Retained Executive Search, Only Better

The Good Search is not a traditional retained executive search firm, by design. We search smarter and give you more. Candidates you never dreamed existed. Pricing you can trust. We even hand over all the candidate research. In doing so, The Good Search recruits board and senior executive talent for some of the most powerful and successful companies in the world.  

Client Experience

“The Good Search is one of search’s most brilliant practices. They are extraordinarily professional and among the most connected recruiters in the business. They’re definitely onto something.” — Fortune 100 company

Client Experience

“We retained The Good Search on the recommendation of Esther Dyson to conduct our CEO search. They are extremely adept at finding best-of-breed candidates where other recruiters haven’t yet looked.” — VC-backed startup

Client Experience

“The Good Search is the most vital resource I’ve ever used for executive search.  They consistently deliver “rock stars” by leveraging their extensive industry contacts. Simply put, this team “gets it”. They deliver.” — Fortune 500 company

Client Experience

“The Good Search really came through for us on one of our most critical hires. Not only did they find the right person, they personally assisted us in every step of the closing, day and night.” — VC-backed startup

Client Experience

“Their response time is exceptional, their work product is very high quality, and they’re completely professional. I absolutely recommend The Good Search.” — Fortune 500 client

Dream Candidates

We give you candidates you never dreamed existed by searching smarter. Our expert investigative recruiters consistently uncover top-performing candidates others miss. Our candidate sourcing maps target companies, taps little-known databases, and harnesses the power of data to uncover dream candidates.

Pricing You Can Trust

We give you pricing you can trust. Our flat fees banish the conflicts-of-interest of traditional percentage-based pricing. Tying fees to a candidate’s salary rewards headhunters who inflate the salaries of executives they place. That’s simply not right. You shouldn’t have to wonder about a headhunting firm’s loyalty.

All the Research

We hand over all the candidate research — something traditional retained firms never do. However, we are proud to show you our work. You should never have to wonder what a retained firm is doing for all that money. Better yet, you can use it to make additional hires at no additional cost. Why settle for less?

Our Secret Sauce

Investigative Recruiters

Founded by an award-winning investigative TV journalist with a specialty in computer-assisted research and data analytics and staffed by investigative associates, we uncover top candidates others miss.

Headhunters With Connections

As headhunters, we leverage highly-placed sources. Moreover, we reach far beyond typical recruiting resources. As research experts, we harness data to identify top performers. We capture market intelligence that speeds time-to-hire. We leverage org charts and talent maps built by our research division Intellerati. That is how we consistently deliver dream candidates.

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New to Executive Recruiting?

 If you are a new executive recruiting buyer, we have information that can help bring you up to speed. To start, we answer the question every executive search buyer has, “What does an executive search cost?” We also share tips about ways to save on retained search fees.

Retained Search Or Contingency?

 If you have an important executive to hire, you first must decide what kind of headhunting firm to use. In executive recruiting, the contingency and retained recruiting models could not be more different. Hint: there is no such thing as an executive search firm that’s free.

Need a Search Firm List?

Executive recruiting buyers often struggle to come up with a shortlist of the top executive headhunters. There are lots of lists out there on the Internet. We detail the many reasons why you should be wary of online top executive search firm lists and how to build your own.

Watch Our Video

Let’s get better acquainted. To start, check out our video. It will give you a good sense of who we are.

Passive Candidates


Years in Business

Executive Headhunters

Executive Recruiting Expertise

The Good Search delivers board and senior-level leadership talent wherever business intersects with technology. We serve technology giants, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as well as companies in virtually every other industry harnessing the latest technologies. Travel & Hospitality. eCommerce & Online Retail. Strategy Consulting. Digital Media. Advertising (AdTech). Education Technology (EdTech). Financial Technology (FinTech). We go there.

Industry Focus

We do a lot of work in Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Science (Big Data), Machine Learning (ML), Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Genomics. But that’s not all. We also build succession benches and offer services that boost senior-executive diversity. We have done all that and more as executive recruiters for the some most powerful and successful companies in the world.

Our Clients

The Fortune 500 and VC-backed Startups

The Good Search serves leading Fortune 500 corporations and venture capital-backed startups. We are an executive search firm with street cred. We’ve earned it, laying down a track record of success over two decades. We are small — but a boutique firm in size. Yet, remarkably, we have conducted more than 600 executive search engagements wherever business collides with technology.

Executive Searches in the U.S.

Founded in New York City, we are NYC headhunters who deliver. With our headquarters in Westport, Connecticut, we are also Connecticut headhunters. In fact, we are executive recruiters who are counted among the leading executive search firms in Connecticut and in the Greater NYC Area, serving clients from coast-to-coast.

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