When First Round invests in a startup, the first request we usually get is for help with hiring. A great team is the backbone of every successful company and recruiting the right folks all over the org chart is critical — but it’s not easy.
By building the team from the ground up, startup recruiters have the ability to make a massive impact on the business for years to come. Given the potential to leave such a large footprint on a startup’s foundation, plenty of folks hope to make a career pivot into recruiting. But despite the massive need across the startup ecosystem for more recruiters, it’s tricky to get your foot in the door with no experience. While we’ve found that some of the best recruiters come from non-traditional backgrounds, busy hiring managers often don’t feel they have the time to teach on-the-job skills — like the secrets of sourcing, conducting a phone screen, and negotiating an offer.
There are already courses out there, but most of them help existing recruiters sharpen their skills, instead of providing the hands-on Recruiting 101 newcomers need. We think we can help close this gap, and that’s why we’re launching Recruiting Track — to teach you the foundations of recruiting and send you down a new career path in one of the best roles at a startup.
Whatever your background, we believe that detail-oriented, organized operators who are natural connectors make the sharpest recruiters, and we’re excited to help you make a career transition. If this sounds like you, apply here by September 26, 2021.