Here is the secret about executive search. It's easy. Yes easy. Know why? Because executives understand how recruiting works. They do not ask “how did you get my phone number” OR say “I am only entertaining opportunities from companies specifically within walking distance of my apartment in SOMA” (true story). Executives, for the most part, are open to listening and even if they are not interested, eager to refer and help. Some of my best friends and colleagues I have met either running executive searches for them or they were the candidate.
That said, if you are a CXO, YOU DO NOT NEED TO HIRE A RETAINED SEARCH FIRM. How many times have you done that only for the candidate to be hired through your internal team or a referral. What PeopleOps does and partner with the executive that is the acting hiring manager for the role directly. We source ultra-curated executive candidates and introduce them. Simple. It works. Also, we can handle all of your executive searches that way for the cost of 1 contract recruiter. No muss, no fuss, just results.