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The Job Hunt Goes Mid-Market

As large financial firms become skittish about hiring, MBAs are turning to boutique and regional companies

Recruiters at Harris Williams & Co. usually spend July and August handling a small stack of résumés and gearing up for the fall hiring season. But this summer, things have been far from quiet at the boutique investment banking firm in Richmond, Va. More than 300 résumés have landed on Stevie McFadden's desk this summer—and that's not counting the dozens of casual inquiries she's received from prospective job applicants and MBA students.

"Suddenly, there is so much opportunity," says McFadden, the firm's recruiting director, who flew to New York this week with her COO, Dena Moore, to conduct interviews with promising candidates. "The summer is historically a dead time in recruiting, so this has definitely changed the way we're looking at how we fill our talent need."