Riviera Named to Hunt Scanlon's Top 50 Recruiters List

We are pleased to announce that for the first time, Riviera has been identified as one of Hunt Scanlon's top 50 recruiting firms in the nation! The annual list is compiled by Hunt Scanlon, a global market research provider focused on executive search and C-suite hiring, identifying the largest, fastest growing executive search firms in the Americas.


We are honored to be included with the many prestigious firms who share recognition on this list and we are humbled to be recognized as a national leader in search. As we continue on our journey, Riviera will remain committed to delivering the best recruiting service and experience available!

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Recruiting as a Career: Speedy Career Progression

If you’ve been following along in our series, you already know the types of backgrounds that make good recruiters, the transferrable skills you can hope to learn in this career, and the various ways you can impact your clients, the company you work for and the job seekers you serve. In fact, pursuing a career as a recruiter (particularly here at Rivi) can be quite impactful on your own path as well; there’s a great opportunity to quickly progress in your career. There are a few ways you can make sure you’re on the path to success.

Nurture your intellectual curiosity

Along with perseverance, intellectual curiosity is huge at Rivi. You don’t need to be a genius (although it helps), but you do need to be able to get smart about things very quickly. You’re exposed to all types of companies and technology, so you need to be able to listen and understand what the important nuggets are--what is it that can be applied to next conversation, in the next six weeks or in the next six months? This is a mix of reading and continued research at academic level, as well as talking to people and really engaging with clients, candidates and teammates. You can’t be scared to ask questions, but you should do as much as possible to answer them on your own. This will lead you to the wisdom you need to succeed.

Focus on the details

Attention to detail is important in most careers; it’s critical here. You need to digest the details and figure out the patterns. Something that happens in one search may happen once, or it may come up again and again; it’s imperative to recognize that. Also, there’s a ton of communication that takes place up to the point to where a match is made, so you need to keep track of who has talked to who and when. Being on top of the communication and the nitty gritty keeps you on the right track.

Be personable, and a bit of a chameleon

This is an interactive career; you’re not going to be chained behind a computer. So you have to personable and willing to meet people. It helps to be a bit of a chameleon who’s comfortable in lots of different environments. Clients are different from candidates, candidates are different than board members. This can be uncomfortable, but each level of that is a level of learning. Through those uncomfortable experiences, you learn something. What you do with that learning from there matters; setting expectations sets you up for success. Understand you’re going to have difficult searches. Know that going in and be comfortable with that. Having a certain level of comfort in uncomfortable situations will help immensely.

Make it a career, not a job

To really push the envelope, you need to make your career your priority. Go wherever, be wherever, roll up your sleeves and get after it. Letting it bleed into your life while still maintaining balance is the key.

Adapt to new technology

The skill set you develop here will always be relevant, but one of the major perks at Rivi is the company’s investment in technology. While you always need to bring a lot of grit to the table, but technology will continue to evolve the role, removing some of the need for repetitive tasks and excruciating attention to detail and aiding the learning curve along the way. The more you can adapt to the tech tools, the the easier it will be to expend less energy on the points above while still excelling at what you do.

Recruiting as a Career: Success at Every Level

If you had asked me 10 years ago what my career plans were, I probably wouldn’t have put recruiting on my list--but there’s no denying now that Rivi had a draw I couldn’t resist. One of the best things about working here is knowing that I can be impactful no matter what my position. Ultimately, being successful at Rivi boils down to a variety of factors, but the amount of time you’ve been here has little to do with it.

Of course, there are the obvious things: being intelligent, organized and hardworking (which are certainly all factors). However, there are some perhaps more specific things that lead to successes around here. Number one is understanding what your clients’ pain points are so you can help solve them. For example, we did a search for a first-time CEO who had built the whole product himself but knew it was growing too fast to manage alone. His pain point was that any attention he dedicated to the search seemed to be at the expense of the day-to-day operations. It was a classic catch-22: it never made sense for him to prioritize the search over the company even though the company could not succeed without the leader we were trying to hire. It’s very human to make rational short-term decisions that are disastrous in the long run. Sure enough, by empathizing with his dilemma, we struck upon common ground, which in turn helped us work out a process for him to quickly evaluate candidates for his absolute must-haves before committing a longer, more in-depth round of interviews.

It’s important to look at Rivi as a different kind of recruiting firm. It’s not just about placement here; it’s about advice and guidance. Our deep knowledge of product and engineering lets us help our clients understand what makes a good leader and what type of experience is actually relevant. Our advantage is that we sell a process as much as we promise a result, which gives us the time to guide our clients to the right candidate rather than just telling them who the right person is. In most cases, what a client sets out to find is not what they end up hiring; not because they settle for less but because through our process, they were able to really hone in on what traits and experience they really need in their new executive. We’re really selling a process rather than selling a placement.

Rivi is still a bit of a startup itself, which means that you not only have unprecedented levels of access to people at the top, but also that there’s a lot more upward mobility based on merit, rather than simply “time served.” In this way, Rivi can be a great place for someone who is just starting out--or pivoting--in his or her career.

Michael Peart is an Associate at Riviera.