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:

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, 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:

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.

  • - 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).

  • - Another partner of, 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.

  • - 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, 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, 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:

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, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.