Lisa and I decided we wanted to invite you into a few of our conversations about career related topics.

(Beware, it’s amatuer video, but neither of us are professional videographers. If you’d like to volunteer to come over and shoot something that looks more professional, we’d be glad to have you!)

Today we talked about using a third party recruiter for your job search. What would you like us to talk about in the future?

Tell us your thoughts!


Dave Isbell is the Alumni Career Service Coordinator at Michigan State University. He has been a Career Coach since 1999. He is also pursuing a Master’s in Social Work/Family Studies at MSU.  When he is not working or studying, he is enjoying domestic bliss with his wife and kids, or playing rock music on his bass guitar. You can find him on Twitter (@helpingspartans) and sometimes he writes about compassion, collaboration, and career for this blog, which he owns and begs other Spartans to write for.

Lisa joined the Michigan State University Alumni Association as Director of Alumni Career & Business Services on May 1, 2012. Her primary focus is to develop effective networking and resource channels for experienced alumni interested in professional development and job search strategy assistance. Additionally, Lisa works directly with corporate, education, foundation and government partners seeking to attract qualified talent, retain and develop good employees, and establish collaborative relationships in line with their established goals and objectives.

With 15+ years’ experience in third party recruiting, Lisa offers a balanced understanding of both employee and employer perspectives.

Lisa is a firm advocate of the networking process and considers it a vital element in a successful job search. In addition to helping job seekers develop and best utilize networking contacts, Lisa shares her knowledge and insigh-gained aiding corporate recruiting efforts-to give Spartan job seekers an edge in terms of lead sourcing, resume presentation and interview strategy.

Among Lisa’s notable accomplishments: Prima Civitas Foundation Scholar; Michigan Works Association Volunteer of the Year; Pink Slip Mid Michigan Planning Committee; career content blogger.



  1. spartanshelpingspartans 9 November, 2012 at 10:08

    Thanks John! We appreciate the feedback. We’d love to make these “prettier” (i.e. less lo-fi) but we are trying to be fiscally conservative and quick. (Two things that are often difficult to accomplish at any huge university!) As far as being shorter, well, we both get kind of long winded when we get to talking. We’re trying to keep it under ten minutes, but you see how successful that has been so far!

    Go Green!

    Dave and Lisa

  2. John Fruner '83 8 November, 2012 at 22:16

    Nice work, Dave & Lisa! Serious jobseekers won’t mind the simple format as long as they can get the kind of useful knowledge you present here. Lisa’s perspectives on the job search from the recruiter’s side of the transaction are really good for jobseekers of all ages to hear. Her point that employers don’t want to hire a jobseeker, but want to hire someone who can step into a role and get things done for them, is another important insight. I’d like to see the videos a bit shorter, but that might be a personal (attention span) issue that I mention only to suggest that it might be an issue for others, too. Thanks for your efforts to help alumni connect with opportunities! Spartan talent was never more needed in workplaces in Michigan, America, and around the world than it is needed now.

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