CareerPlug Founder & CEO Clint Smith Releases New Book, “How to Hire”

PRESS RELEASE – August 8, 2023. CareerPlug is excited to announce the release of How to Hire: The Essential Guide to Recruit & Retain the Right People, a book by CareerPlug’s Founder and CEO, Clint Smith, and published by Amplify Publishing. 

In How to Hire, Smith draws on his two decades of experience to create the ultimate hiring playbook for small business owners. Most books on hiring are written for HR professionals, but How to Hire was written to give owners & operators a playbook to achieve hiring success.

Smith says, “I’ve wanted to write this book for a long time. Hiring and retaining the right people is often the #1 challenge faced by small business owners. I know because I’ve been there myself. Many of the lessons I share in this book were learned the hard way through bad hires and other mistakes, such as not having written core values. Several people have helped me make it through the challenges of growing a winning team, and this is my way of paying it forward.”

How to Hire covers everything you need to hire the right people, including:

  • Clarifying mission/vision/values
  • Understanding who you need
  • Attracting high-quality candidates
  • Running an effective hiring process
  • Building a winning culture

How to Hire has received early praise from reviewers including Kirkus Reviews, who says: “Smith’s approach, intended for hiring managers without specific HR expertise, is a refreshing departure from most conventional advice on hiring (and getting hired), which focuses on beating systems or verifying skill sets. Many companies claim, perhaps disingenuously, that their greatest asset is people, but Smith provides the resources to make that claim a reality. A sensible, cleareyed playbook for attracting, developing, and retaining top performers.”

How to Hire will be available for sale on Amplify Publishing, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble on August 8, 2023. 

You can also find the free resources mentioned in the book (including ideal candidate profiles, job description templates, interview guides, and more) at the book’s official website:

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