What does the perfect employee look like?  Is it a carbon copy of the person you had in the role?  Far too often employers are looking for a criteria that doesn't exist, a super star that ticks every box and fits into the team and company culture! 

Unfortunately, these people don't exist.  It is key that when you recruit (a bit like looking for a house) you need to be prepared to make compromises, to look outside of the original brief and you may well be very surprised at what you get!  So push your recruiter to think laterally for you, not just paying more salary, however looking for skills that can fit and add to the existing team.  Attitude and culture fit are so important, so be confident that if this is right, you or your team can train that potential employee on the role, product, market etc, and they may turn out to be your next best thing!