Why Recruiting Entrepreneurs Should Look At Candidates’ CVs Differently

So you’re an entrepreneur. You’ve made a business for yourself based solely on your skill, tenacity and ambition. That’s pretty impressive. The thing with most entrepreneurial businesses is that they grow – sometimes fast. They very quickly need to take on employees as they go from one or two people running a startup to full teams managing a successful company.

But as an entrepreneur do you know how to hire people for your company? Your selection criteria are more than likely going to be very different from that of a traditional employer, do you even know what your selection criteria are? If you’re not a traditional company you probably need to approach your recruitment in a less traditional way in order to find the best candidates, which probably means considering more than just a candidate’s experience and their CV writing skills.

Changing The Conditions Of The Test

The hiring process can be a challenge for any business, but for recruiting entrepreneurs at a critical point in the life of your startup, there’s even more riding on getting the right people for your team. So how do you approach it in a way that’s going to help you find the personalities that will fuel your business growth, not stifle it?

If you’re looking for people that offer something different, then you need to look for them differently. We’re talking about keeping an open mind during the recruitment process and looking for those moments when you can identify potential kindred spirits. Think about your experience, what you’ve achieved and how that would read on a CV – the chances are it would be a little different to anyone with steady progress up the corporate ladder.

Entrepreneurs are just wired differently, it’s a fact, and the businesses they start tend to operate differently too – so try and look for people who display a similar mentality, passion, confidence and all the other traits you bring to your business.

Looking at CV’s Differently

When you receive that first batch of responses for your job advert, you need to take a look at CV’s differently if you’re focused on hiring that perfect person for your company. Traditional employers might look for things like which university candidates went to, do they have experience doing the same job and do they come across as reliable and ‘steady’. Depending on the kind of startup you’re running looking for these characteristics might mean you end up with someone who doesn’t’ fit in or isn’t going to help move things forward as much as you’d like. Instead, look for the information that gives you a real insight into the kind of person they are, and the kind of team member they might be.

Did they drop out of college to start working instead? Do they like extreme sports or have any other interesting hobbies? Did they take 6 months out to self-fund their solo travel across South America? These are all the little things that tell you something about the individual’s personality, the kind of information which will help you understand what they could offer your business.

Many employers might glance over these snippets of non-work related info, or maybe even consider them negatives that would rule someone out. But these will be valuable insights for the entrepreneur who is looking to hire someone who offers something different to the norm, someone who shares the same ideals and characteristics as they do.

You’ve broken away from the conventional world of work and created your ideal role instead of applying for it – so it makes sense that you’re going to work well with people who have a similar outlook on their ‘career’. Keep an open mind when you’re looking through an applicant’s CV and look for the nuggets of information that might just let you know that you’ve found them.

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About Dequiana Jackson

Dequiana Jackson, CEO of Inspired Marketing, Inc., is a small business marketing coach who teaches women entrepreneurs how to monetize their message so they can make more money from their expertise. Dequiana is the author of Know Your Business: How to Attract Ideal Clients & Sell More and runs the award-winning blog, Entrepreneur-Resources.net.

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