frequently asked questions
What is SearchFirm.com?
SearchFirm.com is the largest free directory of recruiters and search firms. It’s designed to connect search firms and staffing companies with hiring authorities.
Why should I use SearchFirm.com?
If you are a recruiter, use SearchFirm.com as a free marketing opportunity to increase your visibility. Fill in your specialties and describe recent assignments to build the interest of corporate recruiters around the world. The more detailed your record is, the higher your firm will be ranked based on matching criteria.
If you are a hiring authority, SearchFirm.com makes it easy to find a recruiter. Our recruiter directory gives you a starting point in landing an search firm to handle your job assignments.
What’s the best way to use SearchFirm.com to find the search firm I want?
First, choose a specialty that matches the specific position you are trying to fill to find a search firm that specializes in those types of candidates. Second, choose a firm type. Third, press the Find button—it's that simple.
Choose a firm type (Contingency, Retained, Outplacement, Interim Staffing or RPO) that meets your requirements.
A contingent firm is paid only when a placement is made. The firm receives either a fixed fee or a percentage of the hire's salary.
A retained firm receives a retainer, usually based on a percentage of the potential hire's salary, regardless of whether or not a hire is made.
An outplacement firm helps displaced employees find new jobs. They also provide counseling and support services. Often, this service is paid for by the employer.
An interim staffing firm hires its own employees and assigns them to clients on a temporary basis. The firm specifies the pay and benefits for the employee.
Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) is when an HR Department transfers part of its recruitment activities to an external firm.
If you just want to browse by specialties, click here.
I can list my search firm for free. I can search your database for free. Okay, what’s the catch?
No catch. We want to help search firms grow. We’re able to provide these free services for two reasons:
- We’ve made it easy for search firms to update their records at their convenience-no maintenance for us.
- We’re in the software business-we already have a team of developers and the technology at our disposal to run SearchFirm.com.
You mention that you’re in the software business and I saw that SearchFirm.com is copyrighted by The Cluen Corporation. What is Cluen?
Cluen is our alter ego, so to speak. When we’re not working to improve SearchFirm.com, we make Encore recruiter software for search firms and corporate recruiting teams in HR departments (and we’ve been doing it for more than two decades). Check us out at www.cluen.com.
Since 1990, The Cluen Corporation has been a leading provider of recruiting solutions for executive recruiting teams. Combining our technical expertise with our connections to both recruiters and HR teams, we designed SearchFirm.com to bring them together.
From its inception in 1998, SearchFirm.com has not charged any fees for listing or searching in order to help grow the HR community.
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Updated August 7, 2013