Take the following paragraph, which would be a description of a websites services.

We want to promote and enable greater talent and potential by connecting employers with employees. Whether you're a brand, operator or retailer, this is the place to find your next ???????

I need a one word synonym which implies, 'star employee'.

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    The expressions top-performer and employee-of-the-month come to mind, but you might not want to make a statement that offers the best employees. Just top notch ones. Mar 16, 2016 at 15:17
  • Why not just "star"? It can be used to mean "person of great value or talent". Mar 16, 2016 at 15:23
  • This is the place to find your next "moneymaker." "moneymaker" is defined as a thing or peron that is or might be profitable. thefreedictionary.com/moneymaker
    – Elian
    Mar 16, 2016 at 15:45
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    Perhaps "superstar" or "top performer". Or actually "star employee". Does it really need to be only one word? Mar 17, 2016 at 3:48
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    @AdamC I'm unsure what sort of companies/employers you are hoping to attract, but be careful not to overplay the talents of prospective employees. Most employers want someone who is able to work within a team and be an effective communicator/negotiator. Superstars usually have big egos and expect to be able to tell everyone else what to do! Mar 18, 2016 at 13:35

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Rock-Star for the last few years has indicated an employee who top the charts, so to speak. From the referenced article, the traits of a Rock-Star are:

  1. They Take Initiative
  2. They Have Integrity
  3. They Deliver results
  4. They Communicate Well
  5. They’re Adaptable
  6. They Don’t Create Drama
  7. They Have Passion

You may use Stakhanovite:

  • An exceptionally hard-working or zealous person:
    • [as a modifier]: she was a Stakhanovite worker in the field of female suffering.



trailblazer (noun):

  • A person who is the first to do something: an innovator

'he was a trailblazer for many ideas that are now standard fare'

Source: ODO

  • A pioneer in any field of endeavor

'a trailblazer in science'

Source: Dictionary.com


Linchpin An indispensable or irreplaceable person.

The M-W Dictionary definition for Linchpin:a person or thing that holds something together

I first came across this term for such an employee in Linchpin: are you Indispensable, a book written by Seth Godin.


If you want to emphasize the youth as well as the star potential then there is the loan-word from German - Wunderkind. Allegedly first used in English by George Bernard Shaw.

This is often used in the press to describe someone who achieves notable success early in life.

For example: Mark Zuckerberg is often referred to by the press as a Wunderkind, such as here.

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