Does LinkedIn work for hiring mobile developers? Which job boards are best for Canadian startups? We have all heard the tired cliché that you need to spend money to make money. Frankly, with so many free channels to promote a job, why should a startup spend money to pay for the service?
Let’s consider a critical startup recruitment trend: the search for candidates with startup experience. This need should be obvious, but the general job boards with millions of users do not guarantee a pool of applicants with startup experience. On the flip side, general startup boards do offer massive outreach to millions of job seekers, literally.
One approach to help in recruitment is to envision your ideal candidate and where you would find them virtually. AngelList and StartupNorth could work well for developers, while LinkedIn is great to fill sales and marketing needs.
The list below provides comprehensive coverage in terms of posting startup roles. Numerous entrepreneurs within the MaRS ecosystem have had a positive experience with one or more of the following:
The two job boards highlighted here are not exclusive for startups, but still offer a lot value to startups to maximize outreach.
Full disclosure: The Pilot Venture Talent Program at MaRS uses LinkedIn for startup recruitment.
It’s hard to ignore that LinkedIn is the single largest professional network with over 300 million users globally. However, startups face two major challenges with LinkedIn:
What to do? Proceed with LinkedIn if you are prepared to take on the two challenges above. Allocating time to search for passive candidates is much more effective than simply posting jobs. And announce job opportunities through your profile updates for free!
Started in 2004, Indeed is today the largest aggregated job board in the world with 140 million users worldwide. The downside is that, as with LinkedIn, the candidates are not necessary experienced with startups. And you will have to deal with a high volume of unqualified candidates.
To learn more about Indeed, check out its recent infographic.