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Recruitment is hard. Without question it is one of the greatest challenges any company faces. Polaris Talent’s approach to recruitment not only ensures the best candidates are matched to your company’s needs, but they also minimize the pain and effort that comes with recruitment. Their focus on truly understanding what your specific needs are, on a position to position basis, is a critical reason why the candidates they surface are excellent matches. They “get it right” from the start. I highly endorse Polaris Talent and I endorse the deep-engagement and deep-involvement approach they take.

Antonio J. Viana

Chairman , QuantalRF, Director Arteris Inc, Former President And Evp, Arm Holdings

I highly recommend Polaris Talent, they are very professional, and flexible in the services they offer. They helped us re-vamp our entire organization, from our VP Engineering on down. Acting as far more than a headhunter, they effectively took on the role of our whole HR recruiting department. We tried the direct approach with LinkedIn and Indeed, but working with Polaris helped us greatly accelerate our hiring, while off-loading the hiring effort and still allowing us to put our best foot forward with prospective candidates.

Adam Gould

CEO, QuantalRF

When we needed a partner to help us recruit for key positions in our organization, we turned to Polaris Talent because they listened to what we needed and offered us a solution that was just right for our business needs. Polaris became part of our team and worked with us to understand our culture and work environment, so they could identify the right candidate who would not just fill a position but would thrive. From top talent in Engineering, all the way to Sales, they were able to quickly source qualified candidates and worked directly with the hiring manager and HR partner to walk each candidate through our hiring process. This not only created a great impression for potential employees but enabled my employees to remain focused on their jobs instead of reading resumes and scheduling interviews. As we continue to grow, we will keep partnering with Polaris because they will find us the right talent, and have proven to be a trusted advisor for our business.

Ken Basore

CEO, BlackBag Technologies Inc.

Have you ever worked with a recruiter that truly understands the role, the industry, the internal processes, takes time to learn your culture, stays connected, and at the end of the day you say to yourself “wow, she gets it”? If you haven’t – you need to make that call! Working with Marie and her team while filling top talent in critical roles has been nothing but a great experience, we are enjoying the partnership along the way!

Marie is an expert in finding talent! I’ve worked with her for many years, and her technical experience and understanding of the market have helped us successfully fill critical roles with top talent. She is naturally excellent at building relationships with all levels in the organization and a great business partner! (Cari Graham, recommendation from LinkedIn)

Cari Graham

Director, HR Black Bag Technologies, Inc.

I have worked with Marie in both a retained search role as well as full time, and in both cases, she has been excellent to work with. Her no-nonsense approach to pipeline development as well as candidate qualification really gets the most of the time leaders to have to invest in recruiting. I recommend working with her! (Recommendation posted on LinkedIn)

Jim Richmond

SVP, Worldwide Solutions Consulting at InMoment

Marie Watkins has been a WWBIC client and also a WWBIC volunteer! She is an expert in HR and has an amazing track record in this field. I have known Marie for 4 years now and have worked with her on many projects. She has been a mentor for our SE Growth Accelerator, has facilitated other WWBIC classes, and was the lead in bringing Start-Up Week to the City of Racine, as well as many other initiatives. She has a very strong and unique business model at Polaris Talent, and prior to COVID-19 was on track for their best year yet. She is invested in her business and gives back to other small businesses and the community!

Heather Lux

Project Director, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) – Kiva endorsement for Marie and Polaris Talent Inc.

Hello Marie, thanks for the email. I certainly liked the “personal touch” you provided. It’s kind of like when real estate agents have some houses that only they can sell because it hasn’t gone to the market. I like your approach of working directly with the companies. Keep up the good work, and hopefully, you can continue to help me find opportunities. Thanks with everything.

Feedback from a job candidate

Marie was essential in helping me grow my development organization at Microsoft from 5 to 25 developers in just 9 months. We had several major unplanned recruiting opportunities that were dropped in our lap and Marie worked very closely with me on them and ensured that they yielded the maximum number of quality candidates. Marie was always working hard to make the recruiting experience a good one for us and more importantly, for the candidates. She is a first rate staffing consultant. (from a recommendation on LinkedIn)

Jon Marinello

Microsoft hiring manager, Retired

Marie is a pleasure to work with and a consummate professional. She is self-managed, motivated and engaged. Her managers were a little leery when they heard she working offsite but she got her arms around the client group and really affected the business in the way they looked at their organization and hired in to it. Marie has all the capabilities, competencies and skill sets of a Director/Manager of HR or Staffing. This perspective allows her to have a strong influence with her clients. Truly a business partner. She helps business units/companies build organizations above and beyond your average recruiter filling reqs! Furthermore, she would be a pleasure to work with again. (from a recommendation on LinkedIn)

Andrew Carges

Microsoft alumni, Director, Talent Acquisition

In addition to her staffing and people management skills, Marie excels at the strategic and operational side of recruiting. She handled diversity recruiting, employment branding, job fairs, and staffing tool selection. Marie also has strong problem-solving and HR generalist skills that were utilized extensively in the company’s many transitions. (from a recommendation on LinkedIn)

Duane Trombly

VP Professional Services, Stellcom Inc – retired

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