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Aug 20, 2001
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Marketing Job Seekers Update: Reader Advice

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Thanks to everyone for your positive feedback on last week's special Job Seekers issue! Here are three notes from readers:


This is not a jobs site per say, but rather a links site that points to dozens of other major jobs sites. So why add it to this list? Because it includes the best list of general Canadian job sites we've seen. If you're up in the great North, go for it! [Suggested by MarketingSherpa Reader Peter Jackman]

2. Brilliant People - Management Recruiters [Amended Listing]

Although we got more than 1,000 results when we checked the "Marketing" jobs in this site cited as one of "Forbes Best of the Web" the vast majority of them are in sales, which is frustrating to sort through if you are a marketing specialist. Kim Ferraioli, VP Management Recruiters, wrote in to advise, "You can search by job or by recruiter specialty. The specialties can be very broad as well so I suggest to people that they search by job and look at the recruiters who have positions that would be of interest to them and contact those recruiters directly to establish a relationship."

3. Marketing job seeker, Alison Mittelstadt, who co-edited the original report, sent in an update on the world out there:

"After aggressively posting my resume to about 20 different job boards and contacting all the headhunters on your list and then some, I am not too optimistic about relying on these avenues to generate real leads. Many of the job boards have old, outdated postings and often when I have heard back from a particular company (which is the exception, not the rule), the position has been filled, even though the job board listing is still active. The headhunters, and particularly those who are marketing-or advertising-focused, are really hurting right now. Most of them do not have active engagements from their client companies.

"So what's the solution?

"I am writing very personalized, very targeted letters to top managers at companies where I'd like to work and networking a lot--having friends pass along my resume to folks they know, and in many cases, people I've never met and whom I've contacted at someone else's suggestion have been very receptive and helpful to me. I've had about ten informational interviews this way, and a number of 'if the economy picks up, we'll hire again in the fall and we will certainly consider you' remarks."
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