Our Approach

No matter what any search provider or candidate marketplace promises, recruiting takes time. The human element of search makes the process complex, iterative, and bespoke. We recognize these complexities, and actively strive to mitigate them in a search process through consistent and open channels of dialogue with our clients and candidates.

Variner's search process is centered around authenticity and focused on introducing actionable candidates that are well qualified for our client and have a genuine interest in the opportunity at hand.

Our Process


Our process starts with a scoping call where we spend time getting to know our clients' business and team. We advise our clients on developing the right narrative and packaging of the right materials to successfully attract the best candidates. We work hard to understand our clients and their hiring needs and this starts with an adequately scoped search and appropriate process expectations.


We understand current market dynamics and provide these insights to our clients in an effort to help them better understand their targeted audience. Our day-to-day interactions with our candidates gives us unique market insights into a rapidly developing talent market and recruiting cycles.


By leveraging our existing networks, strategically directing our outreach, and 'controlling the narrative,' we are able to help educate and close the appropriate candidate for our client's search. We do this through being a true partner to our clients and an altruistic advisor to both new and existing candidates.

What people are saying...

Nick took the time to understand the business, hiring needs, and culture of our company and performed a thorough search and screening process resulting in a great outcome.

— Head of Corporate Development, Closely Held Business

We previously engaged Variner on a private equity associate search and are currently working with them on three additional investment professional searches to build out our team. Variner has particularly strong relationships with talented candidates across investment banking, management consulting and private equity. They are also a great source of market intelligence. As a result of our partnership with Variner, the speed and accuracy of our recruiting process has increased dramatically. This has allowed us to maintain our focus on investing capital judiciously.

— Principal, Mid-Market Private Equity Fund

Working with Nick Medica and the team at Variner made our search process easy, efficient and effective. Despite narrow parameters and a difficult geography, they were able to find the ideal candidate and kept us well informed throughout the process.

— Partner, Mid-Market Private Equity Fund

Nick and the Variner team have been true partners for the past two companies that I’ve worked at. They’re always in the flow of the top candidates so can have actionable prospects ready for you quickly and efficiently.

— VP of Corporate M&A, Mid-Market Portfolio Company

We have used Variner for multiple searches at this point and each time they have exceeded our expectations. Variner takes the time to thoroughly understand the open role and only brings forward candidates that are a great fit. Variner is candid in their assessment of each of the candidates presented and does not ‘push’ anyone. Perhaps most importantly, Variner is an absolute pleasure to work with and an all-around great team that we can trust. We will certainly continue to work with the Variner team in the future.

— Director of Corporate Strategy

When it comes to understanding the appropriate candidate universes that have a true interest in a corporate development career within the Mid-Market, Variner is best in class

— Head of Corporate Development, Mid-Market Portfolio Company

I’ve really enjoyed my experience with Variner as both a client and prospective candidate for previous employment searches. Their wide-encompassing industry connections and relentless ability to succeed in sourcing the ideal candidate has been proven over and over again.

— VP of Corporate M&A, Mid-Market Portfolio Company

Variner made quick work of finding me several attractive Associate and Director candidates for my Corporate Development team. Within a couple of short weeks I was presented with several candidates (all of whom would have made a good fit for the role) and was able to pick the candidate that I felt was the best fit for my team. Variner was also helpful in thinking through compensation package offerings and in navigating the back and forth communication. I highly recommend Variner as a search partner.

— VP Corporate M&A and Strategy

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