Executive search firms come in all shapes and sizes. It is important that you give careful consideration to which firm or firms you choose to work with. As a candidate, the firm (or firms) you choose to associate with can have a significant impact on your job search success.
Please review and consider the following when choosing a search firm to represent your interests:
Specialization. Select a firm that specializes in your area of career interest. Specialized firms are much better networked within your career interest area.
Client Base. Select a firm whose client base in consistent with the types of firms that would interest you. It is always a good idea to request a list of the recruiting firm's clients.
Rapport and Relationship Quality. Give careful consideration to the search professional you will be working with. It is important that you feel comfortable with this key individual. Find someone who will work with your interests in mind and who will provide you with useful career and job search advice.
Recommendations from Others. Ask your friends, colleagues and business associates to recommend search professionals that they have worked with in the past.
Principles and Practices. Select a firm whose policy is to request your approval prior to submitting your information to their clients.
Reputation and Ethics. Give consideration as to whether the firm is an active member in good standing of reputable professional organizations. Members of such organizations are required to adhere to standards of ethical practice.
Do Your Research. Visit the search firm's web site. Review posted job opportunities and other information to help you understand the firm's specialties and whether such opportunities and areas of specialty line up with you career interests.