How to Hire Your First Employee

How to Hire Your First Employee

Here’s a pretty common scenario in running your own business: you operate alone and your business grows so that it makes more sense to hire an employee to help you operate. So, of course, you should just hire one.

However, it’s not that simple. There’s the red tape to consider along with your legal obligations and liabilities. It will cost you a pretty penny as well, as recruiting and training a new employee costs an average of about $4,000.

There’s also the risk of hiring the wrong person. You might have a new employee that causes increases in your healthcare expenses. They may not be as productive, or perhaps they may just quit after only a short while on the job. The new employee may even turn out to be a thief or a violent fellow. All these potential troubles can cost you a lot, and it can mar your brand’s reputation as well.

Here are some tips that should help you with the hiring process, while you also comply with ethical and legal structures:

Run a Background Check

You may trust your instincts when it comes to forging friendships and romances, but this is business and not personal. When you’re contemplating hiring a new employee, you need to make sure you run a check on them. Don’t forget that almost half of all job resumes have inflated facts and outright lies, and you need to get the truth. You may be held accountable for your new worker’s actions when they deal with clients and customers, and you should make sure of their character.

To do this, you may try to find the contact info of your applicant’s previous employers. Ask for 3 references and check them. You can go online and find any possible news reports concerning them. Ask for their educational credentials.

If you’re really unsure, you may hire an investigative service to do research on your potential new hire.

Test for Drugs

Trusting a drug addict is never a good idea. These people are more likely to get into an accident on the job, and they’re 6 times more likely to file worker’s compensation claims than employees who don’t abuse drugs.

So a drug test is a good precaution to take. An applicant has the right to refuse a drug test, but as the employer, you have the right to deny or retract a job offer as well when they do so.

Run Additional Tests

You can have your applicants go through a skill and aptitude test to confirm that they actually will know the job they were hired to do. But you can also run other tests, such as psych tests and even lie detector tests. You just need to make sure that your tests are related to the job and that you’re not discriminating on the basis of race or religion.

Obey the Laws during Interviews

You can’t ask about race or religious affiliation. Their sexual orientation is irrelevant, so don’t ask about that either. Even their age and marital status don’t matter. Don’t ask about these things or you can be sued for illegal discrimination.

Hopefully, these tips can help you find your new star employee!

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GOAT is Seeking 11 Full-Time Engineers in its LA Office

GOAT is Seeking 11 Full-Time Engineers in LA

Founded in 2015 and based in Los Angeles, GOAT is the largest marketplace for buying and selling authentic sneakers. Whether you’re looking to buy rare sneakers, discover new ones, or earn money by listing sneakers you already own, GOAT is your destination.

GOAT is backed by some of the leading names in venture capital including Accel Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary, Matrix Partners, NEA, SV Angel, Upfront Ventures and Y Combinator.

Located in the heart of Culver City, California; shared by multiple sources, GOAT is one of the best (and coolest) places to work in LA right now.

Awesome Perks:

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Daily catered lunches from LA’s best restaurants
  • Unlimited vacation and sick days
  • Competitive salary and generous equity grants

GOAT is currently seeking 11 full-time engineering talent in its LA office.

  1. Android Engineer – Seeking a product-driven Android Engineer with a strong appreciation for great design not only in products and visual presentation but also in code and technical architecture.
  2. Engineering Manager – Seeking an experienced Engineering Manager to lead a team of exceptional software engineers. You will play a key role in inspiring and driving the efforts of the engineering team to deliver the highest priority features in the quickest way possible while managing technical risk and quality.
  3. iOS Engineer – Seeking a proven experience engineer building and launching high-quality iOS apps and is excited about researching new methods or technologies that improve the architecture, user experience or engineering process.
  4. Lead Software Engineer (Golang/Microservices) – Seeking a lead engineer to coordinate and communicate across teams that span several areas of the business, including mobile, web, retail, and fulfillment Tackle large projects related to deconstructing a Rails using composable microservices and serverless components.
  5. Senior Android Engineer – Seeking a product-driven Senior Android Engineer with a strong appreciation for great design not only in products and visual presentation but also in code and technical architecture. As an early member of the engineering team, you’ll collaborate cross-functionally with product design, marketplace ops, analytics and more to ensure a solid end-to-end strategy and execution.
  6. Senior Backend Engineer – Seeking an experienced Senior Engineer to help design and implement new features across multiple backend applications. As a senior presence and a core individual contributor on a small team, you will play a key role in both enhancing a Ruby on Rails backend at the heart of the business and building out a new, more scalable service-driven architecture.
  7. Senior Frontend Engineer – Seeking a Senior Frontend Engineer to build unique websites that support both our power users and our everyday customers. Develop single page applications in React and other best in class JavaScript libraries.
  8. Senior Golang Engineer – Seeking an experienced Senior Engineer to help design and implement new features across multiple backend applications. As a senior presence and a core individual contributor on a small team, you will play a key role in mapping the expanding needs of the business into innovative technical solutions within a highly scalable and event-driven architecture.
  9. Senior iOS Engineer – Seeking a Senior Engineer who has proven experience building and launching high-quality iOS apps and is excited about researching new methods and technologies that improve the architecture, user experience or engineering process. Work with team to troubleshoot, debug, and fix issues in production and non-production environments.
  10. Senior Ruby on Rails Engineer – Seeking an experienced Senior Engineer to help design and implement new features across multiple backend applications. As a senior presence and a core individual contributor on a small team, you will play a key role in both enhancing a Ruby on Rails backend at the heart of the business and building out a new, more scalable service-driven architecture. Make technical decisions that improve the codebase while minimizing riskIdentify and fix (or, ideally, avoid) bugs and performance bottlenecks.
  11. Senior Software Architect (Golang/Microservices) – Seeking a Senior Software Architect to coordinate and communicate across teams that span several areas of the business, including mobile, web, retail, and fulfillment. Tackle large projects related to deconstructing a Rails using composable microservices and serverless components. Enhance the existing backend systems to improve overall aspects related to high-traffic mobile and web applications. Identify current and future performance bottlenecks and bugs through simulated load-testing and chaos engineering concepts

Congrats with the success Eddy!

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15 Best Tech Recruiters in Los Angeles

Best Tech Recruiters in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the third largest startup hub in the world, behind Silicon Valley and New York. And it’s growing by leaps and bounds. Now home to SnapChat (a.k.a. Snap), Ring, Dollar Shave Club, The Honest Company, ZipRecruiter, GOAT, ServiceTitan, Honey, Bird, and The Boring Company, Los Angeles has become a home to the most exciting companies in the world.

All these amazing companies have one thing in common: talent, especially in engineering. No matter how much funding they may have raised, nothing happens if there’s no talent to build its idea into reality.

The best way to get into one of these awesome tech companies is to start with a recruiter who focuses on tech recruiting. So, to get you started, we have compiled a list of the BEST tech recruiters in Los Angeles. In no particular orders, here they are.

Ejento is the combination of four of the most visionary firms in the industry, coming together to redefine recruitment: Neohire South, which specialized in tech and non-tech recruiting for top VCs and technology start-ups across the U.S.; RockIT Recruiting, an industry-leading tech recruiting company; Hero.jobs, a recruiter and recruiting software company that was focused on creating systems to power tomorrow’s elite recruiting businesses; and TS2, the US growth platform for the publicly-held global HR services giant Persol Group. Connect with my buddy Josh Stomel, josh@ejento.com. Location: 300 Pacific Coast Hwy. #1018 El Segundo, CA 90245 – (310) 965-9810

StartupTap help technology companies and startups find amazing employees with end-to-end talent search rooted in data and built on long-lasting relationships. The business started as the founders were supporting a few rapidly growing tech/e-commerce startups in Southern California.  They were recruiting across the entire organization and essentially became an in-house resource.  Through the project, they realized a need in the market for a more comprehensive recruitment solution for startups that didn’t have an internal recruiting function.  StartupTAP isn’t a traditional agency.  StartupTAP provides onsite recruitment support, working closely with emerging growth companies and owning the entire process. Location: 1300 Factory Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013 – (310) 873-8447

Prosum is a tech recruiting agency that puts people before technology. Prosum has deep experience consulting, implementing solutions, providing managed services and staffing engagements. Prosum has over 300 employees and consultants and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA with offices in Orange County, Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas. Connect with my buddy Rick Tyner, rick.tyner@prosum.com.  Location: 2201 Park Place, Suite 102 El Segundo, CA 90245 – (310) 426-0600

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Technical Connections is Southern California’s premier recruiting firm specializing exclusively in web, software and information technology professionals. The firm, based in Los Angeles, offers a full range of services, including retained search, contingency placement, and short- and long-term consulting. Technical Connections was established in 1984 by Helen MacKinnon, an executive with extensive technical and managerial experience in the computer industry. Location: 6701 Center Drive West, Suite 825 Los Angeles, CA 90045 – (310) 479-8830

Recruiting Social is a recruiting services company based in West Hollywood. Talent teams across North America work with RecruitingSocial to source candidates, build pipelines, manage job reqs, and recruit people who will thrive on the job. Its services are designed to adapt to your needs. On-demand is flexible, hourly support for your talent team: sourcing, recruiting, and more. RecruitingSocial’s contingency searches focus on fewer, higher-quality candidates, so you aren’t inundated with unexceptional resumes. Location: 750 N San Vicente Blvd RW800, West Hollywood, CA 90069 – (800) 953-5339

Workbridge offers a unique and deep expertise in the highest demand tech skill sets, such as UI/UX, Open Source, Microsoft Development, Network Security & Infrastructure, and Mobile Development. Its high-touch, specialized and team-based recruitment model, paired with our deep networks and knowledge of our local technology markets, results in an exemplary track record. Location: 10990 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90024 – (310) 445-3300

Elite Placement Group specializes in direct hire, temporary to hire, and temporary placements in Los Angeles and Orange County. They have much success in matching companies and candidates and take pride in its personalized approach, whether you are a company hiring or a candidate seeking employment. Location: 9150 Wilshire Blvd Ste 270 Los Angeles, CA 90212 – (310) 277-2600

Founded in 1999, CyberCoders is built on a success-oriented culture. Above all – CyberCoders know both candidates and clients want quality and they want it now. No other recruiting firm can offer Cyrus, its proprietary technology built to search smarter and quicker, matching the best applicant for the right job. Connect with my pal Nitu Gulati-Pauly – she’ll take care of you – Nitu.Gulati-Pauly@CyberCoders.com. Location: 6591 Irvine Center Drive Suite 200 Irvine, CA 92618 – (949) 885-5151

Career Strategies Inc’s recruiters are experienced, knowledgeable professionals and many of its recruiters have been with CSI for 5, 10 and 20 years! Their in-depth expertise enables them to quickly target qualified candidates, simplifying the hiring process. In addition, they have access to the talent whose careers they’ve had the opportunity to follow and even assist! Career Strategies Inc’s longevity offers additional networking opportunities to uncover the right talent for you! Location: 5670 Wilshire Blvd Ste 750 Los Angeles, CA 90036 – (323) 556-5500

Cadre is a candidate focused technical staffing agency with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City. They are a team of 12 industry veterans who use our intimate market knowledge, key industry relationships and a vast network of connections to introduce you to the perfect person for your needs. Cadre focuses primarily on technical roles including software engineering, software development, and product design. Connect with my buddy Jason Stomel, jason@yourcadre.com.  Location: 1750 14th St., Suite D Santa Monica, CA, 90404 – (424) 322-9960

Proven Recruiting connects talented people with meaningful careers in technology, finance, and accounting. Since its founding in 2007, Proven Recruiting has grown into a 150-person team of award-winning consultants and employees driven by one mission: to provide its clients with on-demand delivery of the best and brightest talent and to present our candidates with career choices that positively impact their lives. Location: 6430 Sunset Blvd #502, Los Angeles, CA 90028 – (310) 933-4544

Mondo is one of the largest national staffing agency specializing exclusively in high-end, niche IT, Tech, and Digital Marketing talent. Finding great talent is possible. Mondo provides best-in-class talent at unmatched speed with unparalleled collaboration. You should check out their new dig, it’s beautiful. Location: 10960 Wilshire Blvd #810, Los Angeles, CA 90024 – (310) 526-2410

Irvine Technology Corporation (ITC) is an award-winning Information Technology Solutions and Staffing provider with roots in Southern California. For over fifteen years, ITC has had the privilege of serving exceptional client organizations as both a local and national resource. ITC was recognized as one of the Orange County Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” in 2017. Its team is comprised of seasoned technologists, staffing industry thought leaders, top-notch recruiters, dedicated account executives, and a world-class support staff. ITC consistently differentiate themselves through the quality of its people, their commitment to customer service, and by focusing on exceptional performance. Location: 17900 Von Karman Ave #100, Irvine, CA 92614 – (714) 434-8877

TEKsystems is one of the largest technical recruiting agency around; with a team of 80,000 strong, across North America, Europe, and Asia. TEKsystems is an industry leader in Full-Stack Technology Services, Talent Services, and real-world application. Location: 200 N. Pacific Coast Highway Suite 1500 El Segundo, California 90245 – (310) 765-9100 (others)

Career Movement is a local boutique tech recruiting agency based in El Segundo; who specialize on Software/Web Application Architecture and Engineering, Database Engineering and Administration, Web Design and Development, and Network Engineering and Systems Administration. Career Movement moves beyond standard recruiting by providing real-life connections to the tech world. Their extensive networks and expertise bring the choices to you. Here are some of the tech stack they can connect you to: C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, MVC, WPF, Java, J2EE, PHP, Node.js, Ruby on Rails, Python, etc. Location: 703 N. Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 – (424) 225-8500

Fabric Staffing provides a unique approach and specializes in Rapid Growth Hiring for companies looking to grow their Technology & Product Teams from the top down. Unlike traditional contingent staffing services, Fabric provides retained search services for companies looking to hire multiple engineers within a short time frame, in addition to providing their own highly skilled Tech Recruiters on contract and building full internal Recruiting infrastructures. Fabric is headquartered in Marina Del Rey and owned by Rory Bebbington.

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

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How to Find Motivated Job Applicants

How to Find Motivated Job Applicants

We all have to admit that some job applicants aren’t properly motivated. Perhaps they’re unemployed and they just want any job. Maybe they’re dilettantes who just like to do the job because they’re bored with their life. Sometimes it’s all about the money.

Companies want properly motivated applicants because those are the ones who generally do their best. What’s more, they tend to stay on and they don’t leave the company in a lurch.

So if you’re sifting through job candidates, here are some tips that can help you find the applicants with the proper motivation:

Ask the Right Questions

You can ask a question that shed light on why the applicants are interested in the job. So you can ask for reasons why they love the job, or about when they realized that they wanted a job like the one you’re offering. Ask about what accomplishments they’ve achieved that gave them the best feeling of satisfaction and achievement. Let them tell you about times they’ve worked beyond their job description just to help out. All these questions can give you a clearer idea of what motivates the applicant.

Focus on the Body Language (Not Just on the Spoken Words)

Sometimes a person’s body language and facial expressions can tell you more about what they’re really feeling instead of the words they use. Those who are interested in the job and the industry often lean in towards you. They smile and exhibit obvious signs of interest. In some cases, you may even notice a definite sparkle in their eyes that demonstrates their undeniable motivation and interest.

Signs of disinterest include closed arms over the chest. You may even find some applicants with their eyes glazing over.

You should also pay attention to the tone of the voice as well. It’s easy enough to notice when a person is bored or is passionate about the industry. The tone of the voice can demonstrate clearly the applicant’s level of excitement for the job and the industry.

“What Will You Do on the First Day?”

This is a key question to ask in an interview for 2 reasons. If they have a ready answer, then they may have already imagined themselves working at your company. That shows they want the job. In addition, if they have plans for what to do then it shows that they have initiative and can act without being told what to do.

A person who doesn’t have a ready answer to this question may have questionable motivations. It’s better for the applicant if they already have an inkling of what the first day will be like.

In the end, it’s true that an applicant’s qualifications, skills, and knowledge do affect their eligibility for the job. But it’s also true that their motivations matter. Their motivations ensure that they will work hard to do the job even if no one’s looking over their shoulder. If they’re not motivated, then their skills and knowledge won’t really matter. After all, it’s not as if they care!

Josh Stomel
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Josh Stomel
Founded Neohire in 2007, a top-tier recruiting agency based in Santa Monica, CA. Neohire offers its clients a variety of flexible recruiting solutions to help you scale your business with the highest quality talent available. We are always actively recruiting professionals from the internet space.