Five Sectors That Can Survive a Recession

Despite fears of inflation, the ongoing credit crisis and sluggish economic growth, there are areas of the economy that are growing and small business owners who are flourishing. Here are five strong sectors for small businesses…

…Opportunities in Finance
Financial experts are always in high demand, whatever shape the economy …


THE JUNGLE Applicants’ Personalities Put to the Test By TODDI GUTNER

Armed with an M.B.A. from Arkansas State University, 24-year-old Dana Lund figured she had what she needed to succeed at her new job in the sales-training program at Acxiom Corp., a global interactive marketing firm.
But it wasn’t until she took the Birkman Method personality assessment test — a 45-minute …


Can A Non-Chief Get An Employment Contract? By TODDI GUTNER

Q. I think I am about to be offered a job that would require me to relocate my family several states away. It’s a senior-level job, one step below c-level, but not one that would normally come with an executive contract. But, given the state of the economy, I’m hesitant to move without some guarantees. Should I try …


Smart Promotion Strategies By Carrie Smoot

Most people want to advance in their careers as much as possible. But many of us are unsure of how to achieve a higher-level opportunity. Would earning an advanced degree help? Which professional direction interests me the most? What else will I need to learn? Would I even feel comfortable in a new role? How is this going to affect my …


Business Basics Should You Take That Buyout? By Tara Weiss

Been offered a voluntary buyout and you’re wondering whether to take it?

If you’re within five years of retirement: absolutely. If you’ve been recently passed over for a promotion: probably…

…The time before you accept (or reject) a buyout is when you have the most power. Buyouts are generally negotiable. …


State Of The U.S. Auto Industry By Amanda Earing, News Editor

As U.S. automakers announce plant closings, layoffs and product realignments, questions are have surfaced about the Detroit Three’s impact on the U.S. manufacturing industry and, sadly, the future of auto plant employees and executives.

Rich Folts, a partner at executive search firm Battalia Winston who specializes …


Eastern Europe – The Next Big Thing? By Amy Radishofski, Features Editor

First manufacturers moved their operations to China. Lower wages and government incentives helped China become a key destination for manufacturing. With a large labor pool, it served as the low cost option.

However, after the manufacturing boom, the country’s raw materials and labor costs have gone …


Battalia Winston Expands New York Office

Executive search firm Battalia Winston has added Nancy Schlenger as a vice president in its New York office. Ms. Schlenger offers expertise in recruiting C-suite, general counsel, chief marketing and business development executives, as well as diversity and inclusion directors for not-for-profit organizations and AmLaw 100 law firms. Ms. Schlenger …


Lehman to Pay Employees More in Stock By Jennifer Ablan and Dan Wilchins

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc (nyse: LEH – news – people ) is paying employees more stock and less cash this year, a company memo said Wednesday, as the money-losing bank looks to hold onto employees and rein in spending.

The bank granted employees a special equity award July 1, which signaled to …