I just had an initial informational interview with [url=http://www.rmcijobs.com/]RMC International[/url], a Denver-based career management company.
Basically, they're like personal trainers for job hunting. They assist you in identifying good places to apply, and have an established network to help get your foot in the door with senior management, so that you can skip the job ads/HR runaround. They also negotiate on your behalf once you get an offer, which for a higher-level position seems like a real benefit. (I'm always nervous about salary negotiations, because I'm afraid it will put me on a bad start-foot with my boss before the first day on the job.)
I've had a hard time sticking to my job search ever since my daughter was born, so I'm really considering hiring these folks to help keep me on task and take care of some of the work, so that I have more time available for the stuff that really matters.
Has anyone on these boards had successes/failures with these sorts of companies? RMC appears legitimate, and has a long history (they've been in business 50 years or so), but they aren't cheap, and I'd hate to hire someone who's just going to give me the same advice that in ever job hunting book. I'd like to hook up with someone who can really help push me in the right directly and who can really assist with my search.
Thoughts? Experiences? Advice?