Contingency Searches and Retained Searches

Contingency Searches vs. Retained Searches | The AGA Group

If you’ve pursued professional staffing services for your organization or dental practice, you might still be learning about different recruitment and staffing options. Many staffing firms offer both contingency and retained search searches, depending on their clients’ hiring demands. A recruiter can work closely with your hiring team to formulate a staffing strategy that fulfills your workforce development needs. As you consider staffing options, here’s a quick breakdown of contingency searches and retained searches:   

What is the Difference Between Contingency Searches and Retained Searches?

Contingency Search

With a contingency search, the staffing firm handling recruitment is only paid when a hire is placed for their client. Contingency searches focus primarily on finding active candidates for specific roles, and in very instances executive positions such as presidents, vice presidents, or directors of operations. If your dental practice or healthcare organization has a specific vacancy that offers a vast pool of available candidates to fill the role, contingency search services would be an ideal solution with this search process.  

Retained Search

While retained searches focus heavily on filling high-level, executive or leadership positions, staffing firms that conduct retained searches are paid to find and recruit candidates regardless of the outcome. No matter who the candidate is or when they’re hired, firms that perform retained searches are always paid for recruitment services. Often retained searches involve the recruitment of passive candidates who may not be actively seeking new employment, but are open to switching positions for a better-paying opportunity.  Many industries other than staffing utilize a retained process. Legal Firms, Consultants, IT, dental and medical offices offer some level of advanced payment before services are rendered. 

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At The AGA Group, we are a retained recruiting and staffing firm providing searches for all types of healthcare and dental employers across the U.S.   

Ready to learn how The AGA Group can grow your workforce? Get in touch and learn how our specialized recruiting team can assist with your talent search.  


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