Outsourcing your recruiting makes good business sense, as it saves time and money, and results in the hiring of team members who fit your goals, needs, culture, and initiatives.
Zephyr Recruiting offers custom and affordable recruiting for small, mission driven businesses. We work with companies and organizations who know that their PEOPLE are their most valuable asset.
We are a very different kind for recruiting firm, we have BIG heart and are committed to finding the Best Fit for your company, team, future goals, culture, and the position itself. Our goal is to find team members who will stay with you for years to come!
We also provide a truly great and human experience for candidates. They often tell us that we have given them the best recruiting experience they have ever had – true statement!!
Our mission is to eradicate toxic work environments and to support the small business owner in building great places to work.
Here are some other great reasons to work with us:
Contact us to learn more about The Zephyr Difference.
We are different – VERY different. In a nutshell we do what you would do, were you to recruit a new hire yourself. Only, we usually do it better, (you are the expert in what you do, and we are the expert in what we do).
Here is how we differ from traditional recruiters… Typical recruiters spend hours filling a pipeline from a database of candidates, so they are available at a moment's notice. They generally screen them for skills and experience and, in some cases, aptitudes. They often talk to a candidate for about 15 minutes, just enough time to confirm that what is on the resume is true and to know if they are available for a new position.
It is a numbers game. Most recruiters work on commission only, so the more people they place, the more money they earn. This approach only works when the recruiter focuses on one or two types of roles, or a specific industry. They get to specialize and focus. But with the high cost, (usually between 20% - 35% of the annual salary of the position), it rarely works for small businesses, non-profits, and small organizations.
Part of the reason for the high cost is that you, as the client, have to absorb the cost of recruiters spending non-billable hours building their candidate pool. The other reason is that this type of recruiting really isn’t set up for small businesses, it is targeted at large corporations with deep pockets.
Instead, with Zephyr Recruiting you pay an affordable flat fee. As a small business owner, you likely understand the value of this approach, and the valuable financial and time resources you could then allocate for other business needs.
Here is a breakdown of how we differ, (for those of you who like lists):
Single Position Recruiting Package:
Multiple Position Recruiting Package:
Dreams: I dream of changing people’s lives by helping them realize that they are deeply worthy. I want to give my awesome team members opportunities that allow them to have the lifestyles they wish. I dream of my clients having what they dream. I also dream of being the next Stevie Nicks, living on St John, being close friends with the Dalai Lama, and raising my daughter to be a truly kind, tolerant, accepting, and loving human. Oh, and I want to take a year off and travel the world - specifically Italy, Ireland, Ethiopia, Thailand, New Zealand, and Peru. I have more dreams - do you have the time?
My magic powers: Empathy, ability to read people and know what is underneath the facade, coming up with new and awesome ideas and solutions to problems, and making a perfectly cooked filet mignon.
How I am human: I get overwhelmed with emotion at sheer beauty and this can happen at anytime, even in a business meeting. I think I am right, most of the time. (Oh, and its often true.) I have low tolerance for low tolerance, which is a philosophical loop I have no time to entertain.
Oh fine, my experience: I have been in business administration in the small business sector for over 22 years. I have owned 5 businesses to date, and counting. I have over 7 years of successful recruiting experience. In addition, I have experience and knowledge in Human Resources, Business Strategy, and Entrepreneurship.
What I do for Zephyr: I create, envision, implement, guide, coach, lead, sell, market, build, make coffee, buy lunch and repeat.
Why I picked Zephyr: I decided to start Zephyr Recruiting because as a Business Consultant and Coach for small businesses, I constantly encounter clients who need support building strong, connected teams, but who cannot afford traditional recruiters. I get very worked up about the little guy not getting what the big guy has, so I came up with a solution...and Zephyr Recruiting was born.
Why Zephyr picked Erin: Zephyr Recruiting chose Erin because without her it would not exist.
Dreams: Being able to extend my capabilities and knowledge on behalf of others so that they may be able to focus on growing and running their businesses without getting wrapped up with the details. I also dream of being able to paint beautiful paintings that I am proud to hang on my walls.
My magic powers: Understanding the needs of people and providing them with what they need. Also my computer skills are pretty rad.
How I am human: Not being confident in my dreams, which keeps me from pursuing them with the passion I feel inside.
Oh fine, my experience: I have over ten years of admin experience which includes leading a team of admin assistants both virtually and in office. I also have 5 years of customer service providing junkies (aka coffee junkies) exactly what they need. I led a store focusing on coffee sales, but more importantly customer satisfaction.
What I do for Zephyr: I help in all ways I can, whether is it reaching out to the candidate's references, doing background checks, creating and editing documents or helping Erin come up with solutions to everyday sell business challenges.
Why I picked Zephyr: I picked Zephyr because I believe in Erin's vision for building stronger teams. And c'mon...the name Zephyr is pretty awesome.
Why Zephyr picked Marina: We chose Marina because she has mad admin skills, great attention to detail, and she gets shit done—fast! And she is a very positive person, so it is really nice to work with her.
Dreams: To be able to focus on my passions only and forget about the rest!
My magic powers: I can come into a mess and see a solution through all the chaos.
How I am human: I can get a bit too invested with my clients and work. I can also be too blunt, but, hey, who has the time for long-winded explanations - just get to the point already!
Oh fine, my experience: Ten years of corporate health care experience, many many years of customer service, management, analytics, training and adult education. And I have worked in 14 different industries as a consultant. Phew, can I take a vacation now?
What I do for Zephyr: Identify recruiting needs and facilitate the recruiting process. I also help Erin with business and HR consulting.
Why I picked Zephyr: Because Erin is super cool! I believe in her vision, I get it and I want to be a part of it.
Why Zephyr picked Angela: We chose Angela because she is the next best thing to Marcus Lemonis himself! (Check out The Profit on MSNBC). She is simply brilliant - and we like that she is blunt!
Angela and Erin with Mark Lemonis, out at Purple in Seattle
Dreams/Desires: To find that sweet spot balance in life where I feel like I'm killing it at everything I do! I guess since I'm only human, it means I'll have to settle for being a wonderful wife, mother, chef (yep, I said chef not cook because I'm fancy!), and overall genius. Oh, and professional at least 80% of the time. The 80/20 rule still means I'm killing it at life, right?
My Super Powers (Strengths): I am extremely intuitive. This makes it almost effortless to understand the needs of others around me and meet those needs with patience and understanding. I also have "the gift of gab". I've never met a stranger. My ability to find common ground, converse easily with anyone, and dazzle them with my wit & humor has opened a lot of doors for me. Plus humility, I mean that's obvious, right?
How I am Human (Weaknesses): I want to do it all, all the time - especially when it comes to work. I really love working. I run 100 mph daily. This means I burn the candle at both ends, so to speak. Sometimes, I need a good reminder to slow down, take a break, and just be. Having a newborn babe has forced me to be even more aware of this tendency and is helping me focus on making more time for family. It's been a hard adjustment, but a good one.
Oh fine, my experience: I feel like if I want to be good at something, I can be. I say that because of my life choices my professional experience is all over the place. I was born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK. When I was 20 years old and wanted to move to the big, bad city of New York, I did. It's a cliché, but if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. Living and working in a city like that can be the making of you both personally and professionally. It is the hardest thing I have ever done to this day and was like bootcamp for any future challenge I would face in the workforce. I worked there as a personal assistant for 5 years and had the time of my life! This meant I did more than eight different jobs, all hours of the day, and wore more hats at one time than anyone my age should have worn. From there I moved to South America for 1 year to volunteer as a sign-language teacher. I returned to Oklahoma and worked for an airline company. I travelled the world for several years before finally settling down in the oil & gas field and planting some roots. After many years negotiating contracts, buying and selling minerals, and digging up curative to clear clouds of title, I struck out on my own. I became the owner of a successful handcrafted bath and body company. I built a solid team that still lend their talents to its growth and success to this day.
Why I picked Zephyr: All in all, what I know is people. I have been studying them my whole life. Between my natural instincts, extensive travel, and exposure to people of various cultures and backgrounds, I know what I am looking for as a small business owner myself. I know what it takes to contribute to the success of a business. It takes the right leader and a well-matched team. I have an eye for both, and so does Erin. I am thrilled I get to work for someone who is so committed to a positive work environment. Erin and Angela genuinely care, and it shows in everything Zephyr is about internally and externally in the support of its team and clients. I am so proud to be part of that team!
What I do for Zephyr: I get to spend time understanding a company's culture, goals, needs, and its members. I find out what they are looking for in a potential candidate, then apply all of my talents and energy to finding the right person to fit the role. I am just as committed to getting to know each qualified candidate on that level to determine if they are the right one to fill that role. I comb through hundreds of resumes and schedule countless meetings looking for the best of the best! No matter how long it takes, I never give up until I find them. My strong communication skills make me perfect for being the liaison between the two until the right match is made.
Why Zephyr chose Megan: After reading her bio, isn’t it obvious?
Dreams/Desires: To be truly amazing at everything I do and travel the world. Or, maybe one day, I will own the bar and restaurant everyone thinks I should open with my unique and to-die-for cuisines. For now, I will settle for being a fashionista who loves spending time with her son.
My Super Powers (Strengths): I have been told I have healing hands, with a very intuitive old soul. I can also walk the walk and talk the talk pretty well. I wow people with my personality. To have the ability to start conversations with anyone gives you an open door to networking possibilities. I am like the different seasons, I can be extremely funny, serious, nurturing, or empathetic. I love all of my super powers and push myself each day to find a new one.
How I am Human (Weaknesses): I want to do everything with no help. From work to personal life, I want to jump right into things head on and know exactly what to do. When you have so many super powers that people put on a pedestal, you never want to embrace that you are human and can't be Super Woman! Or maybe you can, with a little help.
Experience: Where do I began?! My unique skill set began many years ago when I wanted to become a nurse. My passion for helping and caring for others allowed me to become a medical assistant as well as a certified nursing assistant. When the medical field became draining, I decided to check out the retail industry. I absolutely loved the idea of still being able to help and give outstanding customer service. My experience, along with my amazing super powers I picked up over the years, gave me the chance to advance my career very quickly in both healthcare and retail settings. I love human resources, performance management, and talent development. These allowed me to be in executive management and grow my skills. I have had the chance to hire and build some amazing teams over the years and this is something I hold dear to my heart.
Why I picked Zephyr: I believe in and can see Erin’s mission for Zephyr. Finding a team that is truly genuine in everything they do is hard to find, not to mention the culture that each person brings to the table. I feel like it was meant to be and I was right at home.
What I do for Zephyr: I use my skill set and intuitive abilities to find the perfect person who is just the right fit for the role.
Why Zephyr chose Andrea: Andrea has super powers of knowing when a candidate is the right fit. To demonstrate this she had hired over 20 people that were supposed to just be seasonal help at a previous company for whom she worked, and four years later every single one of them is still there and most have been promoted to other roles. That is the kind of magic we want on our team!
Outsourcing our company's hiring to Erin has been one of the best business decisions I have made. When working with Erin, my time is spent moving forward and strategically meeting and interviewing great potential employees that she presents us -- not posting job ads, sorting and evaluating resumes, prescreening or checking references.
Erin has done an excellent job working to understand me, my company and each position's requirements. She has successfully helped me fill a range of positions with great employees -- from administrative staff, to design staff to field staff. She is a key part of our recruitment process now.
I highly recommend working with Erin at Sage Business Partners if you are looking to establish your company culture as well as hire employees. Being a small business owner I needed to establish the company culture to be used when hiring employees. During a series of sessions Erin walked me through various aspects of my business to establish core values to help define the culture I was creating. Once the culture was defined, we began figuring out the type of employee I would be in search of.
Because this was my first hire, I needed her expertise to guide me through all aspects of having an employee: recruitment, on-boarding, taxes, employee manuals, etc. Erin's organization and processes made it very easy to rely on her expertise to ensure I was in compliance with federal, state and local ordinances. The employee we found has worked out great, and she just celebrated 1-year working with me!
I also cannot say enough about Erin - powerhouse of a human being, creative, innovative, and can see things so clearly - faster than you can think it, she's already got it processed, conceptualized, and ready to go. Stunning intuition and insight in her ability to assess needs and know how to get them met.