Travis Kessel, Vice President of Recruitment at Edelman, the World’s largest Public Relations Firm, has over eight years of experience in recruiting from an in-house to a third-party perspective. Travis has focused his efforts on an executive level search for Edelman and oversees the recruitment function for the Central U.S.
With Edelman, Travis helped shape the recruitment function from a digital perspective and his team was recently awarded a “Best HR Ideas of 2011” distinction by HR Executive for their innovative approach to using social media driven Meetup groups, Google Hangouts and online video as recruiting, branding and passive talent engagement tools. Travis has also played a pivotal role in building the Employment Brand from an internal and external perspective; Edelman was recently named by the Tribune as one the Top 100 Places to Work in Chicago and was ranked #7 on Glassdoor.com. Recently, Travis has spoken on topics from social media as a recruiting tool, millennial recruiting and resume writing with local associations and universities.
Prior to joining Edelman, Travis started his career in recruiting at Robert Half International where he quickly moved up the ranks to run two separate divisions for the Chicago office and spearheaded the full-time consulting practice. After Robert Half, Travis found his first position in internal recruiting at PEAK6 Investments where he was the Recruiting Manager. He is a member of HRMAC and is on the Associate Board for One Million Degrees. Travis is a graduate from West Virginia University.