How our Retained Search Services Work

Scroll down to find out why some of our clients choose a retained search approach to fill their priority positions.

Why Companies Choose Retained Search

The Contingent Plan recruiting team typically works with our retained search clients as an extension of their HR or talent acquisition teams. Our clients work with us on a retained search arrangement for many reasons. Here are some of the most common:



The Contingent Plan retained search approach makes sense when the role to fill is key to the organization and it needs to take time to ensure the best fit.



Organizations that use a search committee or require multiple steps to their talent acquisition process are well suited for retained search.



Highly regulated industries or searches to fill roles critical to trade secrets can be a great fit because the retained search process includes a NDA for everyone involved.


When to Engage Our Recruiting Team for a Retained Search

Our clients will engage the Contingent Plan recruiting team for their retained search services at every stage. Here are some of the most common times when our experienced recruiting team will step in:


The Contingent Plan works with clients as an outsourced partner, an extension of their existing HR department, and as one of many recruiting firms to help client's fill their jobs.


Paying only when deciding to hire one of the candidates presented by the Contingent Plan means there is little risk and a lot of potential.


Experienced recruiters that provide more talent options means that most clients have a better result in filling their roles than with alternative methods.


The Contingent Plan recruiters help fill a variety of roles in highly regulated industries and some of the highest levels within the client's organizations. Find out more about the types of roles the Contingent Plan recruiters help to fill on a retained search basis.

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How The Contingent Plan Is Different

The Contingent Plan weaves together the most important aspects of talent acquisition to serve companies of all sizes and stages. Our team of career experts and recruiters bring a people first approach to serve each client in whatever way makes the most sense to effectively meet their needs.

Best Talent Across Industries

Key roles require the best talent within the organization. The experienced recruiters of the Contingent Plan help organizations to ensure that they consider all of the best talent available.

Hard to Fill Roles

We leverage a depth of talent acquisition technology and collaborate with our career experts to find qualified talent when no one else can. This ensures that the best fit—even before they are officially on the market.

Key Expertise

Talent acquisition requires a depth of resources in this competitive market. Companies work with the Contingent Plan to leverage our expertise and access all of the tools to attract the best talent while sticking to their budget.