We work as your trusted in-house talent partners using a Flex Fee model.
We expand and contract with your company's needs. Plug us in as needed.

We're your talent partners that care about your people.

We offer multiple affordable partnership options.

We optimized your staffing so no resources are wasted.

We find you high-quality talent to build your business.

The Goal: Employer brand & increased employee retention.

 We're your trusted agile in-house talent partner.  See our Flex Fee recruiting and staffing models below.


Today you need a simple talent sourcing for 1 role...tomorrow you ramp up for 18 different roles in 3 groups. You need a "go-to" talent partner to fill in the gaps because they know your business and can hit the ground running. The budgets you're given vary, as does your need for flexible recruiting options. That's where we come in.

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1) Flat-Fee Talent Sourcing: Find and screen high-quality talent to a designated hiring authority; they take it from there.

Some organizations just simply need an in-house talent partner to funnel high-quality talent to the right hiring authorities in your company, who are able to finish the process.

Results: You receive a high-quality list of people using our Candidate Value Scope™ method (see below). You have the human resources to take it from there.


2) Flat-Fee Contingent Recruiting 

We get one week start time ahead of other recruiters to give you the best chance to find candidates affordably. If our hires leave within 90 days, we replace them quickly free of charge. Pay $500 up front (non-refundable) and then pay $5000 (for roles <$100K) and $9500 (for roles <$100k-$200K) only if we place your candidate.

As your talent partner, count on us to fully execute your staffing services and ensure you are supported in all needed aspects of the hiring process. This works great for companies that prefer to use a more traditional contract structure with multiple recruiters but gives you a better chance of saving high recruiting fees.

Results: You save 50-75% of the traditional recruiting fee. We get to know your company's needs via a long-term relationship.



3) Traditional 20% Contingent Recruiting: You prefer the traditional method of recruiting. 

We get to work to ensure you have a quality list of candidates to interview and fill your roles. We fully support your efforts along the way, schedule interviews, and guarantee to replace your hire if they leave within 120 days. Our goal is to be your trusted recruiter when needed. The more we get to know your company, the better we are able to find talent when needed.

Results: You receive a high-quality list of people using our Candidate Value Scope™ method (see below). You are not locked into just one recruiter.


4) Contract-to-Hire Your Talent so We Take the Immediate Risk

Have roles to fill but you're not sure if you want to hire right away? We can hire them as contractors for you and bill you accordingly until you are sure you want to hire them. It is a simple process and a great way to quickly get talent in without making huge human resource commitments for your company.

Results: Only hire the exceptional clients you want to keep once you have worked with them. 

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Candidate Value Scope

We use our Candidate Value Scope™ Matrix with each client to ensure your top needs are aligned with what they offer.

Sometimes quality candidates have up-to-date resumes and LinkedIns, while others do not. We meet virtually with hiring managers to get an exact "wish list" to target candidates more accurately (leadership and/or technical abilities, track record, years of experience, etc.). By taking the time to screen candidates with this method, we send you a document that states exactly how they align with your needs.

This allows us to market for your exact talent and eliminate wasting time with candidates that do not meet your "must-have" criteria.


Ascend5 Flex Fee®: See our pricing models to flex with your needs.

Ascend5 Services Include


Flat-Fee Talent Funnel


Flat-Fee Contingent Search


Search 20% (traditional)



Timeline and scope of work.4 weeks (option to upgrade to Ascent or Peak)UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Review role/description to ensure targeting of high-quality talent. 
Target curated sources and databases to quickly generate talent leads (10x faster than traditional methods).
Prescreen incoming resumes/talent.
Create and utilize ValueScope™ matrix for role to screen for higher quality talent.
Send list of high-quality candidates to hiring manager as they come in and check in weekly.
Act as main POC during process for all incoming candidates from internal/external sources.
Schedule interviews; option for video pre-screening (ask for details).
Set up a contract-to-hire for a designated amount of time. Recruiting fee is dispersed into contract payments.
Guarantee hire; replace for free if candidate leaves within 90-120 days.
Package Pricing$999Averages 5-12% of base salary and time can be capped. 10% of  candidate's base salary vs. 20% standard fee20% of  candidate's base salary

Our research has shown time and time again that by working together as an in-house partner, everyone wins.

✓Find high-quality talent in a pinch when needed.

✓We know your company, culture, and your roles inside and out because we have worked with you continuously so you can plug us in where needed.

✓Scale-up faster from this affordable staffing model.

✓You won't be inundated by multiple recruiters again because we'll be your main point of contact (POC) for staffing.

✓You'll have more energy and momentum to focus on other important goals to move your company forward.

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What Clients Are Saying...

"Working with this company was one of the best business moves I’ve ever made. Coupled with their approach, communication, and remarkable team we have not only hired up to full capacity, but they have saved my company a TON of money with their business model. Without it, my company would not be where it is today…thank you!"

Adam Auise, President



Simple cost-effective and affordable solutions can quickly repair an eroded employer brand so that your company doesn't lose traction through the churn and burn of employee replacement.

We use our holistic TalentRetention™ framework to help your company expand quickly because our research has found that if you keep your best talent, your company will exponentially grow.

Here are some simple ways we can address this by partnering with you:

  • Periodic Employee Feedback-get the true employee pulse; address issues right away.
  • Monthly Employee Impact Rewards-Give thanks with performance awards.
  • Mission-Driven Culture-Give your employees something to care about by creating a mission that gives back(people stay 54% longer); recruit ambassadors to keep it going.
  • Career Development - Grow your people or they feel stagnant; we offer affordable group/individual 3rd party coaching with our Career5™ platform/coaching.
  • Onboarding - Set tone from the start. We can recruit/train SMEs to create this and keep it going or our eLearning experts can create for you.
  • Outplacement - When you let just 1 person go in a poor way, everyone notices. It's 10x harder to fix a bad employer brand so protect it.
  • Teambuilding- Create a team-building mantra to live by in the workplace, starting with leadership and filtering down to employees so that everyone is rowing in the same direction.
  • Leadership Coaching - Get your executives the help, continuity, and alignment needed to effectively lead your company.

Want to find out more about partnering up? Schedule a call.