Although some small companies are still waiting for recovery to take hold before making more hires, some recession-resistant firms are taking advantage now by plucking top talent out of the large pool of laid-off workers. "If you're looking to staff up and hire, there are people available with better skills and experience than we've ever seen in the job market, and you can get them for less money than you used to," says SurePayroll President Michael Alter.

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