Retained Search

  • One managed, strategic, consistent process
  • Comprehensive candidate qualification
  • 1-year prorated guarantee
  • Board advisement services

In today’s challenging business climate, making the right executive-level hire is critical to an organization’s success. With the stakes so high, it makes sense to employ the maximum resources to utilize in-depth research, private networking, exhaustive screening and a methodically thought-out selection process to achieve a successful outcome.


Retained search is used when a client wants the recruiting firm to manage the entire search process. After investing extensive time and resources to understand our clients’ needs, we partner with them every step of the way from creating all underlying search materials, developing a comprehensive search strategy, placing ads, sourcing candidates through direct targeted efforts, and qualifying them through an extensive interview and assessment process.

The candidate field is screened and narrowed down to a minimum of 3 qualified applicants, each of whom has been fully vetted and evaluated on multiple fronts by the recruiting firm, including multiple interviews, screening assessments, full background checks and references. We then work with the client to develop and negotiate an appropriate offer and offer transition coaching and assistance.

National Retained Search Firm

When engaging in retained search, our recruiting firm assumes responsibility for implementing its own screening process as well as that of the hiring company, as agreed upon at the time of engagement. The retained search carries a full one-year prorated replacement guarantee.


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When working with Jeff Harris and Associates, our flexible and consultative business model is evident in the various ways you can choose to work with us. Every client’s needs are unique, which is why we focus on creating a solution that helps you reach your organizational goals. Our recruiters and hiring managers work hard to find a solution that best fits you. Our personalized approach and industry knowledge help us attract talent and recognize the needs and unique candidate profiles required to meet critical objectives.

Client Testimonials

Jeff Harris & Associates partnered with us to recruit an exceptional operator who was ultimately responsible for orchestrating a $3 Million turnaround of our region. Results like that speak for themselves.



In today’s economy, every dollar spent must produce tangible results. Jeff Harris & Associates specializes in our industry and presents the highest caliber of candidates. Their accuracy in meeting our needs saves us time and money.

Vice President of Human Resources

Chicago, Illinois

Jeff Harris & Associates has provided our community with the consultative, professional approach of a retained search firm, within a contingency framework. They partnered with us to attract and hire an incredible candidate. But unlike retained search firms, we didn’t pay until we knew we had the results we were looking for.

Chief Executive Officer