This week I shifted into hiring mode as I have several positions that we are trying to fill. These positions have been open at Swimfish for a little while and filling them is now becoming a critical need. With the high unemployment rate you would think we would have easily filled the support, development, project manager, and web designer positions we have open. So what gives, why haven’t we filled them yet?
- Hiring qualified talent is hard, always.
- Hiring requires focus. Life in the startup-lane is always crazed and you are balancing countless priorities. If you want to successfully hire the right people you must focus on it. You need to clearly identify the job needs, identify if you need recruiters, and work closely with these recruiters that you have brought on board. It will not happen without focus.
- Our Support and Development positions are in El Segundo, CA and our main office is in Danvers, MA. It is harder to recruit outside of your own backyard. Ask your network for help.
Alright, so today began with focus on hiring, how did I approach it:
- Reviewed all open positions to ensure they were clear and accurate. Sometimes you will write a job description and find out a month later that it is no longer valid. Keep it valid.
- Reached out to my personal network, my LinkedIn network, my Twitter network.
- Posted the El Segundo position on twitter. It’s not in my backyard and a $25 investment to post a job is money well spent.
- Repeat step 2.
- Repeat step 2
- … You get the idea.
Seems simple, right? What were the results:
- Nearly 30 applications for the Support job in the first few hours, more continuing to come in. The majority of these came through Craigslist but have 5 or 6 more leads through the networks.
- Have 4 new leads for project managers. All of them are high quality and came from my network efforts.
- Have 3 leads for graphic designers. This is a 3 week consulting gig and the leads were off the mark. The issue is not the network in this case, the issue is with the job description. I will go back and update it
Not bad for one person leveraging the power of their network. Imagine the number of resumes you should be seeing.