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Make Like Magellan

The best workers for your business aren't necessarily in your neighborhood. They may not even be on your continent.

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Have you shaken the bushes looking for more employees to hire in your growing company but come up empty--or at least with less-than-stellar candidates? Some businesses are looking to the global market for employees, particularly employees with high-tech skills. The process may be worthwhile, but it can get complex and expensive.

First, says Philip A. Barquer, president of HR Alternatives Inc. in Irvine, California, you need to understand some immigration basics. The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) requires you to demonstrate that you can't find American workers for jobs before you hire from overseas. You can do that, Barquer says, by running ads and keeping track of applications.

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