Baton Rouge companies struggling to find talent in tech, business services

Do you know of any data scientists or solutions architects looking for a job? Sparkhound is willing to pay you $2,500 for a name.

That’s right—$2,500 per referral. 

“We were brainstorming and said, ‘Why don’t we make everybody in the U.S. a recruiter?’” says Sandy Michelet, Sparkhound’s director of human resources. “We just took our internal referral program and opened it up to the world.”

Creative, yes, but the recent launch of Sparkhound’s external referral program—called HoundHunters—merely illustrates the company’s response to today’s imbalanced job market. The local tech consulting firm is advertising roughly 20 job openings at its Baton

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