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Site-ings: Putting your head on the shopping block

Looking for the perfect job? Lauren Willoughby reviews some Web sites maintained by recruiting companies that can point you in the right direction.


Are you looking for more money, a new challenge, a different job? If so, recruiters, a.k.a. headhunters, are looking for you. And since so many have their own Web sites, it's easy to go looking for them. Here are a few recruiters who have put up storefronts on the Internet.

From the look of its Web site, Louis Rudzinsky Associates should probably think about recruiting a good graphics artist. But beyond the amateurish design and the under-construction apologies is a company that claims 30 years' experience in placing high-technology workers nationwide.

Someone who has never interacted with recruiters before may find LRA's candidate overview page, "Working With a Recruiting/Placement Firm," helpful in knowing what to expect. LRA compares its relationship to the job seeker as that of a real estate broker to a potential home buyer: While the broker tries to place the buyer in a nice home, he really represents the seller. Most recruiters make their money from companies seeking new talent.

Network gurus with expertise in firewalls and security should take a look at InternetWork Technology . Current job openings are centered in Texas (Dallas and Houston), but postings from California, Georgia, Massachusetts and Canada are also sprinkled throughout. The company works on a contingency basis and charges a percentage of first-year salary.

If you know network and systems administration and live in San Francisco, Chicago, or Philadelphia, consider Advanced Resources . Other hot topics are database development, application programming, and support. The company also offers an e-mail notification feature called Cyber Agent , which sends e-mail news of new contracts that become available in its three locations.

InfoTech Information Technology Associates specializes in the New York area, stretching out to New Jersey, Connecticut, and Philadelphia. InfoTech says its database of 3,500 area companies includes brokerage houses, multimedia and Internet firms, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals companies, and more. The kinds of technical professionals it's looking for include: programmers, database administrators, Web workers, technical writers, network administrators, help desk representatives, and more.

Tech professionals living in Michigan can call on AJM Professional Services for contract and permanent jobs in the Wolverine state. At the time I visited, AJM was looking for C/Unix developers, Oracle/SQL developers, WAN managers, and AIX administrators.

Here’s more
  • As usual, Yahoo chimes in with relevant links. Look to Yahoo's IT recruiter section for hundreds of options.
  • 4Headhunters.com offers links to all kinds of recruitment agencies, including tech headhunters. The site also features tips on improving your resume and interview skills.
  • Ask the Headhunter , "the insider's edge on job search & hiring," publishes tips, Q&As and feature articles on the topic.
  • Submit your resume to JobLynx and you'll be added to its database of candidates, a database the site claims is "accessed by over 9,600+ registered professional headhunters." You'll need to pay to send in your resume, though. Fees start at $46 for a one-month registration.
  • Job seekers are invited to post their resumes for free at Headhunter.net . To move your resume higher in the search results, however, requires an upgrade fee, which ranges from $10 to $30.
  • Looking for help in communicating your career goals? CareerLab offers a library of 200 cover letters you can capture and modify. Among them is a collection of letters designed to help you rise to the top in the stack of resumes on a recruiter's desk.
  • Remember there's a great job directory located right here on TechRepublic .

And that's what I've seen worth citing this week.

Lauren Willoughby is a Web editor at The Courier-Journal newspaper in Louisville, KY, where she also writes the weekly "Technophobe" column. At night she turns into an online auction junkie. When she's not spotting deals on refurbished 486s, she's reading a science fiction novel.

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