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Are Executive Search Firms a Vital Component of Human Resource Planning?

Posted by Clark, Lorrie at Thursday, 09/27/2012 10:58 am
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Keeping your company stable and effective always requires a delicate balance of employee and employer satisfaction. Knowing when an employee has reached their peak and no longer meets the needs of your company can be difficult, but replacing them does not have to be. That is where executive search firms come into play. Relying on human resource planning alone may leave you in a sticky situation.

Are executive search firms a vital component of human resource planning? They should be. If an employee is let go, it is often up to human resources to find a replacement. Since human resources cannot dedicate their entire day to finding the best candidate to fill a vacant position, they may not actually be able to find the best person to fill that empty seat. Human resource planning does require a certain understanding of best hiring practices and how to find good applicants, but do they have the resources to attract the top talent, and to do it confidentially? Oftentimes, through no fault of their own, they do not, and this is why executive search firms are a vital component of human resource planning.

With thousands of different executive search firms in the GTA alone, it can be very tough to decide which firm will be able to find you the best talent to meet your needs. Finding a reliable, experienced executive search firm that is dedicated to finding you the best candidates to fill that vacant position doesn’t have to be tough: here are a few simple tips that can help you find the best one:

1. Does the executive search firm specialize in certain industries, or attempt to spread themselves too thin by catering to all? Too many things on the go will inhibit their ability to provide the best services.

2. Does the executive search firm work mainly with certain level positions, mid to high level for example, or do they offer to find any level job for any company? Experience with hiring the best for the best means they know what they are doing.

3. What tools do they use to find the best candidates? Are they relying solely on resumes and references, or do they utilize tools such as a personality profile assessment to determine which candidates are best suited? A complex process of behaviour assessments will lead to future success.

4. Are they concerned about confidentiality and protecting your interests as well as the candidates’? Avoiding litigation by going with an executive search firm committed to confidentiality is crucial.

The right executive search firm is one that easily meets all of your requirements. If they can offer you timely candidate selection as well as promising great results as far as workplace ethics and confidentiality, human resource jobs are made that much easier. For human resource planning to be the most effective, using the services of an executive search firm can allow for effective job placement. By combining the knowledge of your human resource department with the experience and enthusiasm of the right executive search firm, you can be sure that the talent you are searching for can be found.

To find out more about the benefits of working with the best executive search firm and how human resource planning can take advantage of resources offered by executive search firms, please contact Permanent Search Group at 905 276 2006, or visit

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