Teresa Olsen – Manager of National Development and Branch Manager linkedin linkedin twitter facebook

A little about me…

Hi, my name is Teresa! I work on your behalf with your best interests in mind. I make it a point to go above and beyond industry standard by providing service that “wows” you. Whether you’re looking to add a member to enhance your team or you’re looking for the right opportunity that matches your career goals; whatever your needs are, I will take the time to truly understand them with results that surpass your expectations.

What I love about working with Ashley Ellis is the opportunity to make people happy. It’s really rewarding and allows me to be successful. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially skiing and snowmobiling.

Send me your resume or start your hiring search today! To speak with me directly, send me an email at tolsen@ashleyellis.com or call me at 630-369-6400.

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  1. Michael Wieher says:

    Teresa is one of the most professional recruiters I’ve had the pleasure of working with. She listened carefully to what I told her about myself, and, rather than trying to fit me to some idea she had in her own mind, actually took the time to think about what positions she had available and found one that fit me and my background perfectly. Beyond that, she has an incredible amount of patience and understanding, which goes beyond what anyone would have the right to expect.

  2. James Gibbings says:

    Teresa is exactly the type of person you want to work with when you’re pursuing new employment. She has a great ability to gain keen insights into your career goals which as you can imagine is essential. And having personally relied on her services, she is very capable in finding you the right opportunities. Thanks Teresa, your professionalism is outstanding and so were your services!

  3. Meleneal Cameron says:

    What a blessing it was to run into Teresa during my career change! Her professionalism and integrity are bar none! Ashley Ellis is fortunate to have a team player like her who is dedicated to excellence; and because of Teresa – Ashley Ellis’s reputation is superior in my book. Although my skill set is very specialized, she was able to provide me with relevant opportunities in a short amount of time. I highly recommend her to any professional seeking employment opportunities. And – last but not least, she has awesome people skills; she’s a pleasure to know!

  4. Matthew Leicht says:

    Teresa helped me change my career to the path I had been searching for. She went above and beyond to fill my information needs, always had time to talk, and made sure I was happy about everything. The outcome was way past my original expectations.

  5. Paul Hieromnimon says:

    Teresa is a first class search professional. She will work with your best interests in mind and help you find a job that you love. She’s not a recruiter that will take your resume and add it to her pile, but rather she will actively seek out opportunities for you. Highly recommended.

  6. William Barrett says:

    Put simply, Teresa is the best recruiter I’ve ever worked with. Her understanding of what IT hiring managers want is excellent, and her people skills are unmatched. After my department found me through her, her agency has become our go-to resource for freelance workers. I know that the next time I’m in need of work, she will be my first phone call. Having her on my side in the job search made all the difference.

  7. Miki Ishikawa says:

    Teresa has been the go to resource for our company as we’ve grown. She’s taken the time to get to know our needs, as well as our culture, and has repeatedly found us highly talented professionals that have the best potential to succeed in our organization. Teresa is more than just a resource for us; we consider her to be a true business partner.

  8. Elliot Freid says:

    Teresa Olsen gets it! I have benefited from Teresa’s clear thinking, straight talk, honesty, integrity, hard work, and comprehensive understanding of the industry for quite some time, now. Everyone on both sides of the hiring desk is busy and seriously focused. Teresa makes it work for them both in the best way possible

  9. Jim Hasan says:

    Odd to me that in spite of working with several recruiting firms, there tends to be only one that persistently rises to the occasion to help meet our needs. For the past couple years, Teresa has been the force single-handedly bringing Ashley Ellis into that position for us. She knows I don’t care to do lunch — I care to see qualified candidates. I don’t prefer meetings & conference calls to “blue-sky” what I want — I prefer when a recruiter pays attention to why I make the decisions I’ve made — and then tailors their submissions to what they’ve learned. It’s not an overnight process but once there, it’s a great relationship. Teresa Olsen operates the way I need a recruiter to work — she doesn’t waste my time, she’s consistent and… she’s on target.

  10. John Payton says:

    I first worked with Teresa as a candidate. She impressed me with her pleasing yet energetic personality. She showed me a great deal of respect and was able to place me in a great position. This experience led me to be willing to work with her again, this time as a client. Again, years later, her sincere attention to detail, good listening skills, and willingness to work hard on my behalf, made her very successful finding good candidates to fill my needs.

  11. Randy Westmoreland says:

    I’ve worked with my fair share of recruiters but I must say Teresa definitely stands out as one of the best if not the best I’ve worked with! I often find myself having to contact the recruiter just to let him/her know I am still here. I did not have to do this while working with Teresa. She provided me with updates on the job I was pursuing in a timely manner and was always it seems, just a phone call away if ever I had questions or concerns. I can honestly say if ever I need a recruiter, Teresa Olsen will be the first person I call!

  12. Adam Suhayda says:

    Teresa shows a dedication and commitment to her clients that exceeds many of the recruiters that I’ve worked with in the past. To put it simply, she cares. She doesn’t talk to you like a stiff suit. She’s real, she’s honest, and she’s going to go to bat for you. She was incredibly reliable and always kept me in the loop on job developments. She even kept me updated when there were no developments. That’s the kind of person that you want in your corner. I would most definitely work with Teresa again.

  13. Scott Brzenk says:

    I have not had the opportunity very often to work with someone who exhibited the high degree of professionalism and preparation as Teresa did. While I do regret that I was not a perfect match for Teresa’s client, I was very happy and impressed with the process and the quality of the match. Teresa took the time to gain a deep understanding of both myself and the client’s needs. She also made the extra effort to make sure I was prepared with the information I needed to have a productive interview with the client. I would be very happy to work with Teresa again in the future.

  14. Eric Beringer says:

    Teresa Olsen has renewed my faith in the IT recruiting industry. So many recruiters are very impersonal and concerned only with meeting their own agenda. Teresa is different. She is focused on the client, and finding a perfect fit for their skills and background. Teresa was quick to respond when I had a question or when I was searching for opportunities. When she provided me with leads, she always made sure I was prepared for the interview, and made sure I knew as much as I could about the employer and the position. I highly recommend her for anyone in the IT field that is looking for not only a job, but the right job.

  15. Farooq Patel says:

    Teresa is one of the best if not the best recruiters I’ve worked with. She was able to provide me with a relevant opportunity in a short amount of time. She made sure I was prepared for the interview, and made sure I knew as much as I could about the employer and the position beforehand. She took the time to listen to what I was searching for and made every effort to help place me. She’s honest and that’s hard to find with some recruiters. She provided me with updates on the job I was pursuing in a timely manner and was a phone call away if ever I had questions or concerns. I would highly recommend Teresa to anyone.

  16. Blake Thomas says:

    Teresa lined up a great opportunity for me. Happy with my current position but willing to explore, I was willing to pursue if only to get more information.

    Ultimately the opportunity didn’t match up to my current position, but Teresa was there for the entire process & really put herself forward as my advocate. Because of my experience and Teresa’s obvious strengths as a recruiter, I recommended Ashley Ellis as an outside recruiting firm to the HR department of my company. If & when I’m looking, Teresa will be one of the first people I call.

  17. Ameer Uddin says:

    I have had an awesome experience as a successful Business Analyst candidate for Teresa. She is always prompt in responding to requests and follow through. She is very knowledgeable about the IT industry, and has an eye for assessing candidates who exceeded the requirements and matching them with the right culture and company. Teresa has a high degree of integrity, honesty and a great sense of appropriate humor.

  18. Mahmud K. says:

    Teresa placed me on my current job. She was one of best recruiters I have ever worked with. She understood my requirements and worked according to that. She was very honest to tell me all the details about the new job. I am very happy with my new home. Thanks Teresa

  19. Alan Shivak says:

    Teresa was my career hunting Spam filter for two months in the spring of 2009. She quickly understood my unique talents and requirements, filtered out all opportunities that fell short, and sold my skills to the decision makers. I am a “get to the point” person and Teresa got it. She picked one great opportunity, negotiated the terms, and closed the deal. Fast forward 1.5 years and there is no way you could recruit me from the career path Teresa opened for me. She is a Rock Star!

  20. Ron S. says:

    It was a great pleasure working with Teresa. After a long process of job hunting, I was almost desperate when Teresa contacted me. A couple of days later I was already with a great job offer at hand. Teresa not only matched me with the position I was looking for, but also helped me negotiate a compensation I was happy with. 10 months has gone by since, and I couldn’t be happier in my new job.
    Thanks Teresa!

  21. Rob Washington says:

    Teresa embodies a commitment to success at her position that I have not seen in a long time. I’ve worked with many recruiters in my 10+ years as a web developer and Teresa is light years ahead in terms of understanding the position she’s recruiting for (mainly because she asks plenty of questions), understanding my needs (and trust me, I am by far the pickiest candidate out there, seriously…), and understanding that this process is not a race. I only had to express my needs once and Teresa presented only those opportunities. She just has this knack for finding needles in haystacks. Teresa is all about professionalism and relationship building, not just between me and her, but between me and potential employers (she even researched companies I suggested which her company never even spoke with). Simply put, she is the best and I will only refer developers I know to her.

  22. Radhika K says:

    Teresa is one of the best recruiter I ever worked with. When this job was referred to me by Teresa, I wasn’t sure if I was the right person. When I finished interviewing, I realized that the position perfectly suited my strengths and skill set. Rest assured, I did very well in the interview and got the job offer. I highly recommend Teresa expertise and guidance to anyone who is in the job search!

  23. Darrin says:

    “Teresa’s professionalism and positive attitude was a breath of fresh air at a time when job searching was becoming a huge stress. Her attention to detail and personal touch made it “our” job search instead of just “my” job search. Her honesty and straight talk, and her willingness to go above and beyond make her stand out from the rest and let me know from the beginning I could trust her. She listened to my needs, understood my skills, and never stopped looking for that right fit. After tirelessly searching, Teresa found me a job that literally met all my needs. Her active participation and her uncanny ability to find great jobs make her a joy to work with and a great person to know.”

  24. Eric Beringer says:

    I’ve been looking for the right position for the last year. When I was laid off from my last job due to lack of work for the company, I ended up taking a position that was not on my career path. The position paid the bills, but it’s not what I was passionate about. Just as I was about to start seriously seeking other opportunities, I was contacted by Teresa. Having worked with her in the past, I knew immediately that she would work as hard as she could to find me something that was the right fit for me. I’ve spent almost a year in a job that wasn’t right for me, and Teresa understands the importance of having that “right fit”. Thanks for all of your hard work Teresa!

  25. Parag says:

    I had heard so much negative feedback about recruiters that they are just concerned about their benefit, will promise you anything and will be out rightly dishonest and unethical. I was apprehensive to use professional recruiting help for the same reason. Browsing through job boards I noticed very interesting job postings from a company called Ashley Ellis which led me to call Teresa Olsen. Glad that I called ! Teresa was very responsive and actually spent a good amount of time with me on the phone asking for what I want and what will make me happy in a new position. She listened to all my concerns and requirements before suggesting any openings. After that she worked relentlessly to find a match and found one pretty quickly. Teresa is excellent in following up and acts as a vital bridge between a candidate and an employer always focusing for a win-win situation.

    Teresa sets a very high standard in a murky field of IT recruiting. I know for sure that next time I am looking for a change, Teresa is the first person that I would call.

  26. Albin N. B. says:

    After spending nearly six years with my employer, I decided to begin exploring different career opportunities with the goal of finding a position, which closely aligned itself with my professional aspirations. I was very particular about the type of position I wanted, as well as the type of work I wanted to perform. Naturally, I set up online profiles on a few IT job boards and slowly got into the gears of job hunting.

    One day, I came across a posting, which thoroughly intrigued me because it was everything I was looking for, so I contacted the person who posted it, namely Teresa Olsen. At that time, she mentioned to me that the posting was already closed as they had two finalists selected and were about to extend an offer. Nonetheless, Teresa still submitted my resume for that position because she believed that I was a great fit and that the company would greatly benefit from at least being aware of my interest in the position they had available. Shortly thereafter, Teresa contacted me with some great news and let me know that the company was very interested in setting up an interview. From there, things just got better and better.

    To make a long story short, I got the job but it would have been entirely impossible without Teresa’s support, professionalism and persistence. She is an absolute standout in the field of recruiting, but most importantly she is a phenomenal human being, who takes a great deal of interest in her clients and actually truly cares about their professional/career goals. I can only highly recommend Teresa and would entrust her with my career search any time again. I will certainly give Teresa a call again if I ever decide to look for another career opportunity!

  27. Derek M. says:

    I’ve worked with a lot of recruiters in the past. Without reservation, Teresa is simply the best I’ve worked with, on multiple levels.

    First, Teresa is incredibly easy to get along with. In my job search, I wasn’t working with a recruiter, I was working with a friend. For those jobs that didn’t come through, she was genuinely sympathetic, and immediately hopped on more opportunities for me. When one finally did, Teresa was thrilled to hear the details. I felt like I was celebrating with family.

    Another thing I’ve seen Teresa do better than entire departments crafted for this purpose is the professional direction. She lets you know what to prepare for, what kind of personalities you’ll be dealing with. She places tools and resources at your disposal to make that first interview the best it can be.

    No more of those “one-night-stand” recruiters popping in to meet a quota of people that loosely meet hiring criteria. No. Teresa consistently brought me a portfolio of choices that were incredibly interesting and relevant to MY career path, and MY personal tastes. It really felt like she was working for me with all her heart. Because of all this, she simply brought a BETTER selection to employers, because I know that I was truly excited about every single one.

    She worked hard for the companies with which she interfaced. She stayed closely involved with both parties throughout the process, always checking to see where the other stood, keeping everyone informed.

    And yes, when looking for a job, easily one of the hardest parts is the WAITING. Teresa understands that. She makes your job search, hers.

    I felt informed, I felt respected, I felt secure in the fact that, through Teresa I would find a job, and I did. The perfect one. Thank you, Teresa! You’re the best!

  28. Eric B. says:

    Once again, Teresa has come through for me! Working as a developer, I have always had a strong desire to work with a company that is on the forefront of today’s technology. Teresa has consistently kept this in mind while looking for opportunities for me, and it has paid off. If you are looking for a recruiter that will find you a job that is the best fit for your personality as well as skills, Teresa is the best choice. She goes out of her way to help and has always been there for me. Thanks again Teresa!

  29. Alex W says:

    Let me first start by saying that Teresa is amazing. I’ve been at my current job for 7 years and during which have had several recruiters contact me regarding potential opportunities. Talking to all of them had really soured my taste for recruiters; that was until I met Teresa only a couple of weeks ago.

    I reentered the job market about two days before I spoke Teresa and my friend had asked Teresa to give me a call. Within 5 minutes of talking to her I was confident that she was the recruiter for me. I never once dreamed that I would meet a recruiter as caring and thoughtful as Teresa. I was so used to talking to recruiters who I could tell right off the bat just wanted to make a buck and could care less whether or not I would be happy with a company. Teresa saw immediately that I was looking for another company that I could grow with and be just as loyal to as my current employer.

    During our first conversation she mentioned an opportunity that she thought would be a perfect fit. She warned me that this company was one of their most difficult to get into, but well worth it if successful. She was able to get me a phone screening and went above and beyond any expectation I had preparing me for this phone screening. Whenever I emailed her a question, she replied almost immediately. I probably asked far more questions than most of her clients, yet she never once seemed annoyed and was still just as helpful and friendly as she was when I asked the very first question. All of the efforts greatly paid off because I was able to get an interview which she helped me prepare for just as much and the company was so impressed in the interview that they called me the very same day with an offer!

    Being successful at the first attempt at getting a new job after being with the same company for 7 years I believe kind of speaks for itself with how great of a recruiter Teresa is, but I still thought it necessary to share my story.

    Teresa – I cannot thank you enough!!!

  30. L.M says:

    Let me put it plain and simple, Teresa is the best recruiter that you will ever have the pleasure of working with and she is the best at placing you with a company you will love and enjoy. Not only does she take the time to find you the right opportunity you are looking for but presents opportunities that match your exact skill sets and desire for company culture. My best advice is if you are dreaming of an opportunity but have not found it yet, call Teresa. Explain your skills and what culture and environment you are looking and she will find an enjoyable job where you can perform to the fullest.

    Thank you Teresa for all your effort and help, Teresa you are indeed the best

  31. Steve says:

    Teresa has the knowledge and professionalism that makes her the best I have ever worked with. She took the time to get to know me and what I am looking for. If you are looking or just thinking about looking Teresa is the best place to start.
    Teresa, thanks for your time.

  32. Confidential says:

    We have enjoyed working with Teresa Olsen for over three years. During that time, Teresa has filled several positions on our IT Team.

    Teresa has a keen understanding of IT infrastructure positions. Often, a brief conversation of the type of role and skills we are seeking are enough for Teresa to understand the position. She is an expert in the IT employment space and has often been a guide for us on availability and salary trends in the market.

    We feel strongly about culture. Teresa does an excellent job in making candidates understand that our organization is a home to grow their skills and careers. Candidates come to us excited about their interview. She promotes the concept that cultural and career fit is as important as compensation. This approach makes compensation negotiations with our candidates simple.

    Teresa adeptly balances client & candidate needs during the recruiting process. Teresa stays in contact with the candidate during the recruiting process and advises us if a candidate’s interest has started to wane. Well after a hire has been made, she follows up with us and our candidates to ensure that both parties are still delighted with their choice.

    Teresa approaches staffing as a fun problem. She is always positive and a pleasure to work with. Teresa would be an asset to your organization’s IT recruiting needs

  33. Fredric Mitchell says:

    The best compliment I can give Teresa is that she feels like she is part of my family, which is amazing if you think about it because I talk to her sparingly.

    When I decided to transition to a new position, she was open and honest about what I was looking for, where I should direct my energies, and how to approach any potential setbacks.

    Teresa is very warm and very professional. I couldn’t have done it without her!

    I would recommend her to any and all of my colleagues looking for a partner when transitioning careers.

  34. Jean Locklund says:

    Teresa is one of the best IT recruiters that I have worked with. From an HR perspective, she takes the time necessary to learn about your company, its culture, your processes in addition to your technical needs. She seems to care about making a good match – not only for the Company but also for her candidate. She is honest about the applicant pool and the compromises, you as a Company, may have to make in order to fill your job. She responds quickly and accurately represents her candidates. She is a great communicator and very friendly and professional.

    Thank you Teresa for sticking it out and getting us the perfect candidate.

  35. David P says:

    Teresa has been a dependable partner who has consistently lived up to our high expectations since she originally exceeded them over 3 years ago. She has taken the time to understand our needs and culture and adopted our hiring philosophy as her own when finding us candidates. Her honest, direct approach quickly built our confidence in her and her team.

    We hired the very first two candidates we interviewed from Teresa. She’s continued to knock it out of the park since then.

  36. Nick says:

    Working with Teresa is like working with a good friend. She took the time to get to know me and truly understood where I wanted my career to go. Without question, I would recommend Teresa to anyone searching for a great job or a great candidate.

  37. Steve Ruben says:

    Working with Teresa has been the best experience I’ve had with a recruiter, she works hard, communicates well and is always friendly and pleasant to talk to. I don’t frequently recommend co-workers and friends to recruiters but I will happily refer anyone I know seeking new employment to her.

    Thank you for working so hard and finding me a wonderful new position, it means a great deal to me and my family.

  38. Alex Gimelman says:

    Teresa is the best recruiter I’ve ever worked with!!!
    Next time I need to find job, she will be the person I call first.

    Thank you Teresa!

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