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Forward Motion: The What & How

What We Do

What We Do

Short & sweet, we do the heavy lifting.

We keep you educated and informed on the market.  We listen to your insights.  Together, we refine a candidate profile and develop a hiring strategy.  Then, we launch it. 

Once it's go-time, we employ our craft to connect you with great individuals.  We bring the best to you.  We honor your role as chief decision maker and we advise you.  

Finally, we leave you better off—equipped with hiring know-how and resources for the future. 

"Even CEO's need to declare a major."

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How We Do It

How We Do It
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Our M.O.

A Strategy for Smooth Sailing

We slow it down to speed things up.  Hiring is innately human, and a good match mutually enables all sides to achieve their goals.  We look at your big picture.  We emphasize informed, agile planning and transparent, thorough communication.  We make it easy.  


Laying the foundation

We begin with immersion, which means getting to know you, your team, values, product, market, and goals.  Then we dial into specifics: the skills, attributes, and experiences you're looking for.  We draft and refine a job ad, an interview flow, and a plan of action.  We outline a calibration system to adjust as we go.   

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Sourcing & Vetting

The thick of things

We screen intensely.  Each week, we brief you on pipeline metrics, market signals, and qualitative insights.  For every candidate we introduce, you get a detailed recap of topics we've covered so far.  We cut through the noise, enabling you to discuss more nuanced and diverse subjects with key people.  

Going the Distance

Our work doesn't end at the intros

We're with you through the whole process.  We handle scheduling and feedback.  We don't just check references; we find out how to maximize your working relationship from others who've worked with that person before.  We offer an outside perspective on negotiations.  We lay the groundwork for your employer brand by creating excellent candidate experiences. 

Fractional Leadership
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Talent Strategy

Fractional Leadership

The right planning and preparation maximize your capacity to hire and equip the right people.  They'll also give your first Director of Talent a head start when it's time to hire in-house. This could mean optimizing your web presence and IRL employer brand, mapping out future hires and budgets, building your talent pipeline, or creating an onboarding process.  We'll track metrics & results throughout, and the data is yours to keep.  Strategic, fortifying efforts like these are the yin to active recruiting's yang.  Reach out to learn more.

Fee Structure

Sandpiper is not a typical agency.  For starters, we're independent and fully remote—meaning we don't share the cost burdens that most firms operate under.  Instead, we share that opportunity with you.  

Every contract conversation is rooted in your goals, values, and priorities.  Whether you're looking to make multiple hires, protect your burn rate, expedite a search, or strengthen your pipeline, we meet you there. 


Our Northstar: "The best wins are all win-win."  

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Fee Programs Customized to Your Funding Level

We choose clients we believe in.  You're building something that belongs in the world.  We want to see you make it. 

So when you're starting out, we meet you where you are.  We offer individualized fee programs based on funding stage.

A Spectrum of Options

for Every Type of Search

If you're new to working with a recruiter, there are two poles: 100% retained and 100% contingent, with hybrid options in between. 

To choose the best option, reach out. We'll walk through each one. 

Working With Us


The whole process was ridiculously smooth, painless, and fast.  Sandpiper represents me flawlessly.  Before and after the interviews, during the offer and hiring processes, Caitlin has been there as a guide, telling me what I needed to know before I even knew I needed to ask.  I can't imagine attempting another hire without her.

— Lee Grey, Founder & CEO of Trade Unafraid

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