Melissa Shaw

Owner of Shaw Search Partners


“Most recruiting firms work on a larger team- based model. I believe in a more personalized approach,” explains Melissa Shaw. “I partner with my client companies to find just the right candidates as long-term career hires.”

Melissa is owner and founder of SHAW SEARCH PARTNERS, a recruitment consulting firm focused on the hiring of marketing, creative, and strategy talent within the consumer goods, retail, ecommerce, and healthcare industries nationwide. With a focus on Providence, Boston, and New York-based opportunities, her company is known for recruiting diverse, high-level and executive candidates, and competes with some of the nation’s leading recruitment agencies.

“I launched Shaw Search Partners in 2010 with a belief that there was a need for a recruiter to have a vested interest in the business, culture, and environment of the client’s company, in addition to the job specifications,” says Melissa, who had been working in the industry since 2001 when she decided to leave corporate recruiting to start her own business. “I started with one client and have worked tirelessly to organically, and single-handedly, grow the business to where it is today: a nationally recognized firm with numerous clients.”

Melissa is known for her optimism, dedication, work ethic, and honesty, all of which she brings to the table when she connects with clients, from small start-ups to Fortune 5 corporations and everything in between. When she reflects on her success, Melissa credits watching her dad pave his way as an entrepreneur for teaching her the true tenants of hard work and perseverance: “Doing so has allowed me to start, grow, and run a successful Rhode Island-based business.”

While Shaw Search Partners has grown immensely over the last 11 years, Melissa is excited for what 2021 has in store. “We are continuing to expand our client roster, including new industries and geographies,” she says. “I love helping people find their dream job, and I can honestly say that doing that is MY dream job!”



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