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Connecting with executive recruiters and search firms who specialize in your career field can be beneficial to your job search. These recruiters may assist you in your job search as well as expose you to opportunities you may not have otherwise known about. Below are some tips that may be helpful in identifying recruiters and search firms.

  • Think about your own network. Experienced professionals may have worked with recruiters at some point in their careers.  Ask the most senior professionals in your network for referrals.
  • Look at the companies and organizations that interest you. Inquire about which firms the employers of these companies use.
  • Reach out to recruiters and assist them as well.  Recommend colleagues for positions that you are not interested in and the recruiters are seeking to fill. This is a good way to network with recruiters.
  • Join professional associations and review trade publications. Many recruiters belong to an association in their specialty area. These groups may sometimes have a list of their current members.  If you obtain a membership as well, you will have access to membership lists which will enable you to network with members.
  • Network with recruiters on sites such as and To find a recruiter’s profile on LinkedIn, for example, in the search bar at the top of the home page for members, enter “staffing and recruiting.”
  • Familiarize yourself with recruiter directories, some are free and some for paid subscription.

Keep in mind, the way in which you manage your own job search, in terms of choosing to work with an executive recruiter or search firm is an individual decision and should be based on your specific job search strategies.    

Note: The Office of Career Strategy does not have direct experience with these organizations and does not directly endorse any of their services.