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Professional Services Firms Eye Opportunities in 2009

Published In: Puget Sound Business Journal on January 30th 2009
Author: Aaron Corvin

One counter trend [to a down economy] is the fact that some companies are hiring temporary work as a hedge against a bad market.  At least one beneficiary of this trend is Bellevue-based CFO Selections, which specializes in recruiting senior-level talent.

Tom Varga, managing partner, said the company’s first quarter is on track, and he has people calling him on a weekly basis to hunt for talent.  for example, Varga said, a Portland-based company just hired CFO Selections to find a vice president of finance.  Suffice it to say, there’s no shortage of applications.

“We’ve received 200 resumes already,” Varga said.

Varga said part of the reason that his and other recruitment firms are doing well in a down economy is  that some companies are simply hesitant to make commitments to full-time employees.  As a result, they’re looking for opportunities to outsource jobs in the short term, and staffing and recruiting companies are there to help.

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