About Us

"Don't aim at success - the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself."
— Viktor E. Frankl: Man's Search for Meaning

Real World Experience...

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew."
— Saint Francis de Sales

Competent Search recruiters have a unique perspective and understanding of our clients’ needs. This broad range of experience brings tremendous value to our clients and provides an extended network of industry expertise upon which to draw. We understand our clients’ challenges within an organizational structure, understand the political issues with which they have to deal, and appreciate the human resources initiatives which must be adhered to within the corporate or sales environments.


Competent Search recruiters have many years experience in executive search in addition to their prior individual industry expertise. We have functional experience in such diverse industries as:

  • Printing / Publishing
  • Military
  • Advertising
  • Management Consulting
  • Public Relations
  • Public Speaking
  • Ecommerce
  • Telecommunications
  • Pastoral
  • Journalism

"Were someone to ask, 'What is your hope?' and you responded with a shrug, it's not that you are without hope. But you may have lost touch with the essence of your own aliveness. You may have forgotten how to dream. You may feel hopeless. So ask yourself this, then, 'If nothing were impossible, if my history and bank account didn't matter, what would I hope? What is my dream?' Allow your inner longings to rise to the surface.
— Mary Manin Morrissey

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In 1999 Craig Guisinger returned from a nine-month military tour of duty in Bosnia with a vision of an independent recruiting firm. Already experienced in corporate recruiting, Craig wanted to start a company that utilized his relationship sales background, coupled with his knowledge of the mortgage industry. He wanted a company that was client-focused and results driven. He began Competent Search initially as the sole recruiter but with a vision of attracting like-minded professionals.

Starting in the Phoenix market, Competent Search now recruits and has placed mortgage professionals nationwide.

Please contact us for more info.

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Candidate Sources

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
— Biologist P.B. Medawar


Attracting the best

We have recruited and placed candidates nationwide. We work with top mortgage bankers and ensure that possess leadership, product, service, marketing and technology to ensure success for motivated mortgage professionals.
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