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
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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…
"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
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Executive Search in 2020
2020 is here, but yet the flying cars that the Jetsons promised us are not here. However, things have changed and shifted processes and methods in all industries including the way executive search firms operate. Below are three key trends we’re looking forward to in 2020:
Artificial intelligence is making its way into just about every industry. Will it replace the need for recruiters? No. Will the advanced data help executive search partners do their job more efficiently? Perhaps. That data helps enhance a firm’s research capabilities and allow them to become even bigger experts in the industry. No matter how advanced technology becomes, and how helpful it becomes in learning the industry, identifying candidates and analyzing qualifications, it will never be able to replace the personal connection that executive search professionals bring to the table. The ability to identify talent is one thing. The true skill lies in attracting and delivering passive and employed “A” players. You know, the ones who are with your competition and are outperforming their peers.
Renewed Focus on Candidate Engagement
While advanced technology won’t replace the personal connection of working with a person, it will help enhance personalized of efforts and enhancing the candidate engagement. With software that automates manual process, the candidates receive quicker responses, more information and more engagement throughout the entire process.
Rise of Boutique Firms
Just like More Isn’t Always Better, neither is bigger always better. The bigger the search firm you work with, typically, the more ‘red tape’ you encounter. The commodities that large, non-local firms lack, that small, connected firms are able to bring to the partnership are agility, precision and speed of execution. Small firms have a deep network and knowledge of the sectors that they work in and a significant understanding of a clients’ environment, industry dynamics and needs.
The tools available for search executives to utilize moving forward only elevate the partnership between firms and clients and candidates. We’re excited about the changing times, and while we’re not getting to work in flying cars in 2020, we’re showing up to work with the tools to truly make an impact.
For additional information, please email Chris Hillman or call (815) 261-4403 x 100
Tips for Polishing You Executive Resume
Your executive-level resume needs to showcase how you fit within the top tier of your business, not that you can undertake rudimentary tactical responsibilities. Here are some things to think about in order to help polish your resume to help standout:
Highlight your leadership experience
Working as part of a team is great, but can you lead a team? Highlight your experience as a leader and show that you know how to delegate responsibilities, manage people and achieve results. Can you coach team members to be their best? If you’ve worked across business verticals, highlight those working parallels.
Strategy Over Tactics
Entry-level jobs tend to be all about the execution of job responsibilities and the progression from entry-level to management is the capability to start thinking and acting more strategically with a long-term vision. Can you think ahead and foresee problems and then problem solve in order to prevent or resolve? How are you continuously helping the company move into the future?
Continuous growth is important for any career to progress. Employers value people who value themselves. If you’ve taken professional development, leadership courses or executive leadership training programs, be sure to include it on your resume.
Standing out is good as long as it’s for the right reasons. Updating an outdated resume to ensure that it highlights the traits that you want to sell and appeals to hiring managers in crucial to landing your next management position.
For additional information, please email Chris Hillman or call (815) 261-4403 x 100