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How To Hire Right For Your Business

Hiring the right people is as important to your success as your IT infrastructure. Take your team building to the next level with these 10 tips.

Hiring the right people is as important to your success as your IT infrastructure. Take your team building to the next level with these 10 tips.The data, hardware, network, and all the other IT resources that your businesses relies upon are crucial to your success. Yet even if you have flawless IT, the technology is ultimately there to support the people who are your small or midsize business. And whereas making the choice between cloud and on-premises applications or selecting a network appliance can be distilled down to tangible factors such as cost, performance, compatibility, scalability, and so forth, selecting the people who work for and the people you work with is closer to alchemy.

That's true when selecting the service providers and vendors that keep your IT system running and it's also the case when you're hiring. There are now some resources to help you vet vendors based on past performance. When it comes to hiring your team, however, you can look at past performance, but you also need to consider the skills and competencies your business needs and how those roles relate to each other. It's a tall order and there's no right answer, but Mashable has a list of 10 tips for building your team (particularly helpful for startups that have a blank slate when it comes to staffing, but also applicable to existing businesses that are now starting to hire again). Here's the top line list (click here for the details on each point):

  1. Have Very Clear Objectives
  2. Master the Art of LinkedIn
  3. Go Where the Talent Is
  4. Make Your Company (and Yourself) Accessible
  5. You Have to Sell Your Business to Your Team
  6. Learn About Their Side Projects and Passions
  7. Project Management Tools Are Your Friend (Mostly)
  8. There's More to Your Team Than Your Employees
  9. Use Social Media to Build a Voice
  10. Trust Your Gut

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