Retained Search

Retained Search Services, the Right Choice for Your Important Hire

Clients come to us to perform retained searches when they have a key position to fill and require unparalleled service and guaranteed results.

Marcus & Associates will partner with you from the onset with a completely customizable approach. We can help you to assess your criteria for the position, provide you with compensation benchmarking data, create a compelling job description, and develop a recruiting strategy that can include a public advertising campaign, a confidential posting or a more discrete headhunting approach. We will collaborate with you throughout the process, provide you with up-to-date recruiting metrics as often as you require, and be your ear into our candidates’ mindset, through the close process and beyond.

Because we have 30-plus years of industry knowledge and expertise and trusted networks in the fields in which we recruit, we often enter many of our searches already knowing several potential suitable candidates or those who can refer others to us, relying on advertisements and cold calling recruiting as back-ups to more trusted and reliable candidate referrals.


You can be certain your search is in good hands and that it’s getting the attention you require. A retained arrangement allows our best recruiters to prioritize your search above others so you can have the attention, reporting and periodic meetings that make a difference in a crowded and confusing market for talent.

Sense of Urgency

Because our recruiters started their careers serving the high-end of the contingent market, it’s second nature for us to move quickly and decisively. We have the knowledge and experience to take a search from intake to offer in a timely fashion.


Many of our clients come to us when they need to find the perfect person for a key position but can’t risk the search becoming known in the market. Whether it’s a confidential replacement or a new business that needs to be hidden from competitors, Marcus & Associates has the contacts, know-how and discretion to fill your open role without unnecessary noise.


Marcus & Associates provides a truly flexible and transparent approach to searches, designed to adapt to the needs of each specific client and search. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, we will meet with you and discuss your circumstances and goals and figure out how best to conduct our search to satisfy all your requirements.

Relationships Matter

Our focus on communication and relationship building ensures that we are consistently on the same page with our clients and candidates alike. We recognize the importance of consistent correspondence and ensure our search consultants are available whenever required. Candidates are never left hanging, regardless of their status in the search process. We communicate with all candidates until the decision is made to elevate or eliminate their status as a candidate. Our priority is to build strong, trusting relationships with all parties.