Blue Harlan is named after my Grandfather. Harlan is remembered as a hardworking, servant leader who served in the Navy, gave back to his community and always put family first. Guided by strong Midwestern values, he made an impact on my life and instilled similar personal values that align with our corporate values. Blue Harlan will always take the time to know exactly what our clients seek and dig deep to find the best candidate based on experience, knowledge and culture fit. The service you receive at Blue Harlan has the best interest of the organization and the candidate front and center; we’ve got you covered!
Who We Are
Hire the best talent to accelerate growth for each client organization
Create individualized recruiting strategies that match candidates to organizations. Build on elite, seasoned talent acquisition experience to customize the approach for each business while resulting in successful placements.
Power of the People
We are passionate, playful, resourceful and positive-minded people who thrive on understanding no two people are the same. Happiness is contagious, and when encouraged, can spread through team members, candidates, community and an entire company.
Champions of change will do well in the quickly evolving world of work. It allows you to turn a setback into a learning opportunity, to turn a failure into a success. Adaptability is an ever-present core value within our organization. We stay agile, ready to shift or change our approach when challenges arise. We understand we can’t control everything that happens, but we can control how we react.
Balance ambition and confidence with humility and compassion to help others succeed. We are role models who mentor and encourage team members to feel a sense of pride in their work. Forward thinkers who are anchored in high standards.
Developing a culture of honesty and openness isn’t always easy, but it sure is worth it! The purpose of authentic communication and being genuine both internally and externally is to increase loyalty. We believe in the values and advantages brought by a transparent business and try to incorporate this principle in our daily routines.
We believe in giving back to our communities through the charitable contributions of our time, resources, and expertise. Blue Harlan is named after a leader who contributed to the community and we are committed to continuing to make a positive impact on the world.
What our clients are saying as they begin to emerge from the pandemic and plan for recovery:
“Blue Harlan provides less financial risk to our business. Unlike having all resource internally, we are not forced to commit to a high, fixed cost, recruitment team all year round. The flexibility has been a financial lifeline to us with recent uncertainty in our business.”CFO/ Service Industry
“Blue Harlan has taken the pressure off our HR and recruitment team. We are in a better place to focus on succeeding after COVID-19 because we outsourced our recruitment and freed up resources to prioritize existing employees’ wellbeing. This is helping our retention rates and allowing our business to recover from the turmoil of the past few months.”Sr. Director of Talent Acquisition/Manufacturing
“COVID-19 has forced an abrupt shift to remote and new ways of work, and we have learned the hard way that organizational agility is critical for survival. Blue Harlan has helped us adopt remote interviewing, screening, assessments, and onboarding. Soft or essential interpersonal skills, like the ability to be change-agile and collaborative, will become highly sought after in our future job markets. But screening hundreds (or even thousands) of resumes for these behaviors is almost impossible. Even before COVID-19, employers received an average of 250 resumes per role and recruiters spent 73% of their time screening candidates. Blue Harlan has strategically managed this process for us.”VP of HR/Distribution
“Blue Harlan understands the shifting priorities for our HR Team has left little time and resources for hiring. They have been moving forward with the latest digital methods of recruiting and interviewing as well as building employer brand and becoming an employer of choice. New hires consistently share with us that the candidate experience with Blue Harlan was top notch. Blue Harlan helps us adapt, using their knowledge and expertise so we remain an employer of choice for top talent in our industry.”HR Leader/Logistics
Joy Charpentier, SPHR
For the past 20+ years, Joy has gained a valuable blend of agency and corporate experience. She has delivered countless top performers from Seattle to Orlando both early career and senior level executive. Education includes a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, AIRS Certified, and SPHR Certified from HRCI. She is driven by matching talent to accelerate business goals and making an impact with the candidate experience. Partnerships are built by working to understand both client and candidate needs via transparency. She brings energy and perspective to each search.
Social and active you will find her around competitive sports including baseball, basketball, football, and volleyball. Running is a passion reserved for alone time and reflection. Her happiest place to be is on the beach in Southwest Florida with her 3 kids.
Mark Banks, SPHR, CMP
Mark’s 20+ years of experience with multiple companies and industries on the corporate side of HR have provided a deep level of executive leadership. Organizational strategic leadership and planning, change management, compensation and benefits, talent management and leadership development top the list of Mark’s skillsets. Mark has played a crucial role in leading companies through a variety of key initiatives and transitions. He is highly regarded as a leader, mentor, and business partner in a variety of industries including pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and retail working for companies such as Larson Juhl LLC (Berkshire Hathaway), Solvay Pharmaceuticals, and Macy’s.
Mark, SPHR, Prosci CMP, TQM, and ASTD Trainer Certified, is a Georgia Bulldog at heart, having graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Political Science/International Affairs. Mark enjoys playing tennis, hiking, pickleball, attending sporting events or relaxing on the lake with his wife, Maridell and 20-year-old twins, Michael and Allie.
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“Because of the efficiency and professionalism, the partnership continued to evolve and pivot to meet our changing business. She has the ability to not only find and place great talent, but able to make sure it is a fit for both sides. She understands the culture, the business and team members at a level that surpasses others.“SVP of HR/Consumer Goods
“Blue Harlan set a high standard of professionalism, reliability and enthusiasm, while being transparent throughout the process. My recruiter guided me through the process and was genuine in matching my skills and experience with an amazing organization that I am excited to join.”Candidate/ PM Construction
“I find the firm professional, diligent and productive with a very good understanding of the market as well as a sense of urgency needed that is strongly desired in recruiting. I highly recommend Joy for the network and understanding of my business needs and strategy.”Sr. Director Customer Care/Logistics
“The service, the prompt attention, the consistent follow up and the quality of candidates we got from them speaks well of their recruiting and screening process. I would have no hesitation in giving my recommendations to use Blue Harlan.”VP of Operations/Manufacturing