In a candidate-driven market like today, attracting high-level executive talent can prove to be a challenge. When it comes to filling important senior, VP, and executive-level positions in your company, partnering with an executive search firm is the best way to ensure a smooth process, start to finish.
Filling high-level roles is not as simple as posting a job opening online, since the applicant pool will often contain many under-qualified candidates. It is likely that the best candidate for the job is already working, and not browsing job platforms for new executive opportunities. Executive search firms are brought in because they have experience sourcing and identifying the best person for the job – making the overall process of hiring executive-level talent more efficient, and therefore more successful.
Here are a few of the reasons why you should partner with an executive search firm like Career Group Search.
ACCESS & DISCRETION
Leadership succession is a common challenge for top-performing companies. If you don’t have someone in place to take over the role, the vacancy can leave a negative impact on the organization. When internal personal and company networking connections have been exhausted and the role has still not been placed, it’s a good idea to contact an executive search firm and take advantage of a talent acquisition team’s capabilities.
Often the best talent is not actively searching for new roles because they are currently working. Even so, executive search firms like Career Group Search are in regular contact with leaders in a variety of industries so they’re aware of who may be open to the right position. Executive search firms are experts at using sophisticated methods to better focus their candidate identification process, which will increase the chances of finding and attracting the most qualified candidates.
In cases where an executive is underperforming, discretion is key in finding and replacing that individual with a better fit. Third-party executive search firms are highly trained in confidential sourcing and recruiting, which means you can rest easy knowing the search will be handled with top-level discretion and professionalism.
If you ask anyone in Human Resources, searches for senior-level roles, when done internally, can be extremely time-consuming. Senior-level roles often come with specific and nuanced requirements, so it can be challenging to find the right person with the perfect blend of skills. High-level roles require full-time commitment to fill, and executive search firms understand the desire to bring on a new team member as soon as possible to maximize the value this individual will bring to the position itself. These expert talent acquisition teams dedicate themselves to finding the best fit without taking time away from other internal hiring.
When assessing hiring timelines for senior roles, it can take internal team months to find the perfect fit. However, when you partner with a firm that specializes in high-level hiring within your industry, the candidate marketplace can be more thoroughly searched, and only the best talent is presented for consideration. Time to hire greatly decreases when working with a search firm because of the vast network at their fingertips, as well as expertise and dedication in completing a search the right way. Executive search firms like Career Group Search take on the task of conducting reference checks, as well as delving into each person’s background, expertise, and career objectives in order to determine if they are the greatest value-add for your organization.
EXPERTISE & INTELLIGENCE
Many organizations have differing internal opinions on what the vacant role requires and what type of candidate will be the best match. Not only do executive roles need to be filled by someone who has the right technical and leadership skills, they also need to fit well into the company’s existing culture. It’s not uncommon for someone to appear like an excellent match on paper, but in reality, their leadership style or preferred work environment doesn’t mesh with their new team. Other candidates may have excellent backgrounds, but prove difficult to work with or fail to adhere to certain company policies. An executive search firm can take all feedback into consideration and offer guidance on what type of leader would be best suited to the job, taking into account personality, prior work experience, and any specific requirements that are noted by the company. At Career Group Search, we pride ourselves on acting as strategic advisors to our clients, offering our expertise every step of the way and encouraging our clients to think strategically about the teams they curate for long-term growth.
If an executive leadership role is new, the internal HR department may have limited knowledge of what the role requires, what its functions are, and what type of qualifications and prior work experience a candidate should possess. An executive search firm can help shape and clarify a role’s responsibilities while providing insight on backgrounds that may be most applicable.
So what is the greatest perk that comes with working with an experienced executive search firm? Access to industry knowledge and invaluable market intelligence. While our Search Consultants make countless networking connections while completing a search, we gather information about general market trends as well as specific data points regarding things like compensation, standard benefits expectations, and organizational structure preferences. We can also assess what sort of incentives top-tier candidates are searching for in their next career move.
The Career Group Search team specializes in senior, high-level, and executive hiring and can assist in placing phenomenal talent at your organization. Whether you’re looking to fill roles for an HR Director, Chief Operations Officer, Marketing Director, or beyond – exceptional teams need exceptional leaders. Career Group Search will find yours.
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