Why SearchPath of Chicago?
Efficient. Responsive. Experienced.
SearchPath of Chicago specializes in connecting our clients and partners with top-performing talent who can make an immediate impact on your bottom line. From local businesses to global firms, our executive search & recruitment teams specialize in finding the most experienced candidates to ensure your business gets the right hire the first time. Our extensive network and expertise allow us to locate identify, attract, and deliver professionals with the skills necessary to achieve your business goals.
Matching the RIGHT People with the RIGHT Positions at the RIGHT Companies
Years in Business
Candidates Placed at Start-ups – Fortune 100
Client Companies Partnered With
Industries We Recruit For
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Our dedication and expertise in serving only a handful of niche industries gives us unparalleled insight & knowledge into the talent and hiring trends in those industries; making us one of the top executive recruiting firms in the Packaging & Plastics, Biofuels & Renewable Energy, Industrial, Food Ingredients, Nutraceuticals & Raw Materials, and Polymers, Pigments & Coatings industries.
What Our Clients Say About Us…
From the moment I first connected with Chris, it was clear that takes his job very seriously, but also personally in getting to know you and what qualities you look for in your prospective employer. I was fortunate to have Chris help me navigate a very challenging time in my life, and even after a hiccup, we both stayed the course and found the perfect company for me to continue my career. He has a personality that is easy to work with, and he makes sure you are well informed and prepared during every step of the process. An easy guy to work with, he even goes the extra mile after you are placed in your new role with various methods of following up. I would highly recommend anyone who is trying to advance their careers partner up with Chris.
Recommendation – Packaging Sales
Chris was fantastic to work with. As a candidate I felt constantly informed and was always up to date on where the hiring company was in the process. Chris rarely took longer than an hour to return my call even with a 3 hour time difference. I am thrilled with this new role but if I am ever in the position to change careers In the future then Chris would my very first call.
Candidate Testimonial – Packaging
"I’ve had the opportunity to work with Mark as both a hiring manager and a candidate. My experience on both sides was very much the same. Mark is a trusted career consultant who sees the bigger picture, takes the longer view, wants the best thing for both parties. He has vast experience in matching candidates to role and has a wealth of knowledge to tap in any instance. It is a pleasure to work with someone who values integrity, balances what’s right and is an optimist."
Mark Manka, Director of Financial Planning & AnalysisSociety of Anesthesiologists
"I recently worked with Chris on a high level search. He was very thorough in understanding our company culture as well as the qualifications our team needed. He produced many of exceptional candidates. Chris was easy to work with throughout the process. I would certainly recommend Chris for your hiring needs."
Elena Puerner, HR ManagerSchoeller Arca Systems
"I recently worked with Chris on two successful candidate searches. He was very thorough in understanding the qualifications we wanted for each position and produced a number of good candidates that met those qualifications. Chris was great to work with throughout the process. I would certainly recommend Chris for your talent acquisition needs."
John England, National Sales ManagerSignode Packaging
"Chris is an effective recruiter because he spends a great deal of time listening to the needs of the role and seems to have a lot of solid contacts in the industry Get More Information. He follow ups well and is focused on making the right fit."
Jill Russell, VP of SalesOlam International
"I have had the great pleasure of meeting and developing a working relationship with Chris Hillman of Search Path of Chicago. Chris is an outstanding individual with extensive knowledge and an excellent reputation in the Ethanol Industry. Chris is a very honest person and is extremely passionate about his career. Chris takes immense pride in his wide and vast knowledge in the entire Ethanol Industry. His knowledge and skills are amazing and are very helpful to our company as well as to other people in the Ethanol Industry. Chris is very fair and loyal in his actions. He is constantly using his renewed skills and knowledge to achieve better results to bring excellent candidates. It’s a great honor to know and be associated with Chris Hillman of SearchPath of Chicago."
Alex Shifman, Marketing DirectorCTE Global, Inc.
"SearchPath has given our business a competitive advantage by providing us with the personnel that have the abilities and experience to make the difference."
Tom Trauscht, VP of Sales & MarketingIvex Protective Packaging, Inc.
"In the past, I’ve had a number of job positions that called for unusual blends of skill sets that I have had difficulty filling through traditional means. Patrick has come through on multiple occasions with strong candidates whom I have hired and they have had successful careers. Patrick takes the time to understand the position needs thoroughly and finds and screens quality candidates. I strongly recommend Patrick."
Vincent Lanning, R&D Program ManagerHi-Tech Mold
"SearchPath of Chicago has been a partner with my position vacancy searches for 2.5 years as a manager for BSN Medical. In a few short words, my experience has been terrific! Greg Daly has been the go-to person for me and he has been outstanding to work with! He is diligent in his process, he is timely in his responses, he is personable, pleasant and sharp. His response time is second to none and I have had NOTHING but positive interactions with he and the staff at the firm. I would highly recommend Greg for the vacancy needs and will be continuing to use he and SearchPath of Chicago’s services in the years to come!"
"I utilized Greg in my region as a recruiter for more than 36 months. He is highly motivated with a very strong work ethic. He understands what qualifications are needed and has always been able to close selected candidates. Greg has a energy level that guarantees results."
"I recently worked with Chris on several successful searches. He was very thorough in understanding our company culture as well as the qualifications our team needed for each position. He produced many of exceptional candidates that met or exceeded those qualifications. Chris was easy to work with throughout the process. I would certainly recommend Chris for your hiring needs."
Tina Kaveney, Human Resources DirectorAngleboard
"I have worked with Chris for many years in placing several highly qualified candidates within various organizations. He is thorough, ethical and extremely good at delivering the right candidates for the requested roles. I consider him a valuable extension to my HR department!"
Lisa Teeters, Director of Human Resources
"Chris Hillman is a real professional who “walks the walk” when it comes to executive search, particularly in the food ingredient space. Chris came exactly as advertised, with a deep list of contacts relevant to our search for a new CEO. We had a working list of highly qualified candidates in a very short period of time, and Chris helped us to manage the process of winnowing the field down to ‘short list’, and ultimately to the final candidate. All through the effort Chris was always available, responsive to our needs, and with the appropriate level of drive/push. I highly recommend Chris for your next search engagement."
Board Member, Food Ingredients Manufacturer
SearchPath of Chicago News
CHICAGO, IL, (Feb. 18, 2021) – SearchPath of Chicago, a national executive search firm focused on sectors including packaging materials, manufacturing, food ingredients, biofuels, raw materials (for dietary supplements and sports nutrition), nutraceuticals, resins and industrial products, excelled in 2020 as the top performing franchise. This is the fourth consecutive year that SearchPath of Chicago has outperformed more than 50 franchises globally. The figures used to establish the “top” franchise included total billings and cash-in for 2020.
“We couldn’t be prouder of earning top accolades across the SearchPath footprint for the fourth straight year,” commented Chris Hillman, President, SearchPath of Chicago, Inc. “We’ve spent our careers mastering our skills and our outcomes prove time and time again that we’re masters of our craft – stay tuned because we plan to continue to break records in 2021.”
SearchPath of Chicago has perfected the executive search process by leveraging talented recruiters that understand their industry and have built meaningful relationships to successfully place high-performing candidates. Through the streamlined processes, the company has established itself as a leading Executive Search partner for the greater Chicago area.
Recruiting Industry News & Articles
The recruiting process for any candidate is their first glimpse into the company – the people, goals, mission, roles, culture and more. However, it’s no secret that recruiting is essentially a sales process and everyone is putting their best foot forward during the recruiting process. But where to candidates see the real company first? During onboarding.
Employee onboarding is the key to ensuring that the relationship starts off on the right foot and sets everyone up for success. How someone gets onboarded and brought into your company is crucial for their job satisfaction and ultimately their retention with your company. Here are some tips to keep in mind when thinking about employee onboarding:
Onboarding isn’t just an activity, it’s an experience
Everybody has seen the ‘Onboarding’ meeting on calendars but onboarding just isn’t one or two meetings and trainings, it’s an entire experience. It’s not a snapshot of time that defines the onboarding but everything involved from introductions to meetings to lunches and setting up their office space. All of it should be reflective of the culture and team and be seen as an ongoing process and not just one thing.
It’s more than just a week or a few weeks
Yes, onboarding schedules tend to be structured and last 3-4 weeks until someone is trained or “set off on their own” but truly being incorporated into the company takes months. It can take employees 6 months to become truly proficient in their role, and only then can you assume that an employee is truly onboarded.
Be prepared well in advance
Ensuring that everything is ready for an employee prior to them starting creates positive energy and signifies to the new employee that everything is running smoothly. If everything is in order, they can start without a hitch instead of waiting for things to be organized and scheduled.
Promote connections within the company
The best way for new employees to get to know the company is for them to get to know the people. Encourage coffee and lunch breaks with other employees. Setup support chats for easy questions and answers. Maybe even “buddy” them up with another employee so they have someone they can reach out to anytime.
Ultimately, how you onboard a new employee will set them up for success at your company. You decided they were a great fit for your company and made them an hire and they accepted, don’t let the first real impression they gain of your organization to fall short. Ensure they feel welcome, are trained well, have clear communication and understand their impact and the company’s culture from the beginning in order to drive job satisfaction and retention.
For additional information, please email Chris Hillman or call (815) 261-4403 x 100
Twelve months ago, the job market was in a dire state with COVID-19 and companies closing their doors being forced to lay of workers. We saw historic layoffs and unemployment rates skyrocketed.
Now, the world is opening up: people are flying, restaurants and bars are opening, amusement parks are operating again and people are feeling hopeful. In March 916,000 jobs were added to the economy. While the job market has not fully recovered, it’s in the upward track.
Ultimately, the market is hot, unemployment is dropping, and, once again, it is a candidate driven market. But, what does a candidate-drive market mean? It means there is a copious amount of job openings and a shortage of qualified candidates to fill openings – top candidates are more valuable to employers. This means that all job seekers have more job opportunities but that the best job seekers have the most and best employment options; they have the leverage.
Here are some tips to navigate this hot, candidate-driven market:
- Stop relying on job boards. Today’s job boards are filled with “B and C players” and no so much the “A” players. While, ‘it’s what you’ve always done’, it’s not necessarily the right way moving forward. Finding “A players” is going to take more dedication and time – time your internal staff does not have. Consider partnering with expert search solution teams to utilize their network to find these people instead of relying on the same 3 job boards that every company has access to.
- Make your position the best it can be. When looking for new positions, candidates are considering all facets of the job, including culture and benefits. When these not only meet, but exceed, expectations, candidates might sway in your direction. Read more on easy things you can incorporate into your culture and policy to be more enticing.
- Improve your speed. Don’t drag your feet – have a process outlined and have every touchpoint as seamless as possible for candidates. Right now, candidates could potentially be interviewing with multiple companies and if they are having to wait weeks between touchpoints or for an offer, you might lose them. Make the process and offer efficient.
- Personalize the Job Offer. If you’ve made the interview process exceptional, then you need to follow that with a competitive and personal A cookie-cutter offer is what everyone is capable of. Great – you know you want them to join the team, but did you make sure that the job meets what they want. Make the offer geared towards them and what they want – does your offer meet what they need? Does your offer relate to the their career goals? Does your offer meet what they want in a job?
In a candidate-driven market – the candidates have the power but working with a dedicated partner to find the right talent to help position your open position and company will help strengthen your team.
For additional information, please email Chris Hillman or call (815) 261-4403 x 100