Doctor Smart, author of the best selling book “Topgrading”, recommends finding a good recruiting firm first, although he admits that’s not always easy to do. Word of mouth references are best, he suggests.
There are national and state associations of professional recruiters that have web sites that can be searched by specialty, industry and locations. These associations offer training, certification designations and clearly define code of professional ethics that speak to added value possibilities for the hiring companies and job seekers. The National Association of Personnel Services web site is www.recruitinglife.com; and the Georgia Association of Personnel Services is www.jobconnection.com.