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Alvaro V.

Alvaro V.

Chief Executive Officer

 

I had the opportunity to work with Kara in two different settings: first at Tredegar and then at Nuvanna. Her energy level, creative thinking and ability to quickly read the needs of the business has saved me time and brought in highly qualified candidates quicker than a typical hiring process. She helped us hire three key employees for R&D and quickly gained responsibilities for all our international high-level positions. Later, a hiring need arose for key position in Digital Marketing. I had no doubt who to call to help me fill that position. Kara hit the target spot on! I hired the first candidate she presented and he’s been with us ever since. Kara is the kind of person you want on your team. She’s energetic, sharp, communicative, trustworthy and never wilts in the heat. Kara can significantly reduce hiring costs without compromising quality. I highly recommend Kara and would be glad to provide additional input as needed.”

Krisztina M.

Krisztina M.

Director of Human Resources

 

“Originally, I worked with Kara as a candidate; she was authentic, energetic, efficient and put me at ease through the whole process. Then another opportunity came along that I couldn’t pass up. I appreciated Kara’s candor, in that she didn’t try to sell me on the job she was recruiting on; she understood the latter was better for career advancement. As the new HR Director at EPIC, I trusted Kara to give an honest assessment on potential candidates. I transitioned from being a candidate to one of Purple Squirrel’s many clients. Over the past six months, Purple Squirrel has hired several positions within IT, Accounting, Operations and Human Resources. Purple Squirrel truly focuses on quality- every hire was made within the Top 5 Candidates presented. I’m so happy to have crossed paths with Kara and her team, and I highly recommend working with them. You won’t be disappointed!”

Brian B.

Brian B.

Senior Director of Finance and Product Management

“In searching for a Senior Financial Analyst, I tried our usual internal process but was not able to find a suitable candidate.  We engaged with Kara as an external resource and kicked off the search. In our initial meeting, Kara was very enthusiastic and willing to listen and understand what truly was needed for the role versus just the job description as written.  It was important to find a qualified candidate that fit both team and company dynamics. Kara presented three solid candidates to move forward with and was hands on in moving the candidates through the process, as well as keeping me informed.  While we made an initial offer to a candidate that did not workout, within a few weeks, we hired a very strong Senior Financial Analyst that has been a great addition to our team. I was very impressed by Kara’s energy, professionalism and the ability to put right candidates in front of me.  Along the way, there was great communication, an eye for the right profiles and a smooth process. In the end, she delivered a fantastic hire!”

Irina H.

Irina H.

Director of Finance

“If you want to hire quickly, economically, and from the best pool of candidates, Kara is your solution.  Kara’s hallmarks are professionalism, integrity, and precision.  I’ve utilized her services twice in hiring Finance employees, and each time she impressed me with both the quality and efficiency of her work.  She ascertained what I needed in each candidate, paying special attention to my criteria for competency and cultural fit.  In a matter of days, she brought me a select few candidates that were well qualified for the position.  This is in sharp contrast to recruiting agencies when I had to take significant time out of my schedule to sift through a pile of resumes and personally screen numerous trivial candidates.  Kara’s competent work performed the “heavy lifting” allowing me to devote my time and energy toward interviewing just a handful of the most impressive applicants in person.”

Doug B.

Doug B.

Software Development Manager

“Working with Kara has been a tremendous pleasure. Her ability to find and identify candidates has been better than any other recruiter I have worked with previously. Within five months of starting with cpap.com Kara had successfully helped me double the size of my team, adding 7 new team members with skill sets for BA, QA, development, and scrum master. It was a very fast expansion, and together we were able to fill each spot within 30 days of opening the position. I would always be happy to work with Kara.”

Carolyn G.

Carolyn G.

Chief Human Resources Officer

“Kara and her team have been amazing! She taught our organization how to recruit in a completely new and effective way by focusing on the skills and the experience of the person we need. Her team took the time to understand our company, our team and what makes us unique. Our team sees Kara and her team as an extension of our own team instead of an external recruiter. With each new hire Kara and her team would listen and identify the core elements that we needed and Kara’s team would go and identify top prospects. Instead of going through hundreds of candidates, our team would be able to focus on the top candidates presented by her team, identify the top pick and Kara would do the rest. Kara is a candidate whisperer. Kara’s intuition and insight puts her far ahead of any other recruiter I have worked with.”

Karen V.

Karen V.

Human Resources Manager

Kara has helped me recruit for several positions. She is very upbeat and has a lot of energy. Kara is very thorough in gathering the information she needs to source the best candidates and always keeps me up to date on the status of our openings. I really enjoy working with her.

Bob S.

Bob S.

Director of Global Marketing and Business Development

“Strong interpersonal skills.  Easily establishes a quick rapport with potential candidates.  Moves people from indifference to curious to “I’m interested.”  Does well over a wide range of positions from engineers to executives.“

Nieshia E.

Nieshia E.

Director of Coaching and Recruitment

“It was a great pleasure to work with Kara.  Although brief, she came with professionalism, knowledge, and eagerness to learn more. Kara has a very charming personality.  I have no doubt that she would do a great job for whatever company she works with.”

Shane N.

Shane N.

Director of Research & Development

“I worked with Kara on a number of very complex technical positions that had taken me months to fill prior to her coming on board. She worked with me to understand my strategy and vision in detail and define the unique candidate profiles to fill my top scientific and technical positions. Within days she had developed a list of strong potential candidates that my other recruiting firms had not found. By our next meeting just a few days later, she had solid leads, had already reached out to screen the most qualified candidates and was waiting on me to select the ones I wished to interview. After almost twenty years of hiring top technical professionals across the globe, Kara provided the perfect candidate list in the fastest time I have ever experienced. Kara is smart, hyper-talented, creative in her search, and relentless in her pursuit of client service. She is a good friend through the process, relieves all of the workload for hiring managers, and establishes fantastic, warm, genuine relationships with candidates. She tracks the candidates through the interviewing processes and helps make sure on-boarding goes smoothly, navigating any obstacles creatively and with a sense of humor and lightness. She’s the best recruiter with whom I have worked. I would highly recommend her recruiting services to any organization that understands the value of making human connection with candidates and making great hires throughout an organization.”

Paige K.

Paige K.

Director of Human Resources

“Kara and her team are A M A Z I N G! Purple Squirrel provided our organization with (4) highly desirable candidates shortly after contacting them about assisting us in our search for a Regional Sales Executive. Immediately upon receiving their organized, detailed, and thorough analysis of each candidate, we were extremely excited to meet 2 of the 4. It ended up being a very difficult decision to make between the two candidates, but within a month we made an offer and our new Sales Executive has hit the ground running! As a 20 plus year HR professional, I have never had such a quick/successful turnaround time with a recruiter! Beyond Kara’s talent and expertise, it is evident that she truly cares and is interested in understanding the needs of organization in finding the right fit regarding person and role. There is a genuine level of customer service and rapport over the phone and via email throughout the entire process (no matter how many dialogues are exchanged). I would recommend this team to anyone – they make talent acquisition look easy on their end and on our end more pleasurable! “

Johnny G.

Johnny G.

Chief Executive Officer

“Purple Squirrel specializes in hiring difficult-to-fill Senior and Executive level positions by targeting ‘passive candidates’ gainfully employed at direct competitors and within applicable industries. During a record low 3.6% unemployment market, they helped our organization learn how to attract top talent. Purple Squirrel has hired 20+ positions for our company within IT, Marketing, Human Resources, Merchandising, Project Management, Finacnce, and Operations. Unlike contingency-based agencies, they cultivate partnerships and truly get to know the company, culture, and its key players. If you’re looking for Quality over Quantity in your hiring needs, I’d highly recommend Purple Squirrel!!”

Alfredo S.

Alfredo S.

Chief Executive Officer

“I found Kara’s services very professional and competent.  Her thorough work saved us a lot of time and money and delivered a fit-for-purpose employee for our company.  I was equally impressed by Kara’s follow up and care for the new hire.”

Paul P.

Paul P.

National Sales Manager

“Kara is one of the most dedicated and driven professionals I have ever worked alongside. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kara over the last year, and I feel compelled to write this recommendation simply because of the value Kara represents to Panasonic. Rarely have I come across real talent that stands out like Kara, capable of successfully filling multiple new roles in record time. Kara brings integrity and intelligence to her work, being able to identify the right candidates quickly and efficiently, unlike any headhunter I have utilized before. Kara far exceeds the traditional recruiter – because of her passion and dedication, we hired our new sales team on time for the new year, realizing an immediate increase in the productivity level of our company. I look forward to continuing to work with Kara and her team. Whether as a team member or a leader, Kara earns my highest recommendation and has proven extremely valuable to any organization she represents.

Amy L.

Amy L.

Senior Contracts Manager

“The first candidate Purple Squirrel presented for the Bids & Capture Manager position fit the bill but wasn’t the best cultural fit – but by the time they presented the second candidate, they knocked it out of the park! Great energy, passion and enthusiasm with a plethora of relevant industry experience, meeting not only the requirements but also the ‘nice to haves.’ I’m very confident we will be a force to be reckoned with! Thanks Kara & team for a truly rare find and an outstanding addition to the PIPSA Family.”

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