Michelle Rawls, Operations Manager and Sourcing Specialist


Michelle is a dedicated human resource professional with an extensive business, recruiting, talent outsourcing and sales/marketing background. Michelle is involved in managing Talon’s day-to-day company operations and providing project leadership and recruitment support on select projects.


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 in her role at Talon and continues to be an excellent resource in the staffing and recruitment industry in the New England region.


  • Johnson & Wales University

    • A.S. Hospitality Administration/Management


  • ERE Training

    • Sourcecon Academy, June 2018

  • Indeed Academy, April 2019

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 is a longtime resident of Pittsford, Vermont where she lives with her husband and son.  She is a proactive member of her community, having served several years on her local school board and now chairing and organizing numerous events. When not engaged in her work placing talent, Michelle enjoys textile arts, supporting entrepreneurs in her community and traveling with her family.