In this evolving world of technology and business, there are businesses who seem to appear on everyone’s radar seemingly overnight… like magic (think Pinterest). However, there is far more than magic which goes on behind the scenes to bring these companies into our collective conscious. Startups are beginning to employ the best and brightest the job pool has to offer and, with the recession and economy the way it is, companies are able to take their time and grab insane talent on the cheap. Perhaps the best way to explain their employment tactics: it’s like fishing with dynamite. With this kind of job atmosphere, it’s no wonder the best startups who hired the brightest from the talent pool are able to quickly take their company from idea to acquisition.
Internet startup founders are most likely to be a 35-to-44-year-old white male who previously served as CEO of a company. 83% of startups are looking to hire in 2012, and their main focus is on programmers. Finding a talented programmer can be a difficult task since they’re in such high demand, and finding one to hire will most likely come from local talent. When looking for new talent, people who come recommended for a position are 2.5 times more likely to be actually qualified than those who self-apply, and the more mutual friends you share with people who work at a startup, the more likely you are to qualify for an interview. So remember, keep your friends close, and your friends connected to startup founders even closer.
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