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In 1980, Shirley Yaeger started Personnel World with one major goal for her fledgling Lansing-based company: to be the best!

Today—with over 1,000 placements every year in the mid-Michigan area—the clients of Personnel World agree it is! Shirley’s extensive background in personnel work and business management gave her an exclusive insight into employers’ needs, as well as an understanding of what it takes to make a good candidate for placement. Shirley’s relentless efforts and ability to source the areas best talents and place them with companies that maximize their potential was valuable to many.

In 1995, Kent Housler joined the Personnel World team.  In 2005, he became the Vice President and in April of 2011, Kent became President & CEO of Personnel World.  A Western Michigan University graduate and life long Michigan resident, Kent brings over 16 years of staffing, recruiting, and management experience. Kent shares Shirley’s mission to be the best! Networking with local businesses, community leaders, and organizations allows Kent to keep his hands on the pulse of Michigan’s staffing needs. Kent and his staff stay active in the community volunteering their time to help others in need.

Beginning as a permanent placement agency, Personnel World entered the market with the goal of providing high quality placement at a fair cost. At first, the company focused on serving the engineering, data processing, accounting, administrative and clerical needs of the Lansing and Michigan business communities.  Within two years, Personnel World expanded into the area of temporary placement and today successfully serves both markets.

Today, Personnel World has a national reach with the ability to find and place staff all over the country. The professional staff at Personnel World—with over 40 years of combined experience—puts client satisfaction first, taking the time to build rapport and match qualified applicants to each job position.  They also care about the people they place, treating them with understanding, honesty and integrity.

No matter what your staffing challenge, Personnel World can help you get the job done. Contact us today.


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