Fast & Accurate Talent Acquisition

Specialized Recruitment; Powered By Lightning-Fast Talent Acquisition Solutions

We take a fast-paced, strategic approach to finding that next unicorn for your business. Our goal is to help you to identify the best candidates for the job. We lock arms with you to understand your brand and the type of recruitment services that fits your unique hiring needs.

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Our metrics are second to none. They speak for themselves.


of engaged search projects completed in 3-8 weeks


higher contingency rate than industry average


of engaged search projects completed in 12 weeks

Yes, we get results on 100% of the projects we take on.

Customized Solutions

Fast Track

When the speed of hiring is the driver of a successful outcome, our rapid recruitment approach works to get results ASAP

  • We work quickly to identify and approach highly qualified and aligned candidates within the first few days of the search launch
  • Provide the peace-of-mind knowing a deep-dive search is working in the background, generating a back-up pipeline of candidates

Executive Search

When certainty is required a robust executive search approach is best

  • We take a deep dive with our clients understanding your business and the stakes of hiring with certainty
  • We are open and transparent; you see the entire process and candidate pool from day one
  • Robust process: we go deep identifying all the aligned candidates, make multiple multi-channel attempts to engage that targeted candidate pool
  • We assess interested candidates to ensure strong alignment

Contingency/Retained Hybrid

When the hiring challenges are broad and also challenging

  • Retained engagement on a handful of critical hires
  • Frees up internal talent team to focus on easier-to-hire search projects, saving them time & increasing efficiency
  • Contingency approach used to enhance internal teams efforts & less time-sensitive projects
What we provide

Industries We Serve.

Healthcare Advertising & PR

Innovation in biopharmaceuticals is fueling significant growth in the agency space. The new product launch environment has never been more active. This puts significant pressure on the talent pool. We have been recruiting for fast growth agencies for over 15 years. We have fueled many of the fast-growth start-ups who are now top agencies.

Life Sciences, Digital Health & Healthcare Marketing

With the rapid evolution of marketing and communications, healthcare organizations of all sizes and stripes are looking to upgrade their marketing teams with talent that understands these major shifts.

Private Equity & Venture Capital

PE/VC firms quickly need to staff leadership and functional leads to get the business outcomes desired. Our robust and responsive approach sets portfolio companies on the right path in 3 to 8 weeks.

Real Estate / Property Management

We connect you with top talent in real estate and property management, ensuring seamless operations and maximum returns on your investments. Trust us to find the perfect match for your property needs.

Commercial Strategy and Sales

Without an effective commercial and sales strategy organizations will not achieve their milestones. We connect your company to the top commercial leaders and salespeople who can drive commercial success.

Purpose Driven / Social Change Agency

We understand & support the importance of social change and connect you with passionate professionals who share your vision. Together, we can drive positive transformation and create a better world. Let's make a difference together.

We also serve clients in the following industries:

Performance Media


Consumer Advertising


Medical Device

Marketing & Communications Technology

Strategic Talent Advisory.

Knowing your team’s competencies, career aspirations and gaps are critical to knowing your future.

We do a 360 interview process and behavioral & competency assessments with your team and help you understand the misalignments between your team and your business goals.

We work with your leadership to create a strategic talent development, alignment, and acquisition plan.

Implement the program long-term with bi-annual check in’s or as a one-time strategic program.

Interested in scheduling a free strategic talent acquisition consultation?

Cory Salmela

A little about us.

Former Olympic coach, wellness director, news anchor, actor, and marketer- you won’t find another firm with our team composition. We’re here to boost your success, increase your career-wellness, and should you choose – become your friend and confidant.

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Ciera is a born-and-raised Duluthian who recently graduated from Point Park University in Pittsburgh. When she isn’t designing the Salmela website or sending emails, she doubles as an actress! With over 15 years of acting experience, Ciera brings her creative artistry and understanding of people to her work at Salmela.

Madison is a marketing maven with a mastery of magnificent messaging. She brightens every room with her positive attitude and joins Salmela to explore the digital corners on every search. If you’re having a first conversation with one of us, Madison is probably the reason why!

Ryan is an Emmy-award winning news producer with a strong history in the performing arts. Funny and outgoing, he’ll meet you with a journalist’s curiosity and actor’s joie de vivre.

Meghan brings her previous advertising agency experience to Salmela. She is a natural-born conversationalist and delights in every interaction with candidates and clients alike. Meghan can find something in common or a shared interest with just about anyone. (No really, it’s AMAZING.) She is also a foodie, loves cooking, and is always looking for the next opportunity to try an adventurous recipe.

Kate joins Salmela after a decade of non-profit arts leadership, where she shared her passion for building community, education, inclusiveness, and arts access. Her superpower is helping professionals identify their strengths and set them on a course for greater success. After work, she can be found reading Shakespeare, doing yoga, or prepping the next generation of theatre stars for college.

Cory spends his day advising senior leaders on talent acquisition strategy. He is happiest on his bike, skis, or helping his daughters rehearse lines. He began his career as a National Team Coach for the U.S. Ski Biathlon Team, followed by experience in pharma sales. In 2005, he founded Salmela. Today, Salmela places leaders across the healthcare industry. Salmela is the go-to vendor across marcomm disciplines in healthcare and beyond.

Chief Financial Officer, Olympian, and Health Coach, what can’t she do? When Kara is not managing the Salmela Financials, she spends her days educating and supporting people as a health coach. If that wasn’t cool enough, she also competed as an American biathlete at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics.

Megan focuses on individual career wellness and team development for the healthcare advertising industry. As a natural networker, and with a career background in health/wellness and international corporate project management, Megan has the experience necessary to understand your needs. She enjoys being outside with her family, volunteering in the community, trail running and practicing yoga.

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