Executive Recruiting Researcher Role

OK, I generally don’t post jobs here but a co-worker sent me this description and, although my blog isn’t targeted at recruiters, I know some of them read it. And this is a cool job.

Executive Recruiting Researcher

Essentially, this role will help conduct in-depth searches to find the best and brightest candidate the industry has to offer. In the first instance, therefore, this position is responsible for the requisition-oriented research function for the Executive Recruiting team.  As an Executive Researcher this role will build and maintain a competitive intelligence database, qualifying and extracting information from multiple data sources (corporate/in house databases, web research, trade shows, diversity organizations, professional associations, etc) to provide crisp candidate target lists for focused req-based recruitment.  This role will also maintain general industry, candidate and company databases, library information, and develop highly efficient methodologies of extracting and automating access to information.  Similarly, it will manage outside research vendors and budgets,  and make ‘build/buy’ decisions about what should be performed in-house vs. outside, and managing those projects to completion. Critical thinking skills will be used to work with the other members of the Executive Recruiting team to create effective and targeted candidate sourcing strategies. 

It is important to be extremely web-savvy with significant web research techniques in addition to seasoned phone research skills. To find many of these candidates, one must have the ability to think outside of the box. This role will be responsible for producing new search methodologies, analyzing their value to recruiting efforts, and making recommendations as to whether or not Microsoft would benefit from investing in them for the future.


Qualified candidates will have strong experience in sourcing techniques.  Similarly, they must also have strong presentation skills and the ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner to an executive-level audience. This is vital to the success of the team as well as the long-term success of Microsoft recruiting. Candidates must possess strong analytical skills, the ability to make quick decisions, an extreme attention to detail and a relentless desire to seek out the best candidates. At least six years of recruiting/research experience, including more than three years of Internet recruiting is required for consideration; experience at the executive level and at an Executive Search firm is highly preferred.  Candidates must be proficient in applicant tracking systems (web-based or database) and multiple office technology tools (e.g. Excel, Access, etc) A strong working knowledge of HTML, and a BS/BA is preferred.

The Req#/Job Code is: 214281. 

Apply here and also please send your resume to me (heathham@microsoft.com) so I can forward it directly to the hiring team.


Comments (7)

  1. Dan Schawbel says:

    See this is exactly where recruitment is going.  Thank you heather for confirming my realization that jobs will be targeted through blogs.  

    Since you have a recruiting blog, you are revealing a Microsoft job that matches your sites audience.


  2. HeatherLeigh says:

    Well, not really my intended audience. I was being totally opportunistic. I know recruiters look here but aren’t really who I am writing for (not that I don’t care about them…I do).

  3. crawdad13 says:

    you should seiously consider Paul D. ( who has posted to your blog in the past under the name MN Headhunter.)  I have known him for years, but I haven’t seen him in a long time.  I don’t even know if he would be interested, because I’m not sure what his situation is, but honestly, I can’t think of anyone that would be better for this job.

    I used to own a web-based recruiting website and he was the exective recruitment brains behind the operation.  His blog (mnheadhunter) was voted the 6th best "overall recruiting" blog, 3rd best "third party recruiting" blog.

    He is as well connected as any recruiter I have ever met and he is a search genius.

    If you want his info, let me know and I will get it to you off-blog

  4. HeatherLeigh says:

    Cool…if he’s intersted, he knows how to reach me 🙂

  5. Lisa says:

    Heather, I’ve never worked a day in recruiting and never thought it sounded that interesting. But as a marketer and a researcher, that sounds like a wonderfully interesting position. Good luck finding the right applicant!

  6. HeatherLeigh says:

    Lisa – yep, it’s pretty cool work!