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4 sources of exceptional talent

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When you need to hire a new em­­ployee, don’t overlook these talent pools brimming with great hires:

1. Veterans. While a veteran’s experiences don’t always align with a job description, military virtues, such as problem-solving and working well under pressure, are valuable for any organization.

2. Stay-at-home parents. Moms and dads returning to work after choosing to leave work and care for their children are often overlooked because of gaps in their résumés. However, many are skilled, patient and eager to work. While they will require flexibility, they tend to be very loyal once hired.

3. College graduates. With May graduation behind them, grads will be flooding the workforce, and most of them possess similar degrees and successes. Find a great fit by focusing more on skills assessments and by using tests like the Myers-Briggs to evaluate personality traits.

4. Freelancers, contractors and consultants. Choose from a large number of highly skilled professionals who can work on short- or long-term projects or can work either a few hours each week or even full-time.

— Adapted from “5 Hot Talent Pools You May Be Missing,” Christina Desmarais, Inc., www.inc.com.

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