"I worked with Michael as a client of Accolo's where he facilitated and managed the relationship between his company and mine. Mike was always a pleasure to work with, on top of our account and needs, highly responsive, thoughtful, and action-oriented. No matter what curveballs I might have thrown his way, Mike handled them with grace.
He is insightful with deep experience in talent management, recruiting, and HR program management. I wouldn't hesitate to hire him again and benefit from his great thinking and strong, knowledgable partnership.
He's also got a great sense of humor - always appreciated!"
“Mike Palmer is an RPO veteran, who has seen and done just about everything. A true delivery expert, he has a level of understanding and experience in recruiting that is second to none. Regardless of the size of an engagement, he has the ability to create and implement a strategy that improves the overall success of a client's hiring objectives. On a personal level, he's also a class act and one that believes in serving others first. I was fortunate to learn much from Mike, and any team that needs a deep level of understanding and experience with recruiting and RPO would be fortunate to have him! I'd certainly welcome the opportunity to work with him again and look forward to that happening."
“I first met Mike when we brought him in to audit our talent acquisition function at Canfor and to identify and recommend improvements to our team structure, recruitment processes, programs and technology. He applied his extensive knowledge and experience to help us create the foundation from which to build out our talent acquisition team, processes and technology. He helped us prepare for a transformation from a decentralized and manual model to one that leads our industry and has driven dramatically improved results, an enhanced candidate and hiring manager experience and is clearly understood and embraced across our business. I would gladly recommend Mike to any organization that desires to improve its performance, effectiveness and results within their talent acquisition or recruitment functions."
“I've had the pleasure of watching Mike lead learning and development sessions on more than one occasion through my role with the BC Human Resources Association (HRMA). As a session facilitator, trainer and public speaker, he is confident, engaging and entertaining. He thoroughly understands all aspects of the hiring lifecycle across multiple industries, possesses an uncanny ability to translate and clearly convey that knowledge to even the most stubborn learner. Whether he’s training HR professionals on the subtleties of the candidate experience or social media tools, or helping Hiring Managers uncover their innate ability to successfully interview, I would highly recommend Mike to lead those sessions."
“As the VP of Human Resources of Canfor, I engaged Mike to audit our talent acquisition function and make recommendations for improving it. Mike did an excellent job identifying opportunities for improving our Talent Acquisition function and provided valuable insights into the interrelationships between people, processes and technology. Mike provided us with a clear plan that incorporated a new organization structure and processes combined with recommendations for new technology to align our activities with our business needs. Given the impressive work that Mike did in his analysis, I then retained him to lead the implementation of required changes to our processes and new talent acquisition software. I would recommend Mike for any engagement intended to improve the business impact of a talent acquisition function."
“We engaged Michael Palmer to conduct an audit of our recruitment practices. Michael did a thorough assessment of our practices, policies, and systems and offered us practical solutions on how to improve our recruitment efforts. Recruitment today is a very specialized area of HR, going through significant transformation, but Michael has his finger on the pulse of current best practices. His approach is organized, detailed and solution focused. His audit allowed us to save considerable time in figuring out our strengths and opportunities and allowed us to move straight to planning and executing much needed changes. He is very thorough, a pleasure to work with and highly recommended.”
“I had the pleasure of working with Mike shortly after joining Orica. As a solution provider, he was able to quickly and accurately assess the gaps in our recruiting function, providing insights about our people, process and technology. His ability to build partnerships and relationships throughout the organization enabled successful implementations of many revised processes, fine-tuning of our technology and aligning the right recruiting team to deliver against our business' needs. Mike truly understands the importance of creating and delivering clear accountability of the recruitment function to the underlying strategic business objectives. I would recommend Mike for any engagement intended to improve the recruiting department's impact.”I had the pleasure of working with Mike shortly after joining Orica. As a solution provider, he was able to quickly and accurately assess the gaps in our recruiting function, providing insights about our people, process and technology. His ability to build partnerships and relationships throughout the organization enabled successful implementations of many revised processes, fine-tuning of our technology and aligning the right recruiting team to deliver against our business' needs. Mike truly understands the importance of creating and delivering clear accountability of the recruitment function to the underlying strategic business objectives. I would recommend Mike for any engagement intended to improve the recruiting department's impact."
"Mike is a consummate professional whom I had the pleasure of working with on a few select client accounts. He always kept client needs top of mind and work diligently to find creative ways to deliver against these needs. Mike is a reliable and hardworking and can be relied upon to deliver quality results."
"Mike is systematic, strategic and very adept at seeing through the trees to create clarity and process. during the time we worked together at Futurestep, I found Mike to be refreshingly direct, straight forward and able to make solid recommendations to best serve his clients.
Mike was successful on some very challenging client engagements.
If you are looking for an expert in RPO and recruitment look no further than Mike.
I have no hesitation in recommending Mike and would work with him again without question."
“I have known Mike Palmer since 2004 when he was VP of Ceridian’s Talent Acquisition Practice. Mike was responsible for creating and growing all of Ceridian’s Recruiting products and services globally. This lead to a very successful partnership between BackCheck and Ceridian that still flourishes today. It was Mike’s vision, leadership and outside the box thinking that enabled Ceridian’s entry into and continued success in the Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) marketplace. Mike has extensive cross industry experience and a keen grasp of recruiting in challenging environments. He has enabled many organizations to dramatically improve their ability to hire and retain talent.”
"I had the pleasure of working with Mike for over 2 years while he was with us at Accolo. Both he and I have been in this business of recruiting, and more specifically RPO, for many years. I have met only a small handful of people who have a both the depth and breadth of knowledge of our business that come close to rivaling Mike's. Within the recruiting business, I think of him as a jack-of-all-trades...and a master of several. He can leap effortlessly from an Executive thirty-thousand foot view down into the weeds of a front line recruiter or sales person without blinking, and can provide valuable guidance for professionals at all levels. I think his special strength is on the strategic side of our business and I can think of several times when I was grateful, lucky really, to have his counsel. Cap it all with three of his qualities that I have found to be critical success factors in my own journey through this business - he is calm in a storm, terrifically funny and he cares about what we do and the people we do it for and with. I cannot recommend Mike highly enough."
"Mike is a sharp consultative business professional and is absolutely one of the best recruiting industry veterans I have had the pleasure to work with. His expertise is diverse and probably one of Mike's best strengths is the ability to quickly diagnose a situation and provide a tangible and logical solution. He is collaborative in his approach, a strategic thinker as well as an engaging business partner with both clients and the teams he leads. As a recruitment effectiveness expert, Mike truly gets the complexities of change management and is proven in meeting the client's talent operational and acquisition needs. His ability to build and deploy efficient and quantitative recruiting strategies and processes are top-notch. Mike has a lot of passion for what he does. He is seasoned with building strong client relationships and works diligently to create a positive client experience that is certain to retain business and gain referrals. If you are looking for an accomplished and trusted advisor who brings value and a dedication to excellence, then I recommend Mike without hesitation."