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Newsletter for LHH New York City office (Go to: http://www.esnips.com/web/LHHNYCJMC) June 2, 2009
In This Issue
• Job Market Intel • Career Events • Networking Events • JMC Job Search Tips
Flash: “JMC Live” - Wednesday, June 3 at 10AM in the Park Avenue Conference Room. Special Guest: Northwest Mutual to talk about opportunities throughout the firm. Mark your calendars and don’t forget to register…
Job Market Intel
Job Fairs Reach the Senior RanksShould senior executives attend job
fairs as part of their job-search plan? The answer is yes, but not for the reasons you may think. Kevin Fogarty
"Job fair" sounds like such a quaint term. Nostalgic, but in the way that's only good if you remember coming away from one with an internship or entry-level gig that would impress your buds on campus. Mid-career, with a few jobs behind you and a justifiable need for the kind of salary that doesn't show up at "job fairs" too often, the whole thing seems more pointless than nostalgic. But the job-fair concept is moving upstream, recruiters told TheLadders. Seventy percent of recruiters polled by the Society for Human Research Management said they attend career fairs. Furthermore, the economy is pushing organizations that operate those job fairs to include jobs more appropriate to mid- and senior-level executives, recruiters said. The events now serve much the same purpose as industry-association meetings and other good networking events. Should you attend job fairs as part of your job-search plan? The answer is yes, said recruiters, but not for the reason you think. Don’t expect to walk away from a job fair with a job or even a good recruiter contact. Instead, job fairs provide mid- and senior-level executives an opportunity to network, polish their interview skills and dig for job leads. "Think about it: You're going to a place filled with people with the same professional background, a lot of the same interests, all there to talk about the job market – who's hiring, who's laying people off, what companies are looking for different kind of skills. It's networking," said Irene Marshall, a certified resume writer, career coach and president of coaching service Tools For Transition, who works with TheLadders. "Just being there reminds you that the way you're going to get your next job is through meeting people." To make the most of the job-fair scene, choose the right events for you, and walk in prepared. Why a job fair? Traditional job fairs are usually organized by local job-search clubs, volunteer groups, churches and other organizations to bring together job seekers and companies with jobs to fill. They vary according to both the jobs and the job seekers they might work for, Marshall said. If it's a professional organization, generally it will have a substantial networking and job-seeking component to it, and the cost of joining or attending meetings will be low, said Cheryl Palmer, a
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certified career coach and president of Call To Career. Alternatively, a commercial event organized by a company whose goal is to help people find jobs might be very effective because it has vetted both the companies and the job seekers attending to make sure they're at least at the same-level or area of expertise as you, she said. On the downside, they might be so focused on running the event as a business that they don't focus enough on making the matchups work, or on encouraging attendees to help each other, Marshall said. Commercial career events tend to cost more than local job fairs, but they have to demonstrate that they're able to deliver either the information or the hiring companies before they're worth a job seeker’s time or money, according to Marshall. In either case, the best way to improve your odds of success is to make sure there's significant overlap between your skills and the hosting organization’s goals, Palmer said. Events organized by local government agencies or chambers of commerce tend to be more scattershot, rounding up companies to participate because they're local, not because they're relevant, said Travis Buonocore, a FinanceLadder member who has been looking for full-time work for a year and has attended a number of career fairs sponsored by professional groups, volunteer organizations, chambers of commerce and government agencies. "I have been to events that were very good and some that really weren't very helpful," Buonocore said. "A lot of them, I won't say they're not worthwhile, but they say there will be opportunities in financial services, and it might be a regional bank opening a branch office – do they need a teller? Do they need just one manager? It's not clear," he said. "You look around and the rest (of the companies present) are Verizon, Cabletron, franchising opportunities. Not very focused." The best reason to try job fairs or other events, though, are that they really are tailor-made for people looking for jobs, Marshall said. They're like mixers for people too shy to mix on their own. "It's a safe environment to go job-seeking,” she said. “Even if you're already employed, it's an acceptable way to research the job market.
Other Job Market Connection Highlights… Job Fairs Employer of the Day “JMC Live” Entertainment & Media Networking Group Recruiter Panels Special Topic Speakers Additionally we serve as the venue for several external professional networking groups including TENG (Tech Exec. Networking Group), MENG (Marketing Exec. Networking Group), and FENG (Financial Exec. Networking Group)
We have negotiated a 20% discounted rate for LHH clients with Blue Steps the executive search web site owned and operated by the AESC (Association of Executive Search Consultants) which is their professional organization made up of over 200 of the top executive search firms. See your consultant for details. AESC has around 200 member search firms, with around 4000 consultants around the world.
"It's a good tool for meeting people, making contacts, learning what's going on. Especially this economy, that's the most important thing." Pick your party The first thing to realize is that you have to be as picky about your events as you are about any other use of your time, Marshall said. And don't judge an event by the hosting organization’s name or location. A well-regarded California publisher that focuses on job seekers invited Marshall to speak at its job fair/conference every year for the past five years, but in all that time she hasn't signed up a single client and got the feeling she hadn't helped the attendees much, either. The job seekers were too far down the salary ladder to be able to afford personal coaching, and they were at the wrong point in their careers to be able to use her best advice, she said. On the other end of the spectrum, Marshall attended a volunteer organization with few careerindustry credentials but a lot of enthusiasm. The group not only packed the church function rooms where it was held, it spilled over into the sanctuary and was thick with mid-career people helping each other out on job searches, mostly broken into groups focused on specific industries or job functions. "Their meetings are on Saturdays, so they draw people who are working as well as those who are unemployed," Marshall said. "So when they have a job-fair type event, they draw so many people
they have to move into the sanctuary rather than the meeting rooms. It's a great event, for employers and job seekers."
Sometimes you have to make the leap and attend an event you might not be sure is going to be helpful, but most of the time you can do enough research on the group by looking it up online or calling its current officers or a member you might know to tell how useful it will be ahead of time, Call to Career’s Palmer said. The more similar to your goals or specialties an organization is, the more likely it is that you'll find good contacts, good information or a good lead on a job there, Marshall said. Professional associations, conferences and trade shows are especially good for that, said Charlene Li, president of the Altimeter Group and co-author of “Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies.” Do your research You can’t walk in cold, Li said. Be prepared ahead of time, and participate. "If you can speak at some of these conferences, that's even better," Li said. "Then you're the focal point, and you're the one giving the information. When you're networking, it's what you're giving, not necessarily what you're getting, that's important right then." Marshall continued, "If you're the speaker, you don't have to worry about chasing people down later. They follow up with you." Just walking in and trying to talk or hand out a resume to everyone doesn't work. It takes too much time and effort, and it makes you look a little desperate to the people to whom you do want to talk. "Just like with a trade show, you should know what companies you want to talk to before you get there; know what you want to ask them or what information you want to give them; and, if possible, (know) who to give it to," Marshall said. "When you've done that, you have time to wander around and find things you didn't know about before." Conference sessions where there are specific topics on the agenda are good venues because you know at least one set of interests of everyone who goes to that session, Li said. "Look at the agenda ahead of time, and if there's just one session you're interested in, see if they'll let you sign up for just that one. Get there early, scope out the place, sit in the right spot,” she said. “Talk to the other people that are there early – they're not going to be there early if they're not interested in the topic. Find out what they know, who they know that you should talk to; find out who in the room is influential in that area, and talk to them." If it's a traditional job-fair format, don’t stand by a counter for 15 minutes while someone else talks to the contact you want to make, Palmer said. Pick up what information they have and leave a business card; then come back when the subject of your interest is free. And talk – to everyone, not just the people behind the counters. Chat with people in line; chat with people at the bar. Show up early; sit next to strangers; and, if there's a speaker, ask for her take on the subject for the night, Palmer said. Everyone at a job fair or other career event has been doing research into his own focus area, and most will be willing to share their findings with you, she said. That kind of information is the most valuable kind of intelligence for a job seeker. It has helped Buonocore focus his efforts and develop a consulting business, although he hasn't managed to land the right job yet. "Usually what happens is someone standing in line behind me works in the same group at some
bank as my cousin, and we talk about what's going on there," he said. "All that is good. You make contacts, you learn a lot."
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Useful Web Sites
These could prove helpful (forward others to me at firstname.lastname@example.org) ***New business networking alternatives and competition to LinkedIn: Naymz http://www.naymz.com/ Maximize your professional opportunities by promoting your good name in our Reputation Community. Plaxo Pulse http://www.plaxo.com/ 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: www.worldwit.org. 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 http://newyorkcity.employmentguide.com/ bills itself as a portal for entry-level or a mid-management positions. EmploymentGuide.com 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. http://www.janplace.com/ a site for those seeking opportunities in publishing, licensing, children’s & family media, entertainment, interactive media, and related areas http://www.gadball.com 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. http://www.JobsOnWallStreet.com bills itself as the leading financial services online job board http://www.efinancialcareers.com/ bank jobs, finance jobs, recruitment in the financial markets, accounting and investment banking
Free web sites continued…
http://newyork.craigslist.org/ 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. http://www.worklife.com/ Worklife.com 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. www.ComputerJobs.com Recruiting Trends reports that ComputerJobs.com, 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 ComputerJobs.com Community," also offers employers resume keyword searches, and job seekers the ability to search for high tech jobs on www.ComputerJobs.com. http://www.teamworkonline.com/ 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! www.WomenSportsJobs.com 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 http://www.job-hunt.org/ a terrific informational resource for job seekers http://www.hightechny.com/ NY Labor Bureau site for IT employment (thanks Jay Colan) http://www.ithotjobs.com/ bills itself as “ITHotJobs.com 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.” http://www.jobcircle.com/ JobCircle.com 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 functionality. http://www.dogpile.com great search site that uses Google, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves, About, Look Smart, Overture, and FindWhat (talk about powerful!) http://www.allretailjobs.com/ the name says it all. http://www.nj.com/jobs/quicksearch/ links to job postings:11 NJ newspapers incl. the Star-Ledger http://www.chiefmonster.com a Monster.com site for Senior Executives http://www.6figurejobs.com lists executive Jobs http://www.ceoupdate.com lists non-profit executive level jobs http://www.execsearches.com lists non-profit executive level jobs http://www.bigfivetalent.com lists Big Five Jobs http://www.employment911.com/asp/index.asp 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 1Jobs.com, Hotjobs.com, American Jobs, Infoworks USA, America's Employers, JobBank USA, America's Job Bank, Job Pilot USA, Bakos Group, MarketingJobs.com, Career Avenue, Monster.com, Best Jobs USA, NationJob Network, Career Builder, Net-Temps.com, Career Mosaic, Perot Systems, Career.com, Prohire.com, Career Magazine, Recruiters Online Network, Career Web, Select Jobs.com, Computerjobs.com, Softwarejobs.com, Computerwork.com, The Job Resource, Crosswalk.com, Top Echelon, Dice.com, TopStartups.com, Employment 911, US Careers Resource Center, Headhunter.net, Westech Virtual Job Fair. (Pay services not necessary). http://seeker.dice.com/profman/searchEngineMarketing.jsp?rel_code=100 more tech jobs http://www.guru.com/pro/professionals.cfm?tc=20010&kw=job%20search%20web%20 site helps you find IT, creative, business and office/admin projects all on one website! http://www.e-careercenter.com/ & http://www.job.com/index.cfm? us=164&AID=6944408&PID=1225587 2 sites for posting resumes and searching jobs Fee Based Sites: http://www.bluesteps.com Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) resume database. LHH has a discounted rate (See your consultant) www.theladders.com Based in New York City, TheLadders.com, 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 www.theladders.com 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, TheLadders.com operates TheLadders for Recruiters, enabling them to easily post and manage job openings. http://www.executivesonly.com lists executive jobs http://www.netshare.com lists executive jobs http://www.execunet.com lists executive jobs http://www.executive.computerjobs.com lists executive technical jobs http://www.vicepresidentjobs.com a resume posting site Entrepreneurial Sites: http://www.startupzone.com employment http://www.topstartups.com employment
http://www.garage.com lists tech ventures and employment http://www.fastcompany.com online version of magazine http://www.vfinance.com funding for entrepreneurs http://www.vcbuzz.com venture capital info
Non-Profit Sites: http://www.philanthropy.com non-profit info and employment http://www.nonprofits.org/ non-profit info http://www.chronicle.com higher education info and employment http://www.guidestar.org/ national database of non profits
Executive Job Listings in the Not-for-Profit Sector Advertised openings: http://www.ceoupdate.com lists non-profit executive level jobs http://www.execsearches.com lists non-profit executive level jobs www.fdncenter.org/pnd/jobs www.idealist.org
Search firm listed openings: www.howe-lewis.com www.drgnyc.com www.pogsearch.com www.imsearch.com www.auerbach-assc.com www.slesingermanagement.com www.explorecompany.com
Financial Services Opportunities
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