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Three Reasons to Choose a Small or Mid-Sized Executive Search Firm

Depending on your industry and the role you’re looking to fill, opting for a small or mid-sized executive search firm can offer myriad of advantages – here are three from the nonprofit executive search experts at DRiWaterstone:

  • They are often experts in one industry or area.
    Smaller firms aren’t trying to be all things to all clients. Often, they have a deep understanding of one or two industries or geographies and have worked hard to develop comprehensive candidate networks in those areas. This not only means that they have the specialized knowledge to sell your role and your organization to candidates, but also that you’ll see the best, most relevant candidates for your unique opportunity.
  • They can take advantage of a team approach.
    A smaller team has a lot of advantages! Lean organization structures often result in an all-hands approach that can reap rewards for clients – with senior leaders just as engaged in each search as the junior team members, and an openness to leveraging the networks and expertise of team members across the firm to find the best possible candidates for your role.
  • They can be more agile and cost effective than larger firms.
    Lower overhead and less red tape mean that smaller organizations are often able to try new things and make in-search changes quickly, and without significantly impacting the budget. They may also have more flexibility in their process and approach, meaning that they can quickly adapt and problem solve in a way that’s unique to your needs as a client.

DRiWaterstone is a DC-headquartered executive search firm that specializes in connecting purpose and mission-driven candidates with opportunities at some of the top nonprofit and social impact organizations across the U.S.

Our executive search experts help ensure our clients have the right leaders in place – leaders who align to their purpose, and who can help take the organization and its culture to the next level. We serve a diverse group of clients in the nonprofit, association, foundation, social impact enterprise, and corporate citizenship space who are looking to have a greater impact locally, nationally, and globally. Contact us today to find out how we can help with your next search.

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DRiWaterstone is thrilled to announce that it has been named to the Forbes list of America’s Best Recruiting and Temporary Staffing Firms 2024. This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.

This marks the seventh time that DRiWaterstone (formerly Development Resources inc.) has been named to the list.

The list is divided into three major categories:

  • Executive Search - Recruiting firms that place managers in permanent positions with an annual gross income of more than $100,000
  • Professional and Specialist Search - Recruiting firms that place professionals in permanent positions with an annual gross income up to $100,000
  • Temp Staffing - Providers of temporary workers and contract positions, excluding interim management positions

The award ranking is based on an independent survey of peers and clients. In total, more than 36,800 external recruiters and 16,000 HR-managers/hiring managers and candidateswere invited to participate in this year’s survey.

Based on the results of the study, DRiWaterstone is excited to be recognized on the Forbes list of America’s Best Recruiting and Temporary Staffing Firms 2024. Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in the survey and to vote for DRiWaterstone.

“We are honored to once again be named one of America’s best executive recruiting firms by Forbes. We are privileged to work with some of the finest purpose and mission-driven organizations across the United States - and with some of the top purpose and mission-driven candidates in the industry,” said Jennifer Dunlap, CEO at DRiWaterstone. “DRiWaterstone is thrilled that our work helping nonprofits and social impact organizations achieve their mission, impact, and reputation goals has been successful. We appreciate this honor and are proud to be recognized among so many other great organizations.”

About DRiWaterstone

DRiWaterstone Human Capital is a female-founded nonprofit and social impact executive search firm headquartered in the Washington, DC area. Our team of talent management experts has successfully placed over 1,000 exceptional executives since we opened our doors in 2001. We are committed to connecting purpose and mission-driven clients with outstanding candidates who share their dedication to making a positive impact. 

We can help with your next search - schedule a meeting with our team today.

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