Seeking out the Science on Search Firms, Part II

Last month, we introduced two types of search firms and discussed what they look for in candidates. In this month’s blog, we explore how you can best identify and network with a search firm. Element 1: There are so many firms out there. How do I know which firms to target? As an executive, the search firm’s experience in your industry and/or job function becomes paramount. The firms you work with should have a background in placing positions like the one you want. By searching websites like BlueSteps and ExecuNet, you can target a firm and search consultant who cover industries and roles that are a fit for you. You can also ask your executive-level peers for suggestions of firms to work with, as they will most likely have many contacts of their own. Before you engage too deeply with a firm, be sure to check the executive search firm’s references, and even look at their performance metrics – i.e., how many days does it take them to fill a position. Also, as you’ll work with … [Read more...]