Retained Search

Recommended for director level roles and higher

A Retained Search is recommended for positions where the incumbent’s performance will have major ramifications on the organization’s ability to perform critical business functions. Openings such as these are often the hardest for an organization to fill and finding the right person for the job is essential. The purpose of a retained search is to identify top performers in their field who are only passively interested in a new position — meaning they are not scouring job boards nor uploading resumes to job portals. However, should an excellent opportunity arise, these candidates have a passive interest in exploring it. Retained searches often require maximum confidentiality and need to be performed with sensitivity.

At DM Talent every retained search is always managed by a partner of the firm and only our top recruiters and support staff work on these assignments. For us, retained search is as much a consulting service as it is a search service, and should we fail to deliver upon the agreed requirements of the search, we provide a money back guarantee. Clients who utilize this service generally do so via a retained contract agreement or as part of a broader RPO arrangement.


The advantages of a retained search are:

  • Provides greatest likelihood to identify the best possible candidates
  • Enables critical hires to be made ASAP
  • Maintains highest level of confidentiality
  • Thorough and technical candidate vetting and interviews as well as in depth background and referral checks
  • Candidates submitted for a retained search will not be submitted for other opportunities until released by the client
  • Weekly updates and benchmarks as well as conference calls to ensure the search is progressing properly
  • Complete Recruitment Process Service — from writing the job description, meeting with hiring managers, scheduling on-site interviews, travel arrangements, background and referral checks, salary and benefits negotiations, as well as everything else in-between
  • Money back guarantee for failure to meet agreed upon deliverables