Gregory Gavlak, Operations Leader – Grote Company

“We could not be happier with the way our most recent search turned out! Rachel and her team were extremely helpful in pulling out the critical aspects of our newly created role and presenting candidates that were truly what we were looking for. We were lucky enough to be presented with multiple viable candidates and ended up with someone who will help move the needle at Grote. Throughout the process I found Rachel and her team to be extremely responsive and I believe they prepped the candidates (and us) to put everyone in the best possible position for success. I strongly recommend Rachel and her team for any strategic hiring needs.”

Flemming Scott, HR Manager – ITW Food Equipment Group LLC

“I have worked with Rachel at DRI for about two years in which we have had three placements through DRI’s services. Rachel is a very approachable recruiter and contact. She coordinates the efforts on DRI’s side to find talent and have conversations with me about them. Starting with a job description that we go over to make sure we have the points of interest collaborated, Rachel then goes about her way to look up people and do preliminary checks. When she presents a candidate, some of the necessary conversations have already taken place so I do not have to go back into those. For example, Rachel does a great job of making sure candidates know who we are, and what we represent. Another good take-away is that Rachel will only present 3 or 4 candidates whereas some search firms will send 10 in hopes that one will stick. Rachel does a great job on her efforts of gleaning down the pools so that I’m not wasting time going through candidates that have 50% of requirements; in her case they’re 80% and above. I would recommend Rachel to others looking for talent search services and already have recommended her. Rachel is doing a great job.”

Kyle Kraudy, General Manager – Conductix-Wampfler Group

“Steadfast is how I would describe Rachel. I had the opportunity to work with Rachel in filling a sales position. Rachel’s continued and constant attention was crucial in finding the right candidate. I greatly appreciate her diligence in finding quality candidates rather than simply pushing resumes to me. As I recruiter, Rachel has my complete trust.”

Fabricio Ruilova, Candidate

“Rachel helped me immensely during the recruitment process. Her professional approach is only matched by her dedication to represent her candidates. The close rapport she holds with employers makes her an extremely valuable point of contact. I would highly recommend Rachel as a recruiter to any candidate or company seeking to recruit top talent.”

Edward Galante, Candidate

“From my first contact with Rachel. she was professional, very knowledgable of the position and worked hard to put me in the position.
I would recommend Rachel to anybody, a very hard worker.”

Brad Reifschneider, Sales Manager – Gemini Bakery Equipment Company/KB Systems

‘Incredibly efficient’ is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about Rachel.”

I had the pleasure of working with Rachel during her search to find the perfect candidate for a Regional Sales Manager opportunity in the Foodservice Bakery Equipment space.”

I was particularly impressed with Rachel’s thoroughness and follow up along with her impeccable attention to details.”

As a Foodservice Equipment Recruiter, Rachel earns my highest recommendation.”

Machelle Johnson, HR Director – Pearson Packaging Systems

“I started working with DRI about 7 years ago and it was honestly because Jason Herbert was different from other recruiters. Instead of sending a bunch of resumes that never fit the bill, Jason prequalified and screened candidates to present the right fit. Two of the reasons we continue to work with Direct Recruiters are that they find the talent to meet the position requirements and always provides a follow-up to make sure the person is a good hire. They have made my job as a Director of Human Resources much easier because I have basically outsourced high level sales and engineer roles to them which allows me to focus on the positions that are easy for me to fill quickly. More importantly, we have worked with DRI to hire strategic leaders in our organization that have really helped us grow significantly as a company over the last 5 years. I would recommend Direct Recruiters to others with high-level searches; I have worked with Cherie Shepard and Rachel Makoski in addition to Jason Herbert, and they all provide the same great, consistent service. It is clear that DRI’s core values are instilled in several recruiters because the approach is always the same, which is good.”

Steve DeVries, General Manager – NEIT

“I have worked with Rachel as a candidate being recruited, but also as a client where she works to fill roles for me. In either scenario, Rachel set the bar high and she has maintained that high level with each interaction. Certainly, you know you’re dealing with a professional person in a professional organization when you’re talking to Rachel. She understands how to move quickly, stay in touch, and communicate professionally, yet she is easy to talk to. She consistently takes the time to understand about the individual being recruited, while also setting expectations and helping the hiring manager establish expectations. I would 100% recommend working with Rachel and DRI as both a candidate and a client. It all goes back to the professionalism, consistency and follow-up. Overall, it is clear that there is a formula DRI has that their recruiters follow when it comes to a process, and consistency and a strong process is incredibly important to me.”

Robert Perez – Candidate

“Working with Rachel at DRI was a great experience. She showed me different options as far as opportunities out there, and was very quick getting back to me right away. Rachel was attentive to what I was looking for in employment and very persistent in making sure that I got what I asked for. Rachel and I had only spoken about 2 weeks at the most before I landed the interview with the company I’m with right now. I got the job within 3 weeks, so it exceeded my expectations and was very easygoing and stress-free. I would absolutely recommend working with Rachel and the DRI team because of the great customer service and attention to detail as far as what I was looking for.”

Paul Swallow – Service Manager, NEIT

“Rachel and her team definitely exceeded my expectations. I’ve been contacted by and worked with several recruiting firms over the years. I can safely say that Rachel stands head and shoulders above anyone I’ve dealt with before. I was most impressed with how engaged Rachel was and her passion for doing the best job possible. Despite being a matter of business, I always felt that she included a personal facet in it that kept it from being a cold transaction. I felt that Rachel did an outstanding job and I have actually already recommended Rachel and DRI to several of my peers. I would offer this analogy about my experience with Rachel: I have been managing mechanics & technicians for decades. I have seen them all outfitted with the same tools. Despite that, there will always be the “Rock Stars” that can outperform their peers. Rachel is a “Rock Star!” in my opinion.”