Research is a term used in human resource consulting which is closely linked to executive search when it comes to directly approaching potential candidates regarding a vacant position. Modern research consists of different processes. In desk research, the researcher collects various data about the company, the clients, and the industries. Based on this, he prepares a so-called target company list with competing companies in which he identifies personnel who are potentially suitable for the respective vacancy. Through this direct approach the potential candidate is finally identified and the contact is established.