To AI or Not AI? That is the Question

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The world is impersonal enough, we don’t want some algorithm to reject a resumé because HR was too busy to look at your unique set of experiences and background. Techniques such as scanning for keywords or, worse, employment gaps and arbitrarily excluding candidates based on those gaps can lead to employers missing out on great candidates and is potentially discriminatory. … Read More

The Great Layoff

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Last week we highlighted how B2B tech founders can deal with the Great Resignation. This week we’re taking a look at the Great Layoff and what that means for our B2B tech founder. While the Great Resignation requires a degree of thoughtfulness in terms of how to compete given that dynamic, the Great Layoff presents opportunity albeit with a note … Read More

The Great Resignation…

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…or as Gary Vaynerchuk said, “what about the great ‘not even applying in the first place’?” The seeds of the “great resignation” go back several years and it was Texas A&M’s Anthony Klotz who gave it a name back in 2019. A 2021 Microsoft survey of over 30,000 workers showed 41% were considering quitting their job with that number rising … Read More

How Much Per Lead!?

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If you’re a B2B tech founder with previous marketing experience then you’ll be well aware of the costs associated with creating awareness in your business and turning that awareness into leads.  It’s certainly not unusual for a steady-state cost per lead to be north of $50 and significantly more in highly competitive sectors. And that’s steady-state. Figuring out how to … Read More

Working Together to Hire Your First Salesperson

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Many B2B tech founders struggle to successfully make their first sales hire. Why is it so difficult? There are three main reasons.  1) what sales support founders think they need and what they actually need to get their business to scale are often misaligned. Founders often lean towards salespeople with the best rolodex or who are the most extroverted, neither … Read More

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Your First Salesperson

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Execution around sales and marketing remains a major challenge for B2B tech startups looking to  move along the growth/valuation curve. Despite founders readily accepting the importance of sales and marketing in moving from startup to scale-up, execution remains a major barrier to success. As a gauge of the challenge, less than 1 in 5 startups accepting seed investment ever make … Read More

An Assessment Based on Experience

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Many B2B tech founders struggle to successfully make their first sales hire. The Right Five automatically delivers the right five candidates for interview, thereby, saving time and getting the right person into the market quickly. Certainly for founders with a non-Sales background, making that first Sales hire is likely to be the hardest they’ll ever make and one which can … Read More

Assessing and Selecting Candidates Without Bias

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Our last blog post talked about how important it is to remove bias from job descriptions to ensure you have access to the largest talent pool possible. Excellent first step, now how do you remove bias from the application process, so you don’t get in your own way when hiring?  To do this, we need to find ways to reduce … Read More

Don’t Let Your Job Post Exclude the Best Candidates

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Here at The Right Five, we are committed to ensuring the first sales hire B2B tech founders make has the right skills and attitudes. We do this using proprietary technology that delivers the Pathfinder sales candidates (those with the requisite skills and mental framework) proven to be successful in this first sales hire role.   However, if the job description … Read More

Flaunt Your Agility

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OK, not that kind of agility. You’ve heard of the great resignation, something we looked at from the standpoint of hiring your Pathfinder salesperson in a recent post. Let’s look in more detail at how you can view this unprecedented moment in time more opportunistically, more offensively. Perhaps in this crazy world any hire and associated hiring process must seem … Read More