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Agency Spotlight: The Ekström Agency

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Ekstrom logoA relative newcomer to the domestic staffing industry, the Ekstrom Agency was founded by Nils Ekstrom in June 2013.  Thanks to his 25 years of experience in the service industry, he has studied hospitality across disciplines including domestic service, restaurant operations, and cruise lines.  Nils has had the honor of serving in both large and small estates and have managed staffs including maids, chauffeurs, chefs/cooks, day workers, houseman, nannies, personal assistants and butlers.

 “The reason I built Ekström was to bring this work ethic and integrity to an industry that needed change,” states Nils.  “Change in the way that talent is being hired, change in how clients needed to become better educated about what is required in order to run their homes efficiently, and change in how the employee/employer relationships are built and sustained.” 

 

  1. How long have you been in business? 

We just started operations in June 2013.

 

  1. What makes your agency unique? 

We treat and promote talent, not domestic help.  We believe that by attracting the right talent and then spending time in person with the family, we increase the chances of a healthy and long term working relationship.  In addition, we have a specialty in working with Chinese clients who are purchasing homes and investment properties in the Tri State Area and require specialty talent support.

 

  1. What types of positions do you place? 

Chefs, House Managers, Estate Mangers, Housekeepers, Nannies, Equestrian Management, Personal Assistants, Couples & Butlers.  We also maintain a strong group of bi and tri-lingual talent (Spanish, French, Portuguese & Chinese). 

  1. What is your ideal candidate? 

An experienced individual with a high degree of integrity and work ethic.  We do thorough background investigations and require the utmost in confidentiality and work ethic.

  1. Do you place across the country or locally?  If so where:

We concentrate in NYC and the Tri-State area but also do placements in Florida including both Palm Beach and Miami.

  1. Do you look for any special training or certifications, such as college degrees, private service schools, etc? 

While we do look for certain certifications especially with our chefs and nannies, we are open to those who have experience equal to a degree or other certification.  We find that nothing really beats good old fashioned hands-on experience and elbow grease.

  1. Where do you announce your open jobs? 

We promote through partnerships with other agencies, conferences, referrals from our existing talent pool and colleagues. We are also very active on social media.

  1. How should a candidate apply for a job? 

Do you want an online application, resume or both?  We start with an online resume and then move to a formal application and then video interview.

  1. Do you belong to any professional associations?

DEMA, NYC Personal Assistants

  1. How can people contact you?

http://naekstrom.com or at (347) 410 1862

 

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About the Author:

Since 2004, Donna has been teaching job seekers of all levels effective job search strategies. In 2009, she published her book “Get a Job Without Going Crazy: a Practical Guide to Your Employment Search.” Donna is based in Denver, and has presented workshops in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas. She continues to work with job seekers across the country.

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