I have worked with recruiting service providers in the past, as both a candidate and client, however my expectations were never exceeded as they were with Duval Search Associates.
Derek’s approach to aligning candidates to openings considers a well developed balance between understanding the candidate’s qualifications, needs and timing to the needs and expectations of the hiring firm. He achieves this by listening….real active listening. In addition, he provided value-add coaching to prepare me for my series of interviews.
Whichever path my career takes in the future, be it hiring or personal career change, Duval Search Associates will be at the top of my list of providers.
S. Higgins, IT Audit Director
I was very hesitant to work with a recruiter until I spoke to Brad and my entire viewpoint has since then changed. Instead of just submitting my resume to any job that matched my profile, he worked tirelessly with me until he found a job that not only matched my skill set but was also where I wanted my career to be. Brad was my most valuable asset during my job search and I am excited to start my new career thanks to him.
A. Zapke, Principal IT Auditor
Derek concentrates on his work with unrivaled professionalism, commitment, and enthusiasm. He truly has his “finger on the pulse” of the industry and the markets he represents. Derek is about making connections. Simply put, getting the right people connected with the right companies at the right time. Derek is the first recruiter I reach out to when searching for that right candidate. Derek will make you feel like his most valuable client and will focus like a laser on your needs and priorities.
L. Lucas, IT Risk & Compliance Manager
Brad demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and enthusiasm in guiding my search process. Unlike other recruiters who I dealt with, Brad understood the search process was about the entire opportunity and didn’t just dwell on compensation above all else. Overall Brad showed a drive and dedication to my career search that I am grateful for.
M. Zagorsky, Senior IT Auditor
Duval Search Associates is a pleasure to work with and has many great qualities. First and foremost, Derek has integrity. I’ve never doubted the information he has provided to me about his candidates and he is very detailed with respect to their qualifications and character.
Secondly, Derek has always been very considerate of my time. As an Audit Manager, I’m constantly pulled in multiple directions so the time I spend on recruiting must be efficient and productive. Derek only sends me the candidates that he feels are the best match given the job description and our secondary conversations. Typically, I want to interview most, if not all the candidates he presents as opposed to one out of numerous candidates from other recruiters.
Finally and just as important as the above qualities, Derek builds a relationship with his business partners and clients. He always takes the time to get to know the people he works with and I strongly believe this goes a long way in increasing the chances that the candidates hired are long-term employees with the company. Derek continues to impress me with what he knows about his business partners and clients and I often wonder what system he uses to collect and store all his data.
I would certainly recommend Derek and his company to any hiring manager
G. Vance, Technology Audit Manager
Working with Brad redefined my expectations of a recruiter as a potential candidate. He worked closely with me to understand what I was looking for in a new position and served as a strong advocate of my skills to several potential employers. Brad went out of his way to ensure that I was very prepared for my interviews and able to successfully negotiate the terms of my hiring. In my experience, his guidance was perfectly on target. With his connections and assistance, I was able to change jobs in a tough economy in under a month.
J. Blankenship, Senior IT Auditor
I have known Derek for over 8 years and he has proved invaluable to my career. Whether working to secure a new position or making a quick call for advice on how to handle a difficult situation, Derek has always made time to speak with me. Priding himself on building a lasting relationship and keeping in touch with candidates and clients throughout their careers, Derek definitely walks the walk when it comes to serving the individuals he works with. He always puts my interests first and, in addition to having expertise and knowledge of our field, he conducts himself with the utmost integrity and honesty and truly has built my trust
R. Thompson, Technology Advisory Supervisor
It was a pleasure working with Derek. He has a great personality, listens and strategically decides which companies are best suited for your unique career aspirations. The relationship that was built during my ‘job-seeking’ phase with Derek was unlike any encounter I’ve had with a recruiter. Derek, thanks for all of your help. I strongly recommend you as the recruiter of choice for IT Audit professionals.
T. Foster, IT Audit Manager
Brad did an amazing job assisting me in my change of positions. He was the only recruiter who showed a genuine interest in finding me a job that met my criteria. He always kept me informed of his progress, and I never felt that he forgot about me. I would recommend Brad to anyone looking for a change in their career.
J. Bunch, Senior IT Auditor
Derek placed me with my current employer over ten years ago. What makes Derek extraordinary is his ability to fit a client’s personality, skill sets and personal interests with a compatible corporate culture. Derek stays abreast of the pros and cons associated with hiring companies and he presents his clients with the details they need to make informed decisions. That’s the kind of integrity that separates Derek from other recruiters and why his clients remain loyal. We’ve remained in touch over the years and I consider Derek a good friend and trusted advisor.
L. Gibson, Senior IT Auditor