A letter from one of our volunteers

When I say recruiting and the job search is in my blood, it may sound a bit dramatic, but it's kind of true.  Like my father, I am an executive search consultant.

My father started Handler & Associates, an executive recruiting firm, in the mid-seventies and I have worked in this business for most of my career. Since its inception, our firm has collectively executed over 3,000 middle management and executive-level searches. I have personally had involvement in over 500 searches. We have earned the privilege of becoming one of the premier recruiting firms in the Southeast and I am proud of what we have accomplished.

Although executive hiring managers are our clients, I have developed a tremendous amount of empathy for the job seeker. Before I worked in executive search, I was a job seeker myself and can identify with the stress and anxiety associated with finding a job. My involvement with both employers and candidates during the search process led me to develop a passion for helping job seekers succeed at the endeavor of the job search.

Searching for a job can be a daunting undertaking; and thankfully, it is not a task that most people get a chance to perfect through experience.

One may never have had to conduct a formal job search because each job has fallen into place over the years. Then one day, you find yourself as a job seeker.

You may have lost your job from circumstances beyond your control, but now you are in control of your own future. Suddenly, you realize you don’t know what to do. Even if you are somewhat familiar with conducting a job search, today’s market is different from what it was just a few years ago. The technology and tools available to job seekers continue to evolve and the realities of navigating the sea of digital inputs from email, job boards and social networking sites can be completely overwhelming.

There is good news hiding in all of this confusion.

People still hire People

Technology is only a tool that helps to facilitate the process.

The true secrets of successful job searching live in how you prospect, present, and follow-up with the people you meet during your search. It is about defining the vision of what you want, discovering what is great about you, and learning how to confidently share your story with the right people who can help you make your next move happen. Success comes from keeping a positive attitude, staying motivated, and being vigilant!

Using the experience I have gained from many years in the business, consulting 1,000's of job seekers through Atlanta Jobseekers, we created The Career Handler© workbook.

It includes the information we have gathered from:

  • Our own personal job search experiences
  • Coaching hundreds of candidates through the recruitment process
  • Lessons learned from years of volunteering at Atlanta Jobseekers

Career Handler© is about taking control of your next career move. It is a comprehensive step-by-step methodical system designed to help you conduct an effective job search. It is not just about finding a job; it is about finding the right job. We want that for you!!

All the best in your search!

Eric Handler
Atlanta Jobseekers Volunteer