Recruiters are a key source for executive talent, but we can do only so much if you don’t expose us to the inner culture and workings of your business. It is best to think of recruiters the way you would think of a doctor or a financial advisor. The more you keep us in the dark about who you are, what’s wrong, and what you really need, the less effective we will be.
"You have to treat them like partners. Given them enough of a peek under the kimono so they really understand who you are as a firm and as a person. Recruiters who do not understand who you are will be counterproductive.” - Ed Evans, SVP HR for Allied Waste a $6 Billion company.
In fact, great recruiters are unlikely to accept an assignment from you unless we have an opportunity to get the ‘inside’ view.
The best of the breed educate you about the market for talent, much as a real-estate agent might take you around to multiple houses to gauge your tastes. Being open at the outset, sharing your situation and doing everything else you can to bring us inside both streamlines the process and enhances our results.
You’re on the hunt, and looking for your next opportunity where there is a true fit. You’re not looking for an average job. You’re looking for the job, that is going to help propel your career to the next level.
We want to help. If you haven’t already, please get in touch!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who do we work with? +
Preston Human Capital Group is a retained executive search firm, meaning we work for our clients on a dedicated, exclusive basis. We are always on the lookout for top talent so even if there are no positions available that fit your skillset please reach out as that may change in an instant! Send us an email and include your ‘wish list’ of what you’d be looking for. If we don’t reply right away, don’t be discouraged, you are now on our radar.
How Can A Search Firm Futher Help Me Develop My Career? +
Executive recruiters have keen insights into many industries and are often aware of job openings unknown to the general public. Some positions are exclusively assigned to recruiters and are never advertised, giving recruiters access to what many people refer to as "the hidden job market." Over the past twenty years, recruiting firms have gained more influence in today's job market, making it increasingly important for jobseekers to understand and leverage this resource.
How Many Search Firms Should I send my resume to? +
It's a common misconception that there are about a dozen executive searchfirms in the GTA: in reality, there are over 250. Ideally, your resume should be registered with as many search firms as possible. Different recruiters may be aware of different positions: by distributing your resume as widely as possible, you will be placed in many different confidential databases and be alerted to a broad cross-section of job opportunities. If you send your resume to only a few recruiters, you're less likely to be presented with a wide selection of positions that may be well suited to you. When you start a new job, it's also wise to send follow up letters to recruiters and keep them up to date on your latest career move.
What are my chances of getting an interview? +
It's estimated that only 1% to 3% of all resumes sent out will result in job interviews. So, if you send out 50 resumes you'll probably only get 2 interviews. Send your resume to as many recruiters as possible to increase your chances of getting an interview.
Who do search executives work for? +
Clients pay search executives for their services. At many executive recruiting firms, client relationships are over once payment has been received. Not at PHC. We make an effort to develop and maintain strong relationships with all of our clients and candidates.
Do colleagues at search firms share information about potential candidates? +
In general, recruiters won't share your resume or personal information with any prospective employer or colleague without your permission. A recruiter will contact you to discuss a particular position and then ask your permission to share your resume with that particular employer.
Does being unemployed affect my chances of working with an executive search professional? +
It is a myth that search professionals will be less likely to want to work with you if you're unemployed. Employed or not, search firms are looking for candidates who are self-aware, goal oriented and exceptional performers. The only distinction is that search firms can do discreet checks on candidates who are unemployed to verify career performance.
Are interviews with executive search consultants relaxed and informal? +
One of the biggest mistakes candidates make is to assume that an interview with a search professional is not formal. We are an extension of our clients: our function is to evaluate potential candidates on their behalf. Be prepared to put your best foot forward and give 100% at each interview. A bit of research and pre-interview preparation can be very helpful; take the time to learn more about the executive search company and read the bio of the person you'll be meeting with. If a specific client has been mentioned, find out what you can about that company in advance of the meeting.
To get an interview, how should I approach a lead search consultant? +
Your approach is critical. It's a good idea to contact the executive search professional (by email or voice mail) and ask about how they prefer to be approached. Provide a brief synopsis of your experience, explain the value that you can bring to their clients and ask about how you can raise your profile at the firm. Be sure to provide detailed contact information - your name, telephone number and email address.
What is successful networking? +
Networking can be defined as a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest. In this case, successful networking means being referred to two or more people through a business or social connection. In our view, the best networkers always give back - it's a two way process that we like to call "net-weaving". And it's not just about finding a new job - being employed doesn't mean you should forget about networking. A personal network is an invaluable survival tool made up of relationships that should be strengthened and developed on a regular basis. A strong personal network can make the difference between success and failure in your professional and personal life. If you're having difficulties developing a personal network, explore some of the many networking sites that allow you to connect with others via their personal networks.
How do I create an effective resume? +
PHC Resume Template (microsoft document that can be downloaded and used to build a better resume)
How should I prepare for an interview? +
With the Preston Human Capitial Group interview preparation guide. Download this PDF ﬁle for some tips and tricks that will help you be at the top of your game!