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Find the best Execuitve Search firm, the first time.

Choosing the wrong search firm to make your executive hire can be a costly mistake. Lost search fees are only the tip of the iceberg. Choosing a firm that doesn't operate your industry or doesn't have experience hiring the role you need will take longer and represents a lost opportunity for your company.

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The Clockwork Network has hundreds of the top retained executive search firms. We verify their area of specialization to ensure they have experience doing the work you need. Get started today to find the best search firm for your hire. There is no cost and no obligation.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How much does this service cost?
Nothing, it's a free service for companies.
Am I obligated to use a Clockwork Network firm?

You're under no obligation to use a Clockwork Network firm.

Why do I want a retained search firm instead of contingent?

Contingency search firms get paid when they place a candidate. Consequently, they tend to act in a transactional manner and focus only on active candidates. As such, they often misunderstand or disregard the company’s needs and tend to focus on filling lower-level roles.

In contrast, retained search firms are paid over the course of the project and work more closely with you. They tend to better understand your company and your unique hiring needs. They take the extra time to find the best candidates, including passive candidates. As such, they particularly excel in executive and strategic searches.

Check out this blog post for more info on the difference between contingency and retained search.

What is the difference between active and passive candidates and how does that affect my search?

Active candidates are actively looking for work, meaning they are looking on job boards and submitting their resume. Often they aren’t currently employed. Contingency search firms tend to focus on these candidates because they can be placed quickly and the firm can get the fee before a competing firm or a candidate is placed in-house.

Passive candidates aren’t looking for work, they are already employed, and they aren’t looking on job boards or submitting their resume. Contingency search firms don’t consider these candidates because they take too long to place. Yet, these are the best candidates for executive and strategic roles. Retained search firms excel at finding and placing these candidates.

Why do retained search firms charge more than contingency?
The difference is only a few percent, with contingency typically at 25% of first year salary and retained at 30-33%. Hiring the right candidate is an investment in your company’s future performance. The value of having access to much higher quality candidates and having a true partner in the search more than outweighs this marginal cost.
Why do retained search firms have an exclusivity clause?

It’s to ensure a collaborative relationship with you. Both parties need to be aligned around finding the best candidate, regardless of where they come from.

Note that exclusivity doesn’t mean the candidate can’t be sourced from outside the search firm. If they are, the firm will still provide a lot of value as the candidate goes through the process.

Insights to get you the best results for your key hires

The Outperformers is the Clockwork Network blog and is a fantastic resource for helping you fill your key hires. Topics include:

  • Best practices for filling key hires
  • What to expect when working with a search firm
  • Using data to find the best retained search firms
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