A Resume Writer’s Opinion

Out of the blue, I received this email from John Brubaker, a resume writer who has been using my data for more than 20 years!

Just a quick thank you for what an extraordinary product you deliver.  Had it not been for Custom Databanks – many DOZENS of my clients over the years would have not gotten the job of their dreams.  Your outstanding product unlocks the “hidden job market” – and makes it possible for people who are great candidates to connect with opportunities they NEVER WOULD HAVE HEARD OF.  As I was using your amazing database on behalf of a client – it just struck me again what a blessing it is to have Custom Databanks not only as a “vendor” but as a valued Strategic Partner of my business.

John K. Brubaker

Principal, Professional Resume Plus, LLC

968 Farmington Avenue, #207

West Hartford, CT 06107




There is NO wrong time to look for a job

It is a common myth that holidays are a bad time to look for a job. Not true – and especially not true at this time of year. Actual hiring may be slow during the holidays, but January is a peak hiring month and candidates who network during the holidays can have an edge for that hiring.

So don’t stop just because the holiday lights are up. Keep calling friends and relatives, answer ads and send your resume to recruiters in a carefully targeted direct email campaign.

What Subject Line Should I Use in my Resume Distribution?

This is is a question job-hunters often ask.  And if they don’t ask it they should!

The email subject line should be interesting and compelling enough to make the recruiter want to read your email letter and your resume.

Use an email subject which describes you or the position you are seeking. For example, Senior R&D Professional or New Graduate Seeking Sales Position.

Non-specific subjects like Looking for a New Job or My Resume will not be enticing enough to encourage recruiters to open your email. In many cases, the title line (or a descriptive phrase) from your resume works well as the subject line for your emails.

An IT Sales professional just wrote us about our resume distribution service

Wanted to provide some feedback on the email distro …

The results have far exceeded my expectations!   Very few bounce backs (2 at most), a fair amount of “out of office” replies but plenty of connections!  I’ve opened 5 job opportunities this week which is very encouraging!  I just forwarded your website to a friend who will be starting a job search in the near future!

Great product!

I want to stay in Chicago, why should I send my resume to recruiters in Los Angeles?

A recruiter in Los Angeles or New York or Dallas or Atlanta could be working on an assignment in Chicago. The recruiter will contact you if you are a match for the assignment, regardless of location. If you are location-restricted, state that in your cover letter. But even if you cannot relocate, becoming known to recruiters who work in your field is a good job-hunting strategy.

Can recruiters help me find a job?

Job hunters need to understand that recruiters work for companies not for job-hunters. Sending targeted emails to recruiters is one piece of a job hunt and we make it very easy to send out these emails out. But like any targeted marketing campaign they depend in part on serendipity. The mailings are done with the intent and hope that your credentials cross a recruiter’s desk at the same time he/she has an assignment that matches these credentials.

5-Star Amazon Review

5.0 out of 5 stars: Outstanding Reference for Job Seekers as well as Recruiters and ManagersNovember 20, 2013 — By Let’s Compare Options “Amazon Rocks” (Worldwide)

This review is from: IT Managers eBook Directory of Search Firms and Recruiters (Job Hunting? Get Your Resume in the Right Hands) (Kindle Edition) 

Custom Databanks has been selling headhunting (and many other) databases and lists since the 1980s. They are one of the most reputable data warehouses around.

Some of the web reviews that trash these directories as “just sales brochures for their lists” are not correct. They even state that CD removes contact info. These are both untrue! Don’t believe me, just use the wonderful Amazon/publisher look inside feature– full profiles and contact data is given.

Now there ARE many more lists on their DBMS, including city by city cuts, etc. and you likely will want to actually buy some of these lists in your niche with the discount code you get with this purchase. But that’s certainly not necessary to get a lot of value from these pubs. This particular one focuses on jobs at 50K or better, but come on, that’s base entry level for programmers with even basic skills! “Big Data” starting salaries are now North of 120K at a lot of firms.

If you’re looking to change jobs or hire, obviously networking comes first, but this is a close second. I have nothing to do with this company, but have used them successfully to recruit in some VERY narrow niches like robotics and digital art programming. Their reps are really customer responsive, and mine even helped find an extremely specialized group of candidate recruiters in tutorial software. Highly recommended for candidates, IT managers and of course headhunters specializing in engineering and IT.