Employers’ Frequently Asked Questions
We provide Chicago executive staffing services and recruiting services throughout the United States. We place information technology professionals in full time permanent positions nationwide.
Q. What distinguishes you from other search firms?
A. We are purposely a small search firm that works closely with a select group of clients to identify and recruit IT Professionals who will make a significant contribution to their organization.
We believe that we combine the technological sophistication found in the best search firms with the desirable attributes of a boutique firm. Our approach to our work is one of competence, thoroughness, trust and effective communication with both clients and candidates. The same person you contact will handle all aspects of the assignment and manage your account. Our success with search projects in North America attests to our skills and resourcefulness.
We choose not to operate as a high-volume, resume clearinghouse. If you are looking to establish a close working relationship with a firm that implements the best practices in the search profession, we are the right choice for you.
Q. What types of professionals do you recruit for?
A. We specialize in recruiting Information Technology Professionals at the middle to senior level.
Q. What are your fees?
A. Before we begin an assignment, we will determine and agree on a fee that reflects the anticipated complexity and duration of the search as well as the responsibilities of the position(s).
Search firm fees should be seen as an investment for an organization, not an expense. This investment should yield you candidates that excel at what they do and pay for themselves many times over by the benefit that they bring to your organization. Such strong prospects often require the involvement of a search professional to identify and attract them away from what is usually a strong career.
Q. How do I list my company’s search assignments?
A. Employers can engage our services and scan the market place for candidates that meet their requirements by: Calling our office and providing us with a detailed verbal description of their requirements, email us at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing our online employer contact form.
Q. How long will it take your firm to fill my company’s requirements?
A. The answer to this question understandably varies with the degree and difficulty of each individual search assignment. We typically can conclude most executive search assignments in a timely manner coinciding with the desired hire date set by the client.
Q. Is Next Step Systems a contingency or retainer search firm?
A. We can provide both types of searches at our recruiting firm. We are primarily a contingency search firm and we also can provide retainer searches or retained searches for high-level management positions. The employer pays the fee and there is never a cost to the candidate.