Security Search Firms and Your Career
Security search firms are frequently contacted by job seekers who reach out to request the recruitment company assist them in finding a new job. Inquiries come from professionals and executives in various stages of their public or private sector careers. What they often have in common is the mention they have been told the best security jobs are all found and handled by search firms.
Experience dictates we cannot entirely discount the adage that suggests the best jobs can only be found by knowing someone, that they never make it into the public domain. However, this is generally a dated outlook. It does not accurately reflect the current approach to recruitment taken by an increasingly large number of organizations who seek top security talent.
Organizations work diligently to diversify their talent pools in many ways. They publish openings across social media networks and through open-source media. As a result, a behind-the-scenes referral that successfully results in a passing of the baton to a friend or former colleague has become the exception rather than the rule as companies work to broaden their demographics.
Talent acquisition departments contract with security search firms such as ours when they want a partner to help expedite the identification and recruitment of the exact candidates they seek. And while our company has been exceptionally busy despite the pandemic, we still estimate that recruitment firms collectively handle less than five percent of the entire pool of mid- to upper-level security executive roles available worldwide. This statistic excludes security roles that are primarily IT focused.
If you are a candidate who has been contacted by a recruitment company, it can be helpful to understand the role a search practice like ours has. Who do these firms represent, what are their processes and what are the typical contract structures recruiters work under?
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