Boutique or Mega Search Firm?

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Thinking of partnering with a talent search firm? We can help define the key differences between boutique search firms, such as PeopleSuite, and mega search firms.

When a business has an important hire to make, choosing the right executive search partner can mean the difference between a successful hire and an expensive missed opportunity. Today, many companies are getting better results by partnering with boutique firms over the mega-firms. Here are some reasons why:

Making the Switch To Boutique Search Firms

Unlike boutique firms, larger firms break up the client experience and candidate experience into separate functions. A senior salesperson or a partner in the search firm secures the search, but the work is done by a junior team member. That junior associate has never met you, has never seen your office environment, and has limited experience understanding various company cultures. Their career experiences limit the perspective they can bring to the client. Is that who you want telling your company’s story in the marketplace to potential candidates?

Our search professionals at PeopleSuite Talent Solutions become experts on your culture, your talent needs, and the soft candidate characteristics that define a successful individual in your organization. Our partners that meet with you at the onset of the search vet every qualified candidate. Storytelling is a critical skill for a great search partner. When working with the same search professional throughout your talent search process, our team can truly develop a well-rounded vision of the ideal candidate and will bring back talent that can be the missing link in your company.

“Off-limit” Constraints

Big search firms often have significant off-limits constraints, which limits the pool of candidates from which to choose. Boutique firms can access more candidates because they have fewer off-limits constraints, opening up the pool of available talent resources. This puts boutique firms at an advantage as they aren’t heavily restricted in where they can find talent, giving them greater access to the talent marketplace.

It’s All About the People

We pride ourselves on listening – from the HR partner talking about culture and fit, to the hiring manager talking about specific requirements and skills. While we thoroughly understand best practices, we don’t get caught up in a rigid process that limits creativity in the execution of a search. Every company is different, and jobs with similar titles always have nuances that need to be addressed and specific needs that must be met.

Candidates want transparency and individual attention. We strive to make every candidate feel like we are an extension of the client, delivering a personalized approach and focusing on the small details that matter. We don’t simply check the boxes.

At the end of the day, we’re dealing with people, and they’re making decisions that will impact their future and their families. We treat our candidates like we treat our clients – with honesty, transparency, and authenticity. It’s the only approach that guarantees both the client and the candidate make the right decision!

In need of a talent search partner? Start the conversation with our team to learn more about our services.

This blog was originally published on August 2, 2018 and has been updated for clarity and with the latest information.

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