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Executive Search Firms and Job Recruiters

As you have probably already heard job recruiters are professionals who are paid to find qualified candidates for specific job openings. There are two types of recruiters you should be aware of, those who work directly for and are salaried by employers and those who work independently and are paid by the employer for each referred candidate that is hired. The first group of job recruiters are know as “retained” recruiters and the second is group is refered to as contingency” recruiters since their income is contingent upon a refered candidate actually being hired by the employer.

The commission a contingency recruiter receives for each new hiree refered to an employer may be as high as 30% of the starting salary of the new hiree. If an employer is price sensative a 30% commission paid to the recruiter may affect the starting salary of the new hiree – and his or her salary for years to come. In our opinion it is much more advantageous to find your next job through networking rather than by employing the services of a contingency recruiter.

Executive Search Firm and Job Recruiter Directories
  • SearchFirm.com – offers a comprehensive database of job recruiters, recruiting agencies, and search firms searchable by specialty, firm type, location, name, personal contact, or keyword.
  • RileyGuide.com – provides a short directory of executive searh firms as well as very useful information on working with executive search firms.
  • RecruiterResources.com – offers a directory of top recruiting agences categorized by industry and specialty.
  • Google Directory – offers a directory of executive search firms, recruiting agences, outsouring companies, and staffing companies organized by page rank (Google’s indication of website relevancy), industry, and specialty.
  • RileyGuide.com – provides a short directory of executive searh firms as well as very useful information on working with executive search firms.
Top Executive Search Firms and Job Recruiters
  • Korn/Ferry International – specializes in placement of professionals in e-Business, advanced technology, consumer, education, not-for-profit, energy, financial services, healthcare products and services, industrial, media and entertainment, private equity, professional services, retail and fashion industries in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
  • Heidrick & Struggles – specialize in placement of professionals in consumer, diversity services, e-Business, education, non-profit, family-owned businesses, financial services, health care, industrial, professional services, technology, telecommunications industries in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia Pacific.
  • A. T. Kearney – specializes in placement of professionals in the consumer and retail, financial services, information technology, e-Business, education, industrial, media and entertainment industries in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
  • Spencer Stuart – specializes in placement of professionals in the agribusiness, aviation, consumer goods and services, energy and natural resources, financial services, high techology, industrial, internet, life sciences, and non-profit industries in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia Pacific.
  • Russell Reynolds Associates – specializes in placement of professionals in consumer markets, financial services, healthcare, industrial manufacturing and distribution, internet, natural resources, and industries technology in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
  • Christian & Timbers – specializes in placement of professionals in e-commerce/internet, financial services, hardware, industrial, new media, professional services, semiconductor/electronics, software, and telecommunications industries in the United States, Toronto, London, and Geneva.
  • TMP Worldwide – specializes in placement of professionals in the consumer products and services, financial services, health care, industrial, technology, internet/e-commerce, human resources, information technology, legal, non-profit, professional services, and supply chain management industries in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa, and Asia Pacific.
  • Egon Zehnder – specializes in placement of professionals in the financial services, technology, life sciences, consumer industries in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia Pacific.
  • Michael Page International – specializes in placement of professionals inc orporate enterprise, financial services, sales and marketing, and management consulting industries in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
  • Solomon-Page Group – specializes in placement of professionals in the banking, e-commerce, financial services, human resources, healthcare, information techology, legal, educational new media, and publishing industries in the United States.
  • Ray & Berndtson – specializes in placement of professionals in the automotive, business and professional services, consumer products, e-business, education, non-profit, energy and utilities, financial services, health care and life sciences, industrial products and services, and technology industries in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
  • Management Recruiters International – specializes in placement of professionals in the management, sales, and information technology industries in the United States and internationally.
  • Norman Broadbent International – specializes in placement of professionals in the public sector, non-profit, financial services, legal, manufacturing, retail, consumer goods, media and entertainment, new media, construction and facilities management, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, high technology and e-Business, and professional services industries in the United States, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
  • The Witney Group – specializes in placement of professionals in many industries in the United States, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
  • Robert Half International – specializes in placement of professionals in legal and many other industries in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.
  • Allen & Associates – specializes in placement of professionals in the gaming, hotel/hospitality, financial institutions/services, distribution, high technology, health care, and commercial and residential development industries in the United States.
  • J. B. Hunt Executive Search – specializes in placement of professionals in the consumer products and industrial manufacturing industries in the United States.
  • Boyden – specializes in placement of professionals in the consumer goods, health care and pharmaceuticals, financial services, technology, and e-business industries in the United States.
  • Battalia Winston International – specializes in placement of professionals in the consumer, financial services, health care, industrial, non-profit, professional services, technology, and international resources industries in the United States.
  • Amrop International – specializes in placement of professionals in the automotive, consumer goods and retail, financial services, information technology and telecommunications, medial, professional services, education, and family owned businesses industries in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, South Africa, Middle East, and Asia Pacific.