About Carmen Jeffery (@CJsearch4TO)

Carmen 1 RobinMy Recruiting Story

I’ve placed hundreds of talented professionals since 1997. In the early days my work focused on emerging technologies where many of my assignments exposed me to software and telecommunications dot-coms.

With start-ups and growth companies as my main focus up until 2007, I have continued that momentum by working with clients who offer green field opportunities and turn around challenges.  I gravitate towards people who thrive when the ground moves beneath their feet.

Beyond technology I have had successes in industries like consumer packaged goods, financial services, not-for-profit, retail, social enterprise, professional services and mining. What’s remained constant is my passion for finding thought leaders at all levels, from Chief Executive Officers through to Senior Managers and Team Leads.

I like to work with candidates and clients that stand out, talented people who drive results and make immediate impact where ever they work or play.

How Did I Get Here?

Prior to 1997, I spent eleven years working freelance in the garment, magazine and film industries.  I excelled at my trade by uncovering unknown sources for clothes, accessories and props as well as niche suppliers who produced clothing imports I designed out of India and Indonesia. Athletic injuries lead me away from the physical labour of my profession towards executive search, a new vocation where I could be more sedentary and heal my back. (Need a good chiropractor?)

My career direction changed with a small Bay Street search firm where the managing director purposefully hired creative people as research consultants. He believed that non-linear thinking lead to out – of – the – box approaches to finding people. This was when sourcing for executive search happened by calling receptionists for names, sleuthing through automated phone systems, and mapping out organizational charts at reference libraries.

The recruiting industry has been kind to me, and I feel lucky to have worked with many talented people in a variety of ways, from full-time to freelance, with an occasional mix of on and off-site support.

My LinkedIn profile will tell you more about my accomplishments and background. I’m not available for contract search opportunities at this time, I have been working with Phelpsgroup as their Director of Research since October of 2015. They were a client of mine for a few years before I joined and I have to say, the work they do in the broader public sector in Canada is second to none. I’m proud to be part of their team.