Executive Biography

Laura McCarthy – Qualified Search, Inc.

Laura McCarthy established Qualified Search as a mid-tier search firm offering higher value, cost-effective services over contract/professional staffing and retained search firms.

Laura A. McCarthy is a 20-year IT industry veteran who specializes in recruiting core, mid-tier and senior level executive IT management for private corporations, consulting firms, software companies, non-profits, and emerging online industries. Her clients say it best:

“Laura gets it.” She understands the unique requirements of senior management in the metro area’s burgeoning technology corridor. She carefully considers a company's culture, opportunities, and needs when pairing a client with the ideal candidate. She knows that in order for a business to reach its goals, they must find exceptional IT management talent.

“Her consistent focus on quality and professionalism is legendary within our organization,” says one client. Performing high-quality, confidential searches and giving each client, no matter the size, the absolute attention they need are hallmarks of her company.

Realizing that many companies were dissatisfied with the potential candidate pool generated by expensive talent searches, Laura founded Qualified Search. As a mid-tier boutique search firm, Qualified Search brings expert, cost-effective search services to clients all over the metropolitan D.C. area while providing the region with a much-needed alternative to contract, professional staffing, and retained search firms.

Laura also provides job search coaching consulting where she meets one-on-one with IT management job seekers to help them better understand the current market and prepare for their search.

“Laura’s understanding of the IT market and what top IT management talent expects makes all the difference,” says another client.

Qualified Search is often quoted in industry publications and Laura contributes her insights and advice to newsletter articles and through affiliated industry connections.

Prior to launching Qualified Search, Laura was an IT Search Practice Manager and was recognized as a top recruiter with Source EDP, a specialty placement firm serving Fortune 1000 corporations as well as small and mid-sized firms. Earlier in her career, she spent seven years as an IT professional with two DC-based software development and system integration firms honing her knowledge of product/application development and integration.

Laura holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Delaware. She is an active member and leader of Women in Technology (WIT) and has lived and worked in the DC corridor since 1986.

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