Jan 08, 2020

Michael Nelms

  • Talent Acquisition Professional
  • Austin, TX, USA
Recruiting Sourcing Talent Acquisition

Personal Summary (describe yourself)

9+ years of progressive experience in talent acquisition as a Full-Cycle Senior Technical Recruiter for top tier firms and major corporations.  


  • Certified Internet Recruiter (CIR) | Certified Social Sourcing Recruiter (CSSR)
  • Experienced sourcing high-level technical candidates using a range of creative sourcing techniques. 
  • Passive candidate generation
  • Pipeline building
  • Experienced at delivering an outstanding candidate experience throughout the process
  • Strong relationship building skills with both candidates and internal stakeholders
  • Cold calling
  • Talent mapping

Work Experience

Sr. Technical Recruiter - Contract
Oct 2018 - Nov 2019 Apple

* Managing full-life cycle recruiting for two separate business units, over 15 unique req profiles and consisting of 15+ hiring managers across three locations nationwide resulting in over 30 hires, including 3 principal level candidates
* Partnered with business leaders to understand and anticipate both the current needs as well as future needs to forecast and align recruiting efforts as needed
* Implemented a new submission process across multiple business units ensuring greater exposure of the candidates to teams, resulting in a higher conversion ratio as well as reduce our time to fill metric by 15% while maintaining an acceptance rate of over 90%
* Implemented interviewer training program for local hiring managers and engineers to calibrate interviews across entire site
* Partnered with a new diversity leader to help outline a diversity recruiting program that was scaled across hardware engineering. The programs focus was to increase the number of diverse candidates but to also ensure the diversification of our internal hiring processes to minimize bias and ensure the best hiring and candidate experience possible
* Built extensive talent map of competitors, markets and project cycles to understand engagement and hiring trends and windows.
* Research and develop an understanding of functional hiring needs, position specifications, search requirements, technical proficiencies, and successful applicant selection solutions
* Analyze recruitment strategies to identify areas of improvement, new trends, cost effectiveness, efficiencies, and opportunities to enhance the candidate experience
* Build and maintain networks, channels, and relationships of potential candidates as a pipeline of skilled technical talent for talent acquisition and succession planning purposes

Senior Technical Recruiter (Client Lead)
Aug 2016 - Oct 2018 Amazon

* Managed and mentored a team of technical recruiters to devise search and placement initiatives resulting in growth of the business by 250% in 12 months.
* Managed day-to-day recruitment functions of team, e.g. offer letters, complex negotiations, interviewing, sourcing and collaborated with department leaders to forecast talent needs
* Oversaw talent acquisition relationships, strategies, and activities for Amazon's highly specialized technical Device and Alexa Team with a team of recruiters
* Coached managers regarding complex workforce issues, e.g. work Visas, talent management, employee engagement, and best practices for short-term and long-term goals
* Met regularly with stakeholders to share complied data and KPI's to drive business decisions as well as adjust future hiring and priorities
* Built and cultivated partnerships with hiring teams to develop sourcing and assessment strategies to determine job fit and candidate worthiness
* Drove the successful launch of various projects focused on diversity hiring and quality of hire
* Define, designed and implemented scalable sourcing and recruiting solutions for both internal and external efforts
* Drafted recruiting proposals with deliverables, timelines, tools, and formal tracking processes
* Evaluated and analyzed talent pipeline volume, velocity, and integrity

Sr. Technical Recruiter
Aug 2015 - Aug 2016 Kelly IT

* Performed high-volume full-cycle recruiting for one of the biggest U.S. staffing agencies
* Point of contact and subject matter expert for hiring managers and internal stakeholders
* Worked with clients to determine specific staffing needs and talent requirements
* Managed open job requisitions to monitor and achieve recruiting targets and metrics
* Adhered to all state, federal, and company compliance guidelines and policies
* Conducted phone screenings, interviews, sourcing, and background checks

Full-Cycle Recruiter/Account Manager
Nov 2010 - Jul 2015 Enflux Industries

* Managed and maintained high level relationships with top clients for direct hire and contract recruiting as well as business development and account management
* Focused strategies on recruiting IT and Engineering talent both active and passive candidates
* Recruited for established companies like Accenture, Disney, Electronic Arts, Macy's, and Sony and start-up companies like Kabam, Motiga, AlientVault, Voxox, Kixeye, and YouNow


Bachelors of Arts in Business Management - Business Management
University of Phoenix