Jobs Go Unadvertised as Managers Rely on Their Own Contacts.
By LAUREN WEBER and LESLIE KWOH
John Nottingham says he was planning to hire a new design manager eventually. But when he heard a talented fellow alumnus of his design school was looking for a job, he wasted no time: He created an opening and hired the man right away.
Under normal circumstances, Mr. Nottingham, co-president of product design and engineering firm Nottingham Spirk, might have posted the opening on the Cleveland-based company’s website or LinkedIn page. But in this case, he says, he couldn’t afford to wait. “Someone good was available, and we just grabbed him,” Mr. Nottingham says.