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:
- Korn Ferry International
- Egon Zehnder
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:
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