All startup founders know that one of the most important parts of growing a business is the team members. No founder is the best at everything, so having employees who have specific expertise i.e. design/copywriting, can help relieve pressure and allow founders to work on other areas of the business.
Who should I hire?
Before you even think about posting a job vacancy, you should think in depth about what kind of employee would be the best fit for your startup. What are your company values? Do you need someone who will do well in a team or work independently? It’s also vital to consider what kind of role your employee will undertake. For instance, will they be a volunteer, intern or a paid employee? Interns are likely to have less experience, however, they may also bring fresh ideas to your startup and they are more likely to be willing to work for free to gain the experience they need.
It’s important to hire the right people as team members can be the difference between a startup that sees exponential growth and one that stalls. Before interviews, you can ask potential employees to submit a written piece of work (or some designs) to showcase their skills and see whether their style fits in with the tone of your startup.
Where do startups post jobs?
Indeed is the top job website in the world, with 250 million monthly visitors and 175 million uploaded CVs! Employers can easily access CVs and see how many people have viewed their job posts. It is also ideal for startups as it is free to post job vacancies and you can hire from anywhere in the world!
LinkedIn is both a social media networking site and a source of employment. Whereas Indeed posts jobs from all sectors of the workforce, LinkedIn specialises in career-based jobs, from entry-level to senior positions. Founders looking to narrow their search often used LinkedIn to find employees that are ideal for them! LinkedIn also allows you to see where people are currently working, what skills they have and whether those abilities are similar to those you are looking for.
Many large companies use social media to not only promote their brand but also post vacancies. However, this is arguably more difficult for startups as they may not have a huge social media following and therefore won’t be able to reach as many people. If you have the financial freedom, you can pay for social media advertising to expand your reach, however, many startups will not be in the position to do this. Social media is therefore arguably best used in conjunction with other job sites.
Some might say that AngelList is the perfect platform for founders of startups as it specialises in job postings for startup businesses. This allows founders to avoid wading through hundreds of unnecessary CVs and profiles and enables them to find people who really want to work for a startup. However, to access all features, users must pay nearly £200 a month (a large chunk of money for most startups).
We Work Remotely is the best platform if you’re looking to hire employees from all around the world or if you are a remote-based company. However, it is a much more exclusive website that may exclude brilliant talent right on your doorstep.
Mashable is an alternative website where startups post jobs, specialising in tech, digital and social media vacancies. For companies specialising in these areas, it can be hugely helpful as it allows you to know that people are looking for jobs specific to your business. But Mashable isn’t just a job posting site, it also provides users with interview tips and uses humour to engage users.
It’s important to say that the platform where startups post jobs completely depends on which one works best for them. The job site you use might depend on your financial and business needs and personal preferences. You should never rush the recruitment process as the team members you pick will be helping to shape the kind of business your startup becomes.