Finding Entrepreneurial Employees


Hiring the right employees can go a long way when you’re an entrepreneur. Your business is a team, and you want to have the best team around you, people who both do good work and work well together. When you are interviewing potential employees, what characteristics and experiences are you looking for?

Anita Campbell, the founder of Small Business Trends, wrote an interesting piece about a particular characteristic that is becoming more and more important to employers: entrepreneurial experience.

Millenial Branding and Experience Inc. conducted a survey of 225 companies, asking what they look for with candidates for entry-level positions. While some of the answers are to be expected, such as “positive attitude,” “teamwork skills,” or “effective communication,” you might be surprised to find out that 29 percent of employers said entrepreneurship experience is either “important” or “very important” for entry-level positions.

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Campbell argues that entrepreneurial experience is far more valuable than the more common internships: candidates who already have entrepreneurial experience have already learned important lessons about sales, marketing, product development, and other hard business skills.

Even more, Ms. Campbell points out that someone with experience in entrepreneurship is more likely to have acquired those other skills like teamwork and communication.

Do you put a lot of weight on entrepreneurship when you’re hiring new employees? We’d love to hear your stories.

Angela Cordle

Angela Cordle

Angela Cordle is the EVP of GoSmallBiz and Tarkenton Financial. In this role, she serves as the Human Resources Director, overseeing the provision of HR services, policies, and programs for the company. She brings practical and experiential knowledge of HR best practices to small businesses. Angela is also an Investment Advisor Representative and Executive Vice President of Tarkenton Financial, LLC. In addition to working with advisors throughout the United States, Angela works with clients exclusively in the Atlanta area to educate and assist them in preparing for retirement. Angela holds a BBA from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, her Series 65 investment license as well as being insurance licensed in all 50 states.