Small Business Glossary and Definitions

What is Executive Search?

An Executive Search is an employment search for executive- and senior-level company employees as well as employees with highly sought after or specialized talents. Typically, an outside executive search firm is engaged to perform the search.

A third-party search agency can perform an executive search more efficiently because it will have expertise in the field, existing potential contacts, and the skill to make professional, discreet contact with potential candidates. A search agency can also serve as an initial screening mechanism, providing a company with an ideal pool of interested candidates as well as handle more delicate issues such as compensation and contract negotiations.