Hiring is challenging at the best of times, but it’s even more important when your company is just starting out. As a startup business, every hire you make can have a significant impact on your company’s progress. Hire the right people and your company can take off. But make a few hiring mistakes, and it can impair your company’s ability to grow as you have projected.

It’s imperative you find linchpin employees for your startup in your early years of operations.

Toronto startup recruiters share how to find linchpin employees for your startup


What is a linchpin employee?

A linchpin employee is an individual who is vital to the operations of your company. Some would refer to them as the glue that holds things together. They are someone who understands the ins and outs of their jobs and have extensive knowledge of the company’s operations.

What are the key traits of a linchpin employee?

A linchpin employee can take on many forms. They can be part of the management structure or work in many other facets of the company. Here are some of the traits that define them:

  • They have the greater good of the company at heart
  • They solve problems that others cannot see
  • They always find a way to get things done
  • They continue to define and redefine their role
  • They seek out new challenges and are always looking for ways to improve

Overall, they can be a person who is considered indispensable. They are someone who, if they left, you would have a challenge replacing.

How do you find linchpin employees for your startup?

The ability to find a linchpin employee can give your startup a significant boost. So, how do you find them?

  • Identify what a linchpin employee means for you: Which traits and skills do a key employee need to possess?
  • What do you value? What are your company standards? What beliefs do you envision a future employee having? What types of beliefs do you expect candidates to possess?
  • Do they already exist in your organization? Sometimes, a future linchpin employee already exists in your company. They just haven’t been given the opportunity to show what they can accomplish. Give people the chance to grow their skills and ability to leverage their strengths.

Finding a linchpin employee is not an easy process. Sometimes, the candidates are obvious and other times, some people come out of nowhere to be one of your best people. Always be on the lookout for the next invaluable piece that can help take your startup to the next level.


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Claire McConnachie Sales Recruiter

Claire McConnachie

Claire is Partner with IQ PARTNERS as well as our sales division SalesForce Search. Claire specializes in identifying and connecting with the top sales performers across a number of industries, including SaaS, AI/Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, FinTech, Legal Tech & Marketing Tech. With 6+ years of experience in sales and recruitment, Claire's main objective is to connect great people to great companies by building strong relationships with both top clients and candidates in the sales industry. She specializes in sales roles of all seniority levels for both enterprise and start-up clients North American wide. When Claire isn't networking with top talent, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling and spending time with friends & family.

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