A Premier Women-Owned Recruiting Firm

Welcome to SEARCH Group Partners, a leading boutique recruiting firm specializing in talent acquisition and consulting services. We are proud to be a women-owned business based in Utah, serving clients locally and nationwide. Our dedicated team has a proven track record of excellence and a commitment to becoming the most respected staffing and recruiting firm in the markets we serve. Beyond our recruitment expertise, we prioritize integrity, transparency, and professional excellence in every aspect of our operations. We cherish our work and the relationships we build, embrace diversity, and relentlessly pursue growth opportunities. At SEARCH Group Partners, we ‘Aspire to Hire’ by connecting top talent with rewarding opportunities, all while valuing courtesy, honesty, and respect. Join us in our journey towards innovation, teamwork, and continued success.

What Our Clients are Saying

Excellent4.9 Based on 60 reviews from review us onLexi CowleyLexi Cowley ★★★★★ Kim Carlsen at Search Group Partners was an absolute star throughout my job search. Her industry knowledge and dedication were unmatched, leading me to the perfect position. Kim's communication was superb, and her proactive approach made the process stress-free. I highly recommend Kim and Search Group Partners for anyone seeking outstanding representation. Thank you, Kim!Esther SunEsther Sun ★★★★★ Working with Jess Nelson was an absolute delight and a testament to her exceptional qualities. Her warmth and friendliness, coupled with her remarkable efficiency, made her not just a valuable professional contact but also a genuine pleasure to collaborate with during my job searching journey. Jess's exceptional qualities left a lasting positive impression, and I'm truly grateful for the opportunity to work alongside someone so kind, competent, and effective.Zhiyi LiZhiyi Li ★★★★★ Jess from Search Group is really nice and helped me a lot or job searching. Really appreciate that.Response from the ownerWe're delighted to hear about your positive experience with Jess from Search Group! It's always great to know that professionals like Jess make a significant difference in your job search journey. If you have any more feedback or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out. Best of luck with your job search! Tobi J. OladipoTobi J. Oladipo ★★★★★ I had the absolute pleasure of working with Jess from Search Group Partners, and I couldn't be more thrilled with the outstanding service and results she provided. She constantly thinks about you, and always puts you forward for the best opportunities.I am now in a role that perfectly aligns with my career goals and aspirations. I can't thank her enough for the incredible support she provided throughout the process. If you're looking for a recruiter who truly cares about your success and will go the extra mile to make it happen, Jess is the one you need. I highly recommend her services to anyone seeking not just a job, but a meaningful and fulfilling career path.Response from the ownerThank you for this review! It's always heartening to hear about such positive interactions in the realm of career placement and development. Jess's dedication to her clients and her ability to match them with opportunities that align with their career goals is truly commendable.Congratulations on finding your ideal role, and thanks again for sharing your positive experience! Corey LemusCorey Lemus ★★★★★ Highly recommend using SGP for all your job hunting needs. I person worked with was Jess Nelson who was extremely helpful in this process from beginning to end. She’s very proactive and provides such helpful information. Jess was always kind and goes above and beyond to make sure she answers any doubts you may have. It was such a great experience to work with Search, and most importantly Jess.Response from the ownerThank you for sharing your positive experience with SGP and your recruiter, Jess Nelson! Jess is the best! We hope your newfound success continues, and thank you for taking the time to share your feedback! Yash GuptaYash Gupta ★★★★★ I had a fantastic experience collaborating with Jess. She provided unwavering assistance during my job hunt and played an instrumental role in propelling my professional advancement.Response from the ownerIt's truly wonderful to hear about your fantastic experience collaborating with Jess during your job hunt! Best of luck with your continued professional advancement! Yue YinYue Yin ★★★★★ Jess Nelson is such a great support of my job searching journey, she works very efficient reliable and nice, also provide much very helpful information. Jess is always kind and supportive since our first meeting and every one after that.It is very good to have her and nice to work with SEARCH Group!!Response from the ownerWe're delighted that you find working with SEARCH Group to be a pleasant experience overall. Your feedback reaffirms our commitment to delivering excellent service and support. If you have any further thoughts or feedback, please don't hesitate to share. Wishing you all the best in your continued job search journey! AlimathAlimath ★★★★★ I cannot speak highly enough of Jess Nelson's exceptional support and dedication throughout my entire job search journey. From the very first interaction, Jess proved to be a true professional with a genuine passion for helping others achieve their career goals. Her expertise, warmth, and guidance have been invaluable, making this review a small token of my immense gratitude.Jess went above and beyond to assist me in finding the perfect job opportunity. Not only did she provide valuable insights into the job market, but she also took the time to understand my skills, interests, and aspirations. Her personalized approach made me feel like I was more than just a candidate; she treated me as a friend with sincere care for my success.Throughout our interactions, Jess displayed incredible responsiveness, always promptly addressing any questions or concerns that arose. Her professional demeanor, combined with a friendly and approachable attitude, created an environment where I felt comfortable discussing anything related to my job search and relocation.With Jess's assistance, not only did I secure a fantastic job at my dream company, but I also gained a trusted mentor.If you're looking for someone who will go the extra mile, who genuinely cares about your success, and who will be there for you every step of the way, Jess Nelson is the person you need. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone seeking career guidance and support. Thank you, Jess, for making this chapter of my life an unforgettable and transformative experience!Response from the ownerIt's truly heartwarming to read such a glowing review of Jess Nelson's exceptional support and dedication throughout your job search journey. Jess's commitment to helping others achieve their career goals shines brightly in your testimonial, and it's evident that she made a significant impact on your professional life. Thank you for sharing your heartfelt gratitude, and congratulations on your new job at your dream company. AdeelAdeel ★★★★★ I had the pleasure of working with Jess. From the very beginning, Jess set herself apart with her professionalism, knowledge, and genuine care. I can confidently say that she is not just a recruiter, she is a "Super Recruiter".She meticulously guided me through every step, providing constructive feedback, and ensuring that I was well-prepared. Her commitment to clients goes beyond the call of duty.Jess has not only raised the bar for recruitment but has redefined it. Her commitment to excellence, coupled with her exceptional interpersonal skills, has resulted in an exceptional experience that I highly recommend to anyone seeking to navigate the market.In a world where good service is desired but not always delivered, Jess stands out. She delivers a level of service that is truly exemplary. I cannot recommend her highly enough. If you are in search of a recruiter who will prioritize your interests and guide you, look no further than Jess!Response from the ownerJess is truly a professional who is dedicated to helping individuals like yourself find the right job. We are proud to have her as part of our team. Your success is our success, and we are grateful for the opportunity to assist you in your career journey! Emir KaraogluEmir Karaoglu ★★★★★ I had the pleasure of working with Jess Nelson from Search Group Partners during my job search, and I must say it was a fantastic experience. Jess was incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and dedicated to helping me find the right job. From the very beginning, Jess took the time to understand my career goals, skills, and preferences, which allowed her to present me with relevant job opportunities. Throughout the process, Jess maintained excellent communication, keeping me updated on any potential leads and providing valuable feedback. She was always available to answer my questions and address any concerns I had, which made me feel supported and guided throughout the job search. Thanks to Jess and Search Group Partners, I was able to secure a job that exceeded my expectations. I am grateful for their dedication and commitment to finding the right match for me.Response from the ownerThank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience working with Jess Nelson. We are proud of our team's commitment to maintaining open lines of communication, and it brings us joy to know that Jess kept you updated on potential leads and provided valuable feedback. We greatly appreciate your kind words and are thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic experience throughout your job search. Ender VisEnder Vis ★★★★★ Wonderful experience. Director Jess Nelson was very professional and helpful. I enjoyed her guidance and recommendations, as well as her enthusiasm at work.Response from the ownerEnder! Thank you for this review! We are happy to hear you and Jess had a great experience working together. Roy AlstonRoy Alston ★★★★★ My experience with SEARCH Group was more hands-on than experiences I have had in the past. I like the fact that Kim got to know who I was a bit so she could be better prepared to introduce my to the perspective company. Also, lines of communication stayed open and active throughout the whole process.Response from the ownerWe are thrilled to hear you had a great experience working with Kim! Thank you for your time and leaving us a review! Nolan AndersonNolan Anderson ★★★★★ My experience with SGP has been great! Everything has been clearly defined and my representative, Jess, has been very kind and helpful whenever I've had any questions.Robert MottRobert Mott ★★★★★ I had never worked with a recruiting agency before, but right from the first email/phone call was very impressed. Gretchen kept in touch with me through the entire process and was very professional. I would recommend SEARCH Group Partners and Gretchen to anyone! She helped me with a new opportunity for a great company.Bingxuan GaoBingxuan Gao ★★★★★ Jess is the warmest and most efficient recruiter I've ever met. I can feel she is doing her best to help me find excellent opportunities and also give great help for the preparation of the interview. I'm so glad I meet her during the job search. Overall, the experience with SEARCH Group is the best compared with any others.Richard CharltonRichard Charlton ★★★★★ I had the pleasure to work with Gretchen and I can say it's been one of the most professional recruiting experiences ever. She was extremely professional, communicative, transparent, and helpful. I would recommend SEARCH, especially Gretchen, for any recruiting process.Samantha NoyceSamantha Noyce ★★★★★ Team has been great, fast and efficient.Alexandria HeimuellerAlexandria Heimueller ★★★★★ Search Group Partners was amazing to work with. They were diligent, supportive and communicated so well. If you’re looking for your next role use them! You won’t regret it!Orlando TipianiOrlando Tipiani ★★★★★ I had the wonderful opportunity to be contacted by Kim Carlsen regarding an employment opportunity. Kim was professional and incredibly responsive. Kim was great at keeping me abreast of the interviewing process. I appreciate her genuine interest and timely communication.Elena ZarorElena Zaror ★★★★★ I had the pleasure to work with Gretchen and I can say it's been one of the most professional recruiting experiences ever. She was extremely professional, communicative, transparent, and helpful. I would recommend SEARCH, especially Gretchen, for any recruiting process.Zayne CallahanZayne Callahan ★★★★★ Gretchen has been absolutely supportive and on top of things! I can tell she goes above and beyond to do everything in her power to ensure I have the best experience and most preparation with meeting potential employers. If she reaches out to you, you can be confident she has done her research and will provide you the information, support, and updates you need! I can only guess other members of her team are similarly talented.Shirrona VitoShirrona Vito ★★★★★ My experience with this company has been nothing but amazing ! Jess was my recruiter and she was the best to work with . She communicated with me for everything and was here for whatever and whenever I needed . She gave me details for my interview and helped me prepare for my first day at my job . I have appreciated all that she has done and I am very satisfied with where I am now and couldn't thank her enough !GeorgeGeorge ★★★★★ I was always hesitant in working with recruiters. I never gave agencies the time of day. However after working with Robert Nettles one of the recruiters at Search Group my mentality has completely changed. I would recommend search Group Partners and Robert to anyone! He helped me land a new opportunity with a great company. Robert provided great guidance, professionalism, positive advice and outstanding communication throughout the transition. Highly recommend!!Rick LindquistRick Lindquist ★★★★★ Gretchen is great! She has really helped us bring top talent into our pipeline. Can't recommend her enough.Kyle CurryKyle Curry ★★★★★ We recently used Gretchen for an account executive position at my company and she did a great job finding us top talent that moved through the hiring pipeline quickly.js_loader

“SGP has an excellent response time and a realistic evaluation of candidates. I feel valued as a client.”

“SGP worked with us and focused on what OUR needs were. They made sure to keep in touch with their employees while they were still on a temporary basis. They also kept in touch with us about how the temporary help was working out and if we had any issues, good or bad. They made the transistion from temporary to permanent employee seamless, for both us and the employee.”

“SGP understands our needs and culture, which is important when utilizing temps or a recruiting firm to find permanent candidates. They are also cognizant of our time and do a great job with prescreening candidates.”

“My partners at SGP are incredibly knowledgeable about my organization, our priorities, and the skills required for our company. They are very hard working and communicate frequently to ensure I am aware of any progress or roadblocks to filling our positions.”

“Best recruiters I have ever worked with. Not only are they the best at what they do, they define what they do.”

“The SGP team is extremely professional, service focused, and knowlegeable. The key reason we partner with SGP is their inherent ability to listen to and understand our business needs, and their consistent track record of following through with what they say they are going to do in recruiting the best talent possible.”

Our Values

At SEARCH Group Partners, our core values form the foundation of our success. We uphold unwavering integrity and transparency in our relationships, seeking excellence in every facet of our business. We are passionate about our work and the incredible people we collaborate with. Diversity is our strength, and we continuously seek opportunities for growth. Our commitment to finding the best talent is unwavering, and we approach every challenge with an ‘Aspire to Hire’ mindset. Courtesy, honesty, and respect guide our interactions. We are dedicated to nurturing synergistic teams and top talent through innovation, hard work, and teamwork.

Meet Our Founder

Ema Ostarcevic

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Ema is an experienced staffing industry executive and has focused on various segments of the recruitment, search and placement arenas. As Founder & CEO of SEARCH Group Partners Inc., a premier, boutique recruiting firm, headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT Ema oversees all day-to-day leadership activities including recruiting, sales, operations, on-site consulting, HR, acquisitions, executive search and strategic direction for the company.

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Associations & Awards

SEARCH Group Partners was named to Inavero’s 2014 – 2018 “Best of Staffing®” Client List

For five consecutive years (2014-2018), SEARCH Group Partners was named as one of Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client Award winners. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, the annual Best of Staffing Award provides the only statistically valid and objective service quality benchmarks for the industry, revealing which staffing agencies deliver the highest quality of service to their clients. In a year when the staffing industry’s client service quality scores are trending down once again, the Best of Staffing winners scored well above industry service benchmarks. Less than 2% of all staffing agencies in North America receive the Best of Staffing Award for service excellence utilizing the Net Promoter® methodology. The stark contrast in client satisfaction scores compared to the industry average is a clear indication that the firms who have earned the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Best of Staffing Client Award truly stand out for their service quality. SEARCH Group Partners received satisfaction ratings of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 84.4% of clients, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 35%.

Search Group Partners and staff are the proud winners of the following awards: 2017 CEO of the Year Award, MountainWest Capital Network’s Utah 100 Awards 2015’s Emerging Elite Companies, Inavero’s Best of Staffing Client Satisfaction Award for five consecutive years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018; 2014 Bronze Stevie® Award in the Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year category for Women in Business; Utah Business Magazine Forty under 40 Award winners; Utah Business Magazine 2013’s 30 Women to Watch and Utah Business Magazine 20 in their 20’s.


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