18 Ways to Find an Executive Recruiter
1. Ask your professional network and trusted colleagues and others in your network to see which executive recruiters they know and recommend. Think in terms of the highest-level people you know first and work your way down. Higher level people know more people, in general.
2. Increase your professional visibility by making sure your Linkedin profile is up to date, and you have selected the setting, “Open to Work.”
Use LinkedIn’s “Advanced People Search” function and filter your results by job title.
3. Try conducting a search on Google for “executive recruiter + (your city)”.You can also localize your search by industry using a combination like “executive recruiters hospitality Los Angeles.” It is also possible to do a search for “executive recruiters” remote. Remember, that many Executive Recruiters work all over the United States or Internationally, regardless of where they office. So an Executive Recruiter in Baltimore, might have a great job for you in the Bay Area of California or in Dallas, Texas or anywhere.
4. Try conducting a search on Google search for “executive recruiter directories” + (your city) + (your industry)”.
5. Attend industry events and mixers where executive recruiters are likely to be in attendance.
6. Try conducting a search on Google searching for “executive recruiter” + (your industry)
7. Call up an executive search firm and speak to someone directly.
8. Try using social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to connect with executive recruiters.
9. Try conducting a search on Google for “executive recruiter” + (your profession) Example Accountant or Software Engineer etc.
10. If laid off, ask your current/recent employer if they have a list of recommended executive recruiters.
11. Get in touch with your professional or trade association and inquire about executive recruiters they may know of.
12. Go to an executive job fair and speak with the executive recruiters in attendance.
13. Browse through the website of an executive search firm that specializes in your industry or field.
14. Get in touch with your alumni association and ask if they know of any executive recruiters who specialize in your field or industry to recommend.
15. Check out the website of The National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS).
16. Check out the website of The National Association of Executive Recruiters (NAER) and see if they have a directory of executive recruiters who specialize in your industry or field.
17. Check out the website of The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) and see if they have a directory of executive recruiters who specialize in your industry or field.
18. Search “Executive Recruiter” on YouTube and see what you find.
These are just a few of the many ways you can go about finding an executive recruiter. The most important thing is to be proactive and to keep your options open. Keep in mind that not all executive recruiters are going to work in your niche, in fact many recruits only work very narrow niche markets, so it’s important to do your research and find one that’s a good fit for your specific needs.