Recruiters sacrifice earnings, double efforts to stay afloat

By JENNIFER PITTMAN
Sept. 27, 2002
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

One hundred-hour workweeks aren’t that unusual these days for recruiter Colleen Maxwell, who is nursing a head cold and worrying about her overflowing post office box at home in Santa Cruz. She says she’s glad to be working at all, even though she’s earning less than half the wages she earned in the frenetic heyday of the tech boom.

Like a lot of professional recruiters trying to hold their own in a depressed economy, Ms. Maxwell has had to be creative and adaptable to make ends meet. Her temporary home, in a hotel near the Sacramento airport, is not that much different from the one she stayed in a few weeks ago in Salt Lake City — or before that in New York City. She gets home every two or three weeks for a day or two. (MORE)

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