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Appointing senior pros into corporate comms and PR roles: how do we do it?

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Corporate communications and public relations are the guardians of a company's image and reputation. They make sure that the public sees the best side of a business and help to maintain strong relationships with stakeholders.

As an executive search firm specialising in corporate communications and PR we provide a service that is a valuable resource in helping companies appoint senior professionals into corporate communications and PR roles. So, how do we do it?

At The Works Search, we leverage our extensive experience and vast network to deliver the very best service to our clients. The candidates we bring to the table are of the highest calibre, surpassing what you could source yourself or through an in-house HR team. We have a proven track record of finding exceptional talent and the expertise to identify what great looks like.

One of the key benefits of working with us is the peace of mind we offer. When we commit to a role, we have the confidence and capability to fill it, every time. We conduct thorough character reference checks on all our candidates to ensure a perfect match for the role and the company.

Unlike relying on advertising to attract candidates, we know where to look to find the best fit and highest performers in the industry. In fact, 70% of our successful executive search placements come from our own network, with 18% from LinkedIn and only 12% from advertising. We never rely on advertising to find the best fit for the role. The highest performers are rarely looking at adverts.

Our team is passionate about finding the perfect match for our clients and we won’t stop until we are truly happy with the professionals we present to our clients for interview.

We will listen carefully to a brief and find not only the candidates you know you want, but also some that perhaps you haven’t thought about to bring something new and valuable to the equation. We often find our clients end up going for one those candidates and being absolutely delighted with the result.

Benefits of Executive Search and The Works Search

Our track record and glowing testimonials speak for themselves, but here are some reasons why working with us rather than attempting to appoint senior professionals in-house has massive benefits.

1. Expertise and networking
We have a wealth of experience and knowledge about the industry, as well as an eye-watering network of contacts and connections in corporate and financial communications. Over decades, we have built up a reputation as one of the best in the industry and as such can use our resources to identify the most talented and qualified agency MD or in-house Corporate Comms Directors for the job.

2. Time-saving
The process of finding, interviewing and hiring top-level professionals can be incredibly time-consuming, especially when it comes to filling a crucial position like a Global Director of Corporate Affairs or a Head of Financial Comms. We can handle this entire process for you end to end, freeing up your time and resources. We will present 4 suitable candidates to interview in 4 – 6 weeks and will absolutely always be able to fill the position.

3. Thorough assessment

We know what ‘great’ looks like, we have decades of interviewing experience and every candidate we present will be a high performer. We conduct a thorough assessment of all potential candidates and meet everyone to ensure only the best and most suitable professionals are carefully matched and presented to a company. Our network is vast and we care to ‘get it right’ which means we don’t stop searching until we know the client will be delighted with the people we present.

4. Confidentiality
It goes without saying that confidentiality is important. Finding and hiring senior staff can be a sensitive matter, especially if it involves a high-profile position. We fully understand the importance of confidentiality and will handle the process discreetly, ensuring that the company's reputation and image are protected. We don’t need to advertise roles to find the right people and we can ask candidates to sign a confidentiality agreement when required.

5. Consultative approach

We pride ourselves on being able to provide a consultative approach, able to advise on salaries, thanks to our annual Salary Guide. We can also guide on team structures, and we write everything down so candidates are briefed exceptionally well before every interview. We are likely to ask lots of questions and listen as we take the time to understand a company's culture, values, and goals, and use this information to find the best fit for the role.

The Works Search can be viewed as an invaluable resource in helping companies appoint senior professionals into corporate communications and PR roles. With our expertise, network, and thorough assessment process, we ensure that only the best and most suitable candidates are hired for the job.

For more information about how we can help you ensure you appoint the very best into your senior roles, please get in touch today.

For a free download of our full Annual Salary Guide 2022, click here.

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The Works Search is a search consultancy specialising in PR and corporate communications. We have unrivalled matching abilities and are known for finding the top 5% performers in the industry - the ones who deliver and make your reputation great. For more advice or market insights, do get in touch with us on 0207 903 9291 or email:

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