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5 Sources for Finding & Hiring Researchers

  1. Use the Book:

    If you are interested in finding a contract researcher, rather than hiring one as an employee, then your first step would be to check out the Researcher Directory. We sell this directory on our training site ( and it’s the only one that I know of that gives an exhaustive listing of researchers found in the United States. You will get information such as; where each researcher is located, what their fees are, what they specialize in etc.

    I often tell recruiting firm owner’s that they will want to have contact with several good researchers before they ever need them. This way you have the confidence to take on large search projects knowing that you have an ad hoc work force ready to pitch in and provide support. This will give you more confidence when selling your services as well. Seek out several contract researchers and negotiate agreements with them in advance.

  2. Hire a Pro:

    You can find and hire professional resources from either corporate Human Resources Departments or retained search firms. Both of these sources will typically have people who fulfill a researcher type role within their organizations, although they may go by a different title. The upside is that they come in ready to work, well trained and experienced. The down side is that they will cost you much more than a person that you would train yourself.

  3. Hire a Novice:

    If you prefer training your own person from the ground up, there are several options available. I have found very good luck with this profile: A woman in her 30’s or 40’s who used to work in a business setting but has been out of the workforce for several years while raising children. She now want to re-join the workforce but not at full speed.

    Typically these women want a part-time or three-quarter time position but also want a lot of flexibility in their schedule so they can be available for their children. If you can offer a flexible schedule, this is an excellent group to target as they are often loyal, seasoned and professional.

  4. Hire a Student:

    It might sound funny but I’ve also had good experience with college students and know many others who have as well. Obviously, they will perform lower level tasks but if you have clear system, scripts and forms for them to use, they can be quite effective. I’ve found that good majors to target are Business (good drive) and English (well spoken).

    Call up your local college and find out about running an ad in the school newspaper. You can often also post a flyer on the bulletin boards and submit your position to the career center. Be sure to interview them via the phone first to test for vocal quality and maturity.

  5. Work your network:

    Ask everyone for referrals; neighbors, friends, employees. If you see someone in a restaurant or a store that you think might be a fit, talk to him or her and see if you can make a connection. Post a want ad at the local church or fitness club.

Create an employee referral program to encourage your current staff to join you in looking for Researchers. Give them an idea of what your ideal researcher would look like. Provide a cash incentive for anyone they refer who makes it past 90 days.

- Gary Stauble

Gary Stauble is the Principal Consultant for The Recruiting Lab, a Coaching Company that assists Firm Owners and Solo Recruiters in generating more profit in less time. Gary offers several FREE SPECIAL REPORTS including, “14 Critical Candidate Questions” & “The Search Process Checklist” on his website. Get your copy now at