The Executive Level Search
Executive level hiring is a crucial process for the long-term success of any company. The impact of senior leadership hiring decisions have ripple effects for years to come, whether positive or negative. Therefore, conducting a thorough search to find the right person for the job is critical.
When hiring an executive level position, including all C-suite, VP, and Director level roles, you need to make sure you are recruiting from the best possible pool of candidates, not just the ones who found your job ad and applied. In order to accomplish this, most businesses will elect to work with a recruitment agency, as they have the skills and experience to find the best possible candidates. Perhaps most importantly, they have the expertise to proactively recruit individuals who are not applying. They find and contact exceptional candidates who are not actively looking for a new job, sometimes referred to as headhunting. Recruiters will take the time necessary to perform this process properly and professionally, targeting the exact candidate you are hoping to hire.
If you are wondering whether executives dislike being actively recruited or headhunted, according to a 2013 Swiss study, the opposite turns out to be true. The overwhelming majority of senior leaders are open to being approached for relevant vacancies (albeit only in a very discrete manner).
To do this well and invest the great deal of time that is required, there is no replacement for a great recruitment agency. Even an internal HR team may not have the expertise or time to effectively headhunt another executive. Not to mention the lack of professionalism that comes from one company directly reaching out to another, even discretely, to attempt to pitch to their executives. A third party is not only expected, but necessary.
Networking and connections are crucial to finding and successfully hiring top talent, as only a small percentage of executive level positions are posted and obtained through traditional job boards. Very few individuals have the database of contacts, extensive networks, and deep connections that an established recruitment agency has. For example, Platinum Recruiting has been recruiting top talent and performing executive level search in Kelowna and throughout the Okanagan for over 20 years. As such, our database, networks and connections run very deep. Make sure your executive search doesn’t rely on the network of a few individuals within your company, but rather the network of a company that builds 1000’s of new connections every year.