How to hire your next rock-star employee

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Hiring is tough. Your business needs top talent; that means the correct training, experience and personality, along with the drive to succeed. How can you attract these people? Get creative and think outside the box. Here are some of our best ideas for recruiting and retaining your next rock-star employee:

  • Culture, culture, culture. Can’t say it enough. Make sure your company culture reflects the values and goals of your business. Invest time in getting this right. Foster an environment in which your employees feel encouraged, valued, and empowered. Offer them an opportunity to feel like they are making a difference; an incentive such as 10% paid time of for volunteer work is attractive to younger workers and can cultivate teamwork and a sense of community in the workplace.

  • Benefits. The tech giants have the right idea: they are always working to improve their employees’ health, happiness and morale. In addition to the usual benefits (health insurance, paid time off, 401k etc.) think paid parental leave, free branded merchandise, free snacks and weekly catered lunches, tuition reimbursement, flexible schedule, telecommuting, performance bonuses, employee discounts, stock options, and opportunities for you to partner with local business for discounted (or free) gym memberships, car washes or dry cleaning.

  • Purchase another business that has the talent you are after. Ensure you have an onboarding program in place that is thorough and welcoming.

  • Visit local high schools and do a career day presentation to search out early talent. Bring in as interns to evaluate them.

  • Hire veterans via a website such as https://www.militaryhire.com/

  • Hire second chance workers via a website such as https://www.gettingtalentbacktowork.org

  • Hire neurodiverse candidates via a program such as Autism Speaks

Finally, ensure your hiring practices are engaging, communicate efficiently and effectively sell the job.