Types of Search

Talent is the driving force behind successful businesses. This is especially true for the critical organizational roles that influence other team members and clients. And, as companies grow and evolve, hiring strategies need to evolve too.

Each of our search solutions addresses the ever-changing recruitment needs of our partners. Once we understand your organization’s goals, immediate needs, and hiring processes, we will suggest the best approach in an effort to expedite the search process and uncover the best talent.

Here is an overview of our four primary offerings:


Retained Search

A premium client experience that provides consistent contact and assistance in hiring for senior-level, high-profile, and confidential positions.

When filling senior-level or high-profile positions, risks are high and adverse hires can be detrimental and costly. CSP’s retained search model significantly eliminates these risks and keeps the entire search process confidential and expeditious. A dedicated Search Team thoroughly researches, screens, and vets candidates according to the search parameters, enabling you to identify and present the best talent for the role. With this model, a retainer is paid on commencement of the recruitment process; 1/3 of the fee at the time of engagement, another 1/3 at the first round interview, and the final installment at job acceptance.


Exclusive Search

CSP is your exclusive search partner AND you have the ability to utilize your own network.

Chesapeake Search Partners is your exclusive, dedicated external recruiting partner. Exclusive search is a hybrid of both Contingent and Retained searches. This option allows you to commit to an exclusive partnership with CSP and eliminates the need for hiring multiple firms to conduct your search. Should you so desire, you still have the opportunity to leverage your own internal recruiting team, your professional network, and your career pages to support the search process. Exclusive searches receive priority as our clients have paid a retainer and our Search Consultants are dedicated to successfully completing the search. 


Contingent Search

While you manage the overall search process, you leverage partners like CSP to identify relevant candidates for you to consider.

Chesapeake Search Partners will support clients as a contingent recruiting partner on a selective basis. Our partners can utilize a variety of their own resources, recruitment firms, job boards, and other solutions to assist in completing a search while ultimately managing the process on their own. You can still expect a high level of service and a small pool consisting of qualified and screened candidates. In the contingent model, CSP is paid upon the selected candidate’s acceptance of the job.


Contractual Placement

CSP will help you secure a short-term hire for an interim need such as a project, a peak season or to replace a full-time employee who is on leave.

CSP handles contractual placement at a variety of levels of employment across all practices. Our typical contractual placement is a minimum of 30 days. Of course, the length of the assignment may be extended as required by our client. In the contractual model, fees are based on an hourly rate and are paid weekly.

Our contractual placements by each practice include but are not limited to: Accounting Consultant, Interim CFO, Systems Implementation, HR Consultant, Recruiter, Benefits, Administrative Support, Marketing, Property/Facilities Management, Lease Administration, and Compliance/Client Support.



Partner, Practice Director - Accounting & Finance

Rick is a founding member of Chesapeake Search Partners and Practice Director for the Accounting & Finance Practice, facilitating all direct-hire and contractual searches within these fields. Rick began his career as a CPA in public/corporate accounting. He joined the recruiting industry in 1993 with The Mergis Group. He then went on to successfully lead the Accounting & Finance Practice for Stephen James Associates. As he continued those efforts throughout his tenure in the industry, he realized there was a lack of support for the demand of a recruiting partner in these industries within the Baltimore/DC market.

Rick graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

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