4 Surprisingly Effective Techniques to Help You Recruit Leaders

4 Surprisingly Effective Techniques to Help You Recruit Leaders
From Recruiter - July 13, 2016

The retained executive search model is broken. It is costly, can leave voids in your organization for months, and all too often produces no results at all.

While retained search has been the go-to recruiting modelfor decades, its time for executives at hiring companies to break out of the box. That may take a little self-reflection. Consider why you are using a search firm. Is it because you have been impressed with the results? Is it because other options are too expensive?

A yesto either of these questions would be a valid reason to use a search firm. However, you probably did not respond affirmatively. More likely, you have always used search firms to recruit talent. Now, in your not-a-minute-to-spare days, you have little time to investigate alternative recruitment techniques.

Thats why you will likely find this roundup useful. Its a summary of the tools and tactics that organizations are now using to successfully recruit leaders. These tactics include hiring boutique search firms, doing it yourself, accessing online databases, and taking advantage of the pools of talent offeredup by executive agents.

1. Go Boutique

Bigger is not always better. In the larger firms, the partnerswho have the greatest knowledge about recruitingare unlikely to participate in your search. Once they land your business, they will probably delegate the job of recruiting to a junior associate.

On the other hand, at a boutique firm, the partner usually conducts the search. This process is better because it ensures that the person who knows the most about your organization and has the greatest expertise works to find and attract your next leader.

2. Do It Yourself

When an external resource can do a better job, it makes sense to outsource the task. However, if your results from executive search firms have beeninadequate, you shouldconsider adding a search firm professional to your in-house staff who can conduct searches internally.

The advantage of this strategy is that in-house managers and executives better understand the organizations strategic direction, needs, and culture. After all, they live it every day. Because of this, they are more likely to be successful.


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