When it comes to executive search and professional recruitment, it’s a crowded market. On the high end, executive search fees are astronomical. On the low end, contingency is too transactional to be strategic.
Across the board there’s a heavy reliance on networks, which is limiting when we know that today’s hiring needs are diverse. And the need for brick and mortar locations is becoming obsolete (and expensive to maintain).
For an industry serving a modern marketplace, many agencies have practices that harken back to the 1950s, when search first launched. Transparency, technology, diversity and virtual capabilities are the keys to thriving right now so why hasn’t the industry kept up. Does recruitment have to be this way?
ivy is a response to a dusty industry that needs transformation not only from a technological perspective but also from a philosophical one. We want to address the questions we hear like:
Why is Executive search
We don’t need the full service. Why can’t you
Why do we need one firm to hire executives, and a different one for other positions?
Why are we using agencies that flood us with quantity not quality or worse, ghost us when the search gets tough?
We’ve taken the best of all of the recruitment models – executive, retained, contingency – and created one model that can look after all of the strategic hires in your organization.learn more about the ivy difference
I had the pleasure of hiring Emily to help support a global tech organization where I was Director of Human Resources. We were amplifying our sales team and needed someone connected who had experience hiring senior professionals. Emily provided outstanding recruiting support to us across Canada. I was particularly impressed by her ability to handle multiple roles and in multiple markets and she worked extremely hard to deliver us standout talent in a short amount of time. Building a rapport like Emily’s takes years to develop and master and it comes naturally to her. As an industry leader, Emily earns my highest recommendation.
Director, HR | Technology
When Tracy contacted me as a potential candidate for the Chief Operating Officer role at Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health, her approach was respectful, informative, and professional. But what really set the experience apart from others, was the continued relationship after my successful hire. We have continued to engage Tracy and her team to fill critical roles that will continue our collaborative building of our management team. My experience as a candidate has been mirrored by a similarly outstanding experience as a client. Tracy’s skills and in-depth knowledge of our organization have led to her finding us the ideal individuals to complement our team.
Chief Operating Officer | Healthcare
Emily is a true pro. She works hard to understand my business and needs and to find candidates that best fit those goals and the culture. I think this is a rare quality in Recruiters and I value this partnership immensely. Emily feels like an extension to my team who cares as much about finding the right talent as I do. And she works tirelessly until she finds that right talent. She also excels in candidate care and ensuring both parties feel their needs are met in any negotiations or other details. Emily is my go to person whenever I have talent acquisition needs.
VP, HR | Technology
Like many organizations, our culture and team environment mean that recruitment of new employees is something we take very seriously. As president of Global Public Affairs, I retained Tracy and her team to help us think through how to evolve one of our most important practice groups. Tracy really heard our issues, concerns, and needs. We had a consistent and open dialogue about not just the candidates’ qualifications, but also how the recruit would be viewed internally and be able to tackle the challenge ahead. She refocused me when I felt discouraged and helped me see the bigger picture of the process. With Tracy and her team’s professionalism, dedication, and discretion, we found our “needle in a haystack” candidate.
President | Professional Services
Emily is a connector. She knows people and people know her. Not only that, she also takes the time to really, really understand what you’re after when it comes to finding the right person. She isn’t a recruiter in it for the short-game. Recruiters have a bad rep, but Emily is nothing like those recruiters (you know the ones). She’s a straight-shooter and tells it how it is. And I very much appreciate that. Love working with her and can’t wait till work together again.
Marketing Director | Technology
When building a team from scratch, it is particularly hard to find the right mix of skill and personality to fit a culture that is yet to be defined. Tracy took a completely different approach to the other firms we interviewed that gave us uninspired formulaic questions and approaches to hiring. Tracy brought big firm experience and process with boutique sensibilities that combined for a truly tailored approach. She took the time to get to know me as the CEO to get a better understanding of how I would lead, what was important to me, and what my vision was for our culture. I never felt that she was trying to push a candidate on me just to get the assignment done. Tracy and her team are the only firms I use.
CEO | Healthcare
We partnered with Emily to hire a key leadership role within our organization during the challenging early days of COVID. She was able to grasp the nuances of our business and the position easily and presented a strong list of candidates coupled with thorough and astute summaries and observations in a relatively short period of time. Through the process she was communicative, consultative and transparent and we ended up with a great hire who we’re all very pleased with. Given the opportunity I would work with her again and would recommend her services for anybody looking to augment their team with great talent.
Founder | President | Consumer Goods
Emily and her team nailed every single step of the recruitment process for us! They were always one step ahead of us and were continually anticipating needs. As a result, we were able to recruit the perfect candidate in an incredibly short period.
To top it off, the team was an absolute delight to work with and made the recruitment experience a thoroughly enjoyable one. I have to say they didn’t just exceed our expectations; they blew them out of the water.
Director of Business Development | Technology
The challenge of finding a data-marketing specialist with specific skillsets for our firm was challenging. Emily and her team not only thoroughly provided us outstanding candidates we would have never found on our own – they partnered with us to best understand and define what we needed- the real ‘gold’.
Hiring Emily and her team were one of the best investments we’ve ever made in our 30 years of business.
CEO | Advertising
Emily and her team were instrumental in helping us find the right people to scale our business. From superstar sales hires and senior managers to emerging stars in support and operations, we now have the solid foundation that any start-up needs to succeed….great people.
CEO | Technology
The market for talent in Vancouver is an incredibly tricky one. I have used other agencies in the past and have been reasonably satisfied although mostly underwhelmed as my experience was really one of the agencies gathering a group of candidates for us to wade through, with little support through the process. Not the case with Emily and her team who carefully curated the top candidates for our role and then submitted them to us. The quality of candidates presented was such that a significant evaluation process was undertaken to find the clear winner. Emily participated in every aspect of the process leading us to choose, in the end, what we perceived to the strongest and best-suited candidate.
Emily and the team are the best in the business and receive a 10 out of 10 for their service.
CEO | Consumer Goods