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The first step for a successful hire through The Spencer Group is to set up a meeting where we can meet you, the hiring manager. We’ll want to see the company in action first-hand, observe the culture and ask lots and lots of questions. This information helps give us a good idea of what you’re looking for in the candidate you’ll eventually hire. From there, we’ll map out a plan to find the best candidate suited for your position.

With 19 years in the business of recruiting advertising/marketing professionals, we have a pretty good idea where to find the best and the brightest. Consequently, we make every effort to personally interview each candidate to evaluate their experience and decide if they’d be a fit. Then we will present, on average, three to four candidates of whom we will work with you to set up all interviews.

We provide feedback and expertise on the securing of the preferred candidate such as: relocation, salary negotiation, offer, interview tips, start date, benefits and the ill-effects of accepting a counter-offer.

Pretty easy huh?

The first step is getting in contact with us by emailing your resume as either a Word document or PDF and if you’re a creative then send us your portfolio too. Then, we’ll schedule a call to get to know each other. Sometimes we might meet over lunch or a cup of coffee. We’ll talk about what kind of job you’re looking for, and what kind of business environment would be ideal.
When a position becomes available that sounds like a good fit, we’ll be in touch to tell you about the job and the company it’s at, plus answer any questions you have about things like benefits, corporate structure or even the brand of coffee served. If it sounds like a match to you, too, then we’ll schedule an interview with the prospective company. After that interview, we’ll touch base again to relay feedback from the people doing the hiring about what they thought and how the interview went.

When an offer is extended, if needed we’ll help negotiate a salary. And don’t worry, it’s understood between us and your new employer that The Spencer Group’s compensation for your placement won’t affect those negotiations.

And now you’re ready to show the world what you’ve got!


Meet the Spencer Group

Jennifer Spencer
  • Jennifer Spencer


    Jennifer has been a recruiter in the KC advertising, marketing and creative industries for 19 years. After working for a few recruiting firms, she decided to open her own firm in 2001. In 2014, she added her first employee – her sister. They work quite well together actually! Jennifer offers full time and contract placement services and is an expert in resume writing, interviewing, salary negotiation and navigating the muddy waters of finding your first or fifth job. She works with every size of company from small to large and has been a past board member and active volunteer of the AAF-KC for a really long time as well as the KCDMA. She speaks regularly at colleges, universities and professional associations on job search and what companies are looking for in candidates. She is an active volunteer for her daughter’s school having led events like Battle of the Bands, movie nights, tailgates and Spirit Wear. She really likes coffee, running, spending time with friends and family and loves the Royals!!

  • Teara Venaglia


    Teara Venaglia is the newest recruiter at The Spencer Group, Inc. and the first employee to be hired by recruiter/owner/founder, Jennifer Spencer. Teara is a graduate from the University of New Mexico, majoring in Business Administration, Human Resource Management. For the last 6 years, she has worked in the Remarketing department of the world’s largest rental car conglomerate. Teara was one of the first Logistics Coordinators in the company; helping to earn her department an internal Exceptional Achievement Award in 2009. She was then promoted to Account Manager. Teara was the primary liaison between Enterprise of the Southwest region and the largest auto auction in the United States. Through her skills in process improvement, sales, and client service, Teara was able to improve her department’s internal ranking from #48 to #3 nationally. Teara currently resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia with her husband, two stepsons, and three cats. Teara considers herself somewhat of a foodie. She loves to cook from scratch for her family, drive her Jeep Wrangler with the top down, and more recently has taken up running.


Jennifer is a true professional and well-respected in the Marketing Community. I have worked with several agencies and by far she is ranked among the best. She doesn't stop until you see results. She has a wealth of knowledge in Marketing and Advertising and was able to assist me in filling many key positions in a short period of time. Jennifer is so well connected and talented.

We appreciate your hard work and will definitely contact you again for future needs. It has been a much more pleasant experience than we had anticipated – thus the reason we have never used a service before.

Jennifer is the exact type of person you'd want to help you take the right steps forward in your career.

Jennifer and Teara reached out to me on LinkedIn and after a month of diligent work - poof! - I had a shiny new job at a wonderful company that makes a positive difference in people's lives.

Jennifer is a top-notch recruiter and knows the industry inside and out! If you need help finding a job in Advertising/Marketing - this is who you need on your side! Call Jenn!

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Get the Salary Survey

The results of our salary survey are based on 19 years of active recruiting in the Kansas City and surrounding areas in the fields of advertising, marketing and design. We have gathered salary information from both Kansas City area agencies, large and small to companies with five to 4,000 employees, as well as securing candidate salary information from entry level to directors and VP’s.

For client companies, this salary information will be used when discussing your salary range for the open position and where it falls in comparison to similar positions. The Salary Survey is free for existing clients; those who have hired a candidate from us within the calendar year. For candidates, this salary information will be used when discussing your salary range and where it falls in comparison to similar candidates and jobs.

The fee is paid by the company conducting the search. Our service is free to you!

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Contract to Hire

The Spencer Group offers contract and contract to hire services for short or long term projects at all levels: coordinator to director. Whether it’s covering a maternity leave, over flow work, short term or long term illnesses or trying someone out; we can help fill the job quickly and with top talent in the areas of account service, creative, project management, digital, content and social media, media buying and planning and more. We take care of the paperwork like payroll taxes, withholding, paychecks for both the company and the contractor so you can focus on your business! New talent enters the contract market daily so check with us often to see who we’re working with.

Interview Tips


  1. Review the candidate’s resume prior to the interview. Sounds obvious but unbelievably overlooked.
  2. Have a sheet of questions. This is not a test. You can bring notes.
  3. Give specific examples of what a typical days looks like. Specific trumps general.
  4. Share the company’s values, mission and culture. Sell your company!
  5. Discuss possible career development plans associated with position.
  6. Describe your management style. How do you like to be communicated with?
  7. Answer candidate’s questions as thoroughly as possible. Not answering them looks like you’re hiding something.
  8. Listen!!!


  1. Research the company!
  2. Arrive no more than 5-10 minutes early unless stated beforehand. Arriving any earlier makes the interviewer feel rushed.
  3. Dress to impress. Find out the culture and dress slightly above that.
  4. Ask questions! Come prepared with questions. This is not a test. You can bring notes.
  5. Be prepared to answer typical questions like “What are your strengths?” But also be prepared for open-ended questions like “What makes you get up in the morning?”
  6. Bring samples of work, even if you’re not a creative. You’ve worked hard. Show ‘em what you’ve done!
  7. Ask for cards from each person you interview with and send them a Thank You. So over-looked yet so important!
  8. Listen!!!