Job Hunting

The Job Seeker’s Bill of Rights

What to expect from an executive search firm.
CFO.com StaffAugust 27, 2001

What exactly are an executive’s rights when dealing with an executive search firm?

What does the process entail? How long will it take? What will the search firm expect from you? Most important, what are your rights and obligations during the process?

In retained executive search, consultants endeavor to provide qualified candidates for clients who wish to fill senior-level positions, according to the Association of Executive Search Consultants, a professional organization for retained executive search firms. Although contractual obligations exist only between the search firm and client, search consultants also build professional and ethical relationships with candidates, whom they may remain in contact with over a period of years.

To that end, the AESC compiled a bill of rights for clients and job candidates.