The Career Finders is pleased to announce Ellen Kuznick of Princeton, NJ and Jen Madera of Voorhees, NJ have been recognized by NJ Monthly as "Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners" in it's October 2012 issue.
"This is quite an honor for us" says Jennifer Madera. "The fact that New Jersey Monthly included us in its selection confirms that The Career Finders constant effort to deliver excellent staffing solutions and outstanding customer service is recognized."
"It’s important that women entrepreneurs and business owners get the recognition for the hard work they are doing in helping build NJ’s economy as well as the importance of giving back to the community” says Ellen Kuznick.
Nominations were received by women entrepreneurs who are all accomplished and inspired by their work; these professional women make a difference in their companies, industries and communities. Finalists were judged on their innovation, market potential, advocacy for women and community involvement. Their contributions are being recognized through the Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Award, an honor which was open to the women of New Jersey who have successful businesses and keep the economy growing.
After four years of circling Princeton, Ellen Kuznick and Ron Safier can once again share their staffing expertise with Central New Jersey. “We’re so excited to be back in town,” Safier says. “It’s been too long.”
Kuznick and Safier started Princeton Staffing Group in 2001 and sold the firm to a national chain in 2007. The deal came with a four-year non-compete clause, meaning they couldn’t solicit business in the Princeton area.
“The timing was right (to sell) and this national company was a good fit,” Safier says. “Then the recession hit.” To which they both say “it was really good timing for a sale.”
But, shortly after the sale, Kuznick and Safier started another staffing agency called the Career Finders, with locations in Parsippany, Mount Laurel, and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The non-compete expired in May and as of June 1, Kuznick and Safier are back in the Forrestal Village as The Career Finders.
Kuznick and Safier have been working together since 1997, when they met at Robert Half International, a staffing firm. Safier was raised on Long Island, where his father owned a gas station and his mother worked at a library. Kuznick grew up in Old Bethpage. Her father owned a printing company in New York City and her mother was a secretary for the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District.
“We live here and work here now,” Kuznick says of New Jersey. “It’s really important for us to be a part of the community.”
Safier attended SUNY-Oneonta, where he received a bachelor’s in business economics in 1988, and Colorado State University, where he earned his MBA. He worked on Wall Street and in the ski industry before starting in the staffing industry.
Kuznick started her professional career while she was still in high school. She worked for Fotomat then and during her years at SUNY-Farmingdale, which she attended from 1975 to 1977. Eventually she was promoted to an executive assistant position in Fotomat’s corporate offices in Stamford, Connecticut. After a year, she put her career on hold and relocated to New Jersey to raise a family.
While raising her children she started several “mompreneur” home-based businesses, including party planning, invitations, and selling a clothing line. She later went back to work as a human resources administrator for a large plastic and reconstructive surgery group.
Years later she decided to start a sales career as a staffing manager for Robert Half International. Within a year she was promoted to division director in Princeton, where she managed a team of five staffing managers growing their accounting and finance division.
After several years in corporate sales in the Princeton market Kuznick left Robert Half to launch her own staffing firm, Princeton Staffing Group. This is when she partnered with Safier, and within five years they accepted a buyout offer.
So now with the Career Finders, Safier and Kuznick specialize in placing professionals in the accounting, finance, administrative, customer service, human resources, IT, and pharmaceutical industries. In addition, they provide their temporary employees with competitive benefits including holiday pay, vacation pay, and tuition reimbursement. They also offer their candidates career-counseling, tutorials for skills enhancement, resume writing tips, and interviewing techniques.
Safier says that while some staffing firms list temporary positions on their sites, most firms are becoming much more career-focused. “For the most part, our clients are looking for full-time placement,” he says.
Over most of the past three years 90 percent of job placements were of the temporary kind, Safier says. Recently, however, more companies are looking for direct placement. “We’re definitely seeing an uptick in all sectors,” he says. “Staffing agencies are good barometers for what’s happening in the market.”
“What excites me about our latest business venture is the difference involving social media,” Kuznick says. “LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, for example, were almost non-existent in the PSG days, but they have changed business methodology forever. Add on Craig’s List, Indeed, and SimplyHired, and we have so many useful tools at our disposal.”
She adds that social media is no longer optional. Business is always evolving and to be successful, you must adapt to changing technology. Being an expert in navigating and utilizing these tools allows the staffing industry to still be highly relevant, functional, and qualified.
While Twitter and Facebook are great tools for the job search, Safier says LinkedIn is the best way for the Career Finders to locate potential candidatesSafier says. He and Kuznick find most of their candidates using keywords like “administrative assistant.”
“Everyone’s resume is on there so it’s easy to look through the search to find the perfect candidates to reach out to,” he says.
Through his adjunct professorship at Monmouth University, Safier teaches students how to effectively conduct a job search as well as resume writing, interviewing techniques, and networking. After learning about social media, Kuznick became savvy enough to appear before Safier’s class to discuss the best ways to use Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to find that dream job.
“It’s all about hashtags and keywords,” Kuznick says. With Twitter, it’s important to write terms that will attract you to the right people. “Keywords in your Twitter bio are also searchable,” she says. “Anywhere you can be connected is important for the job search.”
The Career Finders, 116 Village Boulevard, Suite 200, Princeton 08540; 609-524-4024; fax, 609-520-1702. Ellen Kuznick, managing partner. www.thecareerfinders.com
THE CAREER FINDERS’ JENNIFER MADERA CHOSEN AS ONE OF N.J.’S “FORTY UNDER 40” South Jersey Staffing Firm’s President Cited by NJBIZ Magazine
MT. LAUREL, N.J., Sept. 13, 2010 – Jennifer Madera, president of South Jersey staffing company The Career Finders, has been recognized by NJBIZ Magazine as one of its 2010 “Forty Under 40,” the company has announced.
The Forty Under 40 awards program honors men and women under the age of 40 who have been making headlines in their field and who share a commitment to business growth, to professional excellence and to the community. To qualify, a nominee had to meet selection criteria that included working in New Jersey and possessing significant authority for decision making within a company or organization. Forty Under 40 is sponsored by Sax Macy Fromm & Co., PC, the New Jersey Devils and Right Management.
“Now the entire state will know what I’ve long known: that Jennifer is an extraordinarily dynamic, highly motivated professional in the staffing field,” says Ron Safier, managing partner of The Career Finders. “She makes connections easily, she pursues opportunities relentlessly, she’s a great communicator and she’s intuitive when it comes to matching individuals with employers. Our clients and the community at large have greatly benefitted from her efforts.”
Ms. Madera has been placing qualified job candidates since 1997. In addition to her career achievements, she volunteers at the Kellman Brown Academy in Voorhees, N.J., and at the Women’s Opportunity Center in Mt. Laurel, where she conducts mock “interviews” for WOC candidates and teaches classes on job etiquette. Her dog Taz is a certified Pet Therapy Dog and visits local children's hospitals and nursing homes. A graduate of Montclair State University, Ms. Madera resides in Voorhees with her husband and four children.
The winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges including Elizabeth Christopherson, The Rita Allen Foundation; John Farrell, Rider University; and Neil Stanton, Consultedge.
NJBIZ and the program sponsors will honor this year’s winners during an awards ceremony on Sept. 20, 2010, at the Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, N.J. The honorees will also be highlighted in a special supplement to NJBIZ on Sept. 27, 2010. For more information about the NJBIZ Forty Under 40 awards program or to register for the event, visit www.njbiz.com/events.
The Career Finders specializes in placing highly skilled professionals on a temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire basis, in various positions including those in the accounting/finance, administrative, customer service, human resources, information technology and pharmaceutical industries. The owners and staff of The Career Finders have a combined 75 years of experience in the recruiting industry. Based in Mt. Laurel, N.J., The Career Finders also has offices in Parsippany, N.J., and King of Prussia, Pa. For more information, visit www.thecareerfinders.com or call 856-533-2320.
February 6, 2010
U.S. jobless rate drops to 9.7%
Author: KATHLEEN LYNN, STAFF WRITER
Section: MONEY Page: A10
Index Terms: EMPLOYMENT
Estimated printed pages: 2
* What's new: The unemployment rate dropped from 10 percent to 9.7 percent in January, its lowest since August. Analysts had expected unemployment to be flat or slightly higher. At the same time, however, the number of jobs fell by 20,000.
* How can that be? The jobs figure is based on a survey of employers, while the unemployment data is based on a smaller, more volatile survey of households.
* Where jobs were added: Retail (up 42,000) and manufacturing (up 11,000).
* Where jobs were cut: Construction (down 75,000) and state and local government (down 41,000).
* Optimistic signs: The number of temporary workers rose 52,000 in January. Employers typically hire temps first when business starts to pick up; an increase in permanent jobs often follows. Plus, the average workweek rose by 0.1 hour, to 33.9 hours — another sign that may point to more hiring in the future.
* On the other hand: The number of jobs lost in December was revised upward, from 85,000 to 150,000
* Number of jobs lost in last two years: 8.4 million
* Outlook for 2010: Economists surveyed recently by Bloomberg expect the jobless rate to average 10 percent this year.
* What they're saying:
"The labor market, six months after the economy turned positive, is beginning to find its bottom."
— Neal Soss, chief economist at Credit Suisse in New York, told Bloomberg News
"Based on what we've seen so far, we think it is fair to characterize this as another jobless recovery."
— Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital Economics, told the Associated Press
"Some of our clients are starting to see the need to hire permanent employees; they're no longer as skittish as they've been."
— Ron Safier, The Career Finders in Parsippany
"If you look at our carpet business, our brick business, our insulation business, all of those businesses have had significant reductions in employment. The day the orders come in, we hire back. But there's no reason to hire people if they don't have anything to do."
— Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. told Bloomberg News