A. Harrison Barnes is the founder and CEO of CareerMission.com, the parent company of more than 100 job search websites, employment services, recruiting firms, online employment news magazines and student loan companies. CareerMission.com employs several hundred employees in the United States, Asia, and Europe.
In 2001, Harrison started the legal recruiting firm BCG Attorney Search.
In 2003, Harrison started LawCrossing.com, a job board that aimed to consolidate every legal job that exists. Since being launched, LawCrossing has experienced great success and has been on the Inc. 500 twice.
Following the success of LawCrossing, the company soon broadened its range to include the 100+ EmploymentCrossing.com websites, each of which is specific to a particular industry or field of interest. These websites started with the launch of SellingCrossing in 2007.
In addition to the running all many job search websites, one of Harrison’s umbrella companies, CareerMission.com, branched into legal staffing with the temporary staffing firm Law Firm Staff in 2002. In 2005 the CareerMission branched into student loans with the success of EdFed, Law School Loans, Graduate School Loans, Medical School Loans and Dental School Loans. In the 2006 calendar year, EdFed became a federally recognized student loan lender and was among the top 15 student loan companies in the United States based on its volume of student loan consolidations.
CareerMission also offers résumé development and distribution services through the companies EmploymentAuthority.com, Attorney Résumé and Preferred Résumés. Harrison also started Southlake Properties to manage the company’s expanding property holdings in 2005.
Among Harrison’s most recent companies is Hound.com. Using technology that took over 120 programmers on his staff two years to develop, Hound.com is able to pull job listings from tens of thousands of company sites throughout the world, giving its subscribing members the best opportunities to find and apply for jobs that are generally not advertised to the public market. This company has received numerous awards and has been ranked among the top 20 job sites in the world by PC Magazine; it has also received numerous other significant media mentions.