I’m Starting my own Recruiting Business

Sep 21 29 Comments

I’m at a crossroad right now. Quitting my job to start a tech recruiting business. I’d be happy get some thoughts on how to go about it.

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  • Oracle
    not_larry

    Oracle

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    Amazon
    not_larrymore
    Start it on the side. Quit once your income from the business overtakes your day job income.
    Sep 21 3
    • OP
      I thought of that. The problem is, recruiting requires as much time and effort as does a regular 9 to 5
      Sep 21
    • Oracle
      not_larry

      Oracle

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      not_larrymore
      You shouldn’t be uttering 9 to 5 if you are thinking about starting a business 😃
      Sep 21
    • OP
      Exactly! I know I’m going to put in the hours, and probably go without a pay check for a while. I just don’t know how long my run way is before I deplete my savings
      Sep 21
  • Make sure you don't get greedy and jack up the rates for the companies and pay your clients low.

    Also be sure to cross industries and departments...for example those who handle HR or Financial systems but are not necessarily tech people
    Sep 21 2
    • OP
      Wonderful suggestion. Having said that, would you be interested to come on board as a partner?
      Sep 22
    • Actually I do. Feel free to DM me
      Sep 22
  • MarkLogic Ffnx08
    Make sure you have a partner. Going solo is very hard and you are already setting yourself for failure. You need a partner in crime - somebody who is as committed as you are.
    Sep 22 1
    • I have to agree and disagree at the same time. Having a partner can be hectic. It needs to be someone whom you trust deeply who will not screw you over (or in Blind term GTFO you once he/she gets the TC 😉).
      At the same time, having a partner is good because someone can focus on the business development side and the other one the "admin" side and running the books and handling the day to day operations
      Sep 22
  • Apple
    TWB-gold

    Apple

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    Software engineer
    TWB-goldmore
    Some recruiters are a million times more pleasant to work with than the average recruiter. Hopefully you can find some of those to help you. Or you can be one of those yourself
    Sep 21 3
    • OP
      I have worked with an external recruiter in the past to land a job. I understand the challenges candidates face, that is why I want to step in the ring and fix it to the best of my ability
      Sep 21
    • Apple
      TWB-gold

      Apple

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      Software engineer
      TWB-goldmore
      Well good luck! I hope you help lots of people find jobs and fill job openings.
      Sep 21
    • OP
      Thank you! That’s the plan.
      Sep 21
  • Oath Atinlay2
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    Sep 21 0
  • New
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    Bank of America
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    Yoe: 🦏 TC: 🐐 Still not serious about life ...
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    Here is an idea - to help the candidates put together a package. That includes 75 top LC, the 10 HR questions and resume fixes. Reach out to them, help them come up with a timeline and say you are willing to arrange mock technical sessions and hr rounds. For technical ask them to finish interviewing.io mocks and hr may be you can do. Each of the candidates coming out of your service will fetch you more $$$ than a spray and pray attitude that other recruiters take.
    Sep 21 5
    • OP
      Love the idea! Thanks a bunch for the pointers. This is very helpful.
      Sep 21
    • New
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      Bank of America
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      Yoe: 🦏 TC: 🐐 Still not serious about life ...
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      Please sign me up for a free premium package as your first customer. Actively trying to find something in NYC. Most of the recruiters spamming on LinkedIn can increase their conversation rate just by putting together a starter pack - but meh, who’s got the time to think!
      Sep 21
    • OP
      I sure will my friend. I am still putting together the process
      Sep 21
    • OP
      I want to make it painless for tech to find work and move between jobs without dealing with the bottlenecks that characterize the current recruiting industry
      Sep 21
    • New
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      Bank of America
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      Yoe: 🦏 TC: 🐐 Still not serious about life ...
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      We need someone to help us keep motivated thru LC grinds, and keep track of all the 5 phone screens a week! If you can build a system for keeping us on track and motivated - that’s a niche market no one has tapped. Make job seekers your customers.
      Sep 21
  • LinkedIn brooklin
    I'm thinking of doing "freelance recruiting" on the side, if that makes sense. Is this even viable and how do I go about it?
    Sep 21 2
    • OP
      Sounds like we compare notes on what we find. You want to chat? I have some ideas
      Sep 21
    • LinkedIn brooklin
      Sure, DM me. Would like to know more
      Sep 21
  • Hitachi Data Systems
    derk333

    Hitachi Data Systems

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    Experienced strategy & operations leader, focused on new markets. Background in consulting and startups. Top 10 undergrad and top 5 MBA.
    derk333more
    Been thinking about this as well for awhile. My wife was a recruiter for awhile (now she is stay at home mom). Market is very saturated but doesn't mean there isn't opportunity for something unique. I've hired external recruiters and know what it takes to get into a big company. You have to really make connections easily, but also pass a bunch of criteria set by HR and procurement. DM me if you want to bounce some ideas of each other.
    Sep 21 1
    • OP
      Nice to hear your wife was in the recruiting business. I understand most recruiters work from their home offices. Is it by choice that your wife is no now in the industry? I’d definitely DM you to pick on your brain and get some advice on how to get my foot into the door
      Sep 21
  • Amazon / Eng broman
    A very similar situation with a recruiter I liked about a year back, whom I helped by giving some coaching, ideas and advice and now she is running all by herself. She was indeed very motivated and after the initial few struggle full days, she bounced back and now flourishing. So.much that sometimes she's far too busy to even meet me, but it makes me feel even more happy for her. Full disclosure - I am not in recruiting but a SDM. DM me and I can share some thoughts.
    Sep 21 1
    • OP
      Really refreshing to know that someone else has been down this road. I’ll DM you
      Sep 21
  • New / Creative
    kokinaddic

    New Creative

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    Netflix
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    Truth is a foreign language to all.
    kokinaddicmore
    You mean a consultancy?
    Sep 21 0
  • OP
    I don’t. If I did I won’t be asking. I know it’s a leap of faith but at the same time I can’t spend my whole life creating value for others and getting paid peanuts
    Sep 21 0