Why Hire Search Leaders?

It’s the local personal approach we take with every one of our clients and candidates.  It starts with taking the time to understand what our clients and candidates need.  Finding the deeper match that goes beyond just a skill sheet or a list of requirements.  There is a reason over 85% of the placements we do are direct hires.  We aren’t just finding an employee a “place to work.” We are finding right position for the right person at the right time.


Has attracting top talent become more challenging? Successful recruiting is as much about identifying talent as it is about getting their attention. The candidates you need face more recruiting pressure than ever. How will you stand out against the competition?


Search Leaders combines a proprietary contact methodology with 60+ years of combined recruiting expertise to deliver a pool of candidates typically inaccessible via traditional outreach. This methodology leverages cutting edge technology and strategic communication to initiate conversations and nurture personal relationships.


The ability to understanding and communicate your brand to prospective candidates is where success starts. Search Leaders works in conjunction with your team and acts as an extension of your brand. We employ seamless, unified messaging resulting in the best candidates possible.

Our Areas of Expertise

Snapshot of what we are currently working

Systems Management Roles
Network Management Roles
Development Roles
Project/Product Management Roles
IT Management Roles
Quality Assurance Roles
Data Management Roles
Business Intelligence Roles
Cloud/DevOps Roles
IT Security Roles
IT Sales Roles

Our Process

The Search Leaders team focuses on helping businesses enhance their professional staff with a unique approach driven by our ability to:

  • Attract the most qualified talent the “passive job seeker” at the peak of their careers to meet the search needs of today’s clients.
  • Incorporate a client’s specific corporate culture to find highly competent individuals who will successfully support their business approach and philosophy.
  • Uphold ethical practices that promote competitive fairness and respect for individual corporate philosophies.

Our recruiters partner with you through the entire process, understanding your objectives, becoming familiar with your business environment to deliver staffing solutions that help assure long-term success.

Our team has access to thousands of qualified candidates. We identify prospects for your positions both from our own extensive database of pre-screened candidates, and through our strong networking and sourcing capabilities that uncover “passive” job seekers that are often overlooked by other search approaches.

We employ recruiters with in-depth expertise, strong market presence, and dedication. With years of experience, they understand the nuances of client needs and the intricacies of a correct match.

What People Are Saying

Search Leaders works with small to large businesses all over Minnesota and the Midwest. Here is what a few of them are saying…

I’ve worked with many recruiters in my career, but none as dedicated as James. His positive energy and work ethic has proven the strong commitment he has to his clients. He did his homework to provide me the confidence that a company was the best fit for me and was communicative each step of the way to help me land the perfect role. I highly recommend working with James, you won’t regret it!

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James was an amazing person and was fully committed to making a person feel great through any of the processes that came his way. James was straight forward and honest throughout the full recruitment process.

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The folks from Search Leaders are incredibly talented and proficient in the world of IT staffing. I have worked with Search Leaders for over a handful of years and I am never disappointed with the results we receive. As an human resource professional I don’t have the time to dig deep for those hard to find candidates.

Search Leaders is not a firm that just posts jobs and waits for candidates to come to them. They dig deep and tap the passive recruiting market. When dealing with recruiters I look for people I can work with that understand the market they work in. Search Leaders hits in both areas. Being an smaller organization they are relationship driven and look to be a real extension of our brand.

I would highly recommend Search Leaders if looking for a staffing solution.

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James is a fantastic recruiter who can be summed up in one word: tenacious. In a world full of many run-of-the-mill recruiters, James stands out for his knowledge of the IT space, his commitment to his word, and his general dependability. I didn’t know James prior to him reaching out about an opportunity, but I quickly came to realize that it would be worth my investment in time to hear him out. He clearly articulated the role, gave me unique insight into the company, and set expectations of the process to follow. Over the course of multiple weeks, James and I spoke almost daily (if not multiple times a day) but there was never a sense of pressure to accept the role so he could realize a commission. When things got complicated towards the end, he left no stone unturned in getting all of the information he could to help me make a final decision – the right decision for me. If you’re an individual looking for a new job in the IT space or if you’re an employer with a position that you can’t fill, I can’t recommend James enough. Reach out and have a conversation with him; trust me, you’ll be glad you did!

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Over the last 9 years, I have had the luxury of being both a customer and a candidate of Search Leaders. They recruited me for an engineering management position back in 2010 and I quickly turned to them for sourcing the expansion of my teams moving forward. Aside from thier speed and professionalism, they have an uncanny ability to find game changing candidates. They repeatedly took the time with me to research roles, understand the team dynamics, and gain clarity of company’s mission before submitting resumes for consideration. They re-calibrated each time a candidate did not make the cut and typically landed a hire with minimal iterations. I highly recommend Search Leaders to cut through the recruiting noise and deliver results.

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I am writing this letter of recommendation for Search Leaders, generally, and James Marmas in particular. I am a professional software developer. I have worked with James regarding my placement as a Principal Software Developer for over 5 years. I am so grateful for the way James helped me obtain interviews and ultimately, a great offer. He was always there to answer questions and I never felt any pressure to accept the offer after it was presented. James was always very honest and professional and was there to help me find my best avenue moving forward. James got me interviews with several potential employers and an offer of employment within a couple of weeks of my interview. I recommend Search Leaders and James Marmas, wholeheartedly, for anyone who is seeking help finding their own career path.

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Out of all the contracting and recruiting companies, I have had the best experience working with Search leaders. Honesty is so important to candidates for getting recommended and placed for the correct roles. Honesty is also critically important if a company is looking for a resource that they are provided candidates that are a good fit and a good match in both skill sets and personality for their open role(s).

They take the time to get to understand the motivation, personalities and long term goals of candidates and present us candidates for roles that in the majority of cases, are exactly who we are looking for. The screening they do is invaluable and saves us significant time identifying qualified candidates that our team would like to work with. They have hit a home run, time and time again by finding individuals that are a perfect fit and great additions to our team

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The professionals at Search Leaders have all the qualities of a great recruiters. I came in touch with in 2017 and since then I have found them well organized people who always goes an extra mile. I always enjoy working with them and I highly recommend them to a professional who is looking for a perfect fit. They have built an extensive network with both clients and candidates. The professionals at Search Leaders are very energetic people to work with and I highly recommend them.

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I’m a senior recruiter with 20 years of experience and have had the pleasure to work with the team at Search Leaders for many years. They are extremely professional, knowledgeable, and take the time to understand your business needs. Search Leaders screens their candidates and presents top talent. I would highly recommend Search Leaders to assist in your staffing needs.

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Katie is an amazing recruiter. She has been an extremely valuable resource and one of the first people I have always contacted when we needed assistance with filling a complex IT role. She is an excellent listener and communicator and really has shown how much she cares about fulfilling her client’s needs. She does a fantastic job at building relationships, and she has been successful at filling some of our most difficult positions. She has filled a number of roles that we were almost on the verge of giving up on. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is able to utilize her services.

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As a software developer, I know that recruiters are usually a bit of a nuisance and don’t listen to your career aspirations to help find a good fit; this is not so with Search Leaders. After just one phone call, Katie and James understood where I wanted to go in my career and set me up with opportunities matching my goals. They were a pleasure to work with and advocated for me with my applications. They helped in every step of the process with clear communication. Thanks to Search Leader’s help, I was able to land a job that took my career to the next level.

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I’ve had the pleasure of working with James for a few years now, to fill a number of roles. He’s a fantastic partner: reliable, understands technical/cultural fit, and most importantly honest with us as a company. We’re able to work seamlessly with him and we tackle issues together. He’s brought us some great candidates over the years and we’re happy to have him and Searchleaders as partners.

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I recently had the pleasure of working with James and his team at Search Leaders. As my point of contact, I found James to be an effective communicator who provided me with timely updates throughout the process. I highly recommend James and his team.

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Working with the team at Search Leaders has certainly raised the bar for staffing agencies. The quality of candidates received is unsurpassed—they have been thoroughly screened for both hard and soft skills to determine technical and cultural fit. The account rep is super organized, and follows up and through on details.

Plus, he’s super knowledgeable about the IT industry and what makes candidates tick.

I always enjoy my conversations with him–he understands his business and has a great sense of humor.

Highly recommend, you won’t be disappointed!

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The folks from Search Leaders are excellent at asking the exact questions needed to have both a macro and micro view of what needs to get accomplished, then executing it cleanly. It was a pleasure working with him.

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I get a lot of cold calls from recruiters, but I connected with Search Leader’s genuine approach and felt I could work with Search Leaders. I had been having a difficult time getting any resume’s for our positions and Search Leaders really came through. So thank you.

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Working with Search Leaders was a great experience. The account rep and his team were very responsive. When it came down to making a decision, while there was obviously something for Search Leaders to gain by me accepting the position, they understood my conflict and coached me in a very neutral manner. Thanks to the account rep and Search Leaders!

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We have used Search Leaders for the past 4 years to help us source web developer candidates.  My experience has been very positive.  We are presented with quality candidates and the staff is very professional with their interactions between myself as the client and the applicant. They do a great job of representing both parties.

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James is an excellent recruiter. As a candidate he was a pleasure to work with; he took the time to understand my personality, experience, skillsets, and what I was looking for in a role. It was clear that he was absolutely committed to finding opportunities that would be a good all-around fit for me. I highly recommend James to anyone looking to make a move!

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Working with Search Leaders has been a great experience for our business.  They were able to help us locate stronger technical candidates than we were able to find on our own, while understanding our need for a “cultural” fit as well as technical skill set.  I will not hesitate to contact them in the future to help locate our next great talent!

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Recent Search Placements

Following is a sampling of recently closed search placements conducted by Search Leaders, LLC across the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.

Data Engineer

Data & Analytics Company

DevOps Engineer

Non-Profit Company

Business Intelligence Engineer

Food Production  Company

Senior Full Stack Developer

Education Company

Software Engineer – Backend

E-Commerce Company

Lead Software Engineer

Wealth Management Company