Tip No. 161
Q. I am a senior executive and have recently been laid off from a Fortune 500 company. I am interested in working with some executive recruiters, but am not sure how to go about finding reputable recruiters for my level. Can you recommend any?
A. Kennedy Information publishes a database of executive recruiters that you can purchase on a CD, if you would like. If you do purchase the CD, you will be able to run a search to find recruiters who specialize in your function and industry, and who work specifically with executives at your level. You will also be able to sort by geographic location and salary range. If you are interested, you should contact Kennedy Information at kennedyinfo.com.
If you have not yet read Rite of Passage by John Lucht, I recommend that you do so, as it extensively discusses how recruit work at senior executive levels and has a list of "Rites honored" recruiters in the back. Those recruiters that have a specialty will list it, and you will be able to find recruiters in your geographical location that you can contact to assist you in your search. This book is also a good overall guide for job search for people who $100K+. I usually do not recommend that people post their resumes online, but you should probably also post your resume on ritesite.com, which is the author's website. Often, the Rites honored recruiters will search that site for resumes if they need to find additional candidates to fill their searches. You can also find a list of the Rites honored recruiters on the website. you will find that some of the recruiters are listed both on the Kennedy Database and ritesite.
Some of the major generalist, senior executive recruiters, who have offices all over the world are: Spencer Stuart, Heidrick & Struggles, Russell Reynolds, and Korn Ferry. You will be able to get contact information for them through the Kennedy Database, ritesite, or each company's website and you should probably sign up with all of them.
Best of luck to you!
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