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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 137 IDEA: Recruit Great Employees

A small business can't afford to make poor hiring choices. Yet small business owners too often hire the first person who drifts through the door, even for key jobs. Casting the widest net possible before hiring anyone makes sense (see Great Idea #138). For a key hire, it may pay to retain a search firm.

Executive recruiters, often retained by big companies to find just the right person, also work with many smaller firms. Their fee—traditionally 33images percent of the total first year's salary plus all expenses—may be steep, but think of it as an investment in your success.

“We create a strategy for the hunt,” ...

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