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    Technology Assessment Quiz

    It’s hard to acquire a thorough understanding of your company’s technology pitfalls when looking from the inside out. We can help with that. By answering a few questions, we can help give you a better idea of where your business stands technologically.

Retained search is the best option if you want to hire an executive or senior level technology leader for your business. Through this premium service, you’ll receive dedicated time, superior expertise, and all of the additional benefits that come with finding the right person to join your organization.

Through retained search, the focus is on quality more than quantity during the candidate selection process. PDSI’s retained search for technology professionals is designed to:

  • Eliminate much of the risk involved during the hiring process
  • Focus on only a handful of roles, giving the search the proper attention it deserves
  • Ensure that you hire the best talent, not just the best talent who happens to be available through extended search to currently employed (passive) candidates
  • Manage all the communications between our client and the candidate via a “retained search methodology”
  • Negotiate delicate situations, which is an essential skill when speaking with senior-level technology candidates

Retained search is part of our full technology advisory services. We find technology professionals that will help accelerate the efficiency, effectiveness and growth of your business.

Retained Search for Technology Professionals: The PDSI Difference

Impactful Engagement: We provide a much stronger level of engagement from both client and candidate. In our experience, when a candidate learns the role is retained, it almost immediately becomes their number one opportunity.

One-Year Replacement Guarantee: We stand behind our promise to deliver excellent talent both from a skills standpoint as well as a cultural standpoint. Therefore, we offer a one-year replacement guarantee.

Long-Term Relationships:  Our focus is to establish and maintain long-term relationships with our candidates and strive to understand their “story.” This makes it easy for our clients to see why the candidate would be successful in the organization and where and how they will immediately add value.

Retained Search for Executive and Senior Technology Professionals: How It Works

Fee for a placement is usually in the 30% range of the total annual compensation for the position. Payments are traditionally made in three parts: One as a retainer to initiate the search, one at a timed or milestone date during the search, and one upon the placement of the candidate.

In addition to placement, we offer on-boarding and coaching programs to ensure the transition of the hire into his or her new role goes smoothly. Our executive search saves you the time you would spend searching for and interviewing less qualified candidates.

The retained search services will complete the process more quickly than others and provide more highly qualified candidates at a lower price.

Retained Search vs. Contingent Search

As the name suggests, a contingent search is compensated once a candidate is placed. Contingent searches are not exclusive in their nature, so there are multiple firms working on the same search. You typically only have access to candidates who currently want to leave their job or who are unemployed; basically, only people who come to you.

Due to high-pressure metrics contingent firms place on their recruiters, companies are deluged by a high-volume of resumes that may not meet the requirements, nor are the candidates necessarily the right culture fit. This makes it necessary for additional screening, which can delay the hiring process.

The time, skill, and dedication that goes into retained search typically results in more quality candidates and more valuable long-term relationships. We are focused not only on helping your company obtain the top technology talent but retaining them as well. At PDSI, it’s about finding the right people to achieve the most successful outcome possible.

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