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Recruiting tactics to improve your ability to hire and keep the best.

When you have an opening on your veterinary team, finding the right person isn’t always easy. But it is well worth the effort—and the time. “Hiring the wrong person can drag down the whole team,” says Melissa Overberg, Manager of Talent Acquisition at Henry Schein Animal Health. Try these planning and prep tips to find Ms. or Mr. “Right”:

Plan Ahead
Ask yourself:

“When you write it all down, it will help you get a better picture in your head of who will be successful in that job,” says Overberg.

Find Talent
Next, think about where to cast your net.

Review Resumes
Check resumes carefully, looking for:

Check Backgrounds
Finally, run a background check on your preferred candidates, Overberg recommends.

Keep in mind that you may not be able to ask candidates about any criminal record until later in the hiring process, Overberg adds. Check your state, county and city “ban the box” regulations and make sure your application is in compliance. “In some states, you can no longer ask whether someone has prior convictions or felonies until after you have made a conditional offer,” she says. “But you can still perform a background check.”

Seal the Deal
Think you’ve found Mr. or Ms. Right? Make that hire! “We can all find hundreds of people to do a job, but you want the right person for your team,” says Overberg.

How to Get Get Started
Research general employment websites, such as Indeed or Glassdoor. Or try Henry Schein’s GetHired service.

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