First, ideally searching would open a search window that could be recalled once clicking away by using the browser's back button.
Second, the search results would be a customizable table or card view.
As a sales rep, I'd like my search to open in a window, so that I can return to my search results if I click on the wrong result, without re-searching.
As an admin, I'd like to customize the fields shown for search results. I'd like to do this from a search layout, not a field option, so I can see exactly the way the search will appear for users and design an optimized view.