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CEO Gabriel Shaoolian is "very picky" about whom he hires

Sure, employers are in the driver's seat in the current job market. But even with New York City unemployment close to 9%, it's not easy to hire great people who are perfect for your company, especially if you're in a growing industry.

Just ask employers like Gabriel Shaoolian, CEO of Blue Fountain Media, a Manhattan website design and digital marketing firm founded in 2003 that employs 100 people today. “When you are talking about Web development and online marketing, these are hot industries right now,” Mr. Shaoolian said. “People who are good in these industries can get a job in a heartbeat.”

Mr. Shaoolian—admittedly “very picky” about whom he hires—attracts the kind of designers who don't mind working beyond 9 to 5. In return, he offers rapidly increasing salaries to top performers and benefits including company movie nights. “You're better off paying more money to hire a good person than three OK people,” he said.

Read more at crain's new york

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