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Schedule a quick 15 minute 1 on 1 call with us so we can learn more about your business goals, what you've tried in the past, and where you want to go.


In the call we will both decide if it's worth moving forward or not. If it is, we will schedule a strategy session to discuss the best approach for you and your organization.


After we've agreed that this is going to work, we then work with you as a strategic partner in your business to help you find the best talent and bring them to your team!

Company eager to expand

A few years ago, the CEO of a respected company contacted us here at Ridgeback about possibly adding Ridgeback to their list of third party vendors. He had some unique needs and ultimately committed to us once he learned that Ridgeback could find his industries rock-star talent, while saving the company thousands of dollars in hiring fees. The results turned out to be so impressive they even surprised us.

The CEO wanted to hire us for a few months to help him identify and hire between five to eight proven project managers, but he wanted to avoid paying the high recruitment fees normally found in the recruiting industry (contingency and retained fees averaging 20% or higher of the new employees’ first year salaries), and asked how we could help with that. 

We were able to craft a solution for him that allowed him to bring on the talent he wanted, while also not having to pay the high fees that are normally associated with 3rd party recruiting firms. Today we refer to that solution as “SMART” Recruiting.

What began as talent hunting for five to eight project managers in three to four months, blossomed into a two and a half year project. Ridgeback’s aggressive talent hunters went straight for our clients competitors best talent and very quickly found success. We also leveraged our network database of over 5 million highly skilled working professionals to greatly surpass our clients initial needs.

Over a 2 1/2 year period, we successfully identified, recruited and brought on board:

● 21 full time hires
● 4 part time employees
● Plus another 3-4 full time employees who are currently expecting offers

The Challenge:

traditional hiring practices are expensive

Recognizing that the average annual salary of each of the new employees that were hired was approximately $100,000 (in 2020 dollars), the CEO was committing millions of dollars to staffing his company and wanted to make sure he was bringing on true industry leaders. Setting aside that much money for all of that talent requires a significant amount of time, research and due diligence into potential candidates. As the CEO stated, he simply didn’t have the capability or talent on board to find the right talent.

Therefore, he needed recruitment support and put his trust in Ridgeback. If he had partnered with a traditional third-party recruiter, there would have been an expensive recruiting fee attached to each new hire, therefore making his growth plans cost prohibitive. 

# of hires
Average salary ($)
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Average Normal Recruitment fees
The normal industry recruiting cost ($)

$480,000 is a lot of money to pay on top of what’s already being paid to employ each employee. 

The CEO could also have hired a full time recruiter to work in-house to hunt for the appropriate talent. 

But this too carries expensive costs (see below).

Internal Recruiter

~ $293,244 ~

The “True Cost” if the CEO  

Hired and Internal Recruiter

The Ridgeback alternative ~ A cost-friendly "SMART" solution

Upon contacting Ridgeback and being informed about our “SMART” talent sourcing program, the CEO learned about the amount of savings available by engaging Ridgeback.

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Average salary


Total Ridgeback recruitment fees


Total savings vs. traditional recruiter


Total savings vs. Normal Fee's


Total savings in this Case Study


Over the course of two and a half years,
Ridgeback has saved this client hundreds of thousands of dollars in standard recruiting fees.
This client remains a loyal and great friend of the company to this day.

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