Starkey began placing within the Private Service Profession in 1981. Most placement agencies then, and still today, collect the resumes of potential candidates and randomly forward them to employer clientele seeking to hire. Today everything has changed. It was not until Starkey began to educate Household and Estate Managers in 1990 that we learned that who a candidate has worked for is just a portion of the overall placement process. The accountability of what a candidate really knows technically and their service style must be identified and communicated. Further, most employers are new to service hiring and rarely understand what they were asking a potential staff member to accomplish. Employers are frustrated, as our industry has not settled upon consistent titles, terms, or position descriptions; nor does it have generally accepted practices. Private Service continues to be new and somewhat unknown as a real profession. As a result, Starkey focuses on placing our Graduates, who we know, and understand exactly what management and technical skills they bring to the employment table; we also know their Service Management Style, which is essential knowledge in Private Service Placement.
Mrs. Starkey has created innovative techniques for qualifying and specifically placing her Graduates to supporting our high-net-worth clientele. She states, “Our Graduates are our life blood and our ability to place them in the right position – the first time – has become an art form.” She and the placement team provide a variety of consulting services to our Employer Clients including our Site Visit Services, customizing the Employer’s Service Management Plan, and then matching the perfect Graduate to manage their household or service management team. Starkey also provides on-going services which include helping our clients to identify their service standards, zone and customize task sheets, help outline and negotiate appropriate employment offers and salaries, offer assessments in risk management and other management support as needed.
Starkey utilizes the specifics learned in the Personal Statement Exercise, in our Technical Skills Qualifier, and Service Matrix Management Tools provided to all of our Employer Clientele. Starkey’s Director of Placement is a former Air Force Colonel and Director of Personnel for the Air Force Academy; and our Placement Coordinator has her Masters Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Both have fully embraced our specific techniques in educating and placing our students. We take great pride in our sophisticated abilities in hand-choosing and match-making.
Finally, our Placement Division, Starkey & Associates plays a vital role in the educational process of both our students and our employer clientele. We have spent 30 years in developing our high-end clientele and are diligent in hand-selecting and placing 90% of our Graduates. We are highly motivated and expect to place our Graduates initially and then again as you return for re-placement as your skills grow and your employer’s lives change. Our reputation on a world stage is very strong and renowned for our high quality brand. Our Employers come to us to hire our Graduates as they are Starkey educated, and we charge them a placement fee to find you. However, we are known for our exceptional ability to make appropriate matches, as our Graduates typically stay with their initial employers for many years.