One of my problems is finding smart, hard-working people. For every one smart guy there are 100 people that would waste my time. Finding that one gem of an employee is really hard. I don't need book smarts, so getting the valedictorian of Harvard is not my problem, I need ordinary people who are smart and hard working.
Putting out ads is not useful, because the kind of people who are looking through ads are generally the type of people I would rather not hire.
I wish I could just get a list of the 10,000 smartest people in my area and their basic characteristics so I could identify what I wanted and just recruit them, but there is no such list that I can find. I thought of brute forcing it by getting a list of every adult aged 20-45 within 50 miles, which would be about 300,000 people, then getting backgrounds on every one of them, then just winnowing it down until I had the top 1,000 candidates, then just working through it one at a time. But obviously this would be a LOT of work. Also, sometimes smart people do not have characteristics that easily stand out in a database.
Does anybody have any secret tips for locating smart people?