Recruiting Toolbox welcomes Shannon Anderson as Principal Consultant, based in Seattle


Recruiting Toolbox is proud to welcome corporate recruiting innovator, entrepreneur, and respected talent practitioner, Shannon Anderson, as Principal Consultant.

Shannon draws on over 25 years of talent acquisition, executive search and leadership experience, including 14 years as a corporate recruiting practitioner.  During the hyper growth years at Microsoft, she created and led the renowned Strike Team; the first ever corporate sourcing function that helped the company scale from 8,000 to 40,000 employees. She also created and led Microsoft’s Annual Global Recruiter Training Symposium.

After Microsoft, Shannon was the founding Talent Partner at Ignition Partners Venture Capital, now the largest Seattle VC with $3B under management.  In this pioneering role, Shannon taught Ignition’s portfolio companies to compete and scale in super competitive talent marketplaces.   After Ignition, she co-founded two executive search firms, Velocity Search Partners and Anderson Search Partners, whose clients include Amazon and Google, and many emerging stage startups in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area. Geekwire’s “hire of the year” in 2014 was one of her firm’s many game-changing hires. She has been a speaker/trainer at Talent42, NWRA, The Executive Search Academy, and LadyCoders.

Shannon is known for building pragmatic solutions to complex recruiting challenges.  As a consultant and trainer, she coaches and inspires talent professionals to push boundaries and perform at the top of their game.

“Competitive companies are learning organizations. They actively pursue the smartest and fastest path to happy hires and talent acquisitions success,” says Anderson.  “Recruiting Toolbox is the perfect platform to leverage my training expertise to help companies and their hiring teams achieve their goals.”

John Vlastelica, Founder and Managing Director, adds,

“With Shannon’s expertise we’ll bring our clients even more value, with an even stronger set of capabilities around data driven sourcing, talent pipelining, executive search methodology, and interviewer and hiring manager engagement.  Shannon’s Strike Team innovations at Microsoft set the gold standard upon which many sourcing functions have since been modeled.  I love that she brings a real-world, hands-on practitioner focus to her work; that fits perfectly with our mission and brand, which is all about helping recruiters and hiring managers win in their jobs.  I’m really excited to welcome her to the team.”

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About Recruiting Toolbox
Recruiting Toolbox is a global management consulting and training firm focused 100% on helping recruiters, sourcers, hiring managers, interviewers, and recruiting leaders recruit better.  We've been hired by many of the world's leading companies to help build and deploy the right strategies, processes, brand content, tools and training that gets their people aligned, skilled up, and focused on hiring the right talent.  Our interview training programs and interviewing guides are custom built for hiring teams, and leveraged by leading companies, including Target, PepsiCo, Yahoo!, and Starbucks.  Our custom Talent Advisor program gets rave reviews from recruiters at companies like Electronic Arts, Salesforce, Expedia, and TripAdvisor, while our custom sourcing training gets top ratings from companies like The Gap, Booking, Nestle, Canadian Tire, and T-Mobile.  Real World.  Custom built.  Practitioner Led.