The Reporter highlights Nanette Carney

Carney featured in Women's Yellow Pages
By Bradley Schlegel of The Reporter

Nanette Sciolla Carney says dedication and hard work have helped develop The Carney Group into a nationally recognized, full-service recruitment and placement firm.

However, her face has never received so much exposure.

Carney, the agency's co-founder and chief executive officer, is featured as a "Woman of Accomplishment" on the 2010 cover of the Women's Yellow Pages of Greater Philadelphia.

"I've received a lot of attention over the years," said Carney, one of 18 women on the cover. "But this is pretty neat. At a recent luncheon, I was recognized from my picture. I was shocked."

At different stages in diverse career fields, all the honored women share the vital trait of being impassioned leaders, according to Ellen Fisher, the founder and publisher of the Women's Yellow Pages.

"These exceptional women embody the word accomplishment," Fisher said in a prepared statement. "And it fills me with pride to be able to honor them."

Located in Whitpain, The Carney Group matches employees with companies, according to John Carney, the agency's co-founder and Nanette's husband.

He said their organization primarily places white-collar workers "from office receptionist to CEO, and everything in between."

The agency handles full- and part-time employment as well as special event groups, which John Carney describes as older people who prefer work lasting just two or three days.

He said the business has developed working relationships with hundreds of companies in the Philadelphia region.

The Carney Group has won numerous awards for helping workers between the ages of 50 and 55 find a new job, according to Nanette Carney. She said that's how the company started in 1992.

John Carney, who had worked for an executive search firm, said the couple found a niche helping several corporate executives downsized from large companies like IBM, General Motors and AT&T during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

"They had become a victim of their own success," he said. "Their salaries had gotten to the point where they were so big that they became expendable. A lot of them had only worked for one or two companies. They had no idea how to start looking for another job."

Currently the company assists employees of a wide variety of age groups and skill levels in all professional backgrounds, according to John Carney.

He said his wife, who has developed an acumen for assessing the needs of their client companies, relates to nearly every potential employee she interviews.

"At one time or another, Nanette has been in the same situation," John Carney said. "She may not have been fired or laid off, but she knows what it's like when money and time are tight."

Preparing potential employees for interviews and making sure they have a marketable resume is a priority, according to Nanette Carney, who said her agency placed about 1,000 workers last year, a decrease of several hundred from a recent high in 2007.

She said boosting their confidence is equally important.

"I try to give people hope and options," said Nanette, a mother of seven who lives in Upper Gwynedd with her husband. "Their success is our success. That's the way it has always been."

On the Net
For more information on The Carney Group visit www.carneyjobs.com.

More info
For more information on the Women's Yellow Pages of Greater Philadelphia visit www.philawyp.com.