Definition of Retained Search

When a company hires a specialized recruiting agency to help the company hire a new executive. It involves the recruitment agency conducting a thorough search process to identify and evaluate potential candidates, and then presenting a shortlist of the most qualified candidates to the client for consideration. The recruitment agency is typically compensated for their services via a retainer fee.

Example: The company hired a top recruiting agency to run a retained search process to hire a CTO.

Variations: executive search

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"Retained Search" is used in the workplace during meetings or emails.

The definition for "Retained Search" was last updated in 2023.

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Question: What does "Calendar Invite" mean?

   (A) When a person wants to meet with you next week.
   (B) An email sent to schedule a meeting with the option to either accept or decline the meeting at the scheduled time.
   (C) When a person has available time on their calendar to meet with you.
   (D) When a person does not have any time to meet with you.

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Date: 05/20/2024

Word: Close It Out

Definition: To mark something as completed.

Example: This task has been fixed, so let's close it out within the task tracker.

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"Retained Search." Dictionary, Accessed 05/20/2024.