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