Competitors is fierce on the market for high expertise, particularly if you happen to are a startup competing with the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Fb.
That’s why about 30 Seattle-area startups have joined forces to share résumé swimming pools of expertise. It’s a novel concept for the enterprise world — as an alternative of competing with each other, why not move alongside somebody’s contact information who would make a greater match elsewhere?
It’s like the courting technique the place you’re taking somebody you’re not excited about to a celebration to meet another person. One particular person’s trash is one other’s treasure, so to converse.
The thought originated with Darci Lee, Kirkland-based BitTitan’s director of expertise. What began off as a small assembly with individuals after work to share résumés changed into a “mini HR roundtable,” the place solely startups (no public firms or staffing businesses, aside from one grandfathered in) are allowed. As a BitTitan consultant advised us through e mail, the firms wished it to be a “non-competitive surroundings to actually assist each other succeed.”
“Typically they’ve conflicts, however they work via them,” he stated.
Taking part startups meet each two weeks through the telephone to share hiring wants and phone particulars for candidates who stand out. It seems to be working fairly properly. BitTitan stories that it has already employed 40 new staff this yr with the assist of the new system.
Different firms collaborating on this expertise pool embrace RealSelf, Avvo, EnergySavvy, Merely Measured, Porch, Gratafy, FlowPlay, Certainly, Spare5, Stash Rewards and Writer-it.
“It’s straightforward for individuals which have been in the trade for some time to use their community to find jobs,” RealSelf’s director of expertise Jenny Chynoweth advised us. “We, and the different startups concerned, really feel lucky to have a chance to open our doorways to welcome those that in any other case could not have any connections in the native tech group.”
Chynoweth says that whereas software program engineers are at all times in demand, the group has additionally seen the want for advertising, UX and individuals on the enterprise aspect, too.
As a part of this collaborative hiring effort, these firms will host Seattle Startup Recruit Week, a sequence of enjoyable networking nights that job seekers are invited to attend. Occasions will probably be held at a number of venues round the space, every hosted by completely different firms, the week of Aug. 17-21. Job seekers can register via the Seattle Startup Recruit Week website to attend the occasions.