When you’re trying to fill out the Executive positions in your start up, hiring is a difficult process. While bringing a new person into your business is always an important decision, Executives have a huge influence over your company. They don’t just effect efficiency and the work done, but the whole culture of company. Hiring the right Executive can energise your existing workforce to reach new heights and drive your company forward. Hiring the wrong one can send productivity plunging, create a toxic work environment and drive valuable talent away from your company.
When you hire Executives, it’s clear you need to get the right person and to do that it really helps to go to the professionals. Finding a good Executive Search firm means the right candidates come to you and you can pick from the cream of the crop.
Today, let’s take a look at some of the things you need from an Executive Search firm, so you can focus on building a relationship with the right company.
Especially at the Executive Level, there is no ‘off the shelf’ perfect hire. Executives need knowledge and experience that’s specific to your industry: a great COO for a software start up won’t have the skills to do their best work at a marketing agency, for example.
You don’t have to find a recruiter who’s completely specific to your niche – in fact limiting your search too much could be counter productive – but finding one who specialises in Executive level appointments within the broad sector of your industry will mean they have necessary contacts to find good candidates for you.
When you contact a recruiter or search firm, you’re beginning a relationship that could last for many years. If they prove they have the insight and contacts to find the people you need to fill the vacancies in your company, you’ll come to them again and again, but what really makes it a relationship is the personal touch.
An expert recruiter contributes far more than simply candidates. They can advise you on the state of the current job market, and let you know the sort of skills that would be expected in different job roles. If this is your first start up, advice from someone who’s been working in recruitment for years can give you the additional insight you need to make the best hires for your company.