Choosing the Right Executive Search Partner
It is vital to spend time researching the options available to you when selecting your Executive Search company. It is crucial that you choose the Executive Search company that best matches your needs. Below are some general guidelines that will help you to reach the right decision.
Ask a Friend
Consult your friends or colleagues in similar fields. Ask whom they've used in the past, and for some recommendations. A reputable Executive Search company whether it's in Thailand, Indonesia or Malaysia will generally source at least a third of its new clients/candidates via word of mouth from satisfied customers, so this is one of the quickest and most effective ways of finding an excellent executive search company.
Do Your Research
If you can't ask anyone else for his or her opinion, you will need to do your research. Firstly, look for an executive search firm that specialises in your industry or area of work. Now, many agencies do a little bit of everything, and you need to find an executive search and recruitment firm that's an expert in your field. Say, for example, you're looking for an Executive Search company in Mexico or Chile, take a look at the local job boards and see who is advertising and commenting on industry issues, or look online - on, say, LinkedIn - for the areas you wish to work in.
Check the Websites
Next, visit the websites of the executive search firms you've shortlisted. Doing this will give you an idea of their pedigree (When were they established? What is the history of the company?) and the jobs advertised on their site. Look at the size of the company and find out if they have an international presence.
Talk to the Executive Search Consultant
Once you have a shortlist of possible executive search companies, start calling them. Recruitment is sometimes akin to a relationship, and will most probably have its highs and lows. However, it's vital that you can relate to your recruiter and trust in their ability to get the job done. Don't be afraid to ask industry-related questions or to ask them to give you an overview of the types of companies they work with. A good recruitment company will encourage an open exchange of information to ensure they are placing the right people with the right companies.
Select the Geographic Presence
Ensure the Executive Search company you select has a local presence, as working with a company in the Philippines for positions in Manila, for example, will often bring much better results than trying to work with a recruiter based out of Singapore
Remember, there's very little point in sending out your CV to everyone or giving a recruitment assignment to many different executive search companies. If you've done your research, the agency you choose will invariably be the one that is right for you.