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"Do You Know Any Recruiters?" Answers for Your Job Search

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Jan 2, 2014 2:47:00 PM

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Curated information for technology executives in transition:

My clients often ask me, “Which are the best retained recruitment firms?”

The top 5 recruitment firms for 2012-13 were:

  • Boyden
  • Korn Ferry International
  • Transearch
  • Egon Zehnder
  • N2Growth

Here is a list of the top 20 retained recruitment firms:


Find out how to work with retained recruiters here:

A good resource on the Web is the Riley Guide. You can get a good overview of what’s involved in dealing with recruiters. You may also be able to find industry-specific, boutique, retained recruitment firms here, such as ones that specialize in IT or healthcare IT, for instance.

Another good site to explore how to work with recruiters is BostonSearchGroup.com.

Fee-based Membership Sites Boasting Special Access to Retained Recruiters and Jobs:

(I am omitting TheLadders.com because of bad press concerning their claims.)

Sites which allow you to search recruiters, usually by location and specialization:


RecruiterRedbook.com (paid)





LinkedIn.com Do an advanced search to identify retained recruiters in your niche who conduct searches for jobs in your geographical area.

Other ways to find recruiters:

  • Do your own Google search to identify retained recruiters in your industry niche.
  • Network with the more senior-level members of your network to see who they know or use.
  • Network within your industry association(s) to identify recruiters who are members.

This quick guide will get you started. But keep in mind, retained recruiters...

  • Work for the company not you
  • Are usually interested in you only if you fit an open job profile
  • Appreciate you referring top people to them to help them in their searches (ones you aren't going for)
  • Are only one of the 6 Pillars of Job Search and not the one with the highest probability of success

Good luck!


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