Intern of the Week – Gabrielle (Rhys) Sequeira

Meet Rhys – Rhys is currently a Computer Science and French major at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Before their projected graduation date of May 2025, Rhys is on the hunt for a Summer 2023 internship in the Computer Science realm.

Rhys is dedicated to finding a career that involves a great deal of coding. Right now, she has experience coding in Python, Java, Pyret, and OCaml systems. Finding an internship where she can continue to practice these skills will be ideal for achieving their goal to become a Software Developer. Additionally, Rhys speaks French and Spanish and is skilled in translating Latin.

If you have an internship in Baltimore or New York that will support their professional development, reach out to Rhys directly at

Most importantly, please share Rhys’ resume with your networks in hopes to make the connection for this intern of the week!

Click here to view Rhys’ Resume

Meet the Team – Jesse Nigrin, Search Consultant

Meet Jesse Nigrin, Search Consultant – Sales, Marketing, and Administrative Practice

One year into launching his career at CSP, Jesse views Baltimore as brimming with opportunity and a great place to build a future. “I was born and raised in the Baltimore area, I graduated from Towson University and I continue to reside here in the region. I have built an extensive network here over the years and I am looking forward to building upon that as I continue to grow my professional relationships with employers and candidates.” 

Jesse enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and his family and friends – most of whom are located in the area. “I joined CSP because I was drawn to the recruiting industry and helping people to achieve their goals. It’s fascinating to connect with candidates from all walks of life and take on the challenge of finding them their next role. I am honored to experience all of this in a company with a family-type atmosphere.” 

When it comes to the ebb and flow of the job and the market, Jesse tries to maintain balance. “I try not to get too high about the good and too low about the bad. I also take time away and focus on what brings me peace outside of work which is travel, outdoors and sports. I once backpacked throughout the state of Utah.” Next on his list is a trip overseas to England, Spain, or Italy. 

Jesse received a B.S. in Sports Management, has refereed and coached many leagues, and enjoys watching a variety of sports including football, basketball, and soccer. 

From the Desk of Kristin (Sudina) Freitag – How this Search Firm in Baltimore is Navigating Hiring for the Year Ahead 

By Kristin (Sudina) Freitag – Senior Search Consultant, Real Estate & Financial Services Practice

“I started my recruiting career in 2005 when I worked for my father at his firm. These were the days when and CareerBuilder were among the top online resources for the industry. LinkedIn was nowhere near as big as it is today, and salaries, especially for entry-level roles, were much lower. When the recession hit in 2008, I realized this was not a totally new experience for me since I grew up with a father who was always so in tune with the highs and lows of the job market. 

After taking a hiatus from recruiting to work for some exciting brands in the region, I returned to my passion this past year as a Senior Search Consultant for Financial Services at CSP. The chatter among the industry, clients, and job candidates about the job market takes me back to 2009. While we are not in the same place we were back then, I can make some assumptions on what to expect in 2023 based on my experience living through many different job markets and recession periods. 


Q1 layoffs are a big topic right now. Some experts believe the pandemic continues to impact the job market as some industries still experience layoffs. However, others are growing, and companies have roles to fill. We see that firsthand at CSP as we partner with firms to place candidates. The processes for filling those roles and the timelines may change, but the opportunities are still there.  


With that said, I believe hiring will slow down a little.  The market was so volatile in 2022, it needs to come back to “normalcy” to some extent. The process of filling roles will focus on necessary positions while holding off on some that may not be an urgent need. I think we’ll see this slower gradual process for Q1-Q2 and hopefully, by the summer hiring will get back to normal. 

Inflation of salaries

An area that is so interesting is the shift in salaries over the last decade or so. Salaries have become so inflated, especially for entry-level roles, which can impact companies that are hiring. 

There are many contributing factors to salary inflation, from demand for talent in specific professions, to cost of living, competition and inflation. I’m interested to see how salaries, especially for entry-level roles, will pan out in 2023. I encourage candidates to research salary ranges and negotiate based on skills and experience and not get caught up in the inflated numbers they may be seeing on public job posts.

How to successfully approach 2023 

There is so much opportunity for job seekers. With a new year approaching, this is an exciting time when companies are finalizing new roles and opportunities. Yes, the market could dictate specific actions, but that should not create fear or paralyze candidates from going after a new opportunity that is a good fit for them.  

I tell candidates to stay informed about the job market in their field and be prepared to adapt to changes as they occur. Keep job search skills and a resume up to date, even for those who are currently employed, so that they are prepared for any potential job opportunities that may arise.

Companies should stay the course but also be proactive in hiring and managing the changes that come in the new year.  Focus on what’s best for the company, do the right thing, and usually, everything will fall into place.  

And lastly, lean on partners like our team at CSP.  We’re experts in our fields and can shed light on what the industry is seeing when it comes to candidates, hiring trends, salaries, and more. Don’t hesitate to contact us to talk about growth strategies in the new year.”


BALTIMORE, MD (January 4, 2023)— Chesapeake Search Partners (CSP), a professional search and consulting firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Cassidy Eichelberger to Marketing and Operations Manager and Hannah Weiss and Andrew Fanshaw to Senior Search Consultants. 

“On behalf of the entire team, we are delighted to announce the promotion of Cassidy, Hannah, and Andrew,” said Johnny Black, Founding Member and Partner, Chesapeake Search Partners. “As we approach CSP’s tenth anniversary, they have grown professionally, evolving their roles and responsibilities to support our expansion and the changing demands of the job market. I know they will continue to play a vital role in our success moving forward.”  

The firm also welcomes Jackie Obrecht and Alex Bandarenko to the team as Search Consultants.  Obrecht brings recruiting experience from the staffing, merchandising, and retail sectors and will join CSP’s HR Practice. Bandarenko will join CSP’s Engineering and Operations Practice as Search Consultant, leveraging his background in recruiting executives in the climate tech industry.  

To learn about career opportunities at Chesapeake Search Partners, visit our Current Opportunities page here.  


About Chesapeake Search Partners 

Chesapeake Search Partners (CSP) is a professional search and consulting firm that focuses on placement in Accounting and Finance, Engineering and Operations, Human Resources, Real Estate and Financial Services, and Sales, Marketing, and Administrative. Focused on client growth and planning for the future, CSP’s unique, relationship-driven approach leverages industry experts who understand the process of identifying the right skill set for each position. The result is matching talented professionals who meet and exceed a client’s organizational needs. For more information, visit


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Meet the Team – Kristin (Sudina) Freitag, Senior Search Consultant

Meet Kristin (Sudina) Freitag, Senior Search Consultant – Real Estate and Financial Services Practice

Recruiting is truly in Kristin’s DNA. Her passion for recruiting began when her father mentored her at his recruiting firm, where she recruited for Accounting. “I have learned that so many people benefit from someone who can simply be there to listen to them, provide information and insight, and share new opportunities. We all need help navigating our careers and it’s nice to support people as they evolve and work through those challenges and various stages of growth.”

Kristin was drawn to CSP after meeting the team and learning about the firm’s core values and the verticals it specializes in. “I love helping people and that passion is clearly shared by everyone on the CSP team. We all respect that each placement is unique, but the key is to be transparent, be patient, trust the process, and in my case, pray.”

Originally from Homeland Mews in Baltimore, Kristin now resides in Northern Baltimore County with her husband, two young daughters, and red lab Gunner. Similar to her passion for helping people in their careers, Kristin takes pride in helping people excel at service-oriented activities and sports, currently coaching indoor soccer for SJS Cockeysville. When she’s not coaching, attending church with her family, or watching sports, Kristin prefers to be anywhere with a beach and warm water.