5 Decades of Staffing Delight- 1970s

Over the past 50 years, Sparks Group has helped top employers find highly skilled professionals to fill their open positions and strengthen their workforce teams. Over that time period, we’ve monitored market and hiring trends to best guide businesses in strengthening their recruitment strategies to acquire top talent in short time frames.

Let’s take you back through our history serving organizations and skilled professionals—starting where our staffing services began in the 1970’s:

The early days.

John and Joan Sparks founded Sparks Group (then Sparks Personnel) in 1970 serving companies and job seekers in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC.

A Staffing Agency Founded To Help Employers and Job Seekers

The year is 1970, where the average price of a gallon of gas was $0.36. While the world may have been much different then, the mission of Sparks Group, known as Sparks Personnel at the time, has stayed the same.

A Staffing Agency Founded To Help Employers and Job Seekers Leading up to the founding of the Rockville, Maryland-based placement agency, John and Joan Sparks recognized a critical need to provide local employers with administrative, data entry, and customer service professionals. Their objective was to match local talent with those businesses to fill open positions and provide people with lucrative career opportunities. Within its first year, Sparks Personnel served companies and job seekers in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.


In its infancy, Sparks Personnel didn't stop at providing employment opportunities to local job seekers. The agency also offered free training to those job seekers in an attempt to help address area talent placement challenges. Some of the first positions Sparks Personnel specialized in filling were for those who supported data processing applications, known as Keypunch Operators. 


Filling Administrative Roles

In 1972, the company expanded its service offerings to offer administrative temporary staffing solutions to address the expanding contingent staffing market. Today, Sparks Group has placed 100,000 professionals by leveraging proactive admin staffing services to fill administrative support, clerical, and customer support positions. 

Sparks Group promotes business success and workplace efficiency by placing skilled administrative talent across several job titles including:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Assistant
  • Office Manager
  • Data Entry Clerk
  • Receptionist
“[Sparks Group is] great to work with. They take time to understand needs and then find a good pool of candidates for recruitment. They are also great with placing [temporary employees] on short notice to cover leave of permanent employees when needed.”
-Director of Administration at a Property Management Company in McLean, VA


Placing Security Clearance Talent

In 1972, the U.S. Department of Defense permitted Sparks Personnel to provide security clearance recruiting services to organizations needing trustworthy employees to handle highly-sensitive material. Since then, Sparks Group has placed thousands of professionals authorized for confidential, secret, and top-secret clearance work.

Security clearance recruiting remains highly competitive and requires a time-intensive and thorough vetting process, which is why Sparks Group has optimized its government staffing services for over 20 years to streamline the process to best assist organizations requiring those types of workers.

“Great job by all [the Sparks Group] staff, especially Michael McDonald, Crystal Connelly and others. Sparks Group is truly a partner to this small business. Looking forward to growing with Sparks Group by our side.” 
-Program Manager at a Defense Contractor in Norfolk, VA


Overcome Workplace and Recruitment Challenges With Sparks Group

With 50 years under our belt, our team of specialists has the industry expertise and resources organizations need to effectively attract, vet, recruit, onboard, and retain skilled professionals across areas of expertise including accounting and finance, office, information technology, and creative. 50 years of experience

By leveraging what we’ve learned over the past five decades, we’ve developed proactive hiring solutions that help companies:

  • Reduce cost and time to hire
  • Expand their hiring reach by tapping into large pools of qualified candidates
  • Increase employee retention by recruiting best fit candidates 

“Sparks Group has always made a concerted effort to understand the unique things that make our company work seamlessly. They then apply those efforts to seek out strong candidates that qualified and truly in line with our values and company culture. They are timely, diligent, and make an excellent partner when the need arises to fulfill a position.” 
- Customer Care Manager at a Financial Services Company in the Washington, DC and Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX Metro Areas


Have an immediate hiring need or want to strengthen your talent acquisition pipeline? Contact Sparks Group today to speak with one of our staffing experts about the challenges you are currently facing: and get the resources you need to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

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