WASHINGTON - Headhunters were out in force at the Investment Company Institute's annual meeting, which wrapped up on Friday. The conference drew 1,900 participants from around the mutual fund industry, making it prime territory for recruiters.

One firm - Primary Group Inc. - had at least four people working the crowds at the receptions and exhibit halls. Prospective employers and corporate recruiters alike said job opportunities were abundant. "This is a zero-unemployment business," said one mutual fund executive.

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