"I had a coaching session with Melissa, and she was fantastic. She is extremely knowledgeable, with an extensive network, and is a pleasure to talk to. She helped me both consider new career options while also suggesting ways to tailor my materials to make them more compelling. I would recommend her to anyone hoping for a fresh perspective on their career."
"Thanks to Melissa, I was able to connect with multiple stakeholders in the non-profit sector in Washington D.C. She provided me with valuable insight and empathetic guidance from a seemingly endless well of experience and positivity, dashed with pragmatism. As a coach, Melissa bolstered my confidence and urged me to think beyond the limits of what I thought was possible -- personally as well as professionally. The professional network that she helped me gain access to will benefit me for years to come.
She is a strong ally and cheerleader for professional women and men. I highly recommend anyone undergoing a career transition get in contact with her soon!"
Business Teaching Fellow, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology
"I recently had my first call with Melissa. Her help not only included reviewing my resume and outlining next steps (though that alone was worth contacting her), she also acknowledged the benefits of my choice to continue working as a freelance researcher, and she gave me very relevant recommendations to help my search for new projects. Best of all, Melissa is personable. I was immediately at ease talking to her. It was an inspiring experience. I highly recommend reaching out to her."
JOY MARIE SEVER, PHD
Independent Research Professional
"I have known Melissa Reitkopp in a variety of capacities for many years. I found her to be trustworthy and considerate of all people. I found her to be a passionate leader and well organized. In the years that I have worked with Melissa on the Board of Directors for Empowered Women International, I have developed an enduring respect for her work ethic, her remarkable business management and communication skills. Her actions continue to inspire and motivate everyone she encounters. I highly recommend Melissa for any position or endeavor that she may seek to pursue. She will be a valuable asset for any organization. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me."
SVP, Banking Market Executive, Capital One
"Melissa is one of the best recruiters I have encountered and worked with. She understands the needs of her client and finds candidates that truly fit the need. As someone she placed in my current job, I can say first hand that the experience was incredibly positive. I feel she's a true advocate for her candidates and negotiates the best offer available. Her network is incredible and she remains interested and vested in her clients for the long term."
VP, Chief Medical Information Officer, Government Services Lead, Premier Inc
"I highly recommend Melissa Reitkopp. I was introduced to Melissa via a colleague, and she was able to connect me with a number of potential employers that were a perfect fit for my skill set and professional experience. Although searching for a new job can be stressful, Melissa was able to simplify the process, identify my goals for my next career move, and helped me prepare for each step of the process. She has a very strong understanding of the industry, and is someone I will continue to recommend to colleagues looking for the next step in their career."
Economist, Manatt Health Solutions
"I have worked with Melissa for the past 10+ years. She placed me in a position several years ago in the market research industry in a general manager capacity. What is unique about Melissa is her in depth knowledge of what her clients are looking for from a talent perspective. She also takes considerable time to make sure that there is a strong cultural fit between her client company and interested candidates. I have come to deeply respect Melissa as a recruiting professional and would strongly recommend her."
VP, Media Analytics, Nielsen Company
"Melissa is exceptionally knowledgeable of the field and has good connections across the top companies. She was always very helpful, gave good advice, and was looking for win-win solutions. She truly understood the needs of both job seekers and employers."
VP, Panel Science, Comscore
"Melissa is a detail-oriented expert who committed to the specific needs of clients and works collaboratively to fulfill said needs. Her personable approach and ease of communication, sets a relaxed but engaging tone in order to identify critical but unstated aspects of clients objectives."
Technical Global Health, Population & Nutrition, FHI360
"Melissa, along with her colleague George Theologus, got me a job! I landed my dream job in under 2 months of close consultation with Ms. Reitkopp. Her deep experience as a recruiter provided unmatched insight into my job search. Her input on my interview preparations, including hands-on strategies and suggestions, were invaluable. Her advice and guidance were also priceless as I navigated offer negotiations. Melissa helped me successfully transition, as a new PhD, into an applied research field. Her efforts were no doubt instrumental in my employment. Not only did I get a great job with a reputable company, but with Melissa's and Mr. Theologus' guidance, I also negotiated an excellent starting contract. I highly recommend Melissa's work, without any hesitations whatsoever."
Research Scientist, FHI 360
"I have worked with Melissa for years to identify analytics talent for analytics teams I have grown at different firms. She has helped me recruit terrific candidates across a range of specialties within analytics and understands that not all areas of analytics call for the same skill set. Melissa also understands that, in client-driven organization such as Avalere or Manatt, core skills are only one piece of the puzzle. Analysts need to be able to work on teams, juggle multiple assignments, and have the interpersonal skills to sell work. Melissa has helped me find these analytics "unicorns" by being responsive, communicative, and a real thought partner."
Managing Director, Manatt Health Solutions
"Melissa has been a valued resource in the difficult task of finding top notch analytical talent. She's a great partner who consistently delivers quality candidates. I highly recommend her."
"I have found Melissa to be extremely knowledgeable about talent and opportunities at organizations that require specialized quantitative skills, particularly in the fields of educational research. She is a pleasure to work with, understands and works with the interests of all parties, and has always worked with the highest integrity."
Distinguished Presidential Appointee, ETS
"RTI International had a need for a senior survey statistician with experience in the federal contracting marketplace in FY10. We hired Melissa to help us find suitable candidates. She asked probing questions that helped us to fine-tune the job description. She relentlessly screened many candidates. After several months, she identified a strong candidate whom we hired."
VP Social Sciences Division, RTI
"Whether working with an employer or with someone seeking employment, Melissa always demonstrates professionalism and a strong interest to match the right person to the right position. Melissa helped fill a senior position at our firm (she placed me), and she continues to send us information on strong candidates as we grow our business."
Managing Director, IHS, Life Sciences
"Melissa is an outstanding recruiter. She identifies candidates that fill well with the proposed position, she screens candidates well and provides well-written summaries, and she coordinates all aspects of the recruiting experience. Most importantly, she knows how to work well with busy managers to help us meet our recruiting objectives. She's great fun to work with, and always produces outstanding results. I highly recommend Melissa."
President, Westat, formerly with Lewin and Abt Associates
"Melissa's strength in her area is that she takes the time to get to know the details of the kind of work her corporate clients do. She doesn't waste my time by sending me just anyone...I know from working with Melissa for five years that she will only make recommendations on potential hires if she thinks that person will be a good fit for our firm."