Retained executive search is a management consulting activity that works for a client - the hiring organisation - to identify, evaluate and select the right candidate for the job.

With senior level executive searches, often, the individuals that a client would want to hire are already settled and entrenched within their current roles. They are not actively looking to make a career change. Hence they would not respond to advertisements online or in the newspapers.

Such candidates need to be personally and confidentially approached to consider a change. It is the job of the executive search consultant to pave the way between their client and potential candidates by presenting new job opportunities in the best possible light.

Furthermore, high level searches require the personal touch, where face-to-face meetings achieve a lot more than annonymous phone calls or online recruitment drives. High-level recruiting is a relationship business where people need to meet with people - in person. This is where executive search firms, like 3 Degree, come in.


3 Degree's consulting philosophy adheres strictly to the following principles as offered by the Association of Executive Search Consultants.

As your executive search partner, we will:

I. Provide you with an accurate and candid assessment of our capabilities to perform your search.
II. Tell you who will conduct the search.
III. Provide a high-level consultative relationship.
IV. Hold your information in strict confidence.
V. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the position, the company and the objectives of the search.
VI. Provide you with regular, detailed status reports on the progress of the search.
VII. Present qualified candidates who fit the position and culture of your organization.
VIII. Negotiate with the final candidate, representing both parties with skill, integrity and a high degree of professionalism.
IX. Provide you with a clear understanding of its replacement policy and other unusual situations that may arise during and after the search.
X. Provide you with a reasonable level of follow-through after you have hired the candidate.


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