Why Work with an Industry Focused Executive Search Firm?
By Chris Hillman, Recruiting Expert in food ingredients
SearchPath of Chicago, Inc.
Organizations embrace numerous strategies to find the right candidates for open positions. Posting on job portals (Indeed and CareerBuilder), social media platforms (LinkedIn and Facebook), referrals, maintaining in-house recruiting teams in HR, and campus recruitment are some of the approaches that have been implemented. Yet, each of these require substantial time and resources, and it still doesn’t always result in quality candidates.
In a fast-paced and competitive ingredient industry, it is important for companies to manage the dual mandate of hiring quick and hiring the most qualified. As someone who has made a career in executive search, I know it’s not always possible. Many times, the in-house Recruiting and HR teams are not trained, not prepared and not skilled in attracting passive talent. In fact, they have other important priorities. This is exactly why most of them turn to executive search firms for support, since hiring the desirable candidates under requiring timelines is what they specialize in.
There are many advantages in utilizing the skills of an Executive Search Firm, including
- Deep market intelligence. SearchPath of Chicago, Inc. has a proprietary database of 792 ingredient companies, confidential discussions with an average of 42 passive candidates per day, and a detailed knowledge of industry trends
- Skillful sourcing techniques. Beyond the traditional methods that have been used in the past, executive search partners have relationships in the industry and they utilize the right marketing and reach-out tools that standard in-house teams don’t have access to. These methods allow executive search partners to reach more passive candidates and eliminates the need to go through 100s of resumes.
- Executive search partners build a relationship with organizations over time and ultimately become committed to an organization’s business objectives. When they become committed to business goals, they have even more of a desire to ensure the right candidate gets brought on to grow with the company.
- Save time. Not only does an executive search firm safe time when it comes to sourcing candidates, but also can dig deeper on reference checks. References are a key step in helping determine work ethic, workplace behavior, success probability, personality and candidate reliability. This takes time and deep industry contacts. Handing that responsibility to a professional who has been trained to “go beyond the paper” and “read between the lines” helps to save time and ultimately, find the right candidate.
If you’re interested in the ways that SearchPath of Chicago can help fill a position in your food ingredients company, connect with us at IFT.
For additional information, please email Chris Hillman or call (815) 261-4403 x 100