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A purple squirrel is a metaphor used by recruiters and human relationship managers to describe the perfect job candidate. Because squirrels in the real world are not often purple, the implication is that finding the perfect job candidate with exactly the right qualifications, education and salary expectations can be a daunting – if not impossible -- task.

This was last updated in July 2012
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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