Executive Search & Selection

Why Retained Search is Winning the War for Hiring Executive Talent

The advantages of using a “Headhunter” versus other forms of recruiting. How long will you wait for the right candidate to apply to your online job posting or walk in the front door? 


Finding talented executives and managers during the coming decade will challenge all companies, businesses, their markets and supply chains. If you want to win the war for talent, you better consider using a Headhunter.

There is a distinct difference between hiring the best talent IN the market and the best talent ON the market. Human Resources will typically differentiate these two candidate markets by saying The Best Candidates Are:
Those candidates with quality resumes OR the ones presently working for large companies and organizations, OR the ones with the best experiences and education from the most prestigious universities and colleges.


Which is the right answer?

The number one answer given by surveyed companies suggests the best candidate talent IN the market are those candidates or individuals who are NOT actively searching for a job. In other words passively IN the job market.

As an experienced search practitioner with 30 years experience recruiting senior executives, I have learned that the most talented candidates expect to be wooed to their next position from one of their competitors. Top executives and managers are not excited by being the best technical fit to your detailed job profile. Top executives don’t have time to look for jobs as they are too busy fulfilling their current roles. The best candidates are not actively looking for new opportunities. They are strategically motivated to their chosen career path. They therefore need to be sold on your particular career opportunity, company and corporate culture. Is your in-house recruiter aware of this?

Does your in-house recruiter target your competition? Do they know who to contact and how to effectively sell your executive/management career opportunities to them? If you are not using a Headhunter you are not likely hiring the best talent from the entire candidate talent pool; You are only hiring the best available talent from much smaller puddle.

Head-hunters are committed to building strong business relationships within their candidates. Hiring the best candidates requires recruiters who are industry knowledgeable, passionate, dedicated and committed to achieving results. Headhunters who live, eat and breathe recruitment 24/ 7 and 365 days a year.

An experienced Headhunter will know who the most talented individuals are and where they are. They can differentiate the producers from the slackers and underachievers. They know which candidates  operate below the radar screen and they also know the candidates possessing the greatest potential. Headhunters do the hardest part of recruiting for you. They establish and develop the candidate relationships, selling their clients career opportunities and company values. They are trusted to identify the progressive career opportunities these productive executives desire and have specified to the headhunter.

The economic value of hiring talented executives and managers are also obvious, More Profit. Employers that hire the most talented executives often win and retain more customers. Paying Headhunting fees are incidental and have less impact on your hiring costs than you might expect. Especially when compared to the costs realized in salaries and benefits paid to average or less than average performers. Consider the costs of the lost opportunities with average performers versus the possible profits generated from superior performers. Not to mention the sizable (P&L) businesses they control.

The best Headhunters will also typically structure their hiring fees to accommodate the budgets of their clients. At ABA Group Inc.we understand the basis of profitable win/win client relationships and maintains a global network of executives and industry experts.

Allen Ballach, President