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How To Recruit For A Startup Business

07 March 2019
Zara Woodcock
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Thinking of starting your own business? Hiring the right employees is essential to the success and development of your brand new company. With limited cash flow, how are you supposed to find people to join a startup no one has heard of?

Recruiting is hard and needs a plan and a lot of thought. With limited time and resources, every choice can be a struggle of making sure everything is in the right place. Hiring talented people is important, so we have put together a little guide on how you can start your recruitment.

Create A Company With A Vision

During early days of the company, you will most likely not be able to offer high salaries to your employees. This means candidates would rather apply for other jobs that exceed their salary expectations. In order to gain new employees who are okay with lower wages in the beginning, showing them that your company has an important mission and a magnificent vision may convince them to take the plunge and work for you.

You must be able to share your long-term plans with possible candidates and present your company as, well, a company, not a startup. It may be difficult, but believing in your company will make others believe in it too.

 

Hire People with Multiple Skills

Without the funds, prioritising the the types of skills potential employees have is vital to making sure your company succeeds. You probably will not be able to hire every type of employee separately such as: IT Technicians, Writers, Graphic Designer, Programmer, and Marketer. In order to get optimal results, you should check and ask for the unique talents everyone has.

For example, hiring a Graphic Designer who’s good at programming or a writer who is an amazing salesmen. Your limited resources means it’s time to make the most of what you have, and that is your employees. Have everyone in your company doing different things to increase efficiency and teach new skills that will come in handy in the future.

Asking potential employees what they would like to learn and what they are good at will give you an idea where to start with job roles.

 

Have An Already Good Tight-Knit Team

Your startup company most likely already have a small-but-close team. Having a small team means each individual person will have a greater impact on your company and to potential employees. When you have a team that’s already determined, fun, and inventive, people will become excited about the prospect of working for you.

When hiring, making sure recruitment is based on skill and passion rather than fit can turn a failing business into a growing business. If initial hires are family and friends, hire them because of the specific skills they have, not because you need as many people as possible. The hiring process should involve the recruiter (you or someone else in your company) writing a detailed check-list of the exact skills each role needs. For example, if you are hiring a creative designer, check for:

  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Time management
  • Passionate about the growth of the company
  • Creative outside their role (with writing, IT etc.)
  • Experienced in the necessary programmes
  • Organised
  • Able to multitask when asked
  • Ability to solve difficult problems
  • Leadership skills

The list can be as specific as you like, but it needs to ensure versatility and talent in the company.

 

Offer Challenging Projects to Employees

Your existing team and potential new employees do not want to be wasting their time on boring projects and mundane tasks. Your startup is knowingly hiring talented people, and talented people want to show their abilities. Offer your team the opportunity to partake in stimulating projects that will help them showcase their skills.

More Information On Recruiting

The employees you choose for your startup will make or break the company. Each individual’s talents will impact the business differently, and it is important to make sure you are recruiting for the right reasons. Still unsure? Have a read of our Beginner’s Guide to Networking to learn how to gain more contacts.