Let’s talk about REAL startups for a minute. I don’t mean Twitter and Facebook who have hundreds of applications for each opening they have and millions in the bank for bonuses to lure any candidate out there. Hiring for a REAL startup can be difficult. Convincing good candidates to take a risk on a new venture can be tricky. 90% of the candidates that CareerBuilder and Monster return aren’t good fits in the startup environment and head hunters usually want fees that don’t fit on a startups budget.
Talent recruiting is one of the areas where a good Startup Scene can really pay off. If a city has a good startup scene (and preferably some good engineering and business schools) then you’re likely to find candidates around who understand what working for a startup means and want to do it. That’s exactly what we’re trying to do in Pittsburgh and the people at PGH Tech Meetup are getting the ball rolling with a Startup Job Fair (see this Link for details):
What: Startup Job Fair
When: Thursday, November 17, 2011Time: 3:30 -8 pm
Where: Perlis Atrium, Newell Simon Hall, Carnegie Mellon University
Who: Start-ups or start-up projects in the region that were started 2007 ? 2011.
What you will get: a 3×3 table, 2 chairs and a listing in a directory that will be given to all attendees. Educational sessions will be offered during the time frame in adjoining rooms to attract students and others to the event.