4 Free Ways Your Startup Can Recruit Top Talent (we have your #5)

by Mona Abdel-Halim
This post originally appeared on Mashable.com

How does a new company find top talent before someone else does, and with as little cash as possible?

As a startup entrepreneur, you’re trying to find and recruit the best (and most passionate) employees to help strengthen your company. The good news is that with 14 million unemployed people competing in today’s job market, your company has lots of options.

A top-notch recruiting strategy doesn’t necessarily have to break your budget. Here are four creative ways to recruit talent, and most are free.


1. Sponsor Class Projects at Your Local University


When looking for new talent, tap into your local university. Many classes, especially senior and graduate classes, will ask students to work on company-sponsored projects over entire semesters. Consider sponsoring one of these class projects to target student talent. You’ll be able to monitor student work for an extended period of time, to assess their skills and work ethic, and ultimately to determine whether they would be a good fit for your organization.


2. Join Local Meetup Groups


Meetup groups are a great way to find people who share the same passions. Whether through common interest or career field, there’s probably a meetup about it. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn best practices from other professionals, and to network with industry people before you extend employment offers. Search sites like Meetup.com by meetup topic and city.


3. Tap Your Startup Network


Network with other startups in your area. Don’t look at them as your competition, but rather as your allies. Network with them and their employees by targeting local startup communities, like AustinStartup and Silicon Florist, for example. Many provide access to local job boards. Although posting to these boards isn’t always free, try pitching a company profile of your startup to site admins. The exposure will pique the interest of local job seekers.

Finally, keep an eye on these sites for local startup news. Odds are if a startup fails, its employees will be looking to join another company soon after — why not make it yours?


4. Post Locally


Don’t forget your local markets. Take advantage of their resources and markets to post ads for your startup’s open positions. Consider Craigslist too, although doing so might result in some spam mail. Local universities are also great resources to tap — career centers often allow you to post jobs for free.

Sometimes it’s difficult to convince people to jump onboard a startup, particularly if it’s relatively new. However, there are ways to convince them to take on a new opportunity. Alleviate concerns by using a professional recruiting approach to instill confidence in candidates, but don’t be afraid to network on a social level as well. You’ll get a sense how potential candidates comport themselves, and whether they’ll fit into your startup culture.

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