The International Retained Search Association (IRSA) announces five of its member firms have been placed on Forbes Best Executive Search Firms for 2018. Forbes rated the nation’s executive search firms based on surveys among peers and clients across industries to find out which firms stand out among the rest. Forbes teamed up with market research company Statista to answer that question by producing, for the second year in a row, an annual ranking of America’s best recruiting firms. The list is divided into two categories: one for the top 250 executive search firms specialized in filling positions with salaries of at least $100k and the other for those filling positions with salaries under $100k. Each of the five IRSA firms chosen were in the category of Best Executive Search Firms category.

To determine the best recruiting firms, Statista surveyed 30,000 recruiters and 4,500 job candidates and human resources managers who had worked with recruitment agencies over the last three years. Respondents were asked to nominate up to 10 recruiting firms in the executive and professional search categories. Firms could not nominate themselves; last year’s findings were considered. More than 14,500 nominations were collected, and firms with the most recommendations ranked highest.

IRSA Member firms that were selected:

BSG Ventures – Education & Technology Boston, MA (#51)

Cornerstone Search – Biotech & Pharma Parsippany, NJ (#86)

The De Angelis Group – Orthopedic Industry Scottsdale, AZ (#92)

Egret Consulting – Electrical Industry Mundelein, Illinois (#103)

Youngerman Search Partners – Consumer Goods Athens, GA (#242)

“It is gratifying to see such a strong representation from IRSA’s member firms this year for the second year in a row. Several of our firms received much higher rankings this year compared to last year’s results. As our membership has made significant strides, we have changed our annual meeting “The Retained Search Think Tank” to allow non-members to attend, as we believe in sharing Best Practices is the best way to strengthen the overall search industry.” Said Drue De Angelis, Executive Director of IRSA.

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