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Can anyone recommend a well respected Finance headhunter/recruiter in the LA area?

I've recently moved back to LA from Honolulu where I've been serving as Director of Finance and Corporate Controller. I am now searching for a Director of Finance position here in the Los Angeles area. Can anyone recommend a headhunter/recruiter that can help me with my job search. Thanks Peter

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Anonymous
(President & CFO) |

Is there such a thing "well respected headhunter/recruiter" who "can help...with..[a] job search"?

Anonymous
(Controller) |

Peter Nelson at Century Group, I met with several headhunters in 2013 in the LA area and he was very responsive.

Peter Gondek
Title: Director of Finance and Corporate Contro..
Company: Referentia Systems Inc.
LinkedIn Profile
(Director of Finance and Corporate Controller, Referentia Systems Inc.) |

Thanks, I have heard about the Century Group and I do intend to contact them.

Jeff Durbin
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: F. Gavina and Sons, Inc.
(Chief Financial Officer, F. Gavina and Sons, Inc.) |

I have not worked with Century Group but they were referred to me by someone I trust. I was referred to Teresa Wright.

EMERSON GALFO
Title: CFO
Company: C-Suite Services
LinkedIn Profile
(CFO, C-Suite Services) |

If you still have not touched base with FENG (Financial Executives Networking Group) Los Angeles. Please do. I would think that their network and their recruiter network will be a valuable resource to you.

Len Green
Title: Performance Improvement Consultant and E..
Company: Haygarth Consulting LLC
LinkedIn Profile
(Performance Improvement Consultant and ERP Strategist, Haygarth Consulting LLC) |

Peter,

You may be doing this already, so pardon my questions if you are.

Given that recruiters are paid by companies to find people (i.e. they don't really help you with your search unless you match a client need), are you networking with people who can introduce you to the types of people (not recruiters, not inside HR talent mgt staff) who would be interested in meeting you and possible connecting you:
-Are you a member of FEI?
-Who have you worked with as service providers: e.g. bankers, attorneys, CPA firms, business insurance brokers, former bosses?
-Do your family and friends know you are looking and have you asked them for introductions?

What job search support groups exist in the LA area?
Have you checked with the California CPA society?

More jobs come from networking than other channels.

Regards
Len

Peter Gondek
Title: Director of Finance and Corporate Contro..
Company: Referentia Systems Inc.
LinkedIn Profile
(Director of Finance and Corporate Controller, Referentia Systems Inc.) |

Len,

Thanks for your reply. I haven't yet become a member of FEI, but I have been considering it at different times. These are all good questions and comments you brought up.

Thanks,
Peter

EMERSON GALFO
Title: CFO
Company: C-Suite Services
LinkedIn Profile
(CFO, C-Suite Services) |

Peter, message me if you want to join the FENG so I can "sponsor" you. Sponsor is really not the right word, but that is what they use.

Peter Gondek
Title: Director of Finance and Corporate Contro..
Company: Referentia Systems Inc.
LinkedIn Profile
(Director of Finance and Corporate Controller, Referentia Systems Inc.) |

Emerson, thanks for your reply and the information you provided. Yes, I would like to join FENG (LA chapter). I would appreciate your sponsorship. Thanks, Peter

Jeff Durbin
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: F. Gavina and Sons, Inc.
(Chief Financial Officer, F. Gavina and Sons, Inc.) |

I'm a member of FENG and I have been to one of the 'mixers'. I'm a fan of the organization but not the mixers. I hear the emails are a good source of leads but to be honest I don't read them.

Jeff Durbin
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: F. Gavina and Sons, Inc.
(Chief Financial Officer, F. Gavina and Sons, Inc.) |

Peter,

I just visited your LinkedIn page and if you don't mind me saying it needs work. I get pinged 1 - 3 times a month from headhunters and in most cases it is because of my LinkedIn page.

I network quite a bit and I have been contacted occasionally through my network. The group is bankers, commercial insurance brokers, CPAs, etc.

LinkedIn is a sales device and yours isn't selling.

What part of LA are you in? Contact me and I can introduce you to some people. I know of a couple opportunities right now.

Jeff

Peter Gondek
Title: Director of Finance and Corporate Contro..
Company: Referentia Systems Inc.
LinkedIn Profile
(Director of Finance and Corporate Controller, Referentia Systems Inc.) |

Jeff,

I'm in West LA, so I'm looking for a Director of Finance position anywhere from the Westside to Downtown to South Bay to the Valley. How would you say my LinkedIn page needs work?

I'd be very interested in being introduced to some people. Please let me know.

Thanks,
Peter

Anders Liu-Lindberg
Title: Regional Finance Business Partner
Company: Maersk Line Northern Europe
LinkedIn Profile
(Regional Finance Business Partner, Maersk Line Northern Europe) |

Peter,

Your profile looks too much like your resume and you have too few connections. At least, that would raise a red flag with me but if you can make some good connections via networking instead that can still get you a job.

A LinkedIn profile is not something you only look at when you're job hunting but something you look at continuously and brush up whenever changes occur in your professional life.

Anonymous
(CFO) |

Anders,

The accepted definition of a "red flag" is not what you think it means. Having the same LinkedIn profile as your resume is not a "red flag". It is not desirable but not a "red flag".

Anders Liu-Lindberg
Title: Regional Finance Business Partner
Company: Maersk Line Northern Europe
LinkedIn Profile
(Regional Finance Business Partner, Maersk Line Northern Europe) |

Thanks for clarifying Anon!

Anders Liu-Lindberg
Title: Regional Finance Business Partner
Company: Maersk Line Northern Europe
LinkedIn Profile
(Regional Finance Business Partner, Maersk Line Northern Europe) |

Just adding here some further reading on what recruiters look for in a LinkedIn profile and bare minimum should be 50 connections but the quality of the connections certainly also matter.

http://www.careerealism.com/recruiters-linkedin-profile-want-see/

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