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Choosing the right AgXecutives search option to find the talent you need is an important part of the search process.

With increasing levels of commitment to the search process comes increased certainty of filling your open position in a timely fashion.

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Understanding the Search Options

When you engage AgXecutives to find you the best industry talent, you have several options. This page presents our three search methods and some quick guidelines on choosing the best one for you.

Contingency Search

A Contingency Search is generally used for mid-level positions and when the sense of urgency is not critical. This may also be a good choice for positions that are similar and need to be filled with high frequency.

The usual terms for a contingency search are:

Retained Search

A Retained Search offers complete, full-service searches. In a retained search, we are dedicated to your search until it is completed, and recruited candidates will be exclusively presented to you. This search method is often used at executive levels where there is a critical high-level need that must be filled in a designated period of time.

In addition to sourcing qualified candidates AgXecutives will screen, qualify, and manage any candidates that you source by other means. This method assures you that all candidates receive equal screening and interview preparation, helping to preserve your precious resources.

The typical terms for our retained search are:

Engaged Search

An Engaged Search is a hybrid of the contingency and retained options, and is our most popular search method. In an engaged search, candidates will be offered exclusively to you for a period of 30 days. It is the preferred search method for positions of all levels which must be filled in a timely period and require thorough, professional representation in the marketplace.

The typical terms of an engaged search are:

Getting the most out of your recruiter

Often, companies will gravitate to the contingent search method as it seems to present no risk, whereas the engaged and retained search options involve an upfront financial commitment.

To put it plainly, this is a misconception. The more committed you are to the process, the more you will get out of it. Client commitment is the most significant difference between our search methods.

Understanding this is a matter of simple economics. Since recruiters are paid by commission, they focus on the position they feel has the highest likelihood of being filled. A contingent search indicates a lower level of employer commitment to filling a position, which makes it a less compelling wager of the recruiter’s time.

Another common misconception about contingent searches is that some companies feel they are "lighting a competitive fire" or "covering all their bases" by giving the same search to multiple recruiters on a contingent basis. This strategy can actually be counter-productive, as it often encourages recruiters to hastily submit candidates out of fear that another recruiter will submit them first, rather then thoroughly screening and qualifying them.

With the retained or engaged options, we can be sure that the position you need to fill not only merits your company’s valuable resources, but that you are willing to work exclusively with us to do the job right.

These options guarantee that everyone involved is committed to the process, and that the inevitable risk is worth the time and effort. There’s nothing more personally satisfying to a recruiter (or an employer!) than finding the right person for the job, and with a commitment from both parties, this usually happens.

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