Nelson is made up of a group of business units that provide a wide variety of full-time and contract staffing services, plus services designed to manage the workforce management process.

Our expertise in recruiting, staffing, executive search, and workforce management enables us to support your company’s strategic goals when it comes to your number one asset—your people.

Why Nelson

Three Good Reasons:

1. We’re Experts in Identifying Talent

Ranked among the top 100 staffing firms in the nation, Nelson places 10 people in jobs every hour.

All staffing supervisors have an average of 6.2 years of experience with Nelson.

We use a gamut of tools to maintain relationships with candidates, even those not actively seeking work. We connect daily with thousands of people on social media networks, plus the broad reaching networks of our professional recruiters.

We can help you strategically use labor to accommodate cyclical workloads and projects, keeping direct employees working at peak effectiveness.

2. We Get Results

We have an extensive database and use our own nelsonjobs board and others to advertise open positions.

We’re active in local professional organizations, charities, and in the community, offering career training and job fairs. The Chamber of Commerce gave us an Excellence in Business award for demonstrating “leadership qualities of vision, service and effective collaboration.”

Our broad networks keep referrals flowing in, one of the best ways to assure a compatible fit between candidate and company culture.


We use an online skills testing system, NelsonTest, to assess software skills, including Microsoft Office Suite, and for specific industries.

Our effective screening process means 56% are chosen by client for hire (vs. 45% standard).

We check references with Checkster to get meaningful feedback on candidates from past managers rather than relying on references from friends and peers.

Drug testing, professional credentials verification, and additional background screening is available. We partner with eVerify.

I-9 verification: Our level of scrutiny ensures legal compliance.

Placement Types

Executive search: Our Search team specializes in operations, administration, marketing, sales, and product engineering.

Payroll Service: We can temporarily payroll select employees, covering paychecks, W-2s, and all expenses, including benefits, associated with employment and unemployment

Project-based recruiting: We can ramp up quickly to put a team in place for a special project.

3. We Insist on High Quality Service

We return all calls within 30 minutes of the time they are received or, if after hours, first thing the next business day.

Our employees like working for Nelson and it shows. We regularly win Best Places to Work in the Bay Area from San Francisco Business Times and San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal and Top Work Places from the Bay Area News Group.

A dedicated risk management specialist provides training tools and conducts training sessions on site to guarantee worker safety.

For each specialty field of staffing, there’s a VP, recruiters, managers, and support staff expert in their field.