JOBS: More Room at the Top

Quite suddenly, the long-dormant job market for top-and middle-level executives has turned around. "March was the biggest month in our 26-year history," exults Frederick Linton, president of Boyden Associates Inc., a Manhattan-based executive-search firm. Thomas Meade, president of Kremple & Meade in Los Angeles, says that his company has experienced "one of the greatest reversals ever—from a turgid executive job market to an extremely active one."

The upswing is uneven. Aerospace and computer companies still offer few jobs, but construction, real estate, healthcare, pharmaceutical, leasing and financial firms are actively looking for...

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