5 Savvy Tips for Recruiting Top Talent as a Start-Up

December 14th, 2017

By Matthew Lester, Toronto Startup Recruiter 

Finding top talent is difficult. It’s even more difficult to attract and recruit talent as a start-up. You have limited resources. You are competing with other start-ups.  You are also competing with large companies with significant resources.

Additionally, you are faced with the reality that hiring the wrong person could have a huge negative impact on your company. The wrong employee could set you back. You need to proceed carefully and make sound decisions when hiring talent.

Here are 5 tips to help you hire the best talent as a start-up:

1. Mine Your Network

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One of the first places a start-up should look for potential candidates is their professional network. During the early stages, look to your fans and brand advocates. These are the people who will take ownership and will work hard to help the company succeed. They will also help you shape your company culture and advocate for other talents to work for your start-up.

2. Have Someone Dedicated to Recruiting

It’s easy to be spread thin during your early days of operation. Many start-ups have multiple employees wearing a number of hats. However, you need someone who is dedicated to recruiting if you are serious about finding top talent. If you don’t have someone, then consider hiring a recruiting company to assist you with hiring. This will take the pressure off you and allow you to focus on business while the recruiters focus on hiring.

3. Be Honest with Candidates

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It’s important to be upfront with candidates about their role and compensation. Start-ups are often less structured and a work in progress. Be honest about the work environment now, but also be clear about the direction the company is going and the potential advantages of becoming a cornerstone employee.

4. Be Open to Different Types of Employment

You have options. It’s important for start-ups to have flexibility. One of the ways to do this is to hire freelancers, contractors or even remote workers. It frees you from the costs of hiring full time employees and allows you more flexibility to grow your workforce as your company evolves.

5. Create a Great Culture from Day One

Building an inclusive and engaging company culture from day one is important. People want to work for companies where they have opportunities to grow and can have an impact. When you offer a great culture, candidates are more willing to sacrifice in other areas.

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Matthew Lester

Matthew knows that preparation breeds success, which is why finding employees who fit perfectly with a company’s goals and culture is the largest contributor to a company’s long term success. After spending 5 years working in executive search within the Financial Services & Insurance industries, Matthew dedicated himself to leading Canada's top entrepreneur focused recruitment team.