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New York City Job Market Update

Happy New Year Edition

Newsletter for LHH New York City office (Go to: January 8, 2009

In This Issue FLASH! Congratulations to the winners of The 1st Annual LHH NYC
• Job Market Intel Creative Networking Contest: 1st Prize – Marleen Levi, 2nd Place –
• Career Events Saadiah Freeman, 3rd Place – Brian Albin (see the details of their
winning entries in the article below)…
• Networking Events
• JMC Job Search Tips
Job Market Intel
Also Included The 1st Annual LHH NYC Creative Networking Contest Winners
• Useful Web Sites
Thanks to all who submitted your wonderfully creative ideas for networking and now let’s share the
• Media Resources top entries:

• Blue Steps 1. Marleen Levi – She used a volunteer position helping out with guest registration and raffles
for the annual Veterans Holiday Party to facilitate an opportunity to network face-to-face
• Network of Experts with a Queens Councilman. The registration desk provided the interaction platform and now
they’ve set a follow-up meeting.
• Job Lead Sampler
2. Saadiah Freeman – Her suggestion was to “start a group for job seekers in your industry
• Just Thinking… on” and “organize a fun, budget conscious social event to shake off the job
hunting blues…”
3. Brain Albin – He suggested attending trade shows and conventions held at venues like the
Get Your Copy Javits Center. Brian also shared the following resources to help with networking efforts:
NYC Job Market Update
available online at: Here are some other things that have been working for me.
• Of course, LHH resources!!! Great way to start the journey if you have to....
C Access the latest and
back editions. Copies are • Watch where people land and find out the HR person(s) they worked with at the company
also available in the they work for now. Use this as an in to speak with someone directly and bypassing the
common areas and from automated scanning and scoring of your resume.
your consultants… If you • Keyword addendum in your resume (see mine as an example) -- A keyword addendum is a
have information to way to increase your automated score during the screening process. It is an additional
submit, contact Rod page on your resume that includes all the keywords highlighted in the body of your
Williams at formatted resume. So, you can get at least twice the score for topics companies are looking or for. For example, the word "collaboration" is likely to appear in the body of your resume. It
212.455.8583. Thanks in should also appear in the keyword addendum and therefore, doubles your score for that
advance! word.
• Trade/Industry Associations - for me this includes:
o ARMA - - Association of Records Managers and
CRN SpotLight Administrators. I am a member of the NYC chapter and use these meeting to maintain
contacts and awareness of record and content management industry trends.
Check out the approximately
150,000 jobs on LeadLink o AIIM - - Association for Information and Image Management -
and don’t forget to keep your they hold a huge trade show annually in March/April (Philadelphia, PA) and smaller
quarterly shows around the country. Each of these shows is represented by large and
resume updated on Resume small vendors having presence in this space
Reserve. New employers
and recruiters are added and o GARP - - Global Association of Risk Professionals
are searching daily. o and on and on and on.....

Access both on the web at: • LinkedIn - where would I be without this? o build your profile
o add connections - including vendors you may have bought or considered buying
Other Job Market
from when in your previous role
Connection Highlights…
o join groups
New Feature: o get people you may use for references to write recommendations and make it easy
“Hannibal’s Takes” for them by writing an example they can put into their own words.
• - free resume posting site and interesting graphical presentation of
Job Fairs your skills. It provides ability to track views of your resume. It is very easy to complete a
profile on this site particularly if you have gone through the LHH assessment exercises.
They introduce you to companies and opportunities matching your profile.
Employer of the Day
• - similar to jobfox with limited job search capability. I am unable to
view opportunities unless they meet my profile
“JMC Live”
• - great for custom job alerts. scrapes the internet for opportunities
Entertainment & Media matching your search parameters and criteria
Networking Group • College / University Alumni associations - My alma mater, Fordham University, recently
stepped up its efforts to assist alumni in the midst of job searches. Universities are
recognizing the need to assist in this area.
Recruiter Panels
• Research groups (many for pay, but with some creative internet searching or connections
you can gain access to this information and stay up to date with industry trends).
Special Topic Speakers
o Gartner -
Additionally we serve as o The Info Pro -
the venue for several
o Forrester -
external professional
networking groups o Doculabs - - big in the content management space
including TENG (Tech • Consulting groups - these will be represented at trade shows or on industry association web
Exec. Networking sites like AIIM or ARMA.
Group), MENG
(Marketing Exec.
Networking Group), and You're Only Kidding Yourself
FENG (Financial Exec.
I've been unemployed in my career. Twice. So what I'm about to say is based as much on personal
Networking Group) experience as it is on a lifetime of studying the best practices in career self-management. There's a
single, profound truth in hunting for a job: you're only kidding yourself if you think it will be quick and
easy. It won't.

Blue Steps Whether the economy is in recession or firing on all cylinders, whether you're starting out in your
career or have years of experience under your belt, whether you're a skilled tradesperson or a senior
executive, looking for a decent employment opportunity is the hardest job you will ever have. It will
We have negotiated a 20% take every bit of knowledge you can muster, every insight you can gain, every piece of wisdom you
discounted rate for LHH clients can acquire, and even then, it will take pluck, determination and plenty of hard work.
with Blue Steps the executive
search web site owned and That's why I was absolutely stunned to see the results of a 2008 poll taken by Alan Krueger and
operated by the AESC Andreas Mueller and reported recently in The Economist. They found that unemployed workers in the
(Association of Executive U.K., Sweden and Germany devote 10 minutes or less per day looking for a job. That's people who
are unemployed mind you. They either believe they are entitled to a job-wishful thinking in today's
Search Consultants) which is
global economy-or that pixie dust will make it happen for them-the employment equivalent of buying
their professional organization a lottery ticket.
made up of over 200 of the top
executive search firms. See Job search efforts were better in Spain and France, but nowhere near what's required for success.
your consultant for details. Unemployed workers in those countries spent 20 to 30 minutes per day searching for a new job. And
AESC has around 200 in the U.S., the survey found that unemployed workers spent barely 40 minutes per day looking for a
member search firms, with new employment opportunity. That's less time than average American spends watching television
around 4000 consultants
around the world.
(4.7 hours) or getting showered and dressed each day (53 minutes).

So What?

Most of us will spend one-third or more of our lives at work. Doesn't it make sense, therefore, to
invest the time necessary to get it right? Isn't it worth the effort to acquire a knowledge of the key
principles and skills of effective job searching and then to practice them rigorously until you land a
good job-one that will enable you to excel? Aren't you more likely to see a real and sustainable return
on such an investment in yourself and your future than you are in an investment with (allegedly)
smart stock market analysts?

So, why do so many of us sell ourselves and our careers short? Why are we spending so little time in
the one wealth creation activity we can actually profit from and control?

A Matter of Misunderstanding

I can't say what's behind the less than vigorous efforts of workers in other countries, but in the U.S., I
think it comes from a misunderstanding of the Declaration of Independence. That wonderful
document, of course, defines our culture. It establishes our expectations both in our neighborhood
and in the workplace. And subconsciously, many of us believe that the Declaration of Independence
guarantees us Life, Liberty and Happiness. It doesn't. It entitles us to our Life, our Liberty and our
pursuit of Happiness.

The word "pursuit" may be a noun, but it describes a state of action. The act of striving for
something-in this case: Happiness. In other words, the Declaration of Independence accords us the
opportunity to strive for a fulfilling and rewarding job-and despite its all too obvious faults, the U.S.
delivers on that promise better than any other country on the face of the earth-but it's up to us to do
so. To take the steps that will achieve our goal. To turn the potential for personal success and
happiness into reality. To create our own version of the American Dream.

Yes, there will always be exceptions to the rule. There will always be the lucky handful among our
peers who have a great job drop in their lap. But for most of us, finding that job-a job that will engage
and fulfill us-requires that we invest a meaningful level of time and effort. What's meaningful? Think
of it as an equivalency. The Happiness you derive from a job search is equal to the personal
commitment you make to execute it. So, give yourself a full 8 hours of Happiness each day on-the-
job by spending a full 8 hours each day searching for the job that will enable you to do so.

Thanks for reading,

Peter Weddle – Weddle’s Newsletter

The Newsletter About Internet Resources for Successful Job Search & Career Management
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Jobless Claims Drop

In what might be considered a silver lining after months, the number of claims for first-time jobless
benefits fell sharply by 94,000 last week, according to the US Department of Labor.
EmploymentCrossing, a US-based job board, added 50,000 jobs on Thursday and has proven to be
the most effective way of finding jobs in this downturn. For the week that ended December 27, 2008,
the first-time applications for unemployment benefits fell to 492,000 from the 26-year high of 586,000
claims, a week earlier. The Labor Department cited the Christmas holiday season as an explanation
for the drop. "Although the claims for unemployment filings have decreased, this does not give an
accurate picture of the unemployment status, unless the holiday season is over," says Harrison
Barnes, founder and CEO of EmploymentCrossing. Meanwhile, the continuing claims for jobless
benefits increased to 4.51 million from 4.37 million in the week ending December 20, 2008, the
highest in 26 years. "In the present times, it is best for professionals to hold on to their current
positions. Those unemployed are facing a great difficulty in finding new jobs," adds Barnes. "Since
the recession began in December 2007, the economy has lost nearly 2 million jobs. In December
2007, EmploymentCrossing listed about 500,000 jobs, which has now increased to over 1.5 million.
So, although the recession has affected the economy, EmploymentCrossing has considerably

increased its efforts to research, classify, and list every job position from each and every source,"
says CEO Harrison Barnes…

Networking Events (free/low cost events that may interest you)

The "C" Network

"Surviving Corporate America"; Tuesdays, 1 p.m.; people of various professions are brought together
to debate how to break through the elements for finding work; paid pre-registration required; call for
locations and further information.
Fees: $12
100 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10017
Sponsor information
The "C" Network
Contact:, 718/263-3501

JMC Job Search Tips (Simple Things pt 90…)

The New Year Blitz…
By all accounts, the 2009 economy is shaping up to be even more challenging than 2008. That’s a
daunting task even by economist’s standards but the concrete signs are already there so the “scout
motto” is probably the best strategy – “Be prepared”. Take full advantage of every opportunity
presented to you and a few that aren’t. In other words, get creative and make some opportunities for
yourself. Use all of the resources of your search program: CRN, JSWT, networking groups,
seminars, Coach Consultants, video interviewing, etc… to keep yourself in ready mode. There are
lots of employment opportunities out there but there are many more Candidates and even more
joining the fray daily which means that window closes much faster than it used to. There’s no time
for second guessing. Go for it now and remember, “having an offer is not the same as having a job”.
So until you accept and actually begin working, all options are still open…

Just Thinking…
To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and
that is sincerity and integrity.

-- Donald A. Adams


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Useful Web Sites

These could prove helpful (forward others to me at

***New business networking alternatives and competition to LinkedIn:

Naymz Maximize your professional opportunities by promoting your good
name in our Reputation Community.

Plaxo Pulse The easiest way to stay connected is now also the easiest way
to share just about anything. Pulse now brings you "people feeds" from all over the web: It's a new design, new navigation and a ton of new content. But most excitingly for
us, our site now includes something that so many of our members have asked for: a careers site!
Our careers area, WorldWIT's Hire Ground, is the first online recruiting site that reaches women 'at
the intersection of work and life' with job alerts in the daily WorldWIT email digests. Jobs are also
posted on the searchable WorldWIT's Hire Ground website bills itself as a portal for entry-level or a mid-management
positions. has got you covered. With our FastAPP feature we have made
searching for jobs faster and easier than ever. Simply complete an application and we’ll send it to
matching employers in your area. a site for those seeking opportunities in publishing, licensing, children’s &
family media, entertainment, interactive media, and related areas an excellent site that provides Free Job Search - over 100,000 Active Jobs!
Free Resume Distribution, Free GadBall Discussion Forums, Free Career Email Address, Free
Personal Email Address features links to For Sale Listings and many other types of information
portals from television/movie listings to the weather. It also has an online calendaring tool, news,
games, and entertainment links. bills itself as the leading financial services online job board bank jobs, finance jobs, recruitment in the financial markets,
accounting and investment banking another site that’s pretty cool. It bills itself as the following: craigslist is
about: giving each other a break, getting the word out about everyday, real-world stuff. restoring the
human voice to the Internet, in a humane, non-commercial environment. keeping things simple,
common-sense, down-to-earth, honest, very real. providing an alternative to impersonal, big-media
sites. being inclusive, giving a voice to the disenfranchised, democratizing ... being a collection of
communities with similar spirit, not a single monolithic entity. provides industry specific career channels with a wealth of
information tailored to your career goals. Select a career channel to research industry information,
search jobs and build your portfolio. Recruiting Trends reports that, an employment website
for Information Technology (IT) professionals and those who employ them, has launched a new web
site where IT professionals can discuss their careers, technology, current events, and more. The new
community called "The Community," also offers employers resume keyword
searches, and job seekers the ability to search for high tech jobs on a listing site that focuses on jobs in professional sports with teams,
offices, and connected entities (sports management, sporting goods, etc.). Here’s what they say
about themselves: 71% of the jobs posted here were filled by online candidates! currently has over 1,000 jobs posted in the following fields: Sports
Marketing, Sales, Advertising & Promotions, Public Relations, Sports Media, Broadcasting, Facilities,
Sports Events & Operations, Recreation, Health & Fitness, Website, Technology & Computers a terrific informational resource for job seekers NY Labor Bureau site for IT employment (thanks Jay Colan)

5 bills itself as “ launched in 2001 to assist BIG 4, Top Tier,
Software 500, Fortune 1000 IT job seekers most impacted during the downturn has grown to
286,000 members and is utilized by over 9,775 IT specific recruiters.” currently operates in CT, DC, DE, OH, MD, NY, NJ, PA, VA,
and WV , and provides a totally regional job search experience using our unique Latitude/Longitude

Free web sites continued… great search site that uses Google, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves, About, Look Smart,
Overture, and FindWhat (talk about powerful!) the name says it all. links to job postings:11 NJ newspapers incl. the Star-Ledger a site for Senior Executives lists executive Jobs lists non-profit executive level jobs lists non-profit executive level jobs lists Big Five Jobs claims currently over 3,000,000 jobs posted by
companies that use them and searched from over 300 major career sites along with jobs including 1-,, American Jobs, Infoworks USA, America's Employers, JobBank USA,
America's Job Bank, Job Pilot USA, Bakos Group,, Career Avenue,, Best Jobs USA, NationJob Network, Career Builder,, Career Mosaic,
Perot Systems,,, Career Magazine, Recruiters Online Network, Career
Web, Select,,,, The Job
Resource,, Top Echelon,,, Employment 911, US Careers
Resource Center,, Westech Virtual Job Fair. (Pay services not necessary). more tech jobs site helps you
find IT, creative, business and office/admin projects all on one website! &
us=164&AID=6944408&PID=1225587 2 sites for posting resumes and searching jobs
Fee Based Sites: Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) resume database.
LHH has a discounted rate (See your consultant) Based in New York City,, Inc. is a privately held company
offering premier online job search destinations and content for the $100k+ sector of the employment
market. The company operates its primary consumer destination at as well as
specialized job search Web sites for Sales, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Law,
Technology, Operations and all other $100k+ fields. For corporate and executive recruiters, operates TheLadders for Recruiters, enabling them to easily post and manage job
openings. lists executive jobs lists executive jobs lists executive jobs lists executive technical jobs a resume posting site
Entrepreneurial Sites: employment employment lists tech ventures and employment online version of magazine

6 funding for entrepreneurs venture capital info

Non-Profit Sites: non-profit info and employment non-profit info higher education info and employment national database of non profits
Executive Job Listings in the Not-for-Profit Sector Advertised openings: lists non-profit executive level jobs lists non-profit executive level jobs
Search firm listed openings:

Media Resources
Provided by Jay Colan and the generous, spirited people participating in the NY Media and Entertainment
networking group. Please update by sending additional resources/corrections to &
 -- Media Bistro: media industry networking and informational site.
Includes, news, advice, events listings, job boards, and discussion groups.
– daily round up of media and industry news; extensive links to
other, related publications and sites.
– Jim Romenesko’s media news: news, trends, extensive
links to other news and media related sites.
 -- Media Channel: global media news, issue guides,
educational aides.
 -- Media Week: online media news magazine.
 -- The Guardian online specialized media site.
– eWeek online version: media and new media news and resources
– Media news site, segmented by industry.
– Internews: promoting free and open media on a global scale.
– Broadband Week online version.
– career resources, etc.
 CATV Cyberlab: news, resources for cable, broadband, and new media;
extensive list of links.
– cable news, resources, extensive links.

– Electronic Media online version.
– DM News: online direct marketing news.
 comprehensive news site: news, extensive links
– Broadcasting Cable
online: news for broadcast and cable industries.
– Cableworld online version: cable and broadband news
—Min magazine: media business resources
 focus on "the economics of content"
 - interactive focus
 for designers and art directors
 - daily briefing for broadcasting and cable, with job postings for NY and LA
 Digital Music News (site/publication?)
 Inside Radio (site/publication?)
 Advertising Age site
 - Web Tips – tracks U.S. TV
 – v.c. focus?
 Variety - entertainment focus –including job links
 This Week in Technology
 British Academy of Film and Television Artists
 - digital music forum
 Int’l News on programming /content that inevitably includes notes on
many NY companies
 technology news with many notes on content deployments
 – conference listings are searchable to obtain contact info for speakers
 Multi-Channel News – publication?/site?
 – mobile media including wireless, IPTV and mobile media
 BillBoard – music publication

 Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing: library,
research, job bank, etc.
– National Cable & Telecommunications Association: industry
news, legislative information, career resources, etc.
– Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources
Association: job opportunities and career related links
– American Association of Advertising Agencies:
related industry links.
– New York New Media Association:
– Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau: news, research, links,
career information.
– Cable Television Public Affairs Association
– Women in Cable & Telecommunications: resources and links
dedicated to improving the standing of women in the cable industry.
 -- Association for Interactive Marketing: research, education,
events, networking.

 – association of business media companies
 – National Association of Minority Media Executives
 Magazine Publishers Association (MPA)
 Online Publishers Association (ironically I don’t have the URL)

theory and scholarship:

– CTheory: current scholarship on cultural, media, and critical theory
– media and social/cultural theory focusing on pop culture
– quick resources to major
leaders in mass communication studies
 – Esther Dyson publication on v.c. and new technologies
 Edventures – same on Ester Dyson

other resources:
 - Harvard Business School Club of Greater NY –
Look for the Media Guru breakfasts
 Media Staffing Professionals - Chicago based with jobs throughout the country
 "The Soul of the New Consumer" - book on thinking for marketers and product developers
 – resource on NPR?
 www.voice123 – voiceovers
 One World? – cable advertising?
 Promo magazine and Events Marketer for event marketing people


Job Lead Sampler (For many more check LeadLink)

Deputy General Counsel, Washington, DC, Congressional Budget
Financial Analyst, Washington, DC, Congressional Budget Office
Housing Finance Analyst, Washington, DC, Congressional
Budget Office
Banking Analyst-Macroeconomic Division, Washington, DC,
Congressional Budget Office
Securities Market Analyst, Washington, DC, Congressional
Budget Office
Financial Modeler-Macroeconomic Division, Washington, DC,
Congressional Budget Office
Senior Financial Advisor, Washington, DC, Congressional Budget
Assistant Analyst, Washington, DC, Congressional Budget Office
Tax Accounting, Darien, CT, Public Accounting Firm
Senior Sales Person Software Solutions, Harbor Capital
Regional Major Gifts Officer, Episcopal Relief & Development
Junior Research Analyst, Geosphere Capital Management
Sales Marketing Associate, Investment Opportunities (for Third
Avenue Mgmt)
Tax Manager, Investment Opportunities (for Third Avenue
Portfolio Administrator/Reconciliation, Investment
Opportunities (for Third Avenue Mgmt)
Audit Senior or Manager, Cornick, Garber & Sandler, LLP
Tax Preparer and/or Reviewer, Cornick, Garber & Sandler, LLP
Various Positions (150), Federal Reserve Bank
Capital One Varied Positions, Capital One, Various Locales
CFO Real Estate, White Plains, NY, Icahn Sourcing LLC
Executive Assistants (2), White Plains, NY, Icahn Sourcing LLC
Capital One Varied Positions-Rev, Capital One, Various Locales
Investment Financial Writer, Washington, DC, Tangent Corp, $120K
+ 10% Bonus
Marketing Manager, Washington, DC, Tangent Corp, $110K +
Consulting Director Sales (2) Sermo
Project Manager Insurance Co, PIPC
Project Manager, CT, PIPC
Project Manager, Chicago, IL, PIPC
Communications Coordinator, Great Forest-Blacksmith Institute,
Senior Reporting Risk Analyst, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi
Senior Accountant, AXA Equitable
Training Manager, Luxury Co. - Recruiting Specialists, $80M -
Project Manager, NYC or Austin, TX, Garson Lehrman Group
VP Human Resources, Hauppage, NY, RockTenn, $150 - 180K +
Horseman's Acountant-Standardbred, Meadowlands, NJ, NJ Sports
& Exposition Authority, $30-35K
Website Coordinator, Meadowlands, NJ, NJ Sports & Exposition
Authority, $35-40K
Controller, Racing Accounting, Meadowlands, NJ, NJ Sports &
Exposition Authority, $80-95K
Financial Analysts - Varied, Washington, DC, Congressional Budget