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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Top 10 Highest Starting Salaries for College Graduates

If you are a college student and you aren't sure what to major in or what industry you're interested in, one thing you should take into consideration is what industries offer the highest starting salaries. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the following degrees offered the highest starting salaries to 2009 college graduates:

Highest Paying Degrees

10. Marketing and Marketing Management, average starting salary: $43,334

9. Business Administration and Business Management, average starting salary: $45,887

8. Accounting, average starting salary: $48,334

7. Information Sciences and Systems, average starting salary: $49,167

6. Economics and Finance, average starting salary: $49,794

5. Management Information Systems, average starting salary: $52,817

4. Computer Science, average starting salary: $56,128

3. Electrical Engineering, average starting salary: $57,404

2. Mechanical Engineering, average staring salary: $58,648

1. Computer Engineering, average starting salary: $59,803,

Monday, September 28, 2009

Here's who's hiring in Los Angeles, CA

Here's who's hiring in Los Angeles, CA

The holidays are coming and what better place to work than Mattel. With products like Hot Wheels, American Girl Dolls and Barbie, Mattel has nearly 2,000 employees working in El Segundo, CA. According to the Mattel website it's the employees', "creativity and talent that enables them to design, develop, and market our innovative toys. Much like our brands, our people also need development and growth opportunities. We believe that as our employees grow professionally, so will Mattel. Our comprehensive people development program addresses training, professional development, reward, and promotion." Sounds like a pretty good place to work.

Here are a few steps to assist you on getting an interview at Mattel:

1. Revise your resume at

2. Send your resume through the Mattel website for a job which fits your background.

Link to Mattel Corporate Employment website:

In addition, forward your resume directly to the Corporate Staffing department:
You can also forward your resume directly to the following staffing personnel:

Mita Crawford , Corporate Staffing

Trina Miyahara, Manager, Staffing Resources

Phil Hodges, Director, Corporate Staffing

Include your resume, position you are applying, and a brief paragraph on why you are a good fit.

3. If you don't hear back from anyone within 48 hours and want to get a little more aggressive feel free to forward your resume directly to the possible hiring manager below. Again, make sure you attach your ResuWe resume, inform the possible hiring manager of the position you are applying, let them know you already applied through the Mattel website and educate them with a few highlights on why you are a great candidate for their open job.
Here are most of the open jobs currently on the Mattel website in El Segundo, CA with the possible hiring manager's name and email address:

Live Entertainment Production Coordinator
American Girl/Mattel - El Segundo, CA

Maximina Juson, Producer at Mattel

Tiffany Shuttleworth, Producer

Manager / Sr Associate, Brands Strategic Planning
American Girl/Mattel - El Segundo, CA

Grant Beggs, Director Strategic Planning

Cathy Cheng Carberry, Manager, Corporate Strategic Planning at Mattel

Senior Patent Counsel


Landon Moreland, Senior Counsel, Legal & Business Affairs

Manager, Marketing - Softlines Licensing
Mattel - El Segundo, CA

Laura Takaragawa, Sr. Manager, Softlines Licensing

Brad Armistead, Senior Marketing Director at Mattel, Inc.

Project Manager, IT
American Girl/Mattel - El Segundo, CA

Manager IT
Mattel - El Segundo, CA

Director IT, Managed Services
Mattel - El Segundo, CA

Theresa Dawsey, Sr. Manager IT
Pete Nagel, Sr. Manager, IT Managed Services

Philip Moore, Senior Director IT

Michel Bernard, Vice President, International IT
Sr. Auditor
American Girl/Mattel - El Segundo, CA

Michael Palumbo, Director - Internal Audit

Stephen Blasich, Finance Manager

Industrial Engineer
Mattel, Inc. - El Segundo, CA

Sarah Hurzeler, Manager
Matt Miller, Director

Risk Management Manager/Specialist
American Girl/Mattel - El Segundo, CA

Rodney Davis, Senior Manager, Global Sustainability

David Ringe, IT Audit Manager

Manager Public Relations
Public Relations Assistant

Chris Volk, Director of Public Relations, Fight Unemployment.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

ResuWe in the Orange County Register

Jeff Schwartzman and Dan Boersma started in May.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Laguna Beach company offers job seekers resume/search help

The Orange County Register

Owners: Jeff Schwartzman and Dan Boersma

Business address: 1100 S. Coast Highway, Suite 212, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Geographic area served: National

Telephone: 949.682.5627

Web site:

Type of business: Free Resume, Job Search and Employment website

When opened: May 2009

Describe your business: is a free resume optimization and job search website. ResuWe also gives job seekers expert tips and tools on how to secure their next job. ResuWe will provide the job seeker with innovative tools such as a job search tracker and allow them to have more control over their job search. We are also working on an Employer / Staffing firm version of ResuWe.

Why did you start the business? We wanted to empower job seekers with the tools Recruiters have and help fight unemployment.

Your background: 25+ years of combined staffing industry experience.

How long did it take you to get from idea to open doors? 4 months from idea to Phase 1 launch.

Did you write a business plan? Yes. But the greatest thing about being a small business is we can change gears quickly when needed.

What is your advice for other business owners? Be patient and work harder than everyone else.

What was the biggest challenge you face in running your business? There are so many new features we want to release on ResuWe but can only work on one project at a time.

What is the most rewarding aspect? Hearing from the job seekers who used ResuWe that our site helped them secure their job.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Here's who's hiring in Orange County, CA

If you live in Orange County and have ever looked for a job online you have probably run across Edwards LifeSciences. The Edwards website reads, "Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Edwards has more than 6,200 employees worldwide, selling medical technologies in nearly 100 countries with 2008 sales of $1.24 billion." Sure looks like a pretty good place to work.


1. First go to and update your resume for free.

2. Send your resume through the Edwards Career page -

3. Wait 24 hours.

4. Send your resume directly to the possible hiring manager below.

Write in the subject line your name, the title of the job you are applying and 4 number job code. It's also a good idea to write a few sentences about why you are a good fit for the job explaining recent relevant experiences which match the job. Mention in your email that you submitted your resume through the Edwards career link, but would very much like to be considered for the job.

Edwards Lifesciences is located at One Edwards Way in Irvine, CA 92614. The main phone number is: Phone: 949-250-2500.

Don't be scared you are doing something wrong by sending your resume directly to the hiring manager. You are not breaking any rules and after all, the hiring manager wants to fill his/her jobs and you want to find a new job. It's a win - win.

Here is the Edwards Lifesciences Policy Regarding Agencies and Recruiters:

Edwards Lifesciences does not accept referrals from agencies or recruiters
Resumes received by Edwards Lifesciences from search firms and/or individual recruiters are considered unsolicited
Agencies and recruiters should not contact managers directly to solicit job orders

Nowhere does it read that a job seeker isn't allowed to forward their resume directly to the hiring manager.

There are 37 open positions listed on the Edwards website. Below are the possible hiring managers for each open position. I categorized the open jobs into their possible departments, and listed several possible hiring managers and their subsequent email addresses below:


3581 Technical Supervisor Operations Irvine California
3603 Contract Specialist Administration Irvine California

Emil Ponso Contracts Manager Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

Research and Development:

3225 Sr. Director, Research & Development Research & Development Irvine California
3588 Sr. Director, Heart Valve R&D Research & Development Irvine California
3650 Sr. Technician Research & Development Irvine California
3667 EW Distinguished Engineer Research & Development Irvine California

Don Bobo Corporate Vice President Heart Valve Edwards Lifesciences
Laksen Sirimanne Vice President R&D
David Taylor Director R&D Transcatheter Heart Valves


3416 Clinical Sales Specialist Sales Irvine California
3738 Sr. Sales Analyst Operations Irvine California

John Fitzgerald director of sales - Heart valve therapy Edwards Lifesciences
Steve Babyak VP Sales & Marketing, Vascular Therapies at Edwards Lifesciences
Philip Hill Territory Sales Manager at Edwards Lifesciences
Steve Fried Region Director of Sales, Western Area


3602 Product Manager Marketing Irvine California
3652 Sr. Product Manager Marketing Irvine California
3689 Sr Manager, Marketing Marketing Irvine California
3640 Associate Analyst, Business Systems Marketing Irvine California
3642 Sr. Global Product Manager Marketing Irvine California
3676 Director, Marketing Operations Marketing Irvine California
3424 Product Specialist (Nurse/CVT) Operations Irvine California
3546 Manager, Meetings and Conventions Marketing Irvine California

Kimberly Denney Director Clinical Marketing Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
Mark Konno Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
Morgan McKeown Global Product Manager Edwards
Dwight Rucker Marketing Manager Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
Patricia Todd Senior Director, US Marketing Edwards
Bruce Van Sr. Manager, Global Marketing, Heart Val Edwards Lifesciences
John Zehren VP Sales and Marketing Edwards Lifesciences
Tricia Todd Vice President of Marketing, Transcatheter Heart Valves
Mark De Cecco Global Marketing Manager


3492 Principal Engineer Critical Care R&D Research & Development Irvine California
3606 Senior Quality Engineer Quality Irvine California
3503 Manufacturing Engineer - New Product Development Engineering - Manufacturing Irvine California
3532 Staff Manufacturing Engineer Engineering - Manufacturing Irvine California
3558 Senior Engineer Research & Development Irvine California
3653 Staff Engineer Engineering - Manufacturing Irvine California
3743 EW Manufacturing Engineer II Engineering - Manufacturing Irvine California

Jose Aguirre Senior Director, Manufacturing Edwards Lifesciences 949-250-2500
Lina Derderian Director of Engineering, R&D Critical Care Edwards Lifesciences
Robert Friedman Director of Engineering Edwards Lifesciences LLC
Orlando Guillory QE Manager - New Product Development Edwards Lifesciences
Jason Hart Manufacturing Manager Edwards Lifesciences
Ronn Hosmer Senior Manager, Engineering Edwards Lifesciences
Gregory Liburd Senior Manager, Engineering Edwards Lifesciences

Information Technology:

3511 Systems Administrator II Information Technology Irvine California
3557 Software Engineer Research & Development Irvine California
3226 Software Staff Engineer Research & Development Irvine California

Tony Aldemir Director Information Technology Edwards Lifesciences
Justin Stebbins Senior Director, Enterprise Applications Edwards Lifesciences
Carl Swindle Corporate Vice President, Technology and Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
Brad Reece IT Manager at Edwards Lifesciences


3525 Tax Accountant Finance and Accounting Irvine California
3648 Sr. Financial Analyst, Corporate Accounting Finance and Accounting Irvine California

Hal Barnabas Director of Finance-GFM Group Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
Keith Boothroyd Director of Finance Edwards Lifesciences
Juan Gonzalez VP Finance Edwards Lifesciences
Tim Heffron Manager of Cost Accounting Finance Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
Veronica Martin Director of Financial Planning and Analy Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

Regulatory Affairs:

3647 VP, Clinical and Regulatory Affairs Clinical Affairs Irvine California
3654 Executive Assistant Regulatory Affairs Irvine California

Scott Beggins Vice President - Regulatory Affairs Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
Nancy Cohen Manager, Regulatory Affairs Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
Kevin Drisko Director Regulatory Affairs Edwards Lifesciences Corporation


3544 Sr. Assoc, Clinical Compliance Clinical Affairs Irvine California

Jodi Akin Vice President of Clinical Affairs Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
Anne hurley Manager, Clinical Affairs Edwards
Hayim Zadaca Manager, Clinical Affairs Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

Quality Assurance:

3678 Risk Management Clinician Quality Irvine California
3683 Department Specialist Quality Irvine California

Tom Altobelli Quality Manager Edwards Lifesciences
Vincent Cheung Manager Quality Operations Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
Joanne Farley Senior Director Quality Assurance HVT Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
Dennett Kouri Quality Director Edwards Lifesciences


3684 Corporate Recruiter Human Resources Irvine California
3685 Junior Recruiter / Sourcer Human Resources Irvine California
Mike Adamo Senior Manager, Recruiting

For Manufacturing Assembly Applicants:

To make an appointment call: (949) 250-3511 or eMail your resume to:, Fight Unemployment.

Monday, September 21, 2009

ResuWe Interviewing & Job Search Podcast

The ResuWe Interviewing & Job Search Podcast is the first of a series of podcasts. This week's podcast features phone interviewing tips, followed by our 10 interviewing questions in 5 minutes segment, and concludes with our job search tip of the week.

You can easily download the podcast here or from the iTunes Store. Our podcasts are quick, to the point, and a must listen for anyone going through an interview process.

All Interview Questions have been provided by the Interview Pro iPhone App - You can download Interview Pro here or from the iPhone App Store.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Top 4 Tips to Help College Students Find a Great Job

There are several things you can do as a college student to increase the chances of finding a job with a good company once you graduate. A complaint that many new graduates have is that they apply for entry level positions but often do not even receive interviews because they don’t have any work experience. Here are 4 Top Tips on what to do to increase your chances of landing a job after you graduate.

(1) Work or intern for a company in an industry related to your area of interest / college major

You can gain work experience in college either through jobs or internships. Internships are great because they allow you to try out different work environments and types of work so you have a good idea of the type of job you want to obtain once you graduate. The relevant work experience you gain through internships will give you something to put on your resume and will make you more of an asset to a company compared to other graduates who may have great GPAs but lack work experience. Ideally, the company you intern for will offer you a job once you graduate, if not your supervisor will at least serve as a good reference. While it may be tempting to make more money bar-tending or in a retail job, participating in unpaid or low paid jobs/internships gives you relevant work experience which is the key to finding a job once you graduate. It is much better to be an intern when you are a college student instead of interning once you graduate because you can’t find a decent job due to lack of relevant work experience.

(2) Get involved in leadership roles in college clubs/organizations

You should also get involved in leadership roles in clubs and organizations on campus. Companies like to see that you have developed leadership skills in college so these experiences will definitely be something you can include on your resume.

(3) Utilize your college career center to find jobs/internships and to practice interviews

Your college career center has many resources to offer. Not only do they assist you in finding jobs and internships both while you are in school and once you graduate, but they also will conduct practice job interviews . This will help you feel more comfortable and know what to expect when you go in for an actual job interview.

(4) Attend college career fairs

You should definitely attend career fairs when your school hosts them, because you will have the opportunity to speak with companies who are hiring. This is a great start to getting your resume out there for your job search.,

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Log on to, get your resume PUBLISHED ONLINE, tweet your Profile through Twitter, and we will send you a free ResuWe t-shirt!

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Win a new 16GB iPod nano - with video!

Email us a creative photo of yourself wearing your ResuWe t-shirt in front of a cool or unique regional location or landmark. The winner will be announced the Tuesday before Thanksgiving (11/24). We'll also post all the top photos on our blog,

Can you top us surfing Laguna Beach in our ResuWe tees?

Please email photos to

Enjoy your t-shirts!

Team ResuWe

Saturday, September 5, 2009

ResuWe is in the Orange County Register - 5 WORST resume mistakes and how to avoid them.

5 WORST resume mistakes and how to avoid them.
Orange County Register, September 5th, 2009, 10:00 am · Post a Comment · posted by Mary Ann Milbourn

When looking for a job, the first step is your resume. Having a well written professional looking resume will improve your chances of getting a new job. The job seeker needs to understand how a company views your resume. Most companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to track and evaluate received resumes. The ATS digitizes your resume and ranks it based on the job description.

Here are the 5 WORST mistakes job seekers make on a resume and how to avoid them:

Improper Resume Template - Use MS Word doc only. MS Word doc files are the standard and easiest for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to upload and parse. If you use a PDF or web link the company will not be able to upload your resume into their ATS system and will simply delete your information.

No Keywords - You need to optimize your resume content and include as many keywords relating to your skills, experiences and technologies. When your resume is sent to a company, their ATS uses Boolean search strings and keyword matching technologies to score how your resume matches specific search criteria set for a position. If you don't include the relevant keywords your resume will be ranked lower and may not even be read.

Personal Information - If you feel compelled to list your hobbies, please don't mention Star Trek enthusiast, Spam throwing, or Hacky Sack record holder. Golf, running, and chess are safe. Also, provide links to your professional blog or Twitter page to promote your personal brand ONLY if you are 100% sure the content is professional.

Spelling Mistakes - Proofread. Since the company digitizes your resume into their ATS, spelling mistakes are even more obvious. Every text editor, MS Word, and Google Docs all have built in spell checkers. There are no excuses for typos!

Photos or Videos - Many companies have policies not to accept resume photos/videos for U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) compliance reasons.
Companies are challenged with the task of weeding through hundreds of resumes per day. They look at any distracting elements with scrutiny and interpret any nuances as a reason you are detracting from the content of your resume.

A resume screener is looking for any reason to reject your candidacy. Your resume has about 5-10 seconds of the person's time to show how you best fit their open job. Don't get deleted.

Dan Boersma is a recruiter who co-founded Laguna Source, a full time biotechnology and pharmaceutical staffing company and just launched, a free resume optimization and job search website. He also has a blog,

Link to OC Register Article:

Friday, September 4, 2009

Free Hiring Manager's Contact Information - - LABOR DAY SPECIAL

Free Hiring Manager's Contact Information - - LABOR DAY SPECIAL is free to use and dedicated to fighting unemployment. In honor of Labor Day we are giving away FREE hiring manager's email addresses to the first 100 new users. This is a VERY limited offer and the free hiring manager email address is only for the next 100 people who complete a SIGN UP TODAY!

Here is how it works:

1. Go to and upload your resume for Free.

2. Follow the ResuWe instructions on how to best optimize your resume.

3. Complete the full ResuWe profile including a personal ResuWe vanity URL.

4. Look for an open job on

5. Email us the open job directly. Send to:

6. We reply with the possible hiring manager's email address., fight unemployment.

Limit 1 free email address per user. Users must complete a full unique ResuWe profile to be eligible. uses advanced technologies to determine possible company hiring managers email addresses. If we are unable to verify and/or determine a possible hiring manager email address you are eligible to receive a free ResuWe t-shirt. Offer expires Wednesday, September 9th. Happy Labor Day!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

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