An approach from a new angle
After meeting with hundreds of C-level executives and hearing firsthand their challenges and frustrations with the search industry, we knew it was past time for a change. We built Modern through the lens of the client, transforming the search experience for the better.
An innovative executive search and advisory firm, Modern is designed specifically to build and develop sustainable, diverse leadership teams with a new generation of talent.
"We believe in changing lives through long term, trusted partnerships. Our company revolves around innovation and we strive to deliver an exceptional experience in every engagement."
Our commitments to improving the search industry
In order to model and drive behavior, or “walk the walk,” we made a distinct and bold move. We tied our internal company structure and employee reward system directly to the client and candidate experience. Underpinned with exceptional intelligence and assessment capabilities, every aspect of the Modern recruitment process is customized for our clients with the simple goal of “meeting you where you are.” We make it our mission to be flexible, innovative, and agile to meet your most demanding talent needs.
Our more caring approach to the candidate experience has allowed us to become a “hero magnet” for the new generation of diverse talent. What does this mean? A more diverse candidate pool for our clients.
We are a purpose driven, socially responsible organization and are proud to donate a portion of our profits to charitable foundations.
"I was drawn to Modern because I believe in opening doors and providing avenues for creating greater diversity in leadership; Modern, to me, represents a new beginning for how all hiring organizations need to think about their search for talent in 2021 and beyond."
How we're doing it
First, we gathered feedback on the search industry from over 500 executives
1. Research & Intelligence
- The research lacks depth to find diverse candidates outside of the obvious network
- The search firm is unable to educate us on what other companies and operating models could deliver great talent outside of the obvious places
- We never see enough strong diverse candidates to make a hire
2. The Long Term Fit
- We feel the search firm doesn’t properly educate or align our stakeholders
- Candidates are not being assessed properly unless you pay even more
- The search firm does nothing to help us properly integrate new talent
3. Client & Candidate Experience
- Search firms never live up to the expectations they set at the pitch and briefing
- The whole process is just too slow, and we generally end up resetting after 30 days
- All the services offerings sit on different P&L’s and it is really cumbersome
- As a diverse candidate, search firms treat you like a commodity
Second, we built Modern’s offering to solve each of these challenges
A. Research & Intelligence
- Powerful research capabilities to access new diverse candidates pools
- Over 70% of our network is diverse (gender/ethnicity)
- Major investment in organizational intelligence capabilities
B. Long Term Fit
- Fastest process in the industry
- Proprietary 3 hour assessment specifically focused on diversity
- Embedded 100-day integration led by accredited DEI coaches
C. Client & Candidate Experience
- VP of Experience closely monitors client satisfaction
- Final fee based on client satisfaction post integration
- Every candidate receives coaching, training & development
Finally, we took the bold move to align our internal operating model to deliver a far better experience
- Our end to end process is embedded into one fee on one P&L
- Employees’ bonuses are based on client and candidate feedback, not revenue
- 10% of profit goes to hand selected charitable foundations