of by both recruiters and your spheres of influence. Your friends will want to return the favor, and when your dream job comes available, your recruiter partner will want to plug you in; plus, you’ll have a passionate advocate in your corner. You may find a recruiter partner specializing in your industry among the top professionals working in our FPC offices around the U.S.

Job Search Tips - Sell Yourself5. Be a creative marketer of you

When you’re in a job search, you’re in sales – and the product is you! The best marketing solves a problem – that idea again – and it’s well planned. Here’s where the Internet can really be your friend. Rather than sending job application emails that go into the black hole of job application emails, use online marketing to get opportunities coming to you.

Your job may be gone, but your knowledge and experience is alive and well. Start a blog and use it to provide expert commentary on news, trends and issues in your industry. You can set up a blog in an hour or two on WordPress.com or Blogger.

You’ll establish thought leadership and create discussion opportunities with others in the sector. Keep it positive and don’t use it to complain about companies and conditions. Offer your insights and solutions to what’s going on.

Social media is a great source of information and articles about what’s happening. Start accounts on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ and use them to monitor industry activity and converse with others on business topics of interest. Publicize your blog posts using your social media accounts, including a shortened link back to the post and before long you’ll build a following.

Rather than disappearing from the scene while you look for a new job, you’ll be right in the middle of it.

What unconventional job search techniques have you used?

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Topics: Recruiting Franchise, midlife career change, Changing Careers, Job Search Tips

Career Change: The Personal & Financial Freedom of Business Ownership

Posted by Ellie Becker on Thu, Jul 4, 2013 @ 09:07 AM

The slides on the home page of our website highlight the personal and financial freedom that comes with business ownership. This is one of the key reasons that our franchise owners join the FPC executive recruiting network. Fourth of July seems like exactly the right moment to highlight this aspect of why you might consider owning your own business.Personal and financial freedom

As the economy continues to improve, there are signs that this is a perfect time to consider a career change out of the corporate world. The risk/reward balance has shifted to the point where being employed can be riskier than being an employer. Just this week, economic data and independent studies revealed that:

  • The economy is growing in every way except employee wages and income.
  • Because of technology, in certain sectors it takes only five people today to do the work of eight just a few years ago.
  • Manufacturing in the U.S. is up sharply in the second quarter of 2013.

These figures tell a cautionary tale for mid-career executives seeking the next step in their professional lives. On the other hand, they spell opportunity for FPC owners, who focus in manufacturing industries.

As an owner and an employer, it’s a great time to find talented employees to help you build your business. In our business – executive search – recruiters are compensated based on results. This is a win-win for the owner and the recruiter. For both, the sky’s the limit. Financial freedom is a realistic goal.

In the office, you have a proven system to follow, hands-on training for you and your employees and the support of a national network of your peers. On the other hand, you have the freedom to make your office your own. You establish the professional culture and set everything up to your specs.

On the personal side, even as a hard-working recruiter and business owner, your days are structured to allow you to have an enjoyable lifestyle. Family time and leisure pursuits fit into your schedule.

Work hard at rewarding work. Have a good life. Build an asset for your future – and your family’s.

We’ve seen this success happen many times in 40 years of franchising FPC offices. We’re passionate about helping our family of owners succeed. And we’re passionate about the business we all engage in.

Independence DayFreedom the FPC way.

Happy 4th of July!

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Topics: Recruiting Franchise, Career Change, midlife career change, Changing Careers, Business Ownership

Mindset Over Matter: How to Build an Enjoyable Second Career

Posted by Ellie Becker on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 @ 18:06 PM

It's amazing how many of our FPC owners tell us, "I wish I had done this years ago." Dig a bit deeper and they'll describe having long thought about owning their own businesses, but being afraid to make the break from corporate life and the relative predictability it provided.  Also, they will talk about the fact that they were not sure that they were the “business owner type.”Build an enjoyable second career

These days, we can all admit that working for someone else is far less predictable. If you go about it the right way, you'll discover that launching your own venture can be a question of mindset over matter. With some simple steps you can overcome trepidations and build an enjoyable second career.

Re-invent yourself without reinventing the wheel.

A recent article in US News, “3 Steps to Reinventing your Career,” quoted Karissa Thacker, a workplace psychologist based in Rehoboth Beach, Del., who consults with Fortune 500 companies about career change. "Reinvention should be done as a natural evolution of your current skill set,” she said. “Going from a rock star to an accountant is fiction. Teaching history from being an accountant is reinvention."

Yes, it’s crucial to be realistic. We would go a step further and suggest that you plan a second career around what you liked best and were best at in your previous one. Consider those elements of your expertise that give you the greatest sense of self-confidence and find a way to re-cycle them. This will help to balance out the uncertainties of trying something new.

Understand what’s not working.

On the other hand, do a deep dive into the aspects of your current career that you want to replace. Here’s where it’s important to be very honest with yourself.

Make a list and then put the items in priority order. Knowing what you want to avoid in a new career as well as what you’d like to replicate will make it easier to identify options with the potential for success.

Dream a little.

While we’ve already said that it’s important to be realistic in identifying a new career direction, it’s okay to dream a little. Is there something you’ve considered that you’d like to do, but circumstances or other reasons kept you from pursuing?

If so, and you can bring those confidence-building elements to it while leaving out the negative ones, why not put it on the table as a second-career option? In addition to having an interest in running their own businesses, most of our owners dreamed of spending more time with their families or building an asset to pass to the next generation.

They were able to put their experience to work recruiting in their former industries, leave behind corporate travel, risk of layoffs and other aspects of their corporate jobs that kept them up at night. Most important, they realized some of their dreams.

Get excited about trying something new.

As children, we looked forward to new experiences with wild anticipation. Oh, boy! A two-wheeler! Let me try it!! We didn’t think that we might fall and skin a knee. As adults with responsibilities, we can let fear overcome excitement.

But if we bolster our self-confidence and explore options that include our dreams and eliminate the things that keep us from enjoying our work, it’s surprisingly easy to start feeling excited about the future. Positive emotions are a great launching-pad for moving forward effectively. They’re infectious, too, and will help you attract the help you’ll need to reach your new goals.

Anticipate challenge as part of change.

Of course, there’s no shortcut to building a successful second career. It takes hard work and it’s never a straight path. There’ll be some unexpected curves and natural ups and downs. But if your chosen next step has positive elements purposely built in, it will be an enjoyable second career for sure.

While you’re on our blog, please take a look around the website to find out if the second career we offer might be a good match for you. You can take a peek into a typical day for one of our executive recruiting franchise owners by clicking on the button below.

 

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Topics: Recruiting Franchise, Career Change, midlife career change, Changing Careers, Second Career

Changing careers? How to Benefit From the Job Market Re-Set

Posted by Jeff Herzog on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 @ 09:06 AM

The job market we’ve seen since the start of the great recession may be improving in certain respects, but, overall, we’re dealing with a permanent re-set. This is based on a number of factors, including increasing global competition and disruptive technologies – like the mobile Internet, cloud technology and advanced robotics -- that are affecting almost every industry.The mobile internet is part of the job market re-set

Anyone job hunting or changing careers today needs to be mindful that traditional job security and career paths are a thing of the past. However, if you’re aware of the permanent changes in our work lives and you keep an open mind about your options, there are opportunities to be had.

A recent article in U.S. News, “How to Get a Job in a Changing Global Economy,” suggests that to get a job and to get ahead, today’s employees need to develop skills and attitudes similar to those of entrepreneurs. Well, if that’s the case, why not just become an entrepreneur?

Yes, you can learn what it takes to run your own business. And, given the job market re-set, business ownership can actually be a more solid and less risky path to building a lasting career.

We’re now in our 40th year of helping men and women to build successful businesses. Many, if not most of them, came from traditional careers in corporate America. Even though they may not have been dealing with a tough economy, they had reached a point where getting another job was not the answer to their longer term wants and needs.

Some were tired of corporate travel. Others could anticipate mergers, consolidations, relocations and other situations that could affect them unfavorably. Many were seeking better work/life balance or a bridge from corporate life to retirement.

Most had harbored a curiosity about how it would be to run their own business – even having no idea of what that might be. As part of their exploration of entrepreneurship, they investigated starting a business from scratch, buying a going concern, or purchasing a franchise.

For 85 percent, the business and career they opted for – an executive recruiting franchise – was never on the radar screen. Yet once they understood how much of their previous experience and industry knowledge they could transfer to this new role, it made much more sense than owning a frozen yogurt shop or junk hauling franchise.

FPC Recruiting Franchise may be the key to your futureThe job market re-set has created an environment that is frightening to many job seekers – especially executives in mid-career. But when you understand the underlying factors you can take a deep breath and explore options with confidence. Knowledge is power.

Consider that our executive recruiting franchises focus primarily on the manufacturing sector. That’s sent up an, "OMG!” from those who believe the media that U.S. manufacturing has seen its best days. In reality, the manufacturing world is an excellent place for recruiters.

Hiring managers need us more than ever to help fill critical roles that assure their competitiveness in the global economy. A post on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce blog discusses that 3.7 million jobs in the U.S. that require specialized skills are going unfilled and that the number is expected to grow.

Our conclusion is that once we understand the underlying reasons for today’s economy and job picture, and once we accept that things will never again be the way they were, we can open our minds to career changing opportunities that others may miss.

What opportunities do you see that will give you an edge as you move your career forward? If we’ve peaked your interest in exploring an FPC executive recruiting franchise, why not download a recording of our popular webinar, "A Great Career Opportunity You May Never Have Considered," to learn more.

And, you may download our eBook “A Day in the Life of an FPC Owner” to see what it would be like to join our national network.

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Topics: Recruiting Franchise, Career Change, midlife career change, Buying a Franchise, Changing Careers

Career Change: Get a New Job? 8 Reasons to Invest in Yourself Instead

Posted by Ron Herzog on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 @ 10:06 AM

If you’re a management-level executive who’s recently been down-sized in mid-career, here are some things to think about before putting all of your efforts into finding another job – especially if you’re open to a career change.

Being in the executive recruiting franchise business puts us in the catbird’s seat when it comes to recognizing and understanding employment trends. In fact, our national recruiting website gets many resumes posted by men and women in the same position as you.

Here are the realities. It is taking older workers – late 40s and up – much longer to find a new job in today’s environment. In many cases it takes well beyond a year. Some job seekers we see have been looking for 18 months and more.

Many of our owners have followed a path to our front door that started with a job search and ended with an investment in themselves. Here are some of the reasons we’ve seen for exploring this option sooner rather than later.Get a job or invest in yourself

  1. In today’s business environment, if you receive an offer for a same-level position with another company, there is a chance that it won’t be at the same pay scale as your previous positions. Unfortunately, companies these days are willing to forego greater experience to hire lower paid employees – and, in many cases this means they’ll hire and train younger workers.
  2. There are no guarantees. Yes, you may ultimately find a financially and personally rewarding next job, but if the fit isn’t there or the business climate shifts again, you may be in job search mode again sooner than you would like.
  3. Build from financial strength. We have spoken with many men and women who get panicky six- or eight-months or a year into a job search and begin to explore purchasing a business or a franchise in the event they can’t find an appropriate job. By the time they start in this direction, severance pay may be over and they may be going through their nest egg to pay the mortgage and other living expenses, making ownership an unattainable objective.
  4. If you’ve thought about owning a business but aren’t sure whether you have what it takes, consider your previous experience and that you probably have many of the skills required to handle a staff and operate a business. Going the franchise route offers allows you to combine that experience with a proven business model and the additional training you’ll need to succeed.
  5. The franchise sector happens to be a great place to invest in your future. It held its own through the recession and had significant growth in 2012. Some of our franchise owners had their best year in business in 2012!
  6. According to a recent quarterly update by IHS Global Insight that was done for the International Franchise Association, franchise businesses are expected to continue to grow this year at a faster rate than other business sectors in terms of job creation, new business formation, economic output and GDP contribution.
  7. The franchise business services sector – of which our FPC executive recruiting network is a part -- is growing at a faster pace than franchising as a whole. This is due, in part, to lower franchise fees and other start-up costs. In addition, B-to-B businesses also tend to make better use of the owners’ corporate experience.
  8. Many franchise companies – including FPC – provide financing for a part of the franchise fee. There are other financing options available, as well, to preserve as much of your savings as possible while you build the business.

Imagine creating a secure future where there are no limitations on your earnings. Many of our FPC owners tell us that beyond seeing their investment payoff in monetary terms, they can’t put a price tag on the personal freedom they enjoy. You’re your own boss, but you get the support you need for long term success.  As we say at FPC, it’s “being in business for yourself, but not being alone."

What options are you considering in your career transition? Thanks for letting us know in the comments what you’re finding in your job search.

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Topics: Career Change, Executive Recruiting, midlife career change, Buying a Franchise, Changing Careers

Mid-life career changers: Your age is an asset. Really!

Posted by Ellie Becker on Thu, Jun 6, 2013 @ 11:06 AM

As a professional making a job or career change in mid-life, you may find your age to be a detriment in today’s job market. Many firms nowadays are hiring younger workers — at lower wages. It’s not necessarily age discrimination, but companies see baby boomers as a poorer long-term investment. Right or wrong, they perceive younger workers as more tech savvy and philosophically better suited to take them into the future.Age is an Asset

Don’t let these misperceptions color your self-image. Career-changers in their 40s, 50s and beyond have a lot going for themselves.

Believe it or not, if you look at options other than getting a new job when switching careers, your decades of work experience are a real asset. You have a database full of valuable contacts, not to mention a solid reputation in your field.

You possess well-developed skills for dealing with clients and coworkers. You understand negotiation and other business processes, as well as how to implement them in a professional manner. Younger workers are not likely to be able to compete with you in these areas. In essence, your age is an asset rather than a liability.

An article by Monster contributing writer Susan Bryant and reposted in the N.Y. Daily News dispelled three myths about seasoned workers making a career change:

Myth 1 - I'm too old to make a career change.

Myth 2 - If I make a career change, I'll be starting over at the bottom

Myth 3 - This old dog can’t learn new tricks.

The truth is, older professionals are a great fit for a multitude of professions, given their skill sets and years of experience. We’ve seen these myths dispelled by most FPC owners. More than 80% had never been executive recruiters before. Yet they’ve applied their knowledge and talents to building successful operations within our network.

A January 2013 New York Times article echoes our assertions about older career changers and offers some good planning tips and examples. One case reports on a former IT consultant who opted for a franchise for many of the reasons that we always talk about. It helped him overcome his fears of working for himself by providing a proven formula and the training and support to jump start success. This career changer was also pleasantly surprised at the number of skills that transferred from his former positions.

As an older franchisee, there are some specific age-related assets you bring to the table. You have the maturity to appreciate and adhere closely to the franchisor’s recommended plan of action for the greatest chance of success. You can determine whether the corporate structure of a particular franchise will suit you and you’ll understand how to work productively within the system you choose. Your senior executive status will give you immediate credibility with your clients. It will also get you the respect of your staff.

Yes, your age is really an asset when it comes to making a career change — and owning your own franchise might be the right change for you.

Have you identified skills from your career to date that you think you can use in a new one?

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Topics: Recruiting Franchise, Career Change, midlife career change, Changing Careers