We provide a structured, methodical recruiting process that’s focused on hiring right the first time.

Executive Search

Executive Search

At Career Partners International Buffalo Niagara we provide experienced, full-time, professional search consultants ensuring strict confidentiality and a targeted search approach aligning candidate competencies, motivation, and fit with each client’s unique talent needs, organizational goals, and culture.  With our competency modeling process, you will gain an understanding of the traits and styles that fit well for a specific position, your company culture, and your company’s future growth.

We deliver on desired outcomes by finding top tier candidates to meet the organizational challenges of today and the future.  Our in-house, certified professionals offer expertise in comprehensive assessments, coaching, and mentoring.  Further, our professional on-boarding services minimize investment risk and ensure an efficient transition for your new team member.

Search Process

We help you source, screen, and select the best matches shortening the time it takes to hire high quality talent.  Our process is built around up-front preparation, broad ranging research efforts, and highly accurate selection methods.  Most importantly, our process is logically and strategically aligned to your organizational needs.

  1. Management Meeting
    Meet with client to define position and behavioral requirements, discuss potential sources for quality candidates
  2. Database Review
    Reviewing the qualifications within our own database of potential candidates, also review resumes already received by client to eliminate duplication
  3. Proactive Sourcing
    Create awareness of position throughout Western New York through active networking and research
  4. Pre-qualification/Initial Interviews
    Prescreening of candidates, in-depth interviews offered to those who meet initial qualifications
  5. Behavioral Assessment
    Conduct appropriate assessments, including WorkPlace Big Five, on top candidates to ensure position and cultural fit with organization
  6. Short List/Interview
    Provide a short list of candidates for client to review and interview
  7. References
    Complete reference checks, providing more insight into candidate’s personality and work place interactions
  8. Schedule Second/Final Interviews
  9. Offer/Acceptance
    Work with client to develop a winning offer and act as liaison during negotiations


Research indicates that 40% or more of executives fail or quite during the first 18 months of a new position and one in four executives leave in their first six months, all before they can productively contribute to the organization.  With our Executive Onboarding Strategy™, you set the stage for effective assimilation and engagement of your leaders for success in their new roles.  Utilizing a tailored approach based on the distinct needs of the individuals and your organization, our onboarding coaches help your newly hired and promoted executives to commit to their new roles and be more effective more quickly to achieve greater success and tenure with the company.

From understanding organizational expectations and your business imperatives to creating and implementing strategic action plans, our personal onboarding coaches and their structure approach ensures newly appointed executives can swiftly contribute to your organization’s strategic goals.  Your executives collaborate with our coaches to develop and implement their 30-60-90 day action plans using our exclusive LAUNCH™ Framework.  To ensure further organizational impact, the process incorporates feedback and reflection for executives to continually improve their effectiveness and the effectiveness of their teams.


Executive Search Consultants

Mary Ellen Carlo
Executive Recruiter


Dottie Austin