CareerPlug CEO Pens How-to-Hire Guide

Clint Smith’s tome hits shelves this month

By YSN Staff

Clint Smith, CEO and founder of AVB partner CareerPlug, has committed his vast employee recruitment experience to paper with the August release of “How to Hire: The Essential Guide to Recruit & Retain the Right People.”

The 232-page tome, to be released next week in hardcover ($29.95) and Kindle ($9.99) editions, was written to give business owners and operators, rather than HR professionals alone, a playbook to achieve hiring success. The timing couldn’t be better, as hiring has never been more challenging than it is today, with fewer qualified applicants and more employers competing for them — which leaves many business owners stuck trying to figure it out on their own.

Related: BrandSource Launches a Recruitment Solution Through CareerPlug

To address the situation, Smith covers everything one needs 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

“I wrote this book for busy leaders like you,” Smith writes. “It is designed as a playbook with bite-sized sections that you can act on today.”

Smith started CareerPlug in his apartment in 2007 with little more than a laptop and few thousand dollars. The company, whose hiring software provides job description templates, interview guides, onboarding checklists and training plans, has since grown to dozens of employees and over 17,000 clients, including AVB BrandSource. As Smith says, “We couldn’t have gotten here without making the right hires along the way.”

For more information or to pre-order a copy, visit

YSN publisher AVB BrandSource is the nation’s largest merchandising and marketing co-op for independent appliance, mattress, furniture and CE dealers.

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