One of the things you as an employer care most about when deciding which Recruiting Firm you want to partner with is the speed of that firm. How fast can they deliver the candidates to you? It’s critical that we deliver quality candidates in a timely fashion, but we are also after the best slate of candidates, not just the first slate of candidates, and the process we use here ensures we do a thorough job. With that said, our goal is from the day we get an assignment to the day you have 3 qualified candidates ready to interview in less than 15 days.

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One of the most frustrating things an employer could ever encounter when working with an agency is seeing candidates that don’t fit what you’re looking for.  So, we have a strict rule here, we will NEVER submit a candidate that doesn’t meet 3 criteria simultaneously.  They must have at least 90% of the skills you the client outline; they must be willing to accept an offer in the salary range YOU the client dictate, and they must be motivated by something other than money to pursue the opportunity.  If a candidate doesn’t have all 3 of those simultaneously, we don’t send them.

This is our true definition of a candidate presented to our client:

  1. 90% of the skills/experience outlined
  2. Willing to accept an offer inside the salary outlined by client
  3. Motivated by something other than money to pursue the position


Our networks are fostered through in person meetings with candidates at The Solar Power International the Inter-Solar Conference and more. We have a booth every year where we cultivate new working relationships with peers and business associates, then communicate on a regular basis to help you all stay current.

Network facts:

Number of Candidates in our Database 18,000

80% of them have never put their resume on a job board.

Strength of Our Network


Whitham Group has a 24-step search process which is condensed below into 6 simple and concise steps we use to define our process:

Success Process
In-depth analysis of position specifications, careful gathering of requirements with a “value” focus, and results-oriented experience that effectively “sells“ your company attributes to retain the most successful candidate.
Strategic planning for the most effective means for sourcing target candidates. Extensive integration of industry resources, virtual communities, magazines, and proven cold calling approaches.
Supported by an extensive database of candidates and companies, candidates are actively sought from direct competitors and parallel industries locally, regionally, or nationally.
The most important step in the process. Combining behavioral and targeted interviewing techniques, clients are ensured that the candidates presented possess all necessary and many desired skill sets that will prove their value as an exceptional performer within the company.
Complete and honest feedback coupled with tailored advice during the entire interview process, thus ensuring a smooth and seamless hiring transition.
Consultation and negotiation of all elements surrounding an employment offer. “Hands-on” involvement to ensure that the candidate identified gets hired and stays hired.


Retention is one of the most important factors when hiring a search firm. A candidate hired through Whitham Group stays with your company.  You don’t want to be paying fees in the same position every other year.  With the process we use, that is not an issue.  As a matter of fact, 79% of the candidates we placed 5 years ago are still with the company where we placed them, and over ½ have been promoted at least once. We further back that up with one of the longest replacement programs in the industry.


There is nothing more frustrating than working with an agency and then having the candidate you want to decline the offer.  We recognized that, and it’s part of the reason our process works the way it does, but because of our process – In the past 5 years, 96% of the offers that were extended through Whitham Group have been accepted.

Competitive Advantages


  • We fill over 80% of the Direct hire positions we are assigned – that’s TRIPLE the national average.

Our “Golden Rule” of Recruiting:

We will never send a candidate to a client who doesn’t meet all 3 of the following criteria:

  • Must meet 90% or higher of the skills a client specifies
  • Must be willing to work within the salary range the client specifies
  • The candidate must be motivated by something other than the money


  • Over 18,000 people all have 2 things in common:
  • The bulk of their real-life working experience is in Renewable Energy
  • The vast majority of them do not have their resumes on any job board. Instead, they rely on us to make them aware of opportunities.


  • At any moment, we can put over 10 people on a campaign to directly recruit for your position.
  • We have people who specialize in the core areas of Solar, Energy Storage, Wind, Energy Efficiency, Hydropower, Battery Technology, Clean Transportation, Waste to Energy – we partner with them to do a DOUBLE screening on all candidates submitted.


The day we get an assignment until the day you have 3 people to interview is typically less than 15 days. We typically contact directly over 120 people per assignment.


  • In Business for 12 years
  • 10 highly experienced people work at Whitham Group
  • 60% of our clients have been with us for over 6 years
  • Experts in placing people in the Renewable Energy Industry
  • Certified by the California Public Utilities Commission as a Diverse Supplier
  • Certified Woman Owned Business and Small Business Entity
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Main Line: (831) RECRUIT

Toll Free: (831)-732-7848


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Whitham Group Headquarters
505 Montgomery Street 11th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111


Whitham Group has over 12 years’ experience recruiting in renewable energy. We operate as an expert advisor, not a vendor.


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