Michelle Rawls, Engagement Manager and Sourcing Specialist


Michelle is a dedicated human resource professional with an extensive business, recruiting, talent outsourcing and sales/marketing background. Prior to Talon, Michelle was a District Manager for Kelly Services, a Fortune 500 multi-billion dollar publicly traded global staffing firm. At Kelly, Michelle managed roughly two hundred and fifty employees and temporary hires throughout greater New England. With over 20 years of sales, marketing, and recruitment experience, Michelle brings to Talon a strong understanding of business development, temporary staffing, and direct candidate placement. Michelle has leveraged her strong relationships from Kelly in her new role at Talon and continues to be an excellent resource in the staffing and recruitment industry in the New England region.

Fun fact:

In between her positions at Kelly Services and Talon RPO, Michelle successfully founded and launched her own premium embroidery boutique, Vermont Custom Works, where she managed sales, product development, inventory, social media, and website development. Michelle was looking to get back to her staffing roots and joined Talon in May 2017.


  • Johnson & Wales University

  • A.S. Hospitality Administration/Management


  • ERE Training

  • Sourcecon Academy, March 2018

Specialized Talent Acquisition Skills:

  • LinkedIn Recruiter

  • Boolean Strings for resumes, profiles, "about me" pages, LinkedIn members and groups

  • Search engine alternatives

  • Email search

  • Sourcing Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest

  • Email messaging and marketing best practices

  • Diversity sourcing

  • Company and competitor search


  • Candidate engagement and motivation

  • Elevator pitch voicemails

  • Screening questions

  • Telephone sourcing

  • Candidate control

  • Selling the job, opportunity and culture

  • Reference checks

  • Compensation surveys

  • Salary negotiations

  • Visas, work permits, and green cards

  • Semantic and contextual search

  • Email permutators and Full Contact

  • Natural language search

  • Blogs

  • User groups and code sharing

  • Meetup, GitHub, and Stack Overflow

  • Conferences and attendees

  • Associations

  • International sourcing on Xing, Viadeo, LinkedIn and Weibo

  • Patent search

  • Google custom search engines

  • Specific site x-ray

  • Sourcing using Google images


Michelle lives in Pittsford, Vermont with her husband and son. She continues to maintain a small clientele at Vermont Custom Works and also is involved with her community, often chairing community events. If she’s not making candidate placements she’s probably stitching. During the holidays you’ll likely find Michelle and her family enjoying all Martha’s Vineyard has to offer.