Archive for September, 2009

Who’s Got Your Job? Recruiters & Headhunters

September 29, 2009 3 comments

This article is courtesy of Career Alley and their website is,

Money“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take” – Wayne Gretzky

It is the same with job search, sometimes you just need to “go for it”. But you can’t go for it if no one is going for you. So what to do? You need to get your name and resume out there and one of the best resources is recruiters. But not just any recruiter (and certainly not every recruiter), the recruiters that will work best for you. Match your experience with your recruiters’ strengths. Today’s post is about picking the best recruiter and providing a few recruiter resources.

  • Where To Find The Best Executive Recruiter Directory – This article, posted on and originally posted on Confessions of an Executive Restaurant Recruiter, provides some advice and great links to executive recruiters.
  • – This site is a search tool for finding a recruiter that fits your needs. The main page is a search engine where you can put in your keywords, communities (job functions) and location. Enter your criteria and the search returns up to a hundred matches (the matches are on the left hand side of the screen). The first recruiter on the list is displayed in details. Best of all, there are links at the top right hand side of the page for submitting a resume.
  • Finding Jobs: Recruiters, Staffing Firms, and Head Hunters – Another bit of advice, provides advice and explanations. The article provides definitions of the different types of recruiters (contingency, Temporary and followed by a short list of links to recruiters.
  • Adams Partners – This recruiter specializes in Construction, Architecture, Engineering and Real Estate. Their main page provides an overview of what they do. At the top of the page are links for Contact Us, About Us, Our Process and Resources. There is a link for “Send Us Your Resume” on the left hand side of the page. The resources link is an interesting page as it provides interview tips, industry groups, compensation statistics and more. There is no listing of job openings, but clicking on Send Us Your Resume links to a webform where you can fill out personal information and then upload your resume.
  • Russell Stephens LLC – This firm specializes in the Northeast (according to their site), but also appears to have contact information for the West Coast as well. They specialize in the finance and banking industry. The top of the page has links for Our Team and Search Assignments. The “Our Team” tab is interesting as you can get contact info from this page. The Search Assignments provides actual listings. Clicking any of the assignments will provide additional information on the job as well as information regarding who to contact.

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.

Categories: Career, Job Search Tags: , pushes out Careerbuilder and Monster for “most relevant medical sales search” in the month of July

September 24, 2009 1 comment

Courtesty of Peggy McKee, the Medical Sales Recruiter

News of the day: posted 9.1M searches for medical sales in July, which eclipsed Monster (4.1M) and Careerbuilder (4.4M). This makes sense. It is an aggregator of jobs. Meaning, it gathers job information from everywhere and posts it all together. Handy, huh? Maybe–maybe not… Here’s one key point for you to remember: As many positions as those sites have posted, they don’t have everything. In a tough market like we’re in now, a jobseeker will not be successful without looking for the jobs that aren’t on these sites but that are on individual recruiter sites (like ours – PHC Consulting) or small company career pages. Also, I would encourage job seekers to develop new, bigger networks and to work them methodically. Relying on online job searching just isn’t going to get you where you want to go.

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.

Categories: Career, Job Search

Is Your Resume Responsible?

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

After reviewing over 150 resumes in a three day time span I decided that there is a serious epidemic out there.  A plague so harmful it is costing millions of people thousands of dollars every month. It is called the responsibility virus and it is infecting millions of resumes all across the nation. Think I’m kidding? Take a look at your resume.

Does your resume include any of the following statements?virus%20sign

Responsible for XYZ…Held responsibility for….Ability to….adept at…. duties included….

Well, does your resume have any of those phrases? If you answered yes I’m sorry but you’ve been infected and it is costing you weeks in your job search and hundreds of dollars in salary while you are unemployed. If your resume does not include these phrases shout for joy – you’re immune. Just make sure you don’t catch it anytime in the future. Protect your resume from these harmful phrases at all costs!

I have heard more hiring managers and recruiters then I can count say how much they loathe those words. **FLASHING LIGHTS AND SIRENS** avoid those choice words. All you are really doing is shooting yourself in the foot before you ever really get a chance to start. Using those phrases are harmful for several reasons.

(1) They are boring. I don’t know many people who leaped from there chair to make a call to a candidate who used the words responsible for or duties included on his resume.

(2) They are inferred. When you are listing accomplishments and information on your resume if you did it, it is inferred that you were responsible for doing it or it is one of your job responsibilities. No need to state the obvious.

(3) They lack power and the all important WOW factor. They even lack substance for that matter. There are more concise ways to say you did something. Here are a few other choice words you can try:

Pioneered, Spearheaded, Implemented, Launched, Championed, Marshaled, Initiated and Developed.

These are just a few of the many colorful, powerful, and concise alternatives to catching the responsible virus on your resume. It is amazing how one small change can have a huge impact on your resume. Go through your resume and cover letter and look for all instances of the words responsible for, duties included, ability to, and adept at then replace them with appropriate strong action verb choices like those listed above. I think you’ll be surprised at the feedback you’ll receive.

If You Requested A Free Resume Analysis…

September 21, 2009 Leave a comment

If you requested a free resume analysis from us over the weekend and have not received your analysis yet, please check your spam/junk mail folder. We have had a few reports from job seekers that our analysis landed in their junk folder.

Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience!

Is it Really About to Get Better?

September 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Is it Really About to Get Better?

I found this article on and thought it would be interesting for our readers.

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Finding Hidden Green Jobs

September 19, 2009 3 comments

Our Guest Contributor today is Lorraine Russo and you can visit her website at

On Monday, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said that she believes hiring in the alternative energy industry will pick up in the next 12 months. And, “Venture capitalists increased investments in alternative energy by 73 percent over the past three months compared with the first three months of the year.” In an article at CNBC, green jobs in the US are experiencing “red hot growth.” This according to a new study by Pew Charitable Trusts. The report says that “green jobs grew at a pace nearly two-and-a-half times greater than overall jobs between 1998 and 2007, though they remain a tiny part of overall jobs.”

Click here to see the states with the biggest growth in green jobs. You’ll see which states have the highest percentage of green jobs, the most explosive green-job growth, and the highest number of green businesses. Another place to look is the Green Collar Job Board. There are 774 jobs here across the US — ranging from editor to sales to internships. Definitely worth a look! How can you use Facebook and Twitter to search for a green job? Follow the users who are specifically talking about green jobs, such as @BayAreaGreenJob, @NYGreenJobs, @ChicagoGreenJob, @DCGreenJobs, and so on. Read more…

Categories: Career, Job Search Tags: ,

Are All Your Eggs In One Basket?

September 17, 2009 2 comments

basket-of-eggsAre all your eggs in one basket?

I knew a guy once that would apply to about 100 jobs and get two call backs. First off, those aren’t great odds and pretty much tell me something isn’t right here. But, secondly – what was even worse was that after he received the call backs he promptly ended his job search. He would declare, I know I’ll get one of these jobs so I don’t have to look anymore. Ok, well maybe he wouldn’t march around, sword in hand, declaring these statements boldly; but that is pretty much what he was saying by abruptly stopping his job search. This wasn’t that long ago and I know you’re thinking who would do such a thing is this economy? Here are some no brainer tips for a successful job search:

1. Just because you receive a call back for an interview does not mean you can stop your job search.

2. Just because your interview went outstanding does not mean you can stop your job search.

3. Unless you have a firm offer on the table you have accepted, completed new hire paperwork, and have a start date do not stop your job search.

4. If you are unemployed, about to be laid off, or in a bad situation at your current employer; treat finding a job LIKE A JOB! A 40-hour a week job.

How can I spend 40 hours a week looking for a job? There are ways my friend! Contrary to popular belief applying online is not the only way to find a job. Behold! A list of 6 other ways to find a job.

1. Broadcast letters. After staying home for the first year after my daughter was born I needed a proactive way other then applying online to find a job. I was lucky enough to know EXACTLY what I wanted to do when I went back to work so this is what I did. I printed out on professional resume paper my resume and cover letter and sent it to every staffing agency and recruiting office within a 45 mile radius of my house. I got more call backs from this then I did applying online.

2. Door-to-door. Albeit more time consuming – dropping a professional resume off in person still speaks volumes. (Do not attempt this if you are an executive.) Professional and entry-level job seekers go wild. Even if they don’t have a “We’re Hiring” sign in the window you would be surprised how many people do not post jobs. In fact, I read an interesting statistic the other day that said 75% of jobs are not even posted! In addition to that, when I left my full time position to operate the business full time I had the Regional VP ask me how we could fill the position without posting the job or dealing with a HUGE influx of applications. It wasn’t worth the hassle to them. WOW, did that ever open my eyes to how things have changed. And it should yours too.

3. Network. You always hear it said – it’s not always what you know but who you know. That is the truth! Prime example, when I left my position my sister-in-law was actually looking to return to work after 3 years of staying at home to raise her children. She knew nothing about HR and certainly wasn’t at an HR Mgmt level but they decided to make the role more administrative vs. management and offered her the position.

4. Social networking. I never really believed how fruitful this could be until I made the change and got really involved on LinkedIn. Now I’m addicted. I love the site, I have 48 groups I’m in and I’ve connected with professionals I never would have, had I not joined. In fact, because of my profile and active participation I’ve received multiple offers to publish my content and you can now read my blog and career articles across the net! Not to mention several organizations have contacted us about having our samples in their software programs and website databases. I’m telling you – IT WORKS! Get smart and get a facebook page, twitter account, and LinkedIn account. Keep it professional and make them work for you.

5. Get your resume on the net. Not just on job boards ON THE INTERNET! I meet clients every day who are taking advantage of technology and publishing their resumes and cover letters on the internet. They have their own websites and their own professional brand. This is not only forward-thinking and visionary, it’s genius and it works!

6. Be creative! The sky is the limit, I know one person who printed up her resume on flyers and went around store parking lots putting her resume on cars. Crazy or genius? She had a job that same week.

There are many other avenues to pursue in your job hunt as well, like I said the sky is the limit. So get creative! Think of finding a job like marketing a product or service. If you wanted to sale that product or service what would you do? Now think about that in terms of what you can do to market yourself and your personal brand!

Jessica Holbrook is a former Executive Hiring Manager for Fortune 500 companies and President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast. She creates powerful, customized, and targeted resumes that are guaranteed to get her clients interviews. For a free resume analysis visit or for a free phone consultation call 1.877.875.7706.