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Why the Great Resignation Just Gave Your Small Business a Big Boost Four techniques for creatively attracting and recruiting today's career-changers

By Jeff Mazur Edited by Chelsea Brown

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When mid-career teachers are leaving the classroom to become data scientists and scrum masters, you know something big is happening in the job market. And that big phenomenon has a rather intimidating name: The Great Resignation.

As an entrepreneur or small business owner, you may be inclined to fret about the massive number of employees who are resigning from their positions. Yet, if you're trying to fill open positions, there's a silver lining to this cloud. According to research from Harvard Business Review, the majority of people engaged in The Great Resignation are knowledge workers between ages 30 and 45.

This makes them both seasoned and trained — and probably just hedging their bets that there's something better over the horizon. In other words, they're not necessarily fleeing due to the anti-work sentiment (likely led by younger workers), but they're seeking improved flexibility and greater work-life balance, per a McKinsey deep dive.

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