Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says “Oh Crap, She’s up!”
* Part 1 of 2 Part Series
• Marni Sampair, CEO
• The Constant Search/Staffing for Women
• Stillwater, Minnesota
• Twitter: @constantsearch
• Website: The Constant Search
• Blog: Staffing for Women.com
• Office: 651-342-1620
I first met Marni a few years back, I think in 2007 in fact – on a recruitment online group in an exchange of posts and I found her pleasantly strident in defense of staffing ethics and I was instantly charmed. I likewise had the pleasure of meeting her in person at an ERE Pre-Conference workshop I contributed to with the maestro himself, Shally Steckerl. She has been an alumni to the Six Degrees Top ten listings of yesteryear and someone that always brings a smile to my face when I get an email out of the blue. Yes Marni is actually one of those recruiters who actually keeps in touch and that is one of many of her finer qualities. I have been hoping to feature her for sometime and its because she is something special that that the community at large should be familiar with.
Six Degrees: Tell us of your home world, Marni
Marni: This summer I enjoyed my 40th birthday, sailed through the month of July with no “mid-life” crisis. No deep “how did I get here” discussions with myself. Well not until I received an email from Dave Mendoza requesting an interview. I thought to myself at first, “he must be desperate”, why would he want to interview me? But then I was extremely flattered, the famous Dave Mendoza (no folks I didn’t pay her! – editor) wants to interview me. Reviewing the interview questions my mind starts racing, who am I, what are my career goals, what do I want to accomplish? Well now here comes my “mid-life crisis
I’m married to my handsome husband Tom Sampair he is a National Sales manager for 3M. We have 3 boys Jack (11) plays goalie for Woodbury Squirts. Sean is (6.5) Played coach pitch baseball and flag football this year. Ryan (5) mostly just plays tricks on us. Then we have 2 dogs a one year old Black Lab named Rowdy and a 6 year old Boston terrier named Nemo
Six Degrees: I understand you gallop?
Marni: From my earliest memory as a child he only thing I ever wanted was a horse. I never walked to school, I galloped. I never played with dolls, I had Breyer Horses. When I tell you that I lived, eat and breathed horses it is not an understatement. We did not live on a farm, nor did I have any family that had them. My parents divorced when I was 10 and my mother did not have an extra penny. We moved around a lot, staying with friends or relatives. Lucky for me I stayed with my Grandmother one summer when I was 13. I worked all week long doing chores she assigned me to earn enough money to go on a 2 hour trail ride on Saturday’s. That turned into me working at the stable Saturday’s, which turned into me working every day after school, etc. I earned enough money to buy my first horse and continued working to pay for her boarding and whatever else she needed. My dream was now a reality, and I started training horses, teaching riding lessons and showing horses. I turned my hobby into a career, working full time and earning a good living with horses. Then one day I realized horses have become my job, and I quit.
Six Degrees: How many years have you been in the staffing industry?
Marni: 15 years
Six Degrees: How did you get started as a recruiter?
Marni: When I was in having monster number 3, my husband had to take our middle son Sean to the doctor. He had been sick on and off over the last year with little things. But this time we can home from the doctor with information on what they thought he had and all the testing that we need to go through. The word still scares me to this day; Chemotherapy- my baby is going to have to go through six months of CHEMOTHERAPY. Instantly your world changes without warning. I had to quit my job and be home. Sean would not be able to go to daycare as Chemo opens him up to get every cold, virus and bug that was floating around. A good friend of mine asked me if I ever considered being a Headhunter. Many of the headhunters she worked with are doing it on their own working out of their homes. So I incorporated The Constant Search, Inc. in February 2006. Sean was finished with Chemo in June of that year, just in time to celebrate his 2nd birthday. That is almost 5 years ago already, where does the time go?
Six Degrees: What single event had the most impact on your sourcing/recruiting career?
Marni: I attended ERE Spring 2007. The one seminar I signed up for was given by Shally Steckerl and Dave Mendoza. I could have gone home then, I learned everything I needed to know after that.
Six Degrees: I find we never stop learning! LOL. Do you have a mentor to whom you attribute your overall outlook on recruitment, capabilities, and/or model your career after?
Marni: Dave Mendoza of course! I only wish I had his technical abilities.
Six Degrees: Tell us about your current role
Marni: I own a recruiting firm, The Constant Search – Because the right candidate is out there…
Six Degrees: What other companies’ recruiting operations do you admire or have heard are best-practice examples?
Marni: Harvard, Stanford or Notre Dame. How have they sustained their status for so long as being the best? They aren’t businesses, but they have been at the top for so long. Many corporations have gone through layoffs lately and that may have tarnished their reputations. Also, when great companies get so large they can lose their personal touch. I believe their recruiting is affected by it at times.
Six Degrees: What recent general news story or industry trend do you feel will have an impact on your work in the future? Why?
Marni: I believe contract/temporary staffing will be a huge growth industry. There are still so many unknowns about the future of this recession. It is not over yet, but it is defiantly getting better.
Six Degrees: Tell us about your broader involvement within the staffing industry:
Marni: Lately I have only attended NEW conferences. I would like to attend a HR Technology and a Social Media Conference this year. I am starting a staffing business in 2011 and will be exploring technology to help with that.
Six Degrees: Can you detail how the recession has affected your particular industry niche? Has it affected your job or that of your fellow team members within the organization – If so, to what extent? (If you have been laid off, tell us about the experience, when it happened)
Marni: I will always remember the recession and will be grateful for it. It has humbled me and grounded me. I had to look at myself and changed the way I did business and live my life. I have come out of this with a great appreciation for what this business is about. It’s about making connections and fulfilling lives.
Six Degrees: Aside from simply the generic term “Networking” what specific efforts have you made on your own behalf, or on behalf of colleagues to broaden your opportunities.
Marni: Within my own community. This last year I realized how out of touch I am within my own community. There are so many amazing people in Woodbury, MN where I live.
Shore Agency and looking to make a career move. From our first conversation, Marni was extremely involved and took the time to listen to what I was looking for, and in explaining what she could offer to help me reach my goal. Fortunately, Marni identified a terrific opportunity that offerred everything I was looking for professionally, financially and geographically and helped me through the intensive interview process. During the process, my wife was involved in a serious car accident which demanded much of my off-hours time making trips across the country for Corporate interviews and tours difficult, but Marni had a strong relationship with the firm, and she was able to deftly manage the interview process during this timeframe to everyone’s benefit. In the end, I was offerred the General Manager position I was looking for all my requests were agreed to; however, despite the great job Marni had done to date, I had not as yet discovered her true professionalism and value to me. My current employer unexpectedly offerred me a vastly improved position and compensation package that exceeded the offer I had received from the firm Marni had identified. Despite the fact that if I had chosen to turn down the offer from this firm, Marni would have lost a significant fee, Marni understood I was faced with a difficult decision that would affect my career and family for years, and she consistently offerred her support regardless of my decision. In the end, I chose to remain with my current employer, which has worked out extremely well for me, and it turns out the other firm shortly thereafter shut down its operation that I was to take over. Despite a significant financial sacrifice, Marni always looked out for my best interest and she has earned my perpetual respect and I can only offer my most sincere recommendation to anyone who is looking for a recruiter to help them with their career goals.” August 8, 2009. Top qualities: Great Results, Personable
“What separates excellence from average? While on a mission to find my next big challenge, I had numerous “contacts’ with recruiters who predictably engaged me in classic form, except one…. I had the privilege of working with Marni and ultimately landing in a role and company that is a perfect fit. What differentiates Marni and her team at The Constant Search is the depth of understanding of the client and prospect. She took the time to understand both of are wants and needs, built the relationship, and delivered the result!
Patient, Determined, Professional, and Responsive. I highly recommend Marni and the Constant Search, she is an excellent recruiter and highly valued network connection.” June 5, 2009
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable
“A wonderful business partner. An honest and trusted friend.” February 8, 2009
Jim Sampair, Owner, Sampair Financial Group
“Marni is creative in her approach to marketing to businesses as well as candidates. Her insights for candidates are right-on, because she does a great job understanding each potential candidates’ background before she presenting them to her clients. I look forward to working with Marni in the future.” January 28, 2009 Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
“Marni has been great to work with and has helped us grow our business with her expertise in the staffing/recruiting industry. I would recommend Marni to any company that utilizes recruiting firms for direct hire placements.” October 24, 2008
Justin Knutson, Business Development, CMG
“Marni works hard to provide high level results for her clients. Many recruiters only see the bottom line, but Marni tries to create clients for life.” October 24, 2008. Top qualities: Personable, Expert
“Marni is an absolute joy to work with. She conducts herself in a highly professional manner, with openness, honesty and high ethical standards. I trust her to represent my professional credentials to prospective employers and provide meaningful feedback. It is with no sense of hesitation that I would give Marni my highest possible endorsement.” October 23, 2008
Top qualities: Personable, On Time
“Marni is a results oriented recruiter who is driven by creating win/win solutions. She is very personable, easy to work with and takes the time to get to know her applicants so that she can make informed recommendations to the businesses she serves. I look forward to my next opportunity to work with Marni on a project.” September 18, 2008. Top qualities: Personable, Expert
“Marni has repeatedly shown to deliver great results in recruiting situations that otherwise seemed stagnant with her peers. Marni’s optimism and is an attribute which influences those who engage with her, on either side of the recruiting equation. My experience with Marni is that she presents herself well, but equally important, she represents me well. It is paramount that I have someone who can carry forth my brand, as she is in the workforce on my behalf. Marni delivers strongly on this level. If reference is required, I can be contacted.” September 16, 2008. Top qualities: Great Results, Expert
“Marni is a fantastic person and recruiter with high intergrity. She has her heart in the right place which has enabled her to continue to build and grow her search firm successfully. I enjoy working with her and have learned a lot from her. She’s an excellent recruiter, business owner and friend. I HIGHLY recommend Marni!” September 7, 2008. Top qualities: Personable, Good Value
Twanda DeBorde, WBENC Certified
“Marni really goes a step beyond in the recruiting arena, by truly matching high quality candidates with employers. The team she assembled was incredibly talented and complimented each others skills in such a way that the company saw incredible growth. I would definitely use her services again.” August 25, 2008. Top qualities: Great Results, Personable. Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative August 15, 2008
“Marni has been great to work with and has helped us find a number of qualified candidates!” June 2, 2008. Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
“Marni is a delight to work with! Her enthusiasm and passion for the work she does is contagious! What I respect most about Marni is her genuine concern for others and it really shows in all that she does. I would highly recommend Marni for any position or endeavor she is seeking.” May 29, 2008
Carol Grannis, Owner, Leading Edge Coaching and Development
“Only one word can truly describe Marni and that is amazing. She has a gift for building relationships and for understanding the needs of her clients. I had the privilege of working with Marni to identify my next career step. I felt well connected, informed, and truly cared about by her and her staff. She took the time to get to know me as an individual and what I was looking for in my next career move. Now, I hope to utilize Marni’s passion, energy, and skills to bring great new talent into my new organization. Marni you truly are world class and I look forward to continuing our partnership.” December 31, 2007
Ann Reynolds, SPHR, Human Resource Manager, Hearth & Home Technologies
“The Constant Search was an excellent choice for us. Marni worked exceptionally hard to find a candidate who fit our requirements perfectly. A great result on a difficult project.” October 18, 2007. Top qualities: Great Results, Personable
“I highly recommend Marni Sampair, Owner and President of The Constant Search (www.TheConstantSearch.com), as your next stop in finding your new employee or your new career. Marni is well a respected professional in the recruitment industry and does a fantastic job working with companies to match them with the right candidate for the position.” November 13, 2006. Top qualities: Great Results, Expert
“I have already recommended Marni to a friend of mine who is thinking of pursuing new career options. Marni is the rare find in the placement industry who takes the time to get to know all the important considerations for a candidate. She seeks a match for all aspects of the position; not just the salary, but the skills and talents needed for the work, the company culture fit, growth potential and whether it’s a match for your entire career arc. It’s like working with the best real estate agent who cares about finding you the perfect next career “home” – invaluable!” September 17, 2006
Diana Eavzan, Manager, Print & Web Services, Iconovex Corp.
“Marni’s persistence and tenacity allowed me to explore companies I would have never thought of networking with. She has spent considerable time asking questions, understanding my passions and desires for a career and company. I would highly recommend Marni and in fact, I have.” September 12, 2006. Top qualities: Personable, On Time
Stacy Kehren, PMP®
“In the past year, I have had the pleasure of getting to know and work with Marni. Her work ethic, reliability and attention to details are unmatched. She is great at networking and is extremely personable. Because of these attributes, she is always the first person that I will refer to anyone looking for a change in career.” September 11, 2006. Top qualities: Personable, Creative
“Marni is a personable, professional, reliable and fun business partner! I was very impressed with the time she took to get to know me. She always listened closely to what I was looking for. She also completely understands her clients and their needs in detail. A great combination of skills. I would absolutely recommend Marni to anyone I know looking for help with a job search!” September 9, 2006. Top qualities: Personable, Expert
“Marni is a very helpful and creative recruiter. She was able to track me down, open to trying to connect me even though there wasn’t an official open request and helped me throughout the interview, negotiation and acceptance stage. It was a pleasure to work with her – and she got results!” September 7, 2006
Tim Corsaro , Group Manager of Systems Support, Fingerhut