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Hear testimonials from candidates we have worked with in the past, and why they prefer the Emerald approach as a career coach compared to other recruiting firms in the same markets.

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Keith Kurak
Software Developer

Audrey was amazing to work with! She was always there with great advice and answers to all my questions at every step of the interview and hiring process. Exploring new employment opportunities had previously made me nervous, but her calm, encouraging demeanor and her attention not just matching skills and need but ensuring a good fit personally and culturally put my mind at ease. 3+ months into my new job and it’s been everything I hoped for and more. I would definitely recommend Audrey to any IT professionals who are interested in exploring new opportunities.

Jim Strong
BI Architect & Developer

I have had the pleasure of working with Mark as both a consultant seeking a contract and when I needed additional help on a project, he was able to provide a top notch developer.
Mark always ensures that all parties needs are addressed. He is professional and is a pleasure to work with no matter if you are looking for work or needing contract / full time staff.

Mark Prugh
Manager of Web Development at American Greetings

When we need to find developers to add to our team we know that we can go to Mark and he will find us someone that is qualified. We have been using his company for years to find candidates. He knows exactly what we are looking for and sends quality candidates our way. If you are in the need for solid developers I highly recommend him.

Eddy Edwards
Assistant Vice President, Strategy & Architecture at PNC

I worked for Mark on a contract-to-hire engagement. Mark made great efforts to ensure the skill fit with the client was right, and also worked hard to ensure the hire went through without difficulty. It’s a pleasure to have a contract engagement where the non-commercial aspects are as carefully considered as the commercial.

Hal Darby
Senior Mobile Software Engineer at Kadro Solutions

Lance and I worked together on pursuing a job opportunity for mobile application development. Throughout the process, he consistently kept me up-to-date on how things were progressing as well as handling all the responsibility for setting up each phase of the interview process. Once my new employer and I decided we wanted to move forward with my joining the company, Lance handled all the negotiation work and met every requirement that I had asked for in order to accept the job offer.

Working with recruiters can be a hit-and-miss proposition. I did not know Lance before we began looking into this opportunity. I can say that throughout the experience he was always on point, meticulously noted my needs and desires, and completely succeeded in finding a new job opportunity for me that met all my needs. This is no small feat and Lance deserves a lot of credit for tirelessly working to get this done. He is very good at his job and is someone that has earned my trust and appreciation!

Raul Montejo
Developer at Insivia

Kelly found me at a networking event and by the end of the day had already begun the process of recruiting me. A résumé and phone call over lunch later, she already had an opening for me to pursue. Clear, honest communication and timely response were critical to me, as I was already interviewing with other companies before I met Kelly and was close to making a decision. Kelly exceeded my expectations and made this would-be frustrating transition easy and even fun for me. I recommend Kelly to all of my colleagues who work in IT. Her transparency, character, and insight set her apart a uniquely qualified IT recruiter and lifelong connection

Liju Jacob
PM/Consultant at Cardinal Health at Home

Mark does a great job of matching job applicants to various employers. Basically he filters out the potential candidates based on his expertise in the IT industry. The key to Mark’s success is that he spends a lot of time with the candidates understanding their skills, likings, current and future goals and gives the candidates an unbiased picture of these things at the potential employers place. Mark’s relationship with various employers help him a lot when he has to answers varied questions about the employer. Mark is very honest in his approach and if he does not know the answer to your question, he will make sure that he researches it and gets back to you with a thorough answer. Mark not only makes sure that you are placed at the right job, but also follows up in the coming months to make sure that everything is all right. Overall he maintains great relationships. It’s always been a pleasure working with Mark and I have always recommended Mark to other job seekers.

Josh Tummel
Front End Developer at Segmint

After getting laid off from a previous job, I got in contact with Mark. I was more or less desperate of employment, and Mark not only found me a job very quickly, but it turned out to be an upgrade over my previous position. In general, I am not very fond of recruiters, but Mark is an exception. I don’t feel like I am being pestered all the time, or pressured.
Highly recommended!

Bill Cook
Senior Program Manager at Progressive

Audrey is a force of nature. Her ability to find and engage top-notch IT talent is unsurpassed and she has built high-performing teams and provided Cleveland- area businesses with countless experts to help them accomplish their goals. Above and beyond that, however, is her level of engagement with her clients, recruits, and potential recruits. She is highly effective at making you feel like you’re the most important thing she has on her very busy plate. This is, I think, because at that moment, they are the most important thing. If you’ve worked with Audrey in the past, you already know this. If not, she should be your first call when you’re looking to fill your open positions or are ready to really get strategic about your staffing.

Jim Tollett
Senior Business Analyst at Nordson Corporation

Rob was a complete pleasure to work with. I explained exactly what I needed in order to make a job change. He didn’t pressure me to look at opportunities that didn’t match my requirements and he found the perfect opportunity that matched my needs. Rob quickly became more than just a recruiter I was working with. I now consider him a friend as well. Rob’s knowledge, positive attitude, and professional approach make him an invaluable resource to anyone looking to make a job change!

Curtis Shelton
Application Developer at CBIZ

Audrey was instrumental in helping me find a perfect position. She referred me to another recruiter who was working with a company that was a perfect fit for me as well as for them. She identified the opportunity and helped make sure I was prepared and comfortable throughout the process and stayed with it through the end. I’ve been working here for 3 weeks now and so far everything is great!


Donald Davis
Pricing Specialist at Mexichem Specialty Resins

Having never worked with a recruiter in the past, Rob made the process extremely pain free. Looking for my first job in IS after a handful of years in Marketing, I came across Rob as he was searching for candidates for a position he was currently recruiting for. From the begining he was always helpful and understanding of what I was looking for, what the company was looking for and how both parties could fill the needs and requirements the other had. His insight that he provided me through the whole interview and hiring process was invaluable. I would recommend Rob as a resource for anyone who is looking to change careers and get into IT/IS or anyone who is looking for new placement in IT/IS. Thanks again for everything Rob!

Brant Stalzer
Senior Software Engineer at Kadro Solutions

Lance stood out from the crowd by listening carefully and then finding a strong fit to present (both ways) which resulted in us working out a new position for me and new resource for my new company. He was engaged and patient, not pushy or coercing. Definitely a positive recruiting experience.

Jim Slanker
Sr. Developer Analyst

Rob was very helpful in helping match up my skills to opportunity at Koyo Bearings…. I would highly recommend Rob as a resource if you are seeking a new position or if you are a company looking to fill a position. Rob took the time to understand my background and what I would be looking for in a new position. He kept me posted on the interview process and offered good advice that lead up to me landing a great job. Thanks Rob!

John Roma
Senior Software Consultant at Emerald Resource Group at Medical Mutual of Ohio

I have worked with Mark for over one year. As a consultant at Emerald Resource Group, Mark is great at matching his consultants to his clients. During my contract period, Mark communicates with me on a regular basis. He is very attentive to my questions and concerns.

I highly recommend Mark as a source for recruiting, “Great work Mark!”

John Shanahan
IT Business & Clinical Applications Manager at University Hospitals of Cleveland

I have had the pleasure of working with Rob as both a candidate and employer looking for quality employees. Rob has exceeded all expectations in both capacities. He is professional, courteous and above all he knows both his market and available resources. I know if he sends me a resume it will be someone i can I take a serious look at bringing into my organization. Likewise when I was looking to make a change he only presented me to positions that were a great fit and he opened doors I could not open on my own. Whatever side of the coin you’re on you can trust Rob will represent you well.

Charlene Gullett-Scaggs
Product Manager at McClatchy Interactive

Lance is an amazing recruiter and he is looking out for the long term goals of candidates and employers. He is more than a recruiter he is also a career coach and always ready to give you a pep talk. He won’t waste your time sending you out on jobs that you are not qualified for or where your personality might not be a good fit. He is very easy to work with, I highly recommend Lance to candidates looking for work and companies needing a good fit for their company.

Chirayu Poundarik
Senior Oracle Application Analyst (SCM) at Sherwin Williams

Rob was able to work out a position for me based on my experience even though the original requirement did not mention the same. During the recruitment process Rob was also involved in other aspects of recruitment process such as perks negotiation. Would recommend Rob as an expert in his field.

Molly Davis
Application Developer at The JM Smucker Company

Rob is a phenomenal resource when it comes to helping you figure out what you are truly looking for in your ideal job as well as finding that perfect job for you! He gave me the confidence to pursue something new while he did all of the leg work in finding potential jobs that matched my criteria. He is a very genuine person who is great at what he does. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is interested in exploring a new career path. Thank you Rob for all of your help through every step of the process!

Fred DeFranco
Business Intelligence Developer at CTPartners

Mark has been instrumental in my success as an independent IT consultant. His knowledge of the marketplace, and his ability to match clients with consultants are second to none. Not only have my skillsets matched perfectly on all of the projects I’ve been a part of, but I’ve also had the pleasure of working with great people on every assignment as well. Thanks Mark!

Kandice M. Saum
Demand Planner at AkzoNobel Coatings

I’ve been remiss in not recommending Rob Harris before now, as I had the pleasure of working with him around the holidays in 2013. The fault is partly his, however, as I have been far too engaged in the role he helped me find (I mean this in the most positive of ways of course!) Rob is absolutely the kind of person you’d expect when a recruiter calls–professional, well-spoken, outgoing–but he takes that one step further by bringing an element of instant trustworthiness. After having talked with Rob only briefly, I felt as though I was chatting with a friend I’d known for years; with a process that can be as exciting and stressful as pursuing a new career opportunity, that kind of personality goes a long way. There was never a doubt in my mind that Rob had my best interests at heart, and he proved that every step of the way.

Rob was an excellent resource from the start of my journey into a new career, through to the first day and beyond. Any company would be well-served to hire Emerald to utilize his talents, and any candidate lucky enough to end up on the other end of the phone will know quite quickly that they are in good hands.

John Rogers
IT Professional at Logistics Insight Corporation

Audrey was simply the best recruiter I have had the pleasure of working with. Personable, and professional. She went the extra mile to get me into my current employer. I would highly recommend using her services!

Lorrie Ferreira
SAP Team – PLM Group Leader at Tremco

Rob did a great job to help us fill a position within our organization. Rob was incredibly supportive, attentive, and dedicated. This position required a very specific skill set, so it took a lot of time and patience, and Rob met the challenge with great determination and enthusiasm. I really appreciated his honesty and support through this process!


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