Your Secret to Hiring a Great Startup Team, Contributor, Sep 26 2016

As the mastermind of your startup, you have pursued your passion, spent many sleepless nights, and made a great deal of sacrifices to bring your idea to life. Once your business is up and running, you will immediately run into the reality that it is not a one-man-show. You will realize that entrepreneurs quickly become employers hunting for the passionate and hard-working talent that can assist them in making their big dreams come true. It is time to grow the family.

Every startup goes through this phase; transitioning from a one-person entity to a dynamic team. At we have also been there. Everything started 16 years ago, when a group of friends in their twenties decided to do something about unemployment in the Middle East. Since then, an ever-growing number of passionate individuals, ready to help others lead their destinies, have fueled our journey, until we were awarded for our services and products at a regional level.

People are the heartbeat of every business, and even more so of a groundbreaking idea as yours. The following are a few tips from the experts at, the Middle East’s #1 job site, to consider when your startup is ready to make the first hires.

1. Use social recruiting
Although you cannot foretell the future, you should be aware that a path of pitfalls and hurdles awaits every startup. You need to know, however, that motivated individuals who are willing to invest their time and energies in your project will be the light at the end of the tunnel. Now, how do you find the perfect fit for your startup? Social recruiting is the answer to your problem.

One of the most efficient ways to source candidates is to post your job vacancies on leading job sites such as, where you can reach out to as many as 26 million job seekers registered on the website. The best way to hit the target is by using CV Search, a magnifying lens on both active and passive jobseekers in the region. You can easily filter down according to a plethora of criteria based on your specific needs and preferences.

2. Look beyond the skills
Indeed, your startup is going to need the bright and skilled brainpower for taking your 'baby business' to the next level. But most importantly, beyond skills and education, startup employees especially need to have high enthusiasm, genuine entrepreneurial spirit, and overwhelming passions to tap into.

The advantage of using the profile platform is that candidates can inject personality and help employers better understand their personalities.

Candidates can share their behind-the-scenes, hobbies and even videos to make their voices heard and differentiate themselves from the crowd with their unique traits. Also, candidates can make public their involvement in side projects, pro bono work and volunteering activities, which can be clear signs of their initiative and good work ethics. Using such hiring tools, startup employers can learn significantly more about their candidates and ultimately make the most informed hire.

3. Share your culture
Five out of 10 professionals in the Middle East want to join a company where they feel that they are working for a greater purpose, as stated in the ‘What Makes a Company an Attractive Place to Work?’ poll. Today’s candidates are looking for a mission to believe in and a culture to identify with before embarking on a new project.

That's why you should allow the job seeker to truly have a deep dive into your culture. You can use your employer profile, such as Premium Company Profile, to showcase what you stand for as a company and what your values are. Describe your company culture, communication and interaction style.

Not only do your top candidates want to know what you do, but also how you do it, and how you attempt to make the world a better place. If your mission and culture align with that of the candidate, it will make for a highly dedicated and driven team member.

4. Consider remote work options
Whether you love or despise this work arrangement, remote work is how many startups manage to get things done. Arranging Skype meetings throughout the week, working on shared documents, sending comments over sheets, and sorting through tons of emails and messages on Slack: this is what the 21st century working day looks like.

Technology is ensuring high-level connectivity these times, so why not embrace the possibility of having remote first-time entrepreneurs onboard? By hiring remote workers, you can have wider access to professionals located all over the world and brainstorm with like-minded individuals just as if they were in front of you.

Startups are usually extra-cautious with cost-management. In addition to being logistically easier, remote work options can mitigate many costs related to travel, relocation, office supplies…etc.

5. Salary is not everything
As a startup, it is common to have a tight budget and limited resources as you pull your business off the ground.  You are not expected to afford multi-zero salaries to your employees. However, it is advisable that you pay your employees according to the market rate.

You can use Salary Search by to find out how much companies in your industry are paying their employees. That being said, you need to know that top-notch talents aren't necessarily attracted by deep pockets when applying for a job in a brand-new startup. Instead, our research shows that what they mostly aspire to is an opportunity to cut their teeth in a fast-paced work environment and a great challenge to take on.

Consider offering benefits that are not related to salaries, such as flexible hours, casual dress code, and professional development opportunities. Instead of salary bonuses for rewarding employees, you can use gift cards, free tickets, company-sponsored events, social gatherings, and such. 

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