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Mar 24, 2020

Carin Carstens

  • Contract Recruiter / Talent Acquisition Consultant
  • Milwaukee, WI, US
Telecommute Applicant Tracking Systems Candidate Experience Recruiting Talent Acquisition Workday

Personal Summary (describe yourself)

I have over 15 years of experience recruiting for technical and manufacturing companies in a combination of agency, corporate and contract roles.   I can help balance the needs of the company, hiring manager and candidate because I've delivered from all angles.


My career has been all about making connections with other people.   I am able to form relationships quickly, and comfortably and I gain the enthusiasm and cooperation of others. My clients will tell you I am process-driven and have a unique ability to read other people, to listen to them, and to persuade them when necessary.  I have a flexible style to accommodate a company’s culture, but I thrive when I have flexibility in how the results are produced.  I enjoy an environment where there is a fair degree of difference from one day to the next and when there are several "pots on the fire" at once.


I am able to work remotely from Milwaukee, WI and visit your offices as needed (once we all return to our offices).  I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Carin Carstens




Work Experience

Contract Recruiter / Principal Consultant
Sep 2015 - Brewtown Consulting LLC

Recent client engagements include SC Johnson, SL Power, Brady Corporation and GMR
Marketing; as well as multiple contingent searches within the Manufacturing, Engineering and IT
● Partner with HRBP team, hiring partners, and leaders to identify personnel needs & workforce
planning as well as partner with FP&A to manage allocated budgets for headcount.
● Create and execute recruiting strategies, which results in a top-tier, qualified talent pool of professionals and a strong candidate pipeline
● Develop and implement a sourcing strategy, pre-screen candidates and deliver pre-qualified
diverse candidates for hiring manager's evaluation
● Partner with the hiring managers to identify the role of the interview team, assign competencies
using both technical and behavioral interviewing models
● Grow existing network, foster new relationships and attend networking events to further identify
talent for the organization
● Partner with other Human Resource functions in order to attract and hire talent that will help to sustain and contribute to the Vertex culture
● Process improvement projects as part of the long-term strategy of building a best-in-class staffing
organization including recruiting workflow maps, enhanced tracking, and reporting metrics, and application tracking system usage enhancements
● Created a campaign to improve candidate experience, set service level agreements for managers
and track satisfaction. These cultural changes and communication increase candidate satisfaction
by 35%
● Implemented best practice standards for LinkedIn Recruiter and other sourcing tools and drove
employee referral campaign which led to a decrease in outside agency fees by 80% within the first
quarter it was rolled out

Lead Recruiter
May 2012 - Mar 2020 Generac Power Systems

Operational manager for the recruiting team. Manage requisition load and project oversight for
each recruiter while serving as front line lead for day to day issues from Human Resources and Hiring Managers. Acted as Interim Recruitment Director leading team of 3 recruiters and 2
coordinators for 6 months
● Design & execute the talent acquisition strategy for the entire Engineering organization. Manage
between 20 to 30 reqs for 5 different locations. Negotiate contracts and track effectiveness for
third party recruiters
● Fostered lasting client relationships as a trusted hiring partner with a 95% job-fulfillment rate and one of the lowest fall-off rates throughout tenure.
● Audited and changed EEO tracking process that led to a 60% reduction in inaccurate reports
● Project lead for HR strategy team to analyze and re-engineer policies & procedures for a more
effective candidate experience and better communication between hiring managers, HR Business
Partners & Recruitment team
● Designed and rolled out a new Co-op program which included branding concepts, strategic targets,
measurable goals, and budget. Achieved 85% conversion rate of top-ranked students

Senior Recruiter - Power Solutions
Apr 2008 - Apr 2012 Johnson Controls

● Design and delivery of full life cycle, national strategic and innovative staffing plan to support the Lead-Acid and Lithium-Ion Battery business. Concurrently manage between 45 - 55 requisitions
● Direct all recruiting efforts, interviewing, negotiations and new employee onboarding for Johnson
Controls-Saft joint venture. Grew team of engineers and support staff from 35 to 175 in less than
3 years while raising employee retention to over 90%
● Successfully manage negotiations during all phases of the search, including offer letter and salary
determination resulting in a 95% acceptance rate on nearly 350 offers
● Lower cost per hire through effective utilization of sourcing techniques, recruiting events and employee referral. Less than 5% of searches sent to third party search firms resulting in an over
70% reduction in agency fees in less than two years
● Responsible for campus strategy development and tactical execution, including initiating and building relationships with university career services, student organizations, and professors

Senior Associate - Executive Recruiter
Jan 2003 - Jan 2008 DHR International

Identify and source Senior Managers to C-Level candidates from industries including Advanced
Technology and IT Services, Manufacturing & Engineering,

Associate Recruiter, JobPlex
Jan 2001 - Jan 2002 Division of DHR International

Identify and source Senior Managers to C-Level candidates from industries including Advanced
Technology and IT Services, Manufacturing & Engineering,


BSS Ethnic Studies
Cornell College

Hire Me For

Contract Recruiting