As a retained executive search firm that specializes in the non-profit and social enterprise space, we’re often asked by potential clients why they should invest in executive search services. Especially for organizations that already have an in-house people and culture team, looking for outside talent acquisition support can be a big investment.
Doug Trout, Managing Director at DRiWaterstone Human Capital, recently did a Q&A with Hunt Scanlon Media for their 2023 Recruiting Guide on just this topic. Some of his answers are below:
· What value do executive search services provide?
People and relationships are at the core of the search business – and they’re the number one reason to work with a retained executive search firm like DRiWaterstone Human Capital. Our recruiters take the time to get to know a client’s business and culture, and to build a relationship with the client. Our goal is to align hiring with every element of the client’s culture and strategic plan – from the way we market the organization in our search materials to the impression we create among candidates (those who get hired and those who don’t), everything we do advances this goal.
Executive search partners also bring to the table an in-depth knowledge of the industries in which they work. At DRiWaterstone, we have exceptional bench strength in the non-profit and social enterprise markets, giving us one of the largest networks of leaders qualified for non-profit and social enterprise organizations in the country, and a thorough understanding of the needs, challenges and opportunities that are unique to clients who are working in these types of businesses.
Finally, we stand by the work we do. Our team are paid for the quality of work we do, not the quantity of candidates put in front of clients – meaning we take the time to find and nurture relationships with the best possible candidates for each individual client (not just the best available candidates who are available to whichever organization hires them first).
· Why should all corporate talent teams consider working with search firms?
Retained executive search firms complement internal talent acquisition teams and act as an extension of your company’s wholistic recruitment strategy. At DRiWaterstone Human Capital, we’re not only experts at evaluating candidates and filling tough searches that internal teams often don’t have the time or resources to take on, but we’re also experts the not-for-profit and social enterprise space. We have a strategic understanding of how both not-for-profits and private sector businesses operate, and that makes us a valuable partner for internal teams.
· How has your company changed since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic?
The biggest change is that we’ve joined with Waterstone Human Capital to form DRiWaterstone Human Capital – a culture-centric executive search, leadership advisory, and human capital firm. We can now offer clients expertise in non-profit and social enterprise executive recruiting, and more than 20 years of experience in building high performance teams and cultures. That expertise allows us to serve mission and purpose-driven organizations in both the non-profit and private sectors with a broad portfolio of services designed to inspire leaders to build high performance teams and cultures.
To learn more about DRiWaterstone’s search services, schedule a meeting with Doug or another one of our team members today.