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This Issue's Theme: Recruiting August 29, 2008  
Editor's Note
For most companies, recruiting is an ongoing process. What recruiting issues is your firm facing? Has the process become more or less challenging over time? Are you devoting enough time to the process? Are you finding yourself with few recruits to choose from, or too many? Have you picked up any tips along the way that you're willing to share with your peers? Click "Post Comment" at the bottom of any of these recruiting-related stories, or drop me a line with your comments and I will post them for you.

Best regards,
Gail Perry, CPA
Managing Editor
editor@accountingweb.com


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