The ability to hire an amazing team is one of the most important ingredients in company building. After investing in hundreds of startups since 2004, one pattern has remained consistent: The first requests we get from founders usually involve help with early-stage hiring.
But there’s no denying that the tech landscape looked wildly different a year ago. Companies at all stages were hiring rapidly, and there simply weren’t enough recruiters to meet the demand. So we set out to build a homegrown course, designed to teach the foundations to those looking to make a career switch into tech recruiting. Though it wasn't a career placement track, we’re proud to share that 30% of our cohort landed full-time recruiting jobs.
The landscape today, however, is decidedly different, given the changes in the market and the tech ecosystem. We're seeing new layoff lists every day — and unfortunately, recruiters are often the first to be affected. But while hiring may be slowing at larger tech companies, that’s not necessarily the case at early-stage startups. Many founders are still looking to expand their teams.
We know that no matter the market conditions, recruiters will forever play an essential role in the growth and innovation of the tech industry. That’s why we’ve decided to refocus our efforts on meeting the current challenge and helping recruiters find opportunities to do what they do best — build teams. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be putting together a resource for startup founders and recruiters to find each other — so watch this space.
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