STATE OF HIRING 2018
By Leigh Buchanan
You’re competing against deep-pocketed
corporations and low unemployment.
It’s time to get creative.
Last year, when Taiwanese electronics behemoth Foxconn announced plans to build a
plant in Wisconsin and employ 13,000 people, Erik Anderson laughed. “I don’t know where
they expect to fnd those 13,000 people,” he says. “They’re not here.”
Anderson is CEO of Jeferson, Wisconsin–based Basin Precision Machining, a supplier
of parts for customers like Harley-Davidson. Recruitment “has always been a challenge,
but it is beyond the pale at this point,” Anderson adds. Wisconsin’s 2. 9 percent unemploy-
ment rate “sounds impossible, but if you’re looking to fll positions, it feels pretty real.”
With the national unemployment rate reaching a 17-year low, almost two-thirds of fast-
growth entrepreneurs cite fnding and retaining good people as their greatest obstacle to