Post the Job or Hire a Search Consultant: Which is Smarter?

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When is it smarter to post the position or call your search consultant?Does this sound familiar?

  • One of your hiring managers needs a new employee (to fill a role that has opened or a new one).
  • He/she has already asked their people who they know and no one knows the right person for the job (and no one can step into it).
  • S/He calls you and says, “We need an X.  How soon can you get me one?”

This is my recommendation, based on my 15 years of recruiting experience:

I suggest optimizing your attention, energy and time by asking yourself these questions the next time you have an open position:

  1. Do you know who your ideal candidates are already and can you contact them directly?
  2. Do you need to find out who they are?
  3. How much time will that take?
  4. How much time do you have to spend to contact the people who are not looking for a new role?
  5. How much time do you have to coax the right people to send a resume?
  6. What is your attention, energy and time worth?
  7. What else do you have that is pressing?
  8. How much can the company afford to pay for this search – in your hours or for a search consultant?

Consider too that there are quite a few roles where the best solution is to post the job — this is especially true for those roles that do not require industry or therapeutic area expertise.

For example, most finance and admin roles are cross-industry, especially at the individual contributor level.  Even research associates can be found easily by posting the position.

But once you get up to the Director-level, you will need someone to proactively seek out the best fitting professionals.

Would like to speak with us to see if we might be a good solution to some of your more difficult openings … where you want a proactive search to find you the best professionals?

Please contact us today at:  connie@hamptonexecutivesearch.com and visit our website:   www.hamptonexecutivesearch.com or leave us a comment below.

 

 

 

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3 responses to Post the Job or Hire a Search Consultant: Which is Smarter?


  1. What is your opinion? When do you chose one option over the other?

    Best,
    Connie

  2. Quercki

    He/she has already asked their people who they know and no one knows the right person for the job (and no one can step into it).

    This part sounds like a good way to guarantee that only people of similar demographics to “their people” will be hired.

    It is good to hire from the entire available pool, not just the pool that looks like existing employees.

    • True, Quercki, and yet this is usually the first thing that is done. For the companies that already have a pretty diverse team, it can work. For those that are small and rather homogeneous, it can lead to trouble.

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