Where and How to Recruit the Talents for your business


In addition to the marketing challenges for businesses that I addressed earlier this week, if you are a startup, there is one more major challenge you will have to deal with – how and where to find the right talent to help you to grow your business.

Not to mention the startups rarely have a recruiting professional on their team — or even someone who has enough spare time to imitate a recruiting professional.

You could always tap into your network of friends or friends of friends. Alternatively,  The awesome Internet can always be a tremendous resource in finding the right people to build your team. Here are five websites I recommend  for recruiting the talents:

1. Cofoundr

This simple forum is intended to help entrepreneurs build teams and solicit advice from a pool of like-minded people. Members post messages to the running feed, which is searchable by keyword. They can message each other privately or choose to follow particular people whose interests match their own.

The search bar makes finding info a snap. If you’re looking for a specific service or skill it can’t hurt to at least check this board.

2. Techcofounder

If you’re starting a company, chances are you either are a coder or need a coder. This site will help you out either way. Coders can create anonymous profiles and accept solicitations to work on projects or join a team. Entrepreneurs can browse coders by skill or location.

There’s no registration required, and the site maintains a sizable community of experienced coders who are up for side projects.

3. Help a Startup Out

A true craiglist for startups, this site displays posts for everything a startup needs, from partnerships to office space. The site grew out of  Startup Digest, a mailing list of startup events. The mailing list works in two ways: Every two weeks the 10 most interesting listings are e-mailed to more than 40,000 startups on the “Help a Startup Out Digest” listserv, and every week the best technical listings are sent to the “Hackers Digest” listserv.

The interface makes it easy to browse the site without waiting for people to apply to your posting. Because there’s a fee to post jobs and resumes, there’s not much spam.

4. Go BIG Network

This site helps investors, startups, service providers, and advisors find each other. Startups can sign up to have their projects advertised to compatible investors or search through a 20,000-investor database. There’s also a searchable service section with advice on logo design, website development and a service request board if you prefer that providers come to you.

The site claims to be “the world’s BIGGEST source of small business clients.”

5. Startuply

Startuply bills itself as a home base for growing startups with about 2,000 self-defined startup profiles on the site.

Searching for team members is easy. Build a profile once, and it’s integrated with every job posting you make thereafter. Each posting automatically reposts every thirty days, and startups can choose whether to receive full applications, just resumes, just a notification, or nothing when people apply to their jobs.

This site targets entrepreneurial-minded people and makes it easy for them to find you. Automatic reposting and one-time profiles make it low maintenance, and its attention to aspects that most job sites overlook — like funding, number of employees, and option to telecommute — make it appropriate for start-ups.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

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