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The Benefits of Retained Search Recruiters

Is your company trying to attract top talent in the industry? While your human resources department may be working endlessly to fill the critical roles needed within your organization, there may be advantages to using a recruitment agency to help your recruiting process. If the role is a mission-critical, senior level position that is time-sensitive to find the right candidate, consider these benefits of partnering with executive recruiting firms.

What is a retained search?

There are two types of recruiting agencies that companies can partner with, both with their benefits and differences. Contingency recruitment agencies assist in providing hiring managers resumes and contacts of candidates that match the job description, and are paid on a successful hire of a candidate. Recruiting firms that complete work through retained search agreements serve as an internal partner to the company and manage the recruiting, first round interviewing, and candidate prep for the client. The fees associated with contingency recruitment and retained search are similar, but the retained agreement fees are paid on an agreed upon basis of milestones throughout the talent placement process.

There may be hesitations on an up-front payment to kick off a retained search, but there are key advantages to the level of service provided by the recruiting firm. If the role you need to fill is core to the company’s growth, consider these benefits of retained search.

Focus on Thoroughness & Quality

Retained recruiters are focused on quality candidates, not quantity of candidates. As they work with your leadership teams and key decision makers, they complete a diligent discovery process to identify the gaps you’re trying to fill in your organization to reach your vision for the next stage of growth. They apply that same discovery process to the recruiting and interviewing process to qualify only the candidates that will match and add to your company’s culture. With it being a quality over quantity focused process, there is a thorough attention to detail and bar set higher than the job description to ensure they are bringing your company the best candidates.

Time & Resources

As a growing start-up, your time is essential to your progress and your resources may be limited as you’re trying to scale your growth. The recruiting and hiring process takes time; the average