Just as football fans are wondering which teams have the goods to make it to the Super Bowl, organizations are clamoring for talent that will set them apart from competitors. This element of a strategic plan is crucial to organizations like ACA Talent and their clients because it encompasses the company’s overall goals, while propelling the organization forward.

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ACA Talent, a provider of Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) and professional hiring solutions, was named to the Inc. 500|5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies.

The company climbed 843 places from last year, coming in at number 2027. ACA Talent’s ranking in the Human Resources sector also rose 21 places. The company’s inclusion on the 2012 listing underscores its 3-year sales growth of 132%.

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I received a call from my friend (let’s call him Charlie) last week. He recently lost his sales position after his former company announced their latest round of layoffs. He’s actually been on the market for a few months now, but he was hoping to keep it under wraps and find something new quick.

The rationale for his optimism, although flawed, seemed sound enough at the time.

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As every growing company knows, what separates you from the competition isn’t always your product or service. Often, it’s your people. Because of this competitive advantage, it’s essential not only to continue hiring talented individuals, but also keeping them engaged and motivated.

Why is employee engagement and motivation critical to a company’s success? A big part of that is because these factors are linked to turnover.

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Ice Age Continental Drift was the second highest grossing movie this past weekend, in no small part thanks to its adorable character Scrat. If you’ve ever seen a promo for this or the three previous installments, you’ve no doubt seen Scrat the prehistoric squirrel chasing the perfect nut. No matter what perils he faces, no matter how hard he tries, that nut seems just out of his reach.

Unfortunately, in sales, we are often faced with the same scenario.

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