I think the best demonstration of Mark's value is in that I would use him again in the future when we look to further build out the team. He keeps you continually up-to-date and can modify his search in real-time as he gets relevant feedback from you, the hirer.
Since hiring even 1 person can be such a time suck, having someone who can help you make the process so much more efficient is invaluable.
Mark has successfully sourced and recruited candidates for two positions on my sales team in 2016. I've been very happy with the results of Mark's efforts, and offer my strong endorsement of his talents. I will happily engage Mark when the time comes to expand my group in the future.
Mark was retained to secure a Senior Enterprise Account Executive after we unsuccessfully sought assistance from a mid-size contingency firm of good repute. Mark distinguished himself by laying out a search plan, thoroughly researching my market and then executing to plan with frequent updates provided. The outcome was a successful hire and I will be using Mark for future hires.
Mark Israel began working with Centric Digital in August, 2012. In that time he has grown from an independent contractor to a full service company that leverages his extensive knowledge of sourcing and placing digital talent. Switch Digital Recruiting/Mark Israel has a strong understanding of the Human Resources function necessary to support a growing team of over 150 people and how to keep up with the fast-paced demands of a growing Digital company. They act as Strategic Advisors to Centric Digital, while educating our organization about recruiting, so we can harvest long term benefits from their proprietary methods. They have become a true business partner and an extension of our organization. Switch Digital Recruiting is an articulate, responsive, and conscientious advisor to the owners of a growing business. Simply said, "they get digital".
Mark is a talented, hard working manager and recruiter. He helped me fill many positions during my tenure at BN. Most notably, he helped me grow a team of client developers from scratch to 20+ high quality staff in 6 months. I would recommend him.
Mark has a great eye for relevant, effective talent and will often know a good fit before you do! He's an engaging and savvy operator who takes the time to really understand the needs of a business unit (and the folks in it) before the brief goes out. He gets the job done, and done well - no fuss, no drama.
Mark is simply one of the best recruiters I know, and I've worked with a considerable number of recruiters in the tech industry in the last 20 years. Recruiting is a tough industry, especially in technical recruiting since the industry changes every few months as everyone knows. Mark takes the time to not only determine fit for candidates, but also employs great techniques to find talent at the source. His approach seems "every lead is a good lead" and he doesn't employ the "hard sell" - he gives candidates the facts, helps liaise with the firm to ensure both sides are happy, and that helps retain employees for years. Mark also built one of the most successful internal recruiting teams I've seen in a while - when you're building a device like the Nook, you need a steady flow of very focused talent. It was a pleasure to work at B&N, one of the best firms I worked for & I honestly appreciate his help recommending me for, and obtaining that position.
Mark is a large part of why I'm at Barnes & Noble today. When he initially recruited me, I wasn't looking for a new position and was not interested. Mark was persistent and convinced me that this was an opportunity worth exploring. He helped guide me through the interview process and ensured that I was meeting with the right people and provided me with a good understanding of the role and organization so that my meetings were as productive as possible. He is very knowledgeable about the business itself and has a great sense of the personalities and dynamics of the team. Mark is honest and trustworthy and a great connection to have in the online industry.
I had the pleasure of working with Mark at BN.com. In fact, Mark was integral in recruiting and hiring me for my position as GM of Children's. Mark is one of the best talent acquisition professionals that I have worked with in recent years. He has a wonderful personality and he is open, frank, and highly knowledgeable about the complexities e-commerice business. I also worked very closely with some of the folks on Mark's team and they were fantastic as well. I think Mark did a great job managing them and dealing with an incredibly complex work environment. I would welcome an opportunity to work with Mark again in the future.
Mark was extremely helpful in sourcing candidates for our Operations Research specialist role. He provided me with several profiles to rank and adjusted his search accordingly. He was timely and concise in his communication and helped us connect with a final round candidate. I will definitely be working with Mark on future needs.