Agency Spotlight: Christopher Baker Staffing

Within the private service realm, it is always surprising about how much one person can accomplish in a day, especially with dedicated hard work and true expertise.  In this week’s Agency Spotlight, we look at an agency that displays those same characteristics…

Christopher Baker, owner of Christopher Baker Staffing, has spent the last eight years in the private service staffing business — first as a national recruiter and account executive for the nation’s foremost retained search firm specializing in private service for high net-worth families and their offices; and since 2004, at the helm of his own Los Angeles-based company, Christopher Baker Staffing.

Christopher Baker Staffing enjoys a reputation of providing personalized and discreet staffing on a contingency basis for clients primarily in the West. Background checks on candidates (professional and personal references, driving, credit, crime, civil and education, etc.) are conducted in-house.

1.  How long have you been in business?

Since 2004 (although I have been a recruiter in the private service industry since 1999).

2. What makes your agency unique?

This is a small, discreet and personalized agency, devoted to making the perfect match.

3. What types of positions do you place?

Estate and Household Managers, Butlers, Personal and Executive Assistants, Private Chefs, Housekeepers and Housemen and Yacht Personnel

4. What is your ideal candidate?

A career private service professional with excellent long-term references who is able to pass a complete background check.

5. Do you place across the country or locally?  If so where…

Primarily California, Colorado, Texas, Florida and New York

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

College degree and a private service school training are ideal.

7. Where do you announce your open jobs?

Estatejobs.com and private email blasts.

8. How should a candidate apply for a job?  Do you want an online application, resume or both?

Email updated unformatted resume as a MS Word document attachment to chris@christopherbakerstaffing.com

9. Do you belong to any professional associations?

DEMA (Domestic Estate Managers Association)

10. How can people contact you?

chris@christopherbakerstaffing.com

www.christopherbakerstaffing.com

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Agency Spotlight: Cassford Management

Cassford ManagementOne advantage of a boutique agency is the ability to spend more time with each client and candidate, ensuring the best possible match for both parties.  For David and Kim Cassford, this personal attention is the cornerstone of their business.

Unlike many husband- and-wife agency teams, both David and Kim have practical experience in the private service industry, including not only fine homes but on yachts as well.

In this week’s agency spotlight, Kim Cassford gives more insight into how their agency has been successful for a decade…

1. How long have you been in business?

Cassford Management has been in business for 10 years, established 2002.

2. What makes your agency unique?

Cassford Management is unique as its founders are both seasoned qualified professionals who have served internationally in every role in a domestic service capacity from Yacht Crew to Houseman, Driver, Butler, Chef, Personal Assistant, House Manager and Estate Manager.

The founders, Kim and David Cassford, truly understand and enjoy working with candidates. In short “we get it.’

You can find the profile about the founders on the website, www.cassfordmanagement.com under the tab “Who We Are”

3. What types of positions do you place?

Cassford Management specializes in household staff placement.

These positions include, but not limited to Housekeeper, Nanny, Domestic Couple, Butler, House Manager, Estate Manager, Major Domo, Personal Assistant.

4. What is your ideal candidate?

Cassford Management has a unique approach with working with candidates. There is no specific framework or “ideal” candidate.

All candidates have different attributes and our job and dedication is to assist in finding the candidate the “ideal” position.

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

Cassford Management places nationwide and internationally.

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

Cassford Management does not box in candidates with specific credentials. All applicants are welcome to register and/or reach out if they have a question.

7. Where do you announce your open jobs?

Cassford Management announces openings under the candidate tab on the Cassford Management website.

8. How should a candidate apply for a job? Do you want an online application, resume or both?

A candidate that would like to register is welcome to register via on-line. There is a candidate FAQ, instructions, and candidates are always welcome to call the main office at 1-800-503-9092.

9. Do you belong to any professional associations?

Yes.

10. How can people contact you?

www.cassfordmanagement.com
Telephone: 1-800-903-9092
Email: info@cassfordmanagement.com

 

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Agency Spotlight: Precise Home Management

Precise Home Management logoIn the modern private service world, there are few true English Butlers helping place and train professionals in homes across the US – and fewer still who have been featured on television in recurring roles and as a subject matter expert.  These are just a few things that sets Andrew Lowrey, and his company Precise Home Management apart.

The founder and president of Precise Home Management, Andrew Lowrey, was formally trained as a British Butler and has held the positions of Butler and Estate Manager in homes and on private yachts throughout Europe and America for nearly two decades. Mr. Lowrey’s service career began serving British Royalty at Buckingham Palace while training in the hotel business. A native Englishman, Andrew continued to work in four and five star hotels in Cambridge and London until his voyage took him abroad. Having traveled the Globe extensively during his career, Andrew relocated to the United States to accept the position of Butler and Estate Manager for one of Maryland’s most prominent families in a 25,000 sq foot home built for a member of the Vanderbilt family.

In 1998, Andrew founded Precise Home Management. In addition to consulting, training and sourcing domestic staff and management for clients’ homes worldwide, Andrew has advised and appeared as the Butler on the ABC Series “The Family.” Other television appearances include “The ABC Evening News”, UPN’s “Life & Style”, NBC’s “Living It Up with Ali & Jack”, and England’s SKY “Jeeves & Wooster”. Articles in major publications have included: Forbes, People, Town & Country, Robb Report, Millionaire, Style and Washington Life to name a few.

 

In this week’s Agency Spotlight, Andrew shares more about his business…

 1. How long have you been in business?

Since 1998

 2. What makes your agency unique?

What separates us from the rest is my having “walked the walk,” if you will.  I was a butler, worked on yachts, and in hospitality.  I know how it feels to put your heart and soul into a position.  We’ve never set out to be the busiest agency, but the best quality placements.  I have placed people in positions 10 years ago, and now that they are retiring, their principals have come back to me again to find them their replacement.  The strong point of the real message is that we want to understand our client and the candidate both, the make the best possible match for both.

 3. What types of positions do you place?

Everything – from the housekeeper, the butler, to personal assistants – really the whole domestic arena.  We have even done the dog walkers, on occasion.

 4. What is your ideal candidate?

Someone who states to me that they want their tombstone to read “Born to Serve.”  I am looking for someone who can give unconditionally.  Now that doesn’t mean that they don’t have time off for themselves; it is a balancing act and they need to right mentality.  The candidate who starts off asking “how many days a week” or “how many hours in a week” is not really what we are looking for.  We need someone who is willing to do what it takes to get the job done.

I have placed candidates with little to no experience.  And the client would ask me, “why are you sending me this person to interview?” But they would meet with them, and you know what?  That person would grow into the position and do a wonderful job.  One of my placements was Peter [X], who started in the restaurant business.  He didn’t have any experience in the home, but he had the right passion.  Now he is making a high salary.

Every agency slammed the door on him because they don’t take the time to know the candidate.  I will coach them, and then they grow by leaps and bounds.  But they must have the right motivation.  Someone who is only after the high salary or who is whining about the lack of personal time  – they aren’t going to have a lot of success.

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

Both – I have also placed people in Europe and on yachts, as I have experience with those as well.

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

Yes and no – Some people are book smart but lack common sense!  I trained myself through the Ivor Spencer Butler School in England, and that was valuable.  I have taken those candidates without experience, and I have taken ones from the schools.  But they can’t have the idea that just because they went to one of the schools that they can get a job for over $100,000 for their first position.

7. Where do you announce your open jobs?

On our website, on www.EstateJobs.com, the DEMA website and my own data base.  I have a supply of applicants right now, due to the economy.  The clients really are in the driver’s seat right now.

8. How should a candidate apply for a job?  Do you want an online application, resume or both?

Email me a resume to phm@precisehome.com and then call me.  That way, I can get a feel for them.

9. Do you belong to any professional associations?

DEMA and the British American Business Association.

 10. How can people contact you?

Through my phone: 410.659.9200
Email: PHM@precisehome.com

Website: http://www.precisehome.com

 EXTRA NOTE:

Andrew Lowrey will be starting a Housekeeping School in April of 2012.  For more details, contact him directly or visit his website, http://www.precisehome.com

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Agency Spotlight: Home Staffing Network

In the private service placement world, one name seems to be  known by everyone: Werner Luetert and his company, the Home Staffing Network.  Why?  Because his goal is to truly build a network of professionals in the estate management industry.

Taking a look at their website, www.homestaffingnetwork.com, shows Werner’s commitment to the industry.  While the Home Staffing Network does offer placement services, they also provide training, resume assistance and even hourly consulting to address specific private service issues.   Not only that, the site includes many resources for professionals including tools and tips.

The website also features a page for resources, listing a wide variety of books for private service.

But what truly makes the Home Staffing Network unique is that they are, in fact, a network of professionals that represent various specialties and services of interest to private individuals and families. This portfolio of individual specialists can variously help new clients to find top staff for their homes, assist in security issues, aid in eldercare matters, consult on private estate construction, provide private service training and more.  Visitors to the website are encouraged to contact the professionals directly – even other training and staffing organizations.

In today’s Agency Spotlight, Werner Luetert shares more information about his unique agency…

1. How long have you been in business?

13 years

2. What makes your agency unique?

 I was in private service myself as an Estate Manager  and Butler

3.       What types of positions do you place?

All positions that are based in a private residence setting and also some office based P/A positions which have strong involvement in the private side of the employer

4.       What is your ideal candidate?

Persons with recent relevant experience in professional private service, good references, good presentation, excellent communication skills

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

Nationwide and some international

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

Experience is the main criteria with me.  Depending on the job, college degrees are important.  Private service schooling can sometimes get the foot in the door if there is not much relevant experience.

7. Where do you announce your open jobs?

I post them on my website.

8. How should a candidate apply for a job?  Do you want an online application, resume or both?

I start by requesting a resume and then follow up with a due diligence questionnaire

9. Do you belong to any professional associations?

International Institute of Modern Butlers

10. How can people contact you?

Info@homestaffingnetwork.com

Here is a link that I often send out as resources for candidates:

http://www.homestaffingnetwork.com/tools_tips.php?id=10&category=4

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Agency Spotlight: The Robert Hanselman Domestic Placement Agency

Today’s Agency Spotlight features the Robert Hanselman Domestic Agency in Madison, GA.

 Robert Hanselman specializes in the placement of all levels of domestic staffing in homes and businesses throughout the United States and abroad.  Their placement backdrops have included all-inclusive formal and country estates, in-town and suburban households, yachts, ranches, and resorts. They place live-in and live-out, full-time, and part-time help.

1. How long have you been in business?

The agency has been in business for 17 years.  I have been in the business myself right out of school, so when I was 22 years old or so.  And I’m a young 45 now, so that’s over 20 years of experience in this business.

2. What makes your agency unique?

I’ve been a butler myself, and have managed a large estate.  I have been in the industry myself. Not only that, we have no problem traveling to a client’s estate to do a site visit.

3. What types of positions do you place?

We work with the broad spectrum of positions, including butlers, household managers, estate managers, chefs, couples, nannies and personal assistants.  We do other positions as well, including chauffeurs, companions and cooks.

4. What is your ideal candidate?

It is someone who is not in this career for the money, but because they enjoy it.  Little baggage too – if someone has a lot of dogs, or other concerns like that, it probably won’t work.  They need to be stable in their own life so they can be stable for their employers.

We’re not necessarily looking for 5 years of experience.  Say, for a couple, if one of them has several years of experience and the other person doesn’t, but say he has other relevant experience such as being a chef, we would consider that.

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

We place nationally and even internationally.  Of course, there are several placements in the typical states – New York, Florida, Texas, California, and so on.  But there are few jobs in the smaller states, such as Ohio, or in the Midwest.  It all depends on where the clients live.  Virginia is big as well.

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

Education helps, but experience is much better.  If I have someone with 5 years experience but no college degree, well, that’s great – pending references, of course.

7. Where do you announce your open jobs?

On our website. Sometimes I will call candidates already in our database – I hand-pick those candidates for a job in that case.  Sometimes I do post jobs on various sites, such as EstateJobs.com.

8. How should a candidate apply for a job?  Do you want an online application, resume or both?

Go to our website, www.planetdomestics.com,  or call us.  There is a simple application on the website, and then we send out a formal application which needs to be hand-written after that.  Send that with the resume and a picture, and we use that to create a nice profile for our clients.  [Note: Robert Hanselman Agency does not write resumes for their candidates. -Ed.]

9. Do you belong to any professional associations?

DEMA, and we also network with other agencies.

10. How can people contact you?

Visit our website www.planetdomestics.com or call 888-838-4404.

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Agency Spotlight: The Dish

The Dish logoThe Dish is a boutique specialty search firm providing hospitality, crew and other lifestyle candidates for the private and corporate sectors. Presenting “A Quality Presentation” for both industry professionals and employers and providing off-site catering staffing solutions that exceed expectations.

1. How long have you been in business?

Freelancing Since 1983, “The Dish” incorporated in 2010 as a formulated industry unit and has maintained the highest standards of ethics, expertise, hands on experience and commitment in the service industry and beyond. Our reputation for discretion and consistent testimony of successful placements have built strong and trusted relationships with our exclusive clients and specially selected candidates… “A Quality Presentation” for both sides of the employment gamut.

2. What makes your agency unique?

“The Dish” name was derived as a concept of theory and relativity when we started our journey as a personal chef service company, by providing chefs and service professionals to private homes, yachts, jets, offsite catering and special events. “The Dish” represented and still maintains industry professionals that are required to not only be the best of the best, but also to create meals that are presented with the highest quality visually with unsurpassed service. When we became successful in that area, we decided that we would broaden our efforts to the private and corporate sectors while maintaining our off-site catering professionals at a rate that is affordable to all, not just the privileged. So what’s “The Dish” on “The Dish?” It’s an Idiom that covers everything we are and everything we represent. It is “A Quality Presentation,” which is our expression, motto and mission.

What sets us apart is our sincere interest in making a perfect match for both the employer and the candidate.  Quality, not quantity.

3. What types of positions do you place?

Our expertise areas include hospitality service personnel, middle to executive top level management matches, Yacht and Flight Crew, or any domestic and/or lifestyle Candidates or luxury services needed within those fields, on a temporary or permanent basis.

4. What is your ideal candidate?

ALL of our team players whether they are our candidates, consultants, representatives or affiliate partnerships have all had successful careers in the industries they represent. They bring priceless experience, proficiency and dedication to their association with our team and our clients. ALL of that knowledge in their respective and collective fields enables us to make the best matches for you individually, or your corporation as a whole.  So what is our ideal candidate?  We do not have a template for an “ideal” candidate.  Our success and part of what makes us different is appreciating and understanding the needs and wants of our candidates and our employers.  ALL of our candidates are special, it is the match that makes it “ideal.”

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

We place Privately and corporately-nationally and internationally.

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

Of course it is always preferable to have proper training, certifications and education and certain positions it is required. Many of our high net worth clients expect this and at times we will make recommendations to candidates that are trying to get into a particular career and when we feel it would help them to advance. However, we do not form an opinion of candidates based solely on this.  As a team with over 27 years of hospitality and service experience, we have found some of our BEST candidates have simply worked their way up from the bottom with nothing more then passion and drive.

 7. Where do you announce your open jobs?

On our website www.the-dish.com job board, Social Media, Linkedin and email.  Rarely, but sometimes we will place an ad on Craigslist or industry specific job board, but since we are a boutique search firm, we prefer to offer positions to our existing community and our network first.

8. How should a candidate apply for a job?  Do you want an online application, resume or both? 

Our website is designed to streamline the candidate and employer connection.  We have forms online to accommodate both.  We have the submission form and resume upload in one area.

9. How can people contact you?   

 The Dish

www.the-dish.com

561-376-8448

info@the-dish.com

www.the-dish.com

Twitter

Facebook

Skype:  TheDishLiveChat

This is the linkedin group link:  http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Dish-3271364?gid=3271364&trk=hb_side_g

 

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Agency Spotlight: Morningside Nannies

As the founder and director of Morningside Nannies and past president of the International Nanny Association, Pat Cascio has been in the in-home childcare industry since 1983. As the mother of four young daughters, she personally experienced the lack of professionalism and top-quality screening practices that existed in what was then known as “domestic agencies.” As a result, she founded Nannies and Such, Houston’s first agency specializing in nanny referrals.

As a former employer of nannies for her own family, a former executive recruiter, and with 25 years in the business of placing nannies, she screens applicants by asking herself this question: “Would I hire this nanny to care for my own children?”

In today’s Agency Spotlight, Pat shares insight into Morningside Nannies…

1. How long have you been in business?

28 years

2. What makes your agency unique?

We were the first nanny agency in Houston.  We have an  excellent reputation, and in 2008, we were selected as the APNA Agency of the Year.  Personally, I was on the INA board of directors for 10 years and served as INA president for 8 years.

3. What types of positions do you place?

Full and part-time nannies, temporary (on-call) nannies, newborn care specialists, nanny/housekeepers, housekeepers.

4.  What is your ideal candidate?

A mature individual with a minimum of 4 years of full-charge,  professional childcare experience and excellent references.

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

Houston and surrounding areas only.

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

Not required but helpful.

7. Where do you announce your open jobs?

On our website: www.morningsidenannies.com

8. How should a candidate apply for a job?  Do you want an online application, resume or both?

Our website has a short application that will allow us the opportunity to assess the applicant’s basic experience.  The candidate will be contacted to complete a full application if they meet our minimum requirements.

9. Do you belong to any professional associations?

10. How can people contact you?

Email: info@morningsidenannies.com   or phone 713-526-3989

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Agency Spotlight: Merlin Estate Staffing and A Friend of the Family

Merlin estate staffing logoA friend of the family logoMany agencies in the private service industry choose to place for positions either locally or nationally.  For Judi Merlin, she chose to do both – Merlin Estate Staffing handles the national placements, while A Friend of the Family handles the local candidates.  In this week’s Agency Spotlight, Judi gives us more insight into her two ventures…

 

1.  How long have you been in business?

We have been in business for 28 years.

 

2. What makes your agency unique?

Our focus on not just experience of our candidates, but on their expertise as well. We want to know that our candidates are knowledgeable in their areas of expertise. We do that by testing candidates during the qualification process and by offering continuing education to our caregivers and providers.

3.  What types of positions do you place?

At A Friend of the Family Staffing Corporation, we place child and adult care providers and housekeepers on a temporary, short or long term basis. In our new division, Merlin Estate Staffing Solutions, we place the full range of domestic staffing, nannies, governesses, executive housekeepers, personal assistants, chefs, chauffeurs, and house managers.

4.  What is your ideal candidate?

The ideal candidate should have a minimum of three years of experience/and or related educational background, positive valid references, CPR certification, clear criminal background check, and a valid driver’s license. They also must complete our rigorous interview and training process. Additional considerations are unquestionable ethical standards, pride in their chosen profession, an attitude of service and the emotional intelligence to anticipate the needs of the child or adult in their care.

5.  Do you place across the country or locally?

A Friend of the Family places in the southeast primarily. Merlin Estate Staffing Solutions places nationally.

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

The special training, certification or degrees must manifest itself in their  practical knowledge, should impact their performance on a daily basis and enhance their value as an employee. Special training or certification is preferable, but not a requirement. We expect our providers to continuously seek knowledge of their chosen profession and to keep abreast in our rapidly changing world, so they can be valuable resource to their employer.

7.  Where do you announce your open jobs?

On our websites and social networking sites.

8.  How should a candidate apply for a job? Do you want an online application, resume or both?

Our goal is to identify our candidates strengths so we can help them further their career goals. We try to get to know or candidates in many different ways, so a resume is just a starting point.
Send a resume to care@afriend.com or jmerlin@merlinestatestaffing.com.

9.  Do you belong to any professional associations?

We have belonged to International Nanny Association since 1986 and we have been a member of The Association of Premier Nanny Agencies since its founding  We also belong to Domestic Estates Managers Association and the International Association of Personal Service Providers.

10.  How can people contact you?    

www.afriend.com or     www.merlinestatestaffing.com

Would you like your agency featured in our Agency Spotlight?  There is no fee!  Contact Donna Shannon at 720-341-8229 to find out how you can be included.  Our Agency Spotlight is provided as a service to job seekers, and is not a statement of endorsement.  All information is  provided by the participating agency.

Agency Spotlight: White House Nannies

White House Nannies logoOver 25 years ago, Barbara Kline started White House Nannies based on need:  realizing how difficult it was to find a nanny for her own children, she established the agency to provide professional nannies to families throughout the Washington DC area.  Today, she leads the company into the future, while upholding the high standards from the past…

In this week’s Agency Spotlight, Barbara shares her insights into their company

1. How long have you been in business?

Over 30 years – since 1985

2. What makes your agency unique?

The original slogan we used starting in the 1980’s was: the best nannies, the best families, simply the best. This slogan—currently retired– still defines us. We have created a brand that signals excellence. We have also spent a quarter of a century advocating for nannies. I truly believe we are one of the first agencies to tell clients they needed to help with or pay for health insurance. It worked! We offer trainings several times of year to our caregivers free of charge. We have an open door policy for caregivers and are always available for ongoing support once they are placed.

3. What types of positions do you place?

We place permanent and temporary/on call nannies on a live-in and live-out basis. We also place baby specialists, household and nanny managers, and housekeepers. We occasionally have personal assistant and couples positions.

4. What is your ideal candidate?

We are in search of the person who loves what she/he does and has glowing references. We want people who are caregivers by nature. Attitude and experience are two of the key ingredients in defining an ideal candidate.

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

We only place in the Washington DC metro area. We are a local agency.

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

We look for people who have hands-on experience taking care of children. We require 5 years in our permanent division and 3 in our temporary division. If someone has a college degree, that academic work may mitigate some of the 5 year requirement. We are convinced that having a college degree does not make a candidate good with children any more than being a mother necessarily qualifies someone for this job. We are favorably  impressed by people who take courses or go to trainings related to child development.

7. Where do you announce your open jobs?

Some openings are posted on our website. Mostly, we just share our positions with the nannies currently listed with the agency.

8. How should a candidate apply for a job?  Do you want an online application, resume or both?

We want people to fill out our application on line, and if they have a resume , to include that. We will always require an in office visit before placement.

9. Do you belong to any professional associations?

I am on the board of APNA [Association of Premiere Nanny Agencies] and was formerly on the board of the INA [International Nanny Association]. I also belong to DEMA [Domestic Estate Managers Association].

10. How can people contact you?

Annie@whitehousenannies.com

Website: www.whitehousenannies.com

Would you like your agency featured in our Agency Spotlight?  There is no fee!  Contact Donna Shannon at 720-341-8229 to find out how you can be included.  Our Agency Spotlight is provided as a service to job seekers, and is not a statement of endorsement.  All information is  provided by the participating agency.

Agency Spotlight: Feigon Hamilton

Feigon Hamilton places professionals across the countryFeigon Hamilton is one of the well-known agencies in the private service industry, thanks to the long-term reputations of the principals, Susan Feigon and Gail Hamilton.  With base offices in California and Colorado, their placements reach across the country and even abroad.  Find out more in this week’s Agency Spotlight…

1.       How long have you been in business?

Feigon Hamilton has been in business since 2005 but the principals, Susan Feigon and Gail Hamilton have worked in the industry since the early 90’s.

2.       What makes your agency unique?

Our focus is on staff retention and successful integration. We are advocates for both the client and the candidate/employee through the process of interviewing/hiring and eventually on the job support.

3.       What types of positions do you place?

We specialize in national searches for management level staff.  Family Office personnel, estate managers, chief of staff, general managers, household managers, property managers, personal assistants, chefs and couples.  We do staff nannies, housekeepers and companions for our exclusive long-term clients.

4.       What is your ideal candidate?

True service providers with a positive attitude and respect for the industry.  When working with an agent, understanding that they are your “promoter” and when asked for information, full disclosure, clarity and timely responses are appreciated.  It is best if they remember that the interview starts with the first email….   The more you help us, the better prepared we are to represent you!

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

We staff nation-wide and internationally on occasion.

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

Advanced degrees are highly desired these days for management positions. Many clients that are looking for a chef require a 4 year culinary degree; security positions need training; head of family office positions require CPA, CFO or similar backgrounds; traditional household management employees have on the job experience but a private service school can enhance their expertise and help streamline their job.

7.       Where do you announce your open jobs?

On Feigon Hamilton’s website: www.feigonhamilton.com

8.       How should a candidate apply for a job? 

Do you want an online application, resume or both?  They apply online and will be navigated through our process by asking for basic information as well as their current resume.

9.       Do you belong to any professional associations?

International Association for Private Service Providers/IAPSP and Domestic Estate Managers Association/ DEMA .

10.   How can people contact you?

We can be reached through our website; http://www.feigonhamilton.com or directly into email at: info@feigonhamilton.com

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