Getting From Employee 5 to 50 - A Startup Hiring Guide

Build an ambitious hiring plan to grow your team for success
getting from employee 5 to 50
Your first five hires pretty much chose themselves. (“You’ll give this your all? Okay, you’re in!”) But getting from 5 to 50? The math checks out: it can feel 10 times harder. To grow your team for lasting success, you’ll need the best tools and analytics and you’ll need to be systematic. This thorough introduction to hiring for startups will help get you started, and guide you on your journey to 50 and beyond. Bon voyage!
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in this guide:

Learn how to grow your team by:

  • Branding yourself as a go-to employer for top candidates
  • Mastering top headhunting tactics
  • Adding structure to your interview process
  • Applying learnings from successful companies to your own hiring
About the authors
rob long
Rob Long
VP Partnerships
Rob Long is VP Partnerships at Workable. He's a former recruiter who writes mostly about hiring best practice. He tweets @_roblong.
Marketing Manager
John is a former member of the Workable team. He previously worked for leading digital agency OgilvyOne WorldWide Athens. When not online, he pretends to be a decent basketball player.
Head of Workable People Operations
Eleni Kourmentza is a former head of Workable People Operations or as her colleagues call her the ‘happiness manager’. Apart from from drafting CVs for almost everyone she meets, she enjoys long walks and talks.
About the editor
daniel howden
VP of Communications
Daniel Howden is the former VP of Comms at Workable. He writes about the ideas shaping the world of work. He was formerly with the Economist and Guardian. He tweets @daniel_howden.

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