How Hollywood can inspire your next hire

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Whether you’re bringing in your first staff member or expanding your current team, you can take a few lessons from the Hollywood system when it comes to hiring the right person

Hollywood has long worshiped the super star. But it’s not all Tom Cruises and Will Smith – a film needs a balance of actors to make it work. Here we look at some of the classic archetypes and what they could bring to your small business.

The Super Star
Who they are: Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jnr, Angelina Jolie

These are the household names that everyone knows and exist in the business world as much as the film world. While they might be expensive, they show that your business has ambition, can attract the best talent and bring instant recognition and respectability to your office. For small firms, bringing in someone who is respected and well known in your industry shows you want to be taken seriously.

The Character Actor
Who they are: Jeff Bridges, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench

If you’re looking for solidity and experience, then these are the ones to go for. They’ve often been in the industry for years and know how to hit the ground running. They won’t be as flashy as the super star but will often be better at the job for less money. You also won’t have to deal with the diva-side that you sometimes find with super stars. They will handle the less glamorous jobs and make sure your company keeps going even in the toughest times.

Comedy Sidekick
Who they are: Jack Black, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig

Office morale is important and hiring someone you like and who can keep you laughing during the hard times can improve your working day. The comedy sidekick will be loyal yet keep the office laughing all the way to the weekend. In films, the comedy sidekick also acts as the audience’s proxy – they can play the same role for new clients, welcoming them to your company, making them feel at ease and answering the obvious questions.

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The Indie Break-out Star
Who they are: Ellen Paige, Aaron Johnson, Tom Hardy

Search start-ups for your indie star. They might not have the name recognition of the super star or the experience of the character actor, but they will bring a whole load of new ideas to the table and will be a lot cheaper.  They might be a bit of a risk as they could be untested, but it could pay off in the long term.

The Foreign Import
Who they are: Jackie Chan, Marion Cotillard, Christoph Waltz

Looking overseas for talent is a great way to bring in experienced people who have a new way of thinking that could change how your business works for the better. Not only that but they will open your business up to new audiences. Again, it might be a risk as they may not fit into your style of working, but if you do your research you could unearth a gem.

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