Fifty years of experience.
Fifty years of excellence.

 

This year, Sparks Group celebrates 50 years of excellence in the staffing industry, sourcing exceptional talent to help clients build world-class teams and candidates advance their careers.

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Fifty years of experience.
Fifty years of excellence.

 

This year, Sparks Group celebrates 50 years of excellence in the staffing industry, sourcing exceptional talent to help clients build world-class teams and candidates advance their careers.

Who We Are

Sparks Group is a premier provider of top talent to organizations looking to make their next great hire. Our commitment to building long-term relationships with clients and candidates has resulted in a deep understanding of the needs for each position - so that we can help make the best match for every open job.

How We Started


In 1970, the company began as an administrative temporary staffing firm; but through the years we have grown to become a nationally-recognized, leading provider of top talent to organizations of all sizes and types.

Our areas of functional expertise now include:

Throughout these changes, Sparks Group has remained committed to supporting diversity, and building partnerships to advance the interests of clients and candidates to meet their goals. Whatever your hiring challenges, Sparks Group has the expertise and the experience to help.

Where We Are Today


Our growth throughout the years has provided Sparks Group with the experience required to become a trusted partner to companies just like yours.

Over the decades, we’ve observed how industries and companies have changed how they hire skilled professionals and adapted our recruiting strategies accordingly to address emerging workforce trends and provide companies with reliable staffing solutions.

Whether that’s through determining how to best attract skilled millennials, embracing the talent of the LGBTQ community, and most recently, overcoming hiring challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sparks Group has consistently supported teams to achieve a seamless and cost-effective recruiting process.

Where We Are Going


Sparks Group is committed to continuous innovation and advancement in our mission: to deliver a best-in-class experience for every client and candidate. As we move into the next 50 years, Sparks Group intends to:

  • Regularly invest in technology and infrastructure to improve business value

  • Continue to provide exceptional talent to exceptional organizations and companies

  • Explore growth opportunities, in both geographic and service line expansion

  • Act as a trusted resource to job seekers

  • Provide training and development opportunities to our own expert staff

Sparks Group Through the Years

Sparks Group is founded as Sparks Personnel in 1970

1970


Company is founded by John and Joan Sparks as Sparks Personnel, a placement agency, serving companies and job seekers in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Only two years later and in response to the growth of the contingent staffing market, the company opened its administrative temporary staffing practice. To date, the company has placed over 100,000 professionals in administrative support, clerical, and customer support positions.  

 

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Sparks Group has provided security clearance recruiting services since 1972

1972


Sparks Personnel earns its facility security clearance from the U.S. Department of Defense. To date, the company has placed thousands of security-cleared professionals, up to the top-secret level, with our clients that require contingent staff in security-cleared areas.

Sparks Group is a leading staffing and recruiting services provider in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, North Carolina, and beyond

1981


Citing rapid growth and a need to better serve private and public sector organizations and job seekers in the area, Sparks Personnel expands its branch network by opening its first Northern Virginia office. The company would open numerous locations in the following years throughout Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, North Carolina, and beyond.

 

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Steve Sparks, Owner and Chief Executive Officer

1984


Company is purchased by Steve Sparks, who has served as Owner and Chief Executive Officer ever since.

Sparks Group provides job seekers with free skills enhancement training.

1985


Company begins offering free training to employees and job seekers to enhance their software and other job-related skills. Software and skills enhancement training are still offered to all employees today.

 

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Sparks Group's robust talent database contains the resumes of thousands of highly-qualified candidates.

1992


Sparks Personnel implements our first applicant tracking system (ATS) technology. Over the years, our company has developed and implemented a number of in-house and commercial products and solutions to deliver better talent, faster to our client partners. Today our robust talent database contains the resumes of over 50,000 qualified professionals ready to be deployed to our client sites, nationally. 

Sparks Group offers resource management solutions

1996


Establishes our first on-site managed service program at a client’s facility; this service line was implemented at numerous large call centers, growing tech companies, and other organizations with high volumes of contingent staff.

 

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Sparks Group has provided Accounting & Finance recruitment services since 2000

2000


Establishes Accounting and Finance staffing and recruiting group, specializing in the placement of professionals for positions such as accounting, finance, financial services, contracts, acquisitions and procurement, grants, and more.

Since 2001, Sparks Group has provided IT staffing services for architecture, cyber-security, software development and more.

2001


Sparks Personnel acquires a small Information Technology staffing and recruiting group, expanding our capabilities to match IT talent to our clients’ growing technical requirements. To this day, the company is regularly honored as one the top IT staffing agencies in the U.S. and excels at placing technical talent across an extensive range of domains including: system architecture, cybersecurity, software development, business analysis, project management, and more.

 

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Sparks Group provides creative recruiting services.

2015


Establishes Creative and Marketing staffing and recruiting group, matching talented marketing, design, and other creative professionals with top organizations.

Company announces rebranding to Sparks Group

2016


Company formally announces rebranding to Sparks Group to fully highlight our expanded range of capabilities and the value we deliver our clients across multiple disciplines and across all industries to meet their current and long-term staffing needs. Today, Sparks Group is comprised of four staffing divisions, each comprised of account managers and recruiters that are specialized in their field.

 

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Sparks Group is named by Staffing Industry Analysts as a Best Staffing Firm to Work For in 2017

2017


Sparks Group is recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts as a Best Staffing Firm to Work For for the first time. 

Sparks Group begins servicing the Richmond, VA and Charlotte, NC markets in 2018

2018


Began servicing Charlotte, NC and Richmond, VA markets with dedicated sales and recruiting teams.

 

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Sparks Group - Celebrating 50 Years

2020


Now in our 50th year, Sparks Group is an award-winning provider of top talent, nationwide.

Featured Content

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Challenges HR Teams Are Facing in 2020 & How to Overcome Them


In this eBook, you’ll learn:

  • Trends in employment that will affect HR teams both short-term and long-term
  • Adapting HR initiatives to improve efficiency and optimize results 
  • How to create flexible workforce solutions to improve business agility

 

Get the eBook

Featured Content

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Challenges HR Teams Are Facing in 2020 & How to Overcome Them


In this eBook, you’ll learn:

  • Trends in employment that will affect HR teams both short-term and long-term
  • Adapting HR initiatives to improve efficiency and optimize results 
  • How to create flexible workforce solutions to improve business agility

 

Get the eBook

"Sparks Group takes the time to sit with us and get a good feel for the position and what it requires and always finds the perfect fit. We have hired many team members from Sparks Group and they tend to be our highest performers and have a solid work ethic."

− Manager | Financial Services Company

Awards & Recognition


Best of Staffing Client Diamond Award
(2016-2020)

Sparks Group earned ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client Diamond Award after winning the Best of Staffing Client Award 5 years in a row for providing superior service to clients.


Best of Staffing Talent Diamond Award
(2020)

Sparks Group earned ClearlyRated Best of Staffing Talent Diamond Award after winning the Best of Staffing Talent Award 5 years in a row for providing superior service to job seekers and employees.


Best of Staffing Client Satisfaction Award
(2012-2020)

Sparks Group was recognized nationally for the 9th consecutive year as one of the Best Staffing and Recruiting Firms in the U.S., as part of ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client Satisfaction Awards.


Best of Staffing Talent Satisfaction Award
(2013, 2014, 2016-2020)

Sparks Group was recognized nationally for the 5th consecutive year as one of the Best Staffing and Recruiting Firms in the US, as part of ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Talent Satisfaction Awards.


Washington Post Top Workplaces Award
(2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)

Sparks Group is awarded as one of the best places to work in DC, MD and VA by employees. The Top Workplaces program evaluates how employees view their position, organizational health, employee benefits, and work-life balance.


National Capital Business Ethics Award
(2010)

Sparks Group honored among DC-Area businesses that demonstrate a strong commitment to business excellence and exhibit the highest standards of civic and social responsibility, integrity and ethical conduct.


SIA Best Staffing Firms to Work For Award
(2017, 2018)

Sparks Group was recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts as one of the best staffing firms for employee satisfaction. Sparks Group has been honored in categories such as overall job satisfaction, retention, and trust with senior leaders.


Washington Business Journal
Best Places to Work Award
(2017)

Sparks Group was honored as one of the best places to work in the DC area by the WBJ. The Best Places to Work award program honors organizations that display great leadership, integrity, communication, and more.

 

Additional Resources & Insights

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