Entrepreneurship

How to recruit and where applicants should be looking

29 Jan , 2015  

Recruiting is a two way process. Just as much as candidates struggle to find jobs that suit them, employers struggle to find candidates that suit their roles.

In the start up world, recruiting can be a difficult operation. There’s a lot of time and effort that goes into making a detailed and thorough job specification and this is something that not all applicants are considerate of demonstrated through their lack of effort and attention to detail when applying for roles. As a start up, this can be frustrating and sieving out the good from the bad is a tedious task. You may not have the resources to outsource your recruiting and this leaves you having to do it for yourself. Recruiting is much like a marketing effort – get the word out there as much as you can. There are various low cost and free places to market your business.

Here’s a round up of the free places to post your start up role in London:

  1. workinstartups.com: One of the best free job boards that exist. This site is incredibly popular and because there are so many postings your job ad may fall down quite quickly. Be sure to post regularly on this!
  1. CampusBoard: quickly becoming more and more popular! Set up by a group of guys, the site also includes events and profiles of people within the start up community.
  1. Google Campus: another popular site, which means your ad, falls down quite quick. Campus Café attracts lots of eager and passionate workers building their own start ups.
  1. London Start Up jobs: a neat site that has a small amount of job opportunities, easy to use and has some great filters making your job search a lot easier!

5. Tech Start up jobs: with all the postings out there, it’s good to see a job board that is niche. As suggested in the name, this job board focuses on tech roles (developers, engineers, coders, etc). They also hold job fairs in NY, London and Berlin

6. F6S: create a company and/or personal profile. Includes start up benefits and an easy to use job posting facility.

  1. Upstartjobs: Start up jobs from all over the world! Easy to use with great filters!
  1. Careers group: perfect if you’re looking for students and grads. This portal is marketed to all UOL universities. Each free posting is limited to 25 words but reaches lots of eyeballs!
  1. 3beards: Offers free postings for start ups that are pre-revenue stage.
  1. Escape the City: Perfect if you’re looking for mid-senior level roles. Costs a small amount to post an advert, but totally worth it for the quality of candidates.

11. Silicon Milkroundabout: THE job fair to go to if you are looking for roles in the tech sector. Their events are fun, interactive and have a wide selection of companies looking to recruit enthusiastic individuals.

Think outside of the box too. Recruiting is a non-stop process until you find the right candidate. Other ways of finding a superstar employee may include attending networking events such as Silicon Drinkabout, letting your workspace know you’re recruiting, including your ad in your newsletter and social media platforms.

Remember, there’s no right and wrong way to recruit, it’s an on-going process which may mean regularly updating job postings and changing your job spec until you get the right candidate.

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