Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Who's Hiring from the Fastest Growing Companies 2009

Article Title: Who's Hiring from the Fastest Growing Companies 2009 Vol 2
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com

jets"Fast company, fast company, you're goin' nowhere, you're goin' nowhere fast" - Don Henley & Glenn Frey

Did you ever wonder what it must be like to be on the "ground floor" of the next best thing? Imagine having been one of the first 100 employees of Microsoft, Apple, Google or even GE? That's part of what the Fastest Growing Companies is all about. While not all of these companies are start-ups (some are well established like RIM), some of these companies are the next best thing and those that work for them are in on the "ground floor".

That being said, there are some companies that start out as the next best thing and then lose the plot. One example is Blockbuster which started out as the leader in video rentals and then sat by and watched NetFlix pave the way for a new business model. Will Blockbuster survive? We will have to wait and see.

While I'm reviewing the Fastest Growing Companies in sequential order, I will skip those that either don't have a careers site or don't post jobs on their career site. After all, this blog is about finding a job, not just reviewing companies (unless they have something to offer on the job market side). So, you should also take a look at the full list when you get a chance (Fastest Growing Companies). Now on to today's companies which cover manufacturing, coffee roasting, fertilizer, magnetic technology and commodities exchages.

  • CF Industries Holdings - Ranked at number 6, CF (according to their website) "is one of North America’s largest manufacturers and distributors of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products". Their careers page is fairly basic, giving an overview of the company, functional career types and benefits. There is a "Please click here" link to lead to their career opportunities. The linked page lists all job opportunities. Click on any opportunity to see a full description. The page also provides snail mail and email information. There was one job opportunity when I checked the page.



  • Bruker - This company manufactures X-ray systems and magnetic technology and is ranked at number 9. Their careers page lists job links for each department. The links for each department are available on both the left hand side of the page as well as in the center of the page. There is no one place to look for job opportunities, you must click each department and follow through to your region to see jobs available.



  • Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan - Ranked at number 10, Potash is the world's biggest fertilizer maker. Their careers page has links on the left for Career Opportunities, Career Builder (upload you resume, fill out an application, create alerts, etc.) and other information on the company. The center of the page has a company overview, followed by a link for current opportunities. The opportunities page lists each job opening - click on any job to see the detail. There were four job opportunities when I visited the site.



  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters - As you might expect, this company is a coffee roaster. Ranked at #11, there careers page has links on the left hand side of the page for benefits and locations. The center of the page has "hot new openings", followed by a simple job search engine. You can also register on the site and create job search agents. There were 57 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • IntercontinentalExchange - Known as ICE, Intercontinental is ranked 12 and runs commodities futures exchanges. Their careers page provides a company overview in the center of the page with one link on the right hand side for "View the list of openings". Clicking that link leads to a page listing all of the job opportunities. Click on any opportunity to see the detail on the position. You can post your resume and apply to jobs on line or via snail mail. There were 21 job opportunities when I checked the site.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

We're Back Baby!

OK, not really. But Michigan's unemployment rate fell in October, and that's not normal in these parts lately. We added 22,000 jobs, but our unemployment rate is still six percentage points higher than a year ago. That's a huge number. The stock market is back to fall 2008 levels, and seems to be more stable than it has been in a while. But unemployment numbers need to continue to fall in order for us to see any real difference.

Headhunters and Recruiters Revisited Vol II

Article Title: Headhunters and Recruiters Revisited Vol II
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com

Death Valley"There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else." - Andrew Carnegie

Pick and choose your recruiters. While you want to ensure you are well represented, you don't want to be over represented. And while the vast majority of recruiters are professional, there are a handful (like everything in life) that are not to be trusted. Ask you friends, family and the usual suspects for a list of respected recruiters. You can also leverage some of the recruiter networks and associations to get a good list. Today's list is meant to supplement what you may already have.

  • Matrix Executive Search – This recruiter specializes in Finance and Accounting positions. You can preview their open positions, call them directly or send your resume (fax, email or snail mail). It does not look like you can register on their site directly.



  • Stone Management - Stone Management offers several services. They recruit for both Permanent and Temporary positions as well as Executive Search. They cover a broad range of job functions (Accounting, Finance, Marketing, HR, Internal Audit, Brokerage Ops, Tech Support and many more) Similar to Matrix, you can search the jobs and/or send your resume. However, if you find a specific job that matches your background, you can click on “apply” and (depending on your computer set-up for emails) it will set-up an email referencing the job so that you can add your resume and cover letter.



  • Winter Wyman – Winter Wyman’s website is more substantial than Matrix’s or Stone’s sites. The job search engine is more sophisticated and the range of job functions is very broad. In addition, they offer advice on interviewing tips, job search advice and much more. Unlike the first two sites mentioned the Winter Wyman site allows users to enter a profile and (I presume) store their resume and other details.



  • Rice Cohen International – This site covers two distinct services: executive search services and training & consulting. The executive search services has job postings like the others, but the “submit your resume” link is a “forward your resume” not an on-site profile and resume post. The training & consulting services seem to be geared to corporation needs (not individual).



  • Alden & Associates, Inc. – This firm specializes in executive recruiting for Higher Education. Although located in Massachusetts, prior searches cover many locations (which is true for many recruiters). Clicking on Exective Search will take you to a page that shows their current searches as well as targeted searches for Athletic Administrators, Senior Administrators and Head Coaches. Applying for a specific position will bring up a screen to enter the appropriate information. If you don’t see specific positions to apply to, forward your resume (with a cover letter).



  • Edgelink – Specializing in direct hire and contract staffing for Technology, Edgelink’s site has a number of resources for the job seeker. There is a blog (link is at the top right-hand side of the page) and there is a link to “About Edgelink” which has links to a number of resources. Clicking on “For Candidates” will open a page that allows a search of current assignments, “submit resume” and candidate login. As with all of these sites, best bet is to search jobs first and apply if appropriate, otherwise use the “submit resume” link.



  • Butterfass, Pepe & MacCallan – This firm specializes in Financial Services, the hardest hit industry (so far) in the current recession. Main page offers information on the company, services offered, industry links and “submit resume”. You can also forward your resume via em from the contact page (although I would recommend the “submit resume” function).



  • Medical Executive Search Associates, Inc (MESA) – Based in Arizona, MESA has been in business for over 20 years and specializes in the Medical Industry. Click on “Candidates” from the main page, fill out the form (don’t forget to click the “send your resume” link on the right-hand side of the form). Although the first page has key contact information, there is no indication of previous placements on the website.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Who's Hiring NOW from the Fortune 500 (Vol IV)

Article Title: Who's Hiring NOW from the Fortune 500 (Vol IV)
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com

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"Recovering from failure is often easier than building from success." - Michael D. Eisner

When you are looking for a job, it is usually because of some type of failure. Job elimination, bankruptcy, merger, you don't like your job and many more. It doesn't have to be your failure because so many things are outside of your control. But failure it is and now it is time to move on. You learn from your mistakes, lick your wounds and get on to the next best thing. Today's list of Fortune 500 companies are both diverse and interesting - Telecommunications, Health Care and Consumer goods. The good news is that there are thousands of job opportunities (that's right, thousands) across these 5 companies.

  • Verizon Communications - Listed in 17th place on this year's Fortune 500 list, Verizon's career site includes the following categories: Verizon Corporate, Verizon Business, Verizon Telecom, Verizon Wireless and VSO (which appears to provide all of the infrastructure support to the organization). You can watch a video on the company, go to the student site, or click through to the Career Opportunities section and do a search. Tabs at the top cover off on Career Opportunities, Working Here, Who we are and more. Clicking on Career Opportunities takes you to the search page where you can narrow your search as suits you. The right hand side of the search screen has additional filters for Students. There were 1,364 job opportunities in the US when I checked the site.



  • Cardinal Health - Drug distribution is the name of the game for Cardinal, which was ranked 18 this year. Their careers site has links on the left hand side of the page for College Students, Customer Service, Pharmacists and more. The center of the page has the same links, but there are some images, descriptions and additional links. There is a large Search for Jobs box on the right hand side of the page, followed by additional links (including contact information for their talent management department). You can search across all jobs by using the Search Box. There were 289 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • CVS Caremark - The nations largest drugstore chain, CVS is ranked 19 this year. Their careers page has a simple, clean interface with links on the left hand side for Why CVS, Opportunities, Recruiting events, College Students and Seniors. The middle of the page has a company overview followed by one link for Explore Opportunities. Finally, the right hand side of the page has some additional related links. Clicking on Opportunities leads to a page with a number of choices: Corporate, Retail Pharmacy, Retail Store, Distribution Center and more. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to check all jobs across the company, you must check each category to see the opportunities.



  • Procter & Gamble - A home products company, P&G was ranked 20 this year. Talk about well known products - Pampers, Charmin, Crest, Tide, Bounty and the list goes on for a long time. Their career site leads with a job search engine. You can login or register on the site. The middle of the page has a short video you can watch/listen to and there are links on the left hand side for Recruiting Blueprint (steps to a successful interview process), Corporate info, Career Advice Center and more. A generic search yielded 641 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • UnitedHealth Group - A health insurer (the largest in the US), UnitedHealth was ranked 21 on the list. Their careers page has links at the top for Career Areas (all of the functional areas you may want to work), Search Jobs (by region), Why Work Here (lots of good info), College and Getting Hiried. Click on Search Jobs to lead to a basic search page (there are options at the top for advanced search as well and job matching against your profile). Using a generic search, there were 1,015 job opportunities when I checked the site.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Monster Losing Ground to LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, and Twitter

Article Title: Monster Losing Ground to LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, and Twitter
Author Byline: Lorraine Russo
Author Website: http://undergroundjobnetwork.com

And this is surprising...why??

From BusinessWeek.com
...For Monster, a publicly traded online job site with $1 billion in sales and 80 million résumés on file, the growing appeal of LinkedIn to recruiters is just one more headache to contend with. Other social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, are also becoming popular destinations for employers. "

"Monster's...share of job listings... has declined from nearly 40% in December 2007 to 34% in May of this year.

Perhaps readers recall a post entitled What Do Job Boards And T-Rex Have In Common? In it, I not only make the case that, while an excellent job search tool in its heyday, Monster (and its competitors), have outlived their usefulness.

As a job seeker, it is VITAL that you have an online presence that IS NOT job board-related. In an era when every company is cutting costs, the big boards are no longer a cost-efficient way to recruit. To wit:
Corporate recruiter Elisa Bannon of US Cellular in Chicago used to spend up to $4 million a year to post jobs and screen resumes through the three heavyweights of online job search—Monster, CareerBuilder, and Yahoo! HotJobs.

But with her 2009 budget slashed to $1 million and 2,500 openings to fill, the wireless carrier's director of talent acquisition ditched the big job boards and instead inked a deal with social networking site LinkedIn. For an annual fee of $60,000, Bannon's team now has access to the network's 42 million members, many of whom are employed—the so-called passive candidates that recruiters covet.

Readers, establishing a profile on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter is a fast (and free) process. If you haven't yet, hustle on over to each of these sites and sign up. Why? Because that's where the recruiters and hiring managers are hanging out. And, continuing to blindly send out resumes is not only a waste of time, it perpetuates the false sense that you are actually doing the right things to get a job.

Consider:
Two recent LinkedIn polls addressed the topic of using Social Sites for recruiting. One poll asked whether respondents plan to use social and professional sites more to recruit - 86% said Yes, 8% said No, and 5% said Unclear.

So, run, do not walk, away from the boards, and go to where the recruiters are. While you're at it, check out Verizon Wireless' Facebook page!

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Who's Hiring at the Fastest Growing Companies - Vol X

Article Title: Who's Hiring at the Fastest Growing Companies - Vol X
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://Careeralley.com

fastIt's not just the fact that these companies are the fastest growing that should attract you. There are other company attributes you should consider when picking companies on your "I'd like to work there" list (and you should have this list). So what are these attributes? As an example, Huron Consulting Group (see below) is also ranked No. 22 on BusinessWeek’s List of Hot 100 Growth Companies in 2007 and is recognized as one of Consulting Magazine's 10 best consulting firms to work for in 2006. So, in addition to using the career link information provided in this post, do additional research to create your list of "Companies I'd like to work for". You may notice that I've skipped a number this post as one of the companies had no website or any other meaningful information.

  • Huron Consulting Group - Ranked 43 on this year's list (as well as the highlights listed below), has over 1,500 employees worldwide and has consulting practices in Health & Education, Legal, Financial and Corporate Professional. Their career site has links on the left hand side which provide additional information (such as culture, benefits, clients and more). The right hand side of the page has just two links - Campus/Student Recruits and Experienced Hires. There is also a link to Job Opportunities in the center of the page embedded in the last paragraph. A general search returned over 50 job opportunities across the firm. You can filter your search against location and practice from this page.

  • Dynamic Materials - This company is "the world’s leading provider of explosion-welded clad metal plates" (sounds dangerous) and is ranked 44. Amazingly, I could not find any careers page on their website. So, besides being on this list, I'm not sure how they actually source their staff requirements. But, rather than just giving up, you can go to their contacts page and fill in the form. You can also go to their home page and use the contact information on the right hand side of the page to contact them.

  • Gilead Sciences - This company is "a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet need" and is ranked 46 on this year's list. They have about 4,000 employees worldwide. Their careers page has a company overview in the middle of the page with links on the left hand side for Career Opportunities, Culture and US Benefits. Below this section is a link for Internship Opportunities. There were 118 career opportunities when I checked their site.

  • Iconix Brand Group - So what does Iconix do? Lots, and I'm sure you've heard of many of their brands. Iconix owns a number of fashion and home brands, such as Candies, Bongo, Joe Boxer, Danskin, London Fog and many more. Ranked 47 on this year's list, their careers page is a "Join our Team" page. There is a link to email your resume in the center of the page. Below this are logos for their brand, each of which links to a page with background on that brand.

  • Gardner Denver - Ranked 48th on the list, Gardner Denver "is a recognized leader providing compressed air and gas, vacuum and fluid transfer technologies to industries throughout the world". Their career site is fairly simple, with an overview of the company followed by a link to career opportunities. Click on Career Opportunities to lead to a list of functional areas within the company. Click on your functional area to see the job opportunities for that function. Below this section are the instructions for applying.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Most Admired Companies - Who's Hiring Vol VIII

Article Title: The Most Admired Companies - Who's Hiring Vol VIII
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com

Today's list of Most Admired Companies are all in different industries and are all well known to most people. Some are struggling in today's economic environment which is to be expected, but the criteria that got these companies on the Admired list in the first place should help them through tough times and allow them to continue to succeed when times get better. Set your sights high when looking for a new job and take a look at these most admired companies.

  • Caterpillar - This company is known for industrial and farm heavy equipment and is ranked 35 on this year's list. Their careers page leads with a brief statement on the company followed by background on careers at the company. The top left hand side of the page has links for Job Opportunities, Why Caterpillar, How we Hire and Learning & Development. The center of the page has college internship openings, followed by recent college grad openings (yes, there are jobs for recent grads). Lastly, there is a section on Experienced Professional Positions (and a listing of functional areas). In the right hand side of the page is a link for "Search and apply for a job". Click the link for search and apply to load the job search engine.

  • Intel - Ranked 36 on this year's list, I first reviewed Intel in my post "Who’s Hiring in Finance?". More than anything else, Intel is know for computer chips. Their careers page is well put together. The left hand side of the page is filled with relevant links (like Job Search, Intern/Grad Opportunities, a Jobs Blog and so much more). The center of the page starts with a brief overview, followed by a quick Jobs Search box (below which are links for advanced search and recent grad/student searches). Bottom center page has a few targeted searches. The right hand side of the page has an enhanced applicant tool with an additional job search link. There were 454 jobs when I checked the site.

  • Marriott International - Known for Hotels, Casinos and Resorts, Marriott is ranked 37 on the list. Their careers page has tabs on the left hand side of the page for a company overview, Career Paths, Job Search and more. The center of the page has several paragraphs on the company but what you want to do is to click on the big red "search for jobs" link on the left hand side of the page. Once you move to the job search page, there are several links for searching for jobs within the US followed by international opportunities.

  • Nestlé - Ranked at 38 and a global company based in Switzerland, Nestlé is known for a wide range of food products. Their main career page provides an overview of the company (center page) followed by links for worldwide jobs and jobs in Switzerland. Click on the Worldwide link to view the countries of the world with links to jobs in those countries. On the right hand side of the page find links to Graduate programs. The left hand side of this page has additional links including the ability to register on the site and post your resume. Once you click on your country, a full page of additional resources and links is provided. There were 96 job opportunities in the US when I checked the site.

  • Sony - Electronics. One word best describes this company which ranked 39 on the list. Their career site is pretty neat. You can move your mouse over the picture to make it interactive. After you've played with that for awhile, you will notice several tabs at the top for Talent at Work, Benefits and more. In the top right hand corner of the page is a Career Opportunities link - click this. Now you should be on the job search page. Click all jobs or search specific jobs. There were 71 job opportunities when I checked the site.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

More recruiting firms to consider

Article Title: Recruiters to the Rescue - Leverage this Resource
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com

I've been on most sides of the job hunt - recruiting manager, sought after by recruiters and unemployed due to mergers, divestitures and bankruptcies. In both my job search and my search for hires I've leveraged recruiters. While recruiters may not be able to solve all of your job search needs (there need to be jobs that match your background and you need to get through the interview rounds), they are a key resource in your job search and should not be overlooked. Today's post provides additional recruiter resources for your job hunt.

  • Advantage Talent - This recruiting firm specializes in financial services and accounting. Their main page gives an overview of the firm with some links to their principal recruiters. Down the left hand side of the page is a list of links (too long to list here) that provides a wealth of resources. Two of the links, Candidates and Job Openings are worth a look. Candidates provides access to an online application while Job Openings allows registration and a view to all job openings. The Management Tab provides bios of key staff as well as contact information.

  • Global Hire - Global Hire recruits a broad spectrum of job functions. The main page provides an overview of the firm with a tab at the top for "For Job Seekers". Click Contact Us for contact information and the ability to upload your resume in Word format.

  • Niagara Partners - This firm is also a general recruiting firm in that they recruit a broad range of job functions. Their main page provides an overview of the company with three main sections at the bottom - Potential Employers (not for you), Potential Candidates and Jobs. Click "Contact Us" under the Potential Candidates section to get to contact information. Click Jobs to see a wide range of current job openings (there were in excess of 45 jobs when I checked. There is an "Apply" link at the very bottom of the page to apply for any openings that match your experience.

  • Recruiting Services Group - RSG provides a full range of services for the job seeker. Their main page has a section on the right hand side for Candidate Services, which includes Career Tools (with links), Career Opportunities, Submit your Resume and "Ask a Recruiter". Click on Career Opportunities to go to their page with career opportunities by discipline. Click on your discipline to see a list of jobs. Each job listing has who to contact to apply for the job at the end of the job description. There is also a submit your resume link from this section of the site.

  • The Wimberly Group - This firm specializes in Forest Products and Manufacturing. Their main page provides a comprehensive overview of their services. There is a Contact Us tab on the left hand side of the page, use this to forward your resume.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Friday, August 28, 2009

IT staff reductions falling

From the latest CDW IT Monitor, planned IT staff reductions are falling. In addition, companies surveyed also see continued improvement over the next six months. We are likely still a ways away from IT employment growth. Seems like we've heard this before though.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

It's 9am, do you know where your headhunter is?

Article Title: It's 9am, do you know where your headhunter is?
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com

Most headhunters these days are overwhelmed with resumes and underwhelmed with jobs. You can try to call them to find out where they are with your search, but believe me, they will call you when there is even the smallest chance your resume matches an opening. But if you're not listed with every recruiter who can potentially help you then it's time to grow that list (but don't tell them that).

  • Apple & Associates - Recruiting at its best is their tag line. After the Flash intro, you are lead to their main page with tabs on the top for Job Seekers, Search Jobs, Job Alerts and Hot Jobs. They specialize in a wide range of industries, from medical to financial services to manufacturing. Hot Jobs leads to, well, hot jobs. There were 49 of these when I checked. Click Job Seeker to post your resume, get contact info for sending an email to this firm or checking out a number of other resources.

  • Aquent - A simple home page, register, search jobs, learn more or find an agent. This firm specializes in graphic design and marketing/branding. You can click on find an agent to see a list of agents and their specialty. Click on any agent to get their background as well as a way to contact them. Click on search jobs where you can find an example of current assignments.

  • Brooke Street Staffing - This firm, located in White Plains NY, specializes in finance and accounting, marketing, human resources, administrative assistants, office support, customer service, and data entry clerks. They mainly serve their immediate area. You can submit your resume, contact them and look at their products and services. They do both, temporary and permanent placement. I did not see a listing of current job assignments on their site.

  • Mercury Partners - Straight from their website - "Mercury Partners is a boutique executive search practice dedicated to the specialized recruitment of global front office finance professionals". Top of their page has links to About the Firm, Specializations and Job Search. From Job Search you can register or search jobs along a number of criteria. The contact page provides a web form for contacting them along with telephone numbers and a generic email address. You can search jobs by specialties and there are a number of listings for each job type.

  • Nauticus Group - This firm specializes in Consulting, Staffing, and Direct Hire services in the areas of Accounting, Finance, and Operations. Their main page has tabs on the left for Job Opportunities, Candidates and Contact us. Click on Job Opportunities to see their current assignment and click on Contact Us to get detailed contact information on their three offices.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Where are the least competive job markets?

To increase your chances of landing a job, look for one where there is less competition. In this case, here are the least competitive job markets. At least Detroit did not lose any ground in this poll (we're still dead last), which had an average 18 unemployed workers for every open job.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Who's Hiring Now in Energy!

Article Title: Who's Hiring Now in Energy!
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com

Targeted job search by industry / job function seems to be a favorite, so I will continue today with the Energy Industry. I've probably mentioned at least a dozen times that there are many job functions in each industry. As an example, you may be an accountant or a risk manager who specializes in the Energy Industry or is looking to get into a different field in your job function. So don't immediately write-off a field in which you haven't worked, there may just be a job for you.

  • Energyjobsportal.com - This site is a job search board for the energy industry. The main page has at the top which are for employers. Directly below this is a section called "Find a Job" which allows you to filter your search by company, location or job category. Click "Advanced Search" to broaden the search criteria. There were 183 job opportunities when I check (from systems analyst to engineer).

  • Utilitiesjobs.com - Another partner of Beyond.com, this site focuses on public utilities and energy jobs. The main page has a simple search engine on the top left hand side of the page with Member Login, Post Resumes and Career Resources directly to the right of the search box. According to the site, there are over 1,000 jobs on the site with 1,071 added in the past 14 days. Post Your Resume and Job Alerts are located on the left hand center side of the page with industry information and articles directly below. To the right of this are recent job listings.

  • Energy Headhunter - The name says everything. This recruiter seems to cover the full range of jobs. Their website has links on the upper left hand side for The Firm, Our Practice, How We Work, Resumes and Contact Us. Click on Resumes for information regarding how to forward your resume. There is also a snailmail address and telephone number in the Contact Us section if you would rather use one of those methods of contact.

  • Energy, Petroleum and Gas Industry Jobs - The Job Beat... - This is the mother lode of job search resources for the Energy Industry. Scroll down the page (past the ads) and you will see an amazing number of links to resources (company websites, job search boards, by industry and by region). In the center of these resources is a simple job search engine.

  • EnergyCentralJobs.com - Another industry focused job search board. There are tabs for Job Search, My Resume and My EC Jobs. You can login or register from the right hand side of the page or use the simple search engine to start looking for a job. Below this is stats on recently posted jobs (982 jobs with 127 posted last week when I checked). Below this is a listing of featured jobs followed by a listing of featured employers.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Website for Ruby Developers in Michigan

There is a recently launched site for Ruby developers in Michigan, http://www.rubymi.org. The site serves as a hub for all of the Ruby related activities and events that happen in and around Michigan. Check it out.

Who's Hiring at The Fastest Growing Companies - Vol VII

Article Title: Who's Hiring at The Fastest Growing Companies - Vol VII
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com

Biggest, Best, Most Admired and Fastest - so many lists, so little time. That's what this blog is about, saving you time and letting you focus on those resources that will return the best results with as little effort as possible. The answer is different for everyone, but there is some value in every post for everyone. So on to today's Fastest.

  • AZZ - Ranked 28 on this year's list, AZZ has been around for some time and is an electrical and industrial products manufacturer based in Texas. Their career site provides a very brief overview of the company with instructions on how to submit a resume on the right hand side. This is followed by a listing of current positions.

  • Natus Medical - Natus makes medical diagnostics equipment and is ranked 29 on this year's list. It's hard to tell if there is something wrong with their website or the way it views is expected, but whatever the case their career page has a brief explanation of their business followed by each company within Natus presenting their job listings and instructions for contacting the companies.

  • Hornbeck Offshore Services - Ranked # 30, this company supplies offshore vessels for the oil and gas industry. Their career page describes the different structures within the company with a link at the bottom of the page to the personnel department. At the top of the page is a drop-down list called Careers which offers links to positions and applications. Click the personnel department to link to revel the process for submitting your resume.e

  • Apple - We've seen Apple on several lists and it's hard to believe that a company of this size could possibly be on the fastest growing companies list, butt there it is at number 31. Their career page has two paths, Apple Pro and Apple Store. A fairly simple page, which has How to Apply and Search Jobs at the top right hand side. You can select your country on the right hand side of the page. Clicking Search Jobs links to a job search engine. You can register for the site or just search. A generic search returned 651 job opportunities in the US when I checked.

  • Precision Castparts - Ranked number 32, Precision creates parts for many different companies. Their career site has a general overview of the company followed by a few links - Employment Opportunities, Recent Grads & Student Opportunities and Employment Opportunities - UK. Click Employment Opportunities to create an account, create a personal job agent, and see current job opportunities. There were well over 40 opportunities when I checked.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Best Companies - Who's Hiring - Vol XIX

Article Title: The Best Companies - Who's Hiring - Vol XIX
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com

The Best Companies are hiring (in fact, many companies are hiring) as witnessed by my previous posts on this topic. The competition is steeper and they tend to receive more resumes than other companies (believe me, you do not want to know the volume of resumes they receive). But they will hire someone and it might as well be you (so send that resume and register on their career pages).

  • Arkansas Children's Hospital - Another health-care company on the list, this one ranked 85 this year. They have over 3,500 employees and hired 155 people last year. Their career page provides a company overview (center section) followed by links for How to Apply, Non-Nursing Positions, Nursing Positions and information on some departments. Left hand side of the page (center left) has additional career links. There were quite a few nursing positions open when I checked (as well as some non-nursing positions).

  • CH2M HILL - An interesting name for this engineering and construction company ranked 86 on this year's list. They have more than 25,000 employees (over 19,000 in the US) and hired 2,194 people last year (14% job growth). Their careers page is very simple, with a link in the center for "Careers at CH2M HILL". Click this link to see a more comprehensive page with links at the top for Who We Hire, What We Do and a company overview. The right hand side of the page has a large "Search Jobs" section with links for US based opportunies, non-US positions and a link for students/new college grads. There were 111 US based jobs and 115 onUS jobs. The site allows registration and resume posting (as do most companies these days).

  • Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe - Probably known best by its "first name", Orrick is a Law Firm and is ranked 87 on this year's list. With over 2,300 employees worldwide (over 1,600 in the US), they hired 120 people last year. Their careers page has a number of links left center page for US Law Students & Associates, London Graduate Recruitment, Paris Graduate Recruitment, Lateral Partners & Associates and Legal Assistants & Professional Staff. You will need to check the link/category that applies to your background.

  • Publix Super Markets - Publix operates over 900 supermarkets and is employee owned. They have over 141,000 employees (that's not a typo), hired over 1,800 people last year and is ranked 88 on this year's list. Their main careers page has tabs at the top for Career Opportunities, How to Apply and Why Publix. Click on Career Opportunities to link to their main search page, which has a number of additional links for a number of job functions (you need to check individually based on your job function).

  • Herman Miller - Office furniture is the name of the game for this company, ranked 89 on the list, Herman Miller has over 6,200 employees globally (over 5,600 in the US) and hired 389 people last year. Their main careers page has a company overview (with additional informational links on the right). There is a "How to Apply" link at the bottom of the page, click this link to bring up the meat of their careers section with "Search Jobs Now" and "Create Your Profile" (if you want to post your resume) links center page.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Fastest Growing Companies - Who’s Hiring Vol IV

Article Title: The Fastest Growing Companies - Who’s Hiring Vol IV
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com

More on the fastest growing companies today. By definition, the fastest growing companies should also be those that are hiring the most (in relative terms). There are many advantages to "being in at the ground floor" of a small or relatively unknown company that is viewed to be on the fast track. Many of them are small (and some don't even have a careers page), but it is definitely worth the time and effort to take a look. Don't forget to visit the full list of fastest growing companies where you can click through to see financial information on each company as well.

  • Hansen Natural - Lucky # 13 on the list, Hansen is a leading marketer of all natural juices, sodas and energy beverages. Amazingly, Hansen does not have a careers page (but don't let that stop you), so you will need to go to their contact page to get the information you need to submit your resume. There is plenty of information on the company on their website or go to their Annual Report to look up the names of individuals to send your resume.

  • Perini - The first time on this list and ranked 14, Perini is a general contractor and yes, they do have a careers page (sparse as it is). The main careers page provides an overview of the company as well as a list of all of the companies that make up Perini. You can click on any of these companies to link to their job opportunities or key contacts for resumes.

  • Superior Energy Services - Number 15 on the list (up from 54 last year), Superior is based in Louisiana and is in the Oilfield services business. Their main careers page provides background on the company followed by a Search Jobs function (center bottom of the page). There are a number of links on the top right hand side of the page (including a live chat link) to search jobs, create a job agent and live support. You can register on the site as well. There were 26 job opportunities when I checked their site.

  • Helmerich & Payne - Up from 29 last year, H&P is ranked 16 on this year's list. The company provides portable rigs for oil producers. Their main careers page provides an overview of the company with "apply online" and "contact us" links. At the top of the page is a careers tab where you can get information on the company's benefits. The Apply Online page has contact information on each of the H&P locations where you can apply directly.

  • NASDAQ OMX Group - Okay, this looks like a strange name for a company (and they are ranked 17th on the list). According to their website, they are "the world’s largest exchange company with trading, technology and public company service capabilities that reach across six continents". Their careers main page (which is difficult to find), provides an overview on the company with a separate link (on the left hand side of the page for Students). The right hand side of the page has a simple search engine to for job search.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Leveraging Diversity Networks in your Job Search

Article Title: Leveraging Diversity Networks in your Job Search
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com

No matter who you are, there is probably some diversity network that applies to you. As an example: Age diversity (over 40), working mothers, women, Hispanic, Native Americans, etc.). Today's post will focus diversity networks in your job search.

  • The 100 Best Companies for Working Mother - This list, from WorkingMother.com, provides a list of 100 companies that are great for working mothers. The site lists these companies in alphabetical order and provides background on the methodology as well as a llink to Best in Class. Click on any of the companies to view a summary page on that company (like why it is good for working mothers) as well as a link to the company's website.

  • 50 Best Companies for Latinas - This list for Latinos is provided by Latina Style. The page lists those companies that received Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze status as well as a listing of the Companies of the Year on the right hand side of the page. Click on any of the companies and you will be led directly to their career page. There are other links the top of the page for other lists.

  • Workforce Diversity Network - This site provides career opportunities for workforce diversity positions. In the middle of the page is a listing of employers along with a list of the jobs they have or a link to their career sites.

  • DiversityWorking.com - The tag line on this search engine is "Largest Diversity Job Board Online". According to the site, there are over 550,000 active diversity jobs. You can post your resume on this site or just do a search. There is a quick search on the right hand side of the page, followed by a listing of Community Channels. In the center section are Featured Jobs and to the right of this is a listing of Hot Jobs. Click on Search to leverage the advance search engine.

  • DiversityJobs.com - This is another Diversity Job Search engine. The main page has a very simple interface (what and where). After you enter the basic information, a more detailed job engine is available along with the listing of jobs from your fist search. Clicking on any of the jobs will lead to a full job description and the ability to apply directly for the job.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Where Are The Best Job Markets?

Here in the Midwest, and Michigan in particular, the job hunting outlook is somewhere worse than bad. The talking heads continue to disagree about the economy, some say we've hit bottom and are starting to rebound. Others talk about that bounce off the bottom that we haven't seen yet, like that's real scientific. And of course there's the school of thought that we don't suck as bad as we did a few months ago, so that's a good thing. But even if the economy starts to grow again and the stock market starts to increase (although the market today is basically at the same level as it was last November after the crash), jobs remains an independent issue. And until we are once again gaining more jobs that we are losing, confidence will remain low and spending will lag.

This new Gallup poll illustrates job gains versus job losses by different regions in the U.S. It claims that here in the Midwest, the worse of the job losses is behind us, and that job gains are actually picking up. Enough so that they offset each other, so the net job numbers breaks even. The South appears to be in the best shape, and has been throughout this recession even with the deteriorated housing and construction market there. The East is showing signs of improvement, but don't even think about the West.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Recently Canned?

TheCanned.com is a useful, free resource for the unemployed that also takes a lighter approach to being employment challenged. It has information on filing for unemployment, health insurance options, job sites, and related articles and blogs. There is a lot of information available there that is especially useful for folks wondering where to start. And it's kinda fun, check it out.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Employment Outlook Survey for 3rd Quarter

Manpower recently released their Employment Outlook Survey for 3rd Quarter of 2009 and the net predictions remain negative for Southeast, Michigan, but better in other parts of Michigan and the country. The bulk of companies surveyed still plan no changes meaning no new jobs being created. Possible encouragement comes from most regions surveyed showing fewer companies planning to cut payrolls.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

What Do Job Boards And T-Rex Have In Common?

Article Title: What Do Job Boards And T-Rex Have In Common?
Author Byline: Lorraine Russo
Author Website: http://undergroundjobnetwork.com/

HINT: Think dinosaur.dead-dinosaur3

Excerpts from a Quintessential Careers article:

"Job boards will be gone in 10 years or sooner."

We vote for 'sooner.' Job seekers are becoming much more savvy at finding opportunities outside of the boards. We are all learning how to develop networks and connect directly with the people making the hiring decisions.

"One of the job-board features that initially made them so attractive -- ease of applying for jobs -- has made them a significant nightmare for employers."

There was a time when job boards offered an almost-instantaneous (and convenient) method to connect employers and job seekers...now they have outlived their usefulness to both parties. From the employer's perspective, they are overpriced dinosaurs. And, only 12% of their hires come through the boards, so why do employers continue to pay for the 'privilege' of posting on the boards??

For job seekers, the boards give them the opportunity to apply for jobs that 1,000 other folks have applied for. Only spammers and identify theives seem to like them.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Update on my job search

I fell victim to the economy a few weeks ago getting laid off from my job. As a Recruiter, if companies are not hiring, they do not need the people like me that do the recruiting. Until the economy shows signs of recovering, companies remain in a holding pattern. But I was pleasantly surprised at how many companies are still talking to candidates like me, and how much people are generally willing to help in any way they can. Networking remains the best way to find a job as the best opportunities are typically not advertised. And with today's technology and tools, there are more ways than ever to start and increase your networking activity to find job leads. Probably too many options to be honest.

I've found in recent weeks that people consistently ask how they can use Twitter to either recruit, or to network to find a job. I'm still at level one in the Twitter world, but here are a few individuals that can help you dive into using Twitter for your job search. Here is How to Find a Job on Twitter, including proactive and reactive activities. Here is a list of suggested Twitter users to follow as part of your job search, and companies hiring on Twitter. There's always Tweet My Resume and Tweet My Jobs where you can blast your resume out to hiring managers and Recruiters, or have new jobs sent to you once they are posted. You can find various companies and recruiters on Twitter that post individual jobs by searching "jobs" with your preferred location, skill set, or whatever (jobs, Michigan, recruiter). Once you start following these people or companies, your network increases. I don't recommend using any one resource for job hunting, just like as a Recruiter I never relied on a single source. But Twitter can be one part of your overall approach and certainly help you learn either who is hiring, or who to network with that can help you along the way.

Image Crisis - What do employer’s expect?

Article Title: Image Crisis - What do employer’s expect?
Author Byline: Robin Ogden - FiredUP Careers
Author Website: http://www.firedupcareers.com/Interview-lunch-tips.html

In today’s competitive employment world most people are interested in “standing out” from the crowd. But, think again when it comes to the image you present to your prospective employer. What are they looking for? What does their culture support? Will the image you present blend in – or standout, and which is best?

The answer is really “both”. Yet, how can you possibly standout and blend at the same time? And what does that mean when it comes to your “image” anyway? Simple… research! From the employers point of view the fact that you have taken time to research your fit and taken steps to be sure you blend with the culture is what will help you standout. So, how do you make this trick happen?

“How can you possibly standout and blend at the same time?”

Research is the single most important thing you can do before gracing the doorway of your prospective employer. Check their website – what’s the look? Formal, casual or somewhere in-between? Be sure to view the online photos of the top executives- what’s their look? Are they all in suits and ties – or polo shirts and khakis? And if casual, what area? Is it Engineering, IT, Finance? What area will you be interviewing in? Many employer websites these days have a specific area with information to help candidates get to know the environment before they arrive.

But, don’t end your research there. Check the newswire and read articles, view photos. Network and find out what others know about the culture. If local, take a drive to the company and park near the door. See what the people who are coming and going are wearing. If you’ve got a recruiter by all means “ask”. But, also ask if the recruiter has ever met personally with the individuals you’ll be meeting with. Keep in mind that often recruiters have never set foot on the premises, let alone met with the client personally. They may have done all their work via phone conversations.

“The idea behind all this research is – you want to give the employer the “feel” that you already work there.”

Also, if you’re in communication with the Human Resources Professional check on what they believe is appropriate attire and if there are any expectations you should be aware of in advance. What’s the impression this will leave with them? You prepare in advance and pay attention to details. And please, the question is not “What should I wear”? This will sound insecure and nervous nelly. Instead, simply say, “Are there any specifics that you’d like me to plan for in advance? Any particular attire you would suggest or will there be any presentations expected? This will allow for a free-flow of conversation.

The idea behind all this research is – you want give the employer the “feel” that you already work there. If it is a casual organization and people are in jeans and polo’s, you are going to be uncomfortable in a three-piece suit, shiny shoes and tie included. Impressive yes; but remember you want them talking about how well you will fit in and not “He was fine, but the suits got to go”. In other words, don’t leave them talking more about what you wore to the interview than about what a great fit you’ll be. Don’t balk at this – I bet you can probably bring back a memory right now about someone you remember who walked into an interview clearly out of sync with the company.

“This can end your interview before it even gets started.”

Women should remember what would take away a good “blend” too. Low cut shirts, high thin heels, anything extreme or loud (patterns, colors, jewelry). And here is a piece of advice that stands for both men and women; don’t wear any fragrance the day of your interview. You never know whether the person interviewing you has allergies or may just be repelled by the scent. This can end your interview before it even gets started.

So, with all that said – whether you’re interviewing in high tech, or vogue fashion – research, research, research and remember, blend so that who you are will standout.


About the author: Robin Ogden is co-founder of FiredUP Careers (http://www.firedupcareers.com), a career coaching company focused on providing career products and services for professionals who wish to stay aligned with their careers, achieve success and truly dig what they do.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Best Companies to Work For - Vol XII

Article Title: The Best Companies to Work For - Vol XII
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com

We continue to work our way through the 2nd half of Fortune's "the 100 Best Companies to Work for", looking for job opportunities. Yes, the unemployment rate continues to rise and we read about new job losses every day. That being said, there are plenty of jobs out there, you just need to be persistent and continue to look.

  • KPMG - Number 56 on the list, KPMG is a audit, tax and advisory firm. With over 161,000 employees globally, they hired over 1,400 people last year. The main page of their career site is split between Experienced Hires and Campus Hires. Clicking on the Experienced Hires link leads to a career page which includes an overview of the company, how to build a career at the company and job opportunities. Click on "search current openings" to link to the search page. You can add a profile, post your resume and search for jobs. There were thousands of job opportunities when I checked the site.

  • Novo Nordisk - You may not have heard of this company, which placed 57 on the list (and was not on the list last year). They are a Danish diabetes-treatment company with over 26,000 employees globally. They hired 293 people last year. Their main career page offers information on the company and a number of job search resources, including Career Paths, Culture, Opportunities and Search Jobs. Click on Search Jobs to link to the page where you can search for job openings, log on or add your profile (and upload your resume). You can also paste your resume and have the search function check for opportunities against your resume. There were 107 opportunities when I checked.

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers - Seems like all of the major accounting firms are in the top 100. PwC ranked 58 (up from 90 last year). They employ approximately 29,500 people and added 583 jobs last year. Their career page is similar to KPMG's, offering Campus Candidates and Experienced Hires links. The Experienced Hire link provides background on the company (the culture, advancing your career and "the profession). Clicking on "find your position" links to the job search functio. There were 198 job opportunities when I checked.

  • Scripps Health - Number 59 on the list, Scripps has over 10,000 employees and hired over 500 people last year. Their career site offers information on the company as well as specific information on a number of health care related fields. Click search jobs to link to the log on page, where you can register and post your resume. The bottom left hand side of the page has a "search openings" link. There were over 500 job openings when I checked the site.

  • Top Ten Career Tips - This page, from PwC's career page, offers quite a few tips, resources, videos, job search worksheets and so much more. This is definitly worth a look.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

An interesting look at our recession spending habits

As the economy remains stalled, sales have increased in condoms, wine, chocolate, laxatives,  and Spam.  No, I'm not going there.  The point is that consumers are still spending money, but they are being much more frugal as you would expect in any recession.  We're all downgrading and looking for good deals.  

Friday, May 8, 2009

Fewer Job Losses a Good Sign

Well we learned that only 620,000 people lost their jobs last month, down from the 663,000 that lost jobs in March.  Hopefully that number will continue to decrease, but it's still a large number.  It remains that more people are losing jobs than are finding jobs.  Although the mass layoffs seem to be over for the most part, unemployment will continue to rise because of this.  Some analysts think we can hit 10% unemployment this year, and that full employment (5%) won't be back until 2013.  Right now we just need to stop the unemployment bleeding as that is the root of our diminished consumer confidence and spending.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Recession Causing Hospital IT Funding to Drop

We've been talking about the struggling economy for a long time now.  Every industry is being affected -- automotive, finance, banking, airlines, retail, blah, blah, blah.  Healthcare was initially thought to be somewhat immune, but as we see here in Michigan, as people lose their jobs, hence lose their health insurance, there is less money coming into hospitals just like every thing else.  This report from the AHA discusses not only how IT has been cut, but that 90% of hospitals are making cutbacks overall.

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Progression of IT

An interesting look at the progression of information technology. Not sure about accuracy, but it's fun. http://tinyurl.com/dmcetn

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Using Twitter as Part of Your Job Search

As Social Media continues to explode, Twitter has experienced some of the most significant growth in the last year. As users seek to receive constant updates on subjects that interest them, job hunting has obviously increased during this same time. Twitter can be a useful, practically real-time tool to supplement a job hunt. With TweetMyJobs.com, which uses the Twitter platform, users can search jobs for free by signing up for various job channels. Companies can post jobs on the site as well. When a job becomes available on a job channel for which a person has subscribed based on geography and industry, the person instantly receives a text message on his or her cell phone notifying them of the opportunity. In today's job hunting climate, job seekers need to have a balanced approach to networking and resume exposure. Twitter and TweetMyJobs may be another avenue to consider.

Friday, April 3, 2009

After 17 months of this recession, is the end near?

Seeing as we cannot recognize economic recovery until after we have experienced it, it is difficult to know where we stand today in regards to eventual recovery. Although there have been encouraging signs in recent weeks that the worse might be over, and this article points out some of those positive signs, unemployment is the more important indicator right now. Just one year ago our stock market was healthy, but unemployment was a problem. So even if we see the markets rebound, manufacturing orders increase, and home sales start to grow again, the employment number has to stop bleeding first before real consumer confidence returns.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Financial Hotshots Join the World’s Oldest Profession

Article Title: Financial Hotshots Join the World’s Oldest Profession
Author Byline: Peter Weddle
Author Website: http://www.weddles.com/WorkStrong

A four star Army general with 28 or more years of experience makes $187,225 a year in salary. They can make a little more—$225/month—not as a bonus, but in combat pay. Our country pays all of its soldiers a small stipend for putting their lives on the line in the nation’s defense.

So, a general is willing to go to work—to spend horribly long hours and face unrelenting pressure—for a paycheck that is one-tenth, one-twentieth or even one-one hundredth of the pay of the wizards at AIG, Citigroup, UBS and other investment firms. A general does his or her job for what financial types consider chump change, yet generals (and colonels and sergeants for that matter) have a far greater impact on the course of human events than even the most senior trader on Wall Street. Or the most experienced banker on Fleet Street. Or any and all of the hedge fund hotshots in Greenwich, Connecticut.

You see, generals (and colonels and sergeants) are responsible for human capital, not financial capital. And despite what the Street walkers in New York or London or leafy Greenwich may think, leading people in defense of the nation is far more difficult and demanding than manipulating puts and shorts and derivatives will ever be. Said another way, Army officers put people in harm’s way to protect the American Dream, not to line their own pockets and put it at risk.

But now the financial community is up in arms because the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that would tax the ill gotten bonuses of AIG executives and traders. Whatever you may think of that strategy, there’s no doubt that, if enacted, it will have a normalizing effect on the compensation of all bankers and brokers. And that outcome, they howl, will lead to a hemorrhage of talent from the financial services industry. They huff and puff that nobody will do the onerous and dirty work of their industry without the porcine pay packages they have come to expect.

What these Streeters are really saying is that the kind of people the financial services industry has sought to attract will work only for money. That’s not true of the many hardworking people down in the ranks, of course, but it is certainly the case for all of the traders and executives who have suckled for years at stratospheric pay levels. These masters and mistresses of the universe are only in it for the cash they are paid.

So, what’s that make them? There’s only one other profession where people work solely for the money they can earn. It’s a talent, I suppose, and it’s also the oldest job title in the world.

Thanks for reading,
Peter
Pay a visit to CareerFitness.com

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Monday, March 16, 2009

How to Stop Worrying About Your Job Search

Article Title: How to Stop Worrying About Your Job Search
Author Byline: Kevin Donlin
Author Website: http://www.collegerecruiter.com/guaranteed-resumes.php

Want to put an end to your job-search worries?

You can.

Or at least, you can channel worries into positive action that moves you closer to employment every day. That's a message I got from the book, "100 Ways to Motivate Yourself," by Steve Chandler, who writes: "The next time you're worried about something, ask yourself, 'What small thing can I do right now?' Then do it. Remember not to ask, "What could I possibly do to make this whole thing go away?" That question does not get you into action at all."

There are two important implications here:

1. One small action is more productive than any amount of worry, and

2. Trying to solve all your job search problems in one fell swoop can paralyze you with confusion.

Let's tackle the second one first.

No matter who you are, you'll almost never go from unemployed to hired in one day, just as you can't lose 50 lbs. in a week or master French in an afternoon.

Heck, even Barry Bonds has been out of work for over a year, despite his Hall-of-Fame resume.

So stop tearing your hair out. You probably won't get hired from one action, but many. It may take a week, or several months, but the job you seek is out there and you will get it after you've taken enough of the right actions.

With that said, here are three ways you can stop worrying about your job search by taking small, positive actions today, each of which requires only 15 minutes ...

1) Call one person

We all know someone well-connected to potential job leads, with whom we haven't spoken in months or years. Pick one person and call them today, just to say hello.

Be sure to do one thing: Ask, "What would help you do your job better these days?" Then write their reply down.

After you hang up, brainstorm ways to help your friend do his/her job. You can ask other people in your network or Google for ideas. Keep going until you find at least one promising idea. You will then have an excuse to call your friend back tomorrow.

This will do two things: jump-start a dormant relationship and put you top of mind with a well-connected friend, both of which will make them more likely to send you employment leads.

2) Research one ideal employer

Have you ever submitted a resume to a blind ad online or in the newspaper, one that told you nothing about the company? And how did that work out?

By contrast, the more you know about an employer, the clearer your path to employment will become. It could be that a manager there went to the same school as you, or you go to the same church as the CIO, or they sell to a client you used to work for.

There are literally thousands of ways to make a connection with your next boss and stand out from ordinary job seekers. But you'll never know until you research the 10-20 companies you want to work for.

Why not pick one employer today and spend 15 minutes learning all you can about their employees, corporate culture, clients, problems, and opportunities?

Then try to make a connection based on your experience, education, and network of contacts.

3) Write down five scary interview questions

What's the last question on earth you want to be asked in a job interview?

Is it, "Why did you leave your last position?" Or, "What are your salary requirements?" Or, the dreaded, "What's your biggest weakness?" Whatever questions scare you, write them down.

Something magical happens when you write a problem on paper. It's like shining a light under the bed to check for monsters -- when you see things clearly, most of the fear factor vanishes.

Also, any interview question that scares you has been asked before. Which means there's an answer for it. And you can find that answer by searching online, reading a book, or asking a friend who works in HR.

Now. What if I haven't addressed your job-search worries in this article?

No problem. Simply write down whatever is bothering you, whether it's your age, lack of experience, the job market in your city, etc.

Then, spend just 5 minutes doing something about each worry today. Will you solve all your job-search problems in 5 or 15 minutes? No.

Will you be taking action toward solving those problems? Yes. And action dispels worry, just as sunlight dispels fog.

As Steve Chandler writes: "When you find yourself worrying about something, ask yourself the action question, 'What can I do about this right now?' And then do something. Anything. Any small thing."

Prove it for yourself and try it today.


Kevin Donlin is Creator of TheSimpleJobSearch.com. Since 1996, he has provided job-search help to more than 20,000 people. Author of 3 books, Kevin has been interviewed by The New York Times, Fox News, CBS Radio and others. His latest product, The Simple Job Search System, is available at http://www.collegerecruiter.com/guaranteed-resumes.php

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Warren Buffett is not exactly a ray of sunshine today

The economy has "fallen off a cliff"

“The people that behaved well are no doubt going to find themselves taking care of the people who didn’t behave well.”

"The current efforts to help revive the economy are likely to produce inflation that could be worse than what the country suffered through in the late 1970s."

"Unemployment will likely climb a lot higher before the recession is done."

See more of his optimism here.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Spamming the Unemployed

Being out of work can be stressful enough without idiot spammers now preying on the unemployed. In this one, the spammer sends an email about a job lead, or rejection, only to reward them with a brand new virus. Hit the link for the article. It's OK, really.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Who's Hiring from the "Best Companies" Lists?

Article Title: Who's Hiring from the "Best Companies" Lists?
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com

Time to review some additional company career sites and focus on "direct source" career opportunities. Generally speaking, while all company posted positions found on the Job Boards (or Recruiters) will be found on company's career site, not all opportunities on company career sites will be found on Job Boards (I hope that makes sense). For that reason, you need to review company career sites as a regular part of you job search plan. First up is another resource for researching and creating your company list, followed by some company career sites.

  • Best Companies - This resource, provided by JobStar.org, provides a "list of lists" of best companies (some of which I've reviewed in the past). This is as good a place as any to start (or continue) your research regarding the best companies to work for.

  • FedEx - Included on the "America's Most Admired Companies" list, FedEx's career site leads with a tab for Job Search (with a mini video that plays as soon as you launch the page), followed by tabs for My Job Agent, Job Cart, Areas of Talent (a list of the company's departments), Locations and a list of the various FedEx companies. The site also has background information on the company. The Job Search function allows you to paste your resume, against which the search engine will try to align job opportunities. A quick search returned 56 jobs for both FedEx and Kinkos.

  • Procter and Gamble (P&G) - Included on the "America's Most Admired Companies" list, P&G's career site starts with "Find a Job and Apply" (a good place to start!). The center of the page focuses on company information. There is a time critical note regarding a Diversity Virtual Career fair today from 12pm to 8pm EST (details on the site). The menu selection is on the left-hand side of the page and has Recruiting Blueprint, Corporate Info and Career Advice Center. The Recruiting Blueprint gives an overview of P&G's hiring process. Their site had over 1,000 jobs globally when I checked and you can refine the search not only by location, but also by Experienced Hires, College Grads, Internships and Student Programs. You can register on the site and post your resume.

  • Google - Included on both the "America's Most Admired Companies" list and the "100 Best Companies to Work for", Google's Jobs page looks very much like what you would expect from Google. A very clean interface and uncluttered main page, you can Browse openings from the center of the page (categorized by locations and departments) or select from Life at Google, Getting into Google and Student Jobs. You can create a jobs cart as well. You must select your country to search for jobs and enter a search word. Searching on Engineer yielded 44 jobs in the US while searching on software (a more generic search) showed 112 jobs.


Definitely leverage the lists provided at the start of this article to launch or enhance your research of companies. It will save time and provide a robust list of some of the best companies to work for.

Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Moody's Job Report

Moody's released their U.S. employment forecast last week, indicating that recovery is likely not coming until 2010 at the earliest. I guess the question though is what is recovery? When the bleeding stops? When jobs have started to grow once again? Or when the economy rebounds to some predetermined level? This article indicates that the U.S. has already had its worse quarter at the end of 2008, and Michigan is yet to experience its worse quarter in early 2009. But total jobs will not bottom out until the end of 2009. Information Systems is one of the more stable sectors according to this, at least in Michigan, as the worse is behind us and 2009 will remain flat.

This article however suggests a much longer road to recovery, with the economy shrinking and unemployment rising until 2011.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

GM to cut 10,000 jobs

GM will cut another 10,000 salaried jobs. This is double the number speculated yesterday, no buyouts or retirements this time around. Those that survive get a pay cut.

Monday, February 9, 2009

101 (other) things you can do while looking for a job

Article Title: 101 (other) things you can do while looking for a job
Author Byline: Tim Tyrell-Smith @ Spin Strategy™ - Tools for Intelligent Job Search
Author Website: blog.spinstrategy.com

This one goes under the category called "The Psychology of Search". Why, you ask? Well, believe it or not, having other things on your mind besides job search helps clear your head. It allows you a few distractions so that you can stop checking e-mail every 10 minutes. Is that you?

I also believe very strongly that despite the stress and frustration that comes with an extended job search, there is a positive that must be recognized. I wrote about it early in this blog's life (seven days in). The post was titled "Out of Work? Lucky You". I actually worried in the beginning that readers might see that title as a bit too sarcastic. After all, there is real pain out there in job search land. Homes are lost and family relationships are strained. I get that part.

In the end, though, that post was one of my most popular (in terms of views). And I didn't get any hate mail. So I guess I'm off the hook.

However, the opportunity that is available is so significant that I felt I needed to do a much bigger follow-up list. Last time I offered 25 ideas. This time I will share 101 ideas. OK, I'm kind of cheating because I will include the original 25 to kick things off. But hey, just think, you get 76 more FREE! Isn't that something?

OK. Ready?

1. Walk or drive your kids to school
2. Coach your daughter's soccer team
3. Volunteer at church
4. Take a drive up the coast to visit family
5. Take a class at the local university
6. Give your dog a bath
7. Start a blog
8. Re-assess your priorities in life
9. Create a short term and long-term financial plan
10. Paint your house
11. Transfer VHS family movies to DVD
12. Take to your spouse or significant other to brunch
13. Pull the old guitar out of the attic and serenade someone
14. Research your family tree
15. Organize a family reunion
16. Organize your home filing system
17. Create an estate plan
18. Pursue an entrepreneurial dream
19. Locate an old family friend and write him or her a letter (on paper with a pen)
20. Write a poem
21. Go to the gym (everyday)
22. Cook healthy dinners
23. Go to a museum
24. Re-negotiate your home, life and auto insurance rates
25. Start a family Yahoo! Group
26. Organize your recipe cards
27. Train for a half marathon
28. Learn a foreign language
29. Teach a class at the local community college
30. Pick one person in your network and find them a job
31. Plan a neighborhood block party
32. Put on an elaborate puppet show for your kids (fun, colorful socks work great)
33. Read the Bible
34. Work in your child's classroom
35. Lose 10 pounds
36. Plant a garden
37. Go on long bike rides
38. Sand and re-paint an old piece of furniture
39. Replace all your light bulbs with the "green"kind
40. Recycle everything
41. Join a book club and actually read the assigned books
42. Install baseboards and crown moulding
43. Try painting or carving something
44. Write a thank you note to an inspirational high school or college teacher
45. Meet your local congress person
46. Start a 529 plan for your kids (even if contributions may come slow)
47. Get a physical and depending on your age or gender, key disease screeners
48. Have your kids fingerprinted
49. Walk your dog . . . everyday
50. Write a business plan for a friend
51. Clean out all of your closets and donate the extras to charity
52. Organize a food drive for the local food bank
53. Play handyman (or woman) for an elderly neighbor
54. Order and analyze your credit report
55. Do your own taxes
56. Play chess in the park
57. Make your lawn the envy of the community
58. Be like Clark Griswold and light up your Christmas
59. Make a video interview of yourself so people can see and hear your 100 years from now
60. Go on long hikes and think about what working people are doing right then
61. Plan an economical boys or girls night out (this way you know you can afford it)
62. Clean out your rain gutters
63. Join a free online fantasy sports league
64. Write a patent
65. Catch a matinee - preferably an old western or love story
66. Become an active alumni of your college or greek organization
67. Go to a senior center and read someone the newspaper
68. Set up a Flickr account and organize all your photos
69. Write an e-book and give it away for free
70. Go to the library (a quiet place to get away from the phone)
71. Wash dishes by hand
72. Read a different magazine every day for 30 days (library)
73. Write your goals and, if married, share them with your spouse
74. Bake cookies once a week
75. Use the BBQ (again, once a week)
76. Smile at people you meet
77. Wash your windows
78. Check all your smoke detectors
79. Test for mold in your home
80. Insulate your doors and windows (saves $)
81. Become a Big Brother or Big Sister
82. Build a cool lemonade stand for your kids
83. Frame and hang important family pictures
84. Get new house keys made (before they break)
85. Write a letter to a service person fighting in Iraq
86. Look for five ways to save money around the house
87. Plan a family slumber party (including tents) in the living room
88. Join the board of directors for a local charity
89. Be a phone volunteer for the next NPR station membership drive
90. Sleep in during the week (once a month)
91. Go fishing with an old friend
92. Sell extra "treasure" on eBay
93. Stop smoking. Really.
94. Create an iMovie or a fun slideshow on iPhoto
95. Buy a finch feeder and watch nature for a few minutes each day
96. Have a garage sale
97. See a free play at a local school or park
98. Catch a local little league game (and grab a hot dog and coke to go with it)
99. Smother your family with all the attention they've been missing
100. Go camping or take another inexpensive vacation
101. Take a deep breath and be grateful for everything you have.

Whew! So, what's my point? If you never have another extended break in your career, what will you wish you did during this period?

While you can't do it all - clearly your #1 priority is to be and remain focused on networking yourself into that next job - make sure some of what you do is more nourishing than frustrating.

What did I miss?

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.