13 Jan Tech Startup Hiring: Core Business Applicants Should Have a Tech Background

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With the rise of technology-based startups, recruiters can expect an increase in hiring for front-end designers, mobile app developers, data warehouse analysts, and similar IT roles. Even with the economic recession of 2008, vacant tech positions remain unfilled as startups seek qualified candidates.

According to Jim Newman, the Executive VP of Acquity Group, “the bubble-burst of the early 2000s swayed many high school and college students away from these areas,” leaving startups starved for trained talent.

Yet, according to the latest predictions by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, tech jobs, in addition to healthcare roles, are on the rise and will continue to demand more talent through 2024. Newman points out that top tech companies – such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft – are continuously hiring, and that there are major shortages in qualified candidates in the digital and technology space.

“Whether the students choose business or technology disciplines, getting experience with Internet-enabled solutions will give them a huge head start when it comes to career opportunities once they graduate,” Newman adds.

Newman brings up an interesting point. Startups need employees in all areas, including business, finance, and the creative arts; however, non-technical candidates with tech skills will have a greater chance of being recruited by a startup.

Ryan Lawler of TechCrunch points out that “startups generally don’t fail because their code isn’t good, but they stumble due to poor user design, or growth strategy, or business development and sales.”

As the technology industry expands, non-tech students should take advantage of elective classes, self-learning programs, and online learning opportunities in order to increase their chances of being noticed by IT startups. Otherwise, even candidates with top credentials, a number of recommendations, internships, and academic projects may still be overlooked by tech startup recruiters.

Since startups typically do not have a large staff with a huge overhead, everyone is expected to pull his weight. When hiring, tech startups should focus on their core business roles – sales, marketing, user-experience, etc.; and applicants in these areas who have knowledge and experience in technology are more likely to understand and assist in all areas within the business.

Laurie Esposito

Laurie Esposito Harley is a professional writer with experience in the HR and recruitment industries. She was the Editor-in-Chief with HR & Talent Management and was a Community Manager of the organization's LinkedIn group of over 400,000 members. Laurie is currently a Community Manager for HR Hard Talks and the Content Development Manager for Acquisition Intelligence. She is a published author, former Community Columnist with her local newspaper, and sometimes poet. Visit my site @ laurieharley.com