Top level professionals with the training, experience, soft skills, and leadership qualities.

High-level mazes are a challenge – there are multiple paths that move forward toward the end goal, but only one leads all the way – the rest eventually hit the wall and require a 180* turn.

Finding Purple Squirrels – those top level professionals with the training, experience, soft skills, and leadership qualities that you are seeking can be like solving those mazes. While multiple candidates appear to “fit the bill,” the number who actually do is often limited. And too many 180* turns, is neither time nor cost-effective, in addition to the stress level it can create.

So how do you not only discover the “Purple Squirrel” that will match your position, but also clinch the hire? Following these principles will help you choose the right path through the maze.

Lay the Grid Work

Nail down exactly what you need. If you don’t have an accurate job description and focused picture of your ideal candidate, how will you recognize a match?
Stay on top of industry trends, market insights, what top candidates prioritize, etc. Knowledge of the playing field is essential to winning the game.

Social Media

Establish your company brand – join conversations in your industry and tailor your posts to invite interactions with the top-level talent.
Network – Dig into LinkedIn and these other top sites for professionals – discover passive top talent who meet your criteria.

Set a High Standard

Maybe you can’t have 100%, but don’t “settle.” Talent isn’t top level without the following skills and attributes:

  • Communication – verbal, nonverbal, written, listening
  • Research and problem-solving
  • Project Management
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Process Management
  • Adaptability and Resilience
  • Leadership
  • Customer Relations



Connect with a boutique recruiting firm that specializes in your industry. Partnering with a recruiter who not only is experienced as a recruiter, but has a solid base of experience in your industry ensures a time and cost-effective connection with the right talent for your position.

Regardless of your industry, data plays a pivotal role in shaping it. Curate Partners is a specialist, boutique technology consulting organization that helps our clients transform their results by bridging the talent gap in Big Data, Digital, Cloud, and Development. We have a unique operating model that focuses on innovative recruiting methodologies, in the hottest technologies, and a desire to work with only the top 20% of the talent, “The Purple Squirrels”. All while giving back to the communities in which we live. Contact us today and connect with the talent you need.

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