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Retained Search

A retained search is ideal for companies that are seeking top-tier candidates and want to expand beyond their own network. On an exclusive and confidential basis, NaviTrust will employ a retained search when an engagement involves expert negotiation for a senior level position.

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To begin a retained search with a NaviTrust recruitment expert, complete and submit this form. We look forward to discussing your project with you.

Currently Employed

On most occasions, candidates presented by NaviTrust are currently employed.


NaviTrust uses an extensive screening process to identify, evaluate and recommend the proper candidate.


Companies worldwide rely on NaviTrust to manage their talent acquisitions. When the need does arise, NaviTrust provides a 100% replacement guarantee or credit on future searches for the first six months.


Hiring always comes down to time and money. Once a retained search is agreed upon and the level of service determined, NaviTrust requires an upfront fee with the balance due on the candidate’s first date of employment.

The Process

  1. NaviTrust begins the retained search process for the senior-level position with an in-depth analysis to determine the client’s expectations for success. This includes many variables such as responsibilities and milestones to be achieved during the first six months of employment.
  2. A comprehensive NaviTrust “Candidate Profile” tool is used to create a detailed sketch of the ideal candidate. This includes but is not limited to minimum education and training requirements and minimum years of industry and/or functional experience.
  3. NaviTrust gathers at least one professional reference from a prior supervisor, peer and subordinate.
  4. While working in close association with the client, NaviTrust prepares a hiring process and timeline. This document, though flexible, can be used internally to assist in keeping all stakeholders on schedule.
  5. NaviTrust will not present potential candidates with other employment opportunities while they are being actively considered by the engaged client organization.