In Praise Of NortonNet


There are myriad groups in cyber space connecting candidates, employers, staffing industry thought leaders, and HR gurus. They vary in approach and in specialty, but most of them incorporate an element of glitz and virtually all of them include a profit model of some kind.

Then there is NortonNet. There is no website, it’s just an email distribution list augmented by monthly luncheons. It is administered by a man named Fred Harrison and to the best of my knowledge he handles everything himself. The only possible profit generator is the occasional plug for one of Fred’s novels, inevitably based on his career in the shadowy realm of the Intelligence Community.

The rules of engagement are very simple:

  • Jobs and resumes to be posted must be related to Federal business of some sort.
  • Candidates must be seeking jobs paying in excess of $80,000 and the salaries for posted jobs must exceed that threshold (Fred  will also distribute resumes of recent graduates or young people seeking internships if they’re connected to a NortonNet member).
  • Job postings must be concise and include contact information for posting member.
  • Resumes shouldn’t exceed one page since they will be pasted into an email (I know from personal experience that Fred wields a mighty editing axe!)

 I won’t hazard a guess as to how large the distribution list may be, but it is far-reaching and connects to a very targeted audience. I have placed candidates whose resumes I found on NortonNet as a recruiter and I have received substantial responses to my resume as a candidate. If you’re in the Federal space I highly recommend sending a note to to get involved in the group.


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Comment by Jeremy Roberts, SPHR on March 17, 2011 at 4:03pm
Is it centered on the DC market?  My jobs are in TX and CA.
Comment by Doug Munro on March 17, 2011 at 4:09pm
It gets resumes nationally and in some cases internationally...the DC market is central, but there's more to it than that. The volume isn't that high, but the quality is good.
Comment by Arnie on March 18, 2011 at 5:15pm
Doug, great to see creative people doing dynamic things to make life better for us.... Neat articles and right on point.... KIT and keep networking....


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