How do we find good people to hire?

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Dear Norm,
We want to add experienced businesspeople to the staff of our small company. We’ve tried local SCORE chapters, word-of-mouth, and some Internet searches—with no luck. What should we do now?

Dear Donald,
I can’t offer you a quick, reliable solution, but you shouldn’t be discouraged. It always takes time to find good people. Here’s a tip: the people you want are probably not looking for work. They may be retired. They may be between projects. They may just be bored with what they’re doing. If they’re looking at all, they’re networking with their friends. You should do the same. Talk to your customers, your suppliers, your bankers, other businesspeople you know. Eventually someone will turn up.
Yours truly, Norm

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