So this is the fourth part of our Recruiting for your Startup series and we've covered quite a few bases already in what is a very important process for you and your business. Missed any of the earlier posts? Simply check out the links at the bottom of this article for Parts 1-3.
So, let’s take a moment to reflect
We highlighted previously the importance of planning the logistics of your interviews - the dotting the i's and t's so to speak. And before we look at the interviews themselves, to get those important applicants, and good ones at that, you need to know where to advertise your role / roles. So check out below some of the generic and also more startup specific places and online spaces which you might want to look at in order to advertise your startup role...
W.O.M also more commonly known as word of mouth, can be a valuable way of getting your recruitment need out into and then out of your business circle. Indeed if you work in a co-working, or shared working space, network with other startups, or have links with your local chamber of commerce or more generally the wider business community then make the most of the circle you already have at your disposal.
You have all these folk and businesses that follow you on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and so on, so if nothing else why not encourage as many of them as possible to share your job requirements to as many of their followers and fans too. That combined with dedicated Facebook groups can be a great way of spreading that word a little further still. For example, if you are based in and around London, check out the London Tech Startup Jobs Facebook group which is geared specifically at startup jobs in the capital. Also, use the Facebook search bar to see what jobs groups are based in and around where you work.
Remove any preconceptions or snobbery that you might have about the quality of the applicants which you might get via the jobcentre. It’s vital to appreciate that in this current jobs market you could just find that extra special applicant via your local jobmarket. Yes, you might have to do some extra short listing to find that hidden gem, but a little extra work to find the right person (and for free too) is not that tough really is it?
Generic job boards
Yep, you might be a startup, and be aspiring to or actually currently setting the world on fire with your new business, however the reality is that whatever your job is, it still does fit in to a typical job category. Yes your job requirement may be niche but unless you are reinventing the 'jobs wheel' your job will be typical of both new and old companies alike. We're not here to tell you what job sites you could advertise on, but a simple search online of your location, and the title of your job requirement, will probably give you a few clues of who you could use.