Here at Scrubadoo we recently went through the process of hiring our first full time business side employee. It was 6 weeks of time consuming, stressful work. This hire is also the most important next step for the company. Here are a few thoughts and takeaways from our process.
How we got the word out.
I first wrote as detailed a job description as possible. This was an extremely difficult task as how do you write a description for a “do everything” job like this. After we had a usable description I took the following steps.
- First, I sent it out to any and all personal networks I have in Minneapolis, including alumni clubs. I felt that these networks may provide the most reliable/trustworthy applicants. Unfortunately, there were very few applications received from this outlet.
- I then moved on to Craig’s list. It is free to post on Craig’s list and you certainly reach a huge audience. From Craig’s list we received at least 75 applications. They were from people that were over qualified, under qualified, and everything in-between. These applicants made up a large portion of the people I ended up interviewing.
- We also posted the job at the University of Minnesota. The timing happened to coincide with graduation, so a new grad seemed like another great option. This route probably made up about 25% of our applicant pool.
From these three sources we received the applicant pool that made up all of our interviewees.
This post is the first in the “new” phase of my entrepreneur blog. I am going to do my best to post more regularly. The goal is one post/week. The goal is to just talk about whatever is on my mind and then mix in things like “The Hire” (which will be finished shortly). Check back regularly for updates. As always I will be as direct and frank as I possibly can be.