How to Attract & Retain Entrepreneurial Job Seekers

IGNW strives to hire employees that approach their business with an Entrepreneurial mindset. This desire for motivated workers has been the driving force behind IGNW’s #MAKETHESWITCH initiative. In the graphic below, you can see just some of the reasons why employees have been deciding to #MAKETHESWITCH over to IGNW.

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Take a peek at just three of the most common mindsets of an Entrepreneurial employee and how best to attract and retain them:

1. Ownership Mindset

Job seekers are expected to assume ownership of their day-to-day tasks and results. However, entrepreneurial job seekers, applying their ownership mindset, dive deeper beyond immediate outcomes. They seek to understand how their short-term results impact the organization’s long-term goals.

Attracting and Retaining the ownership mindset job seeker requires empowering them to lead their function rather than constantly peering over their shoulder. It also means you must prove, during and after the interview process, that you are listening to their insights for business development and growth; and, that you will incorporate some of their ideas. This builds trust and a sustainable partnering relationship.

2. Resourceful Mindset

Entrepreneurs are known for bootstrapping when funds are depleting, building critical strategic partnerships to bolster sinking operations and/or finding solutions to potentially devastating problems.

This resourcefulness can benefit companies of all sizes and financial dispositions. The entrepreneurial employee deploys inventive solutions to own and resolve the problem.

Attracting and Retaining the resourceful job seeker requires seeking out entrepreneurial types that have a proven record of thinking outside the square. 

You must demonstrate genuine belief in their ability to ideate and innovate solutions, especially when the chips are down. This means letting them fix problems, including the big messy ones. You also give them permission to fail occasionally, because ‘failure is the path to success.’

3. Self-Motivated Mindset

The entrepreneurial job seeker’s innate internal drive propels them through tireless job journeys with perpetual optimism. When other employees throw up their hands, a self-motivated entrepreneur will say, “There’s got to be another way.”

They are reliably optimistic and hard-working, and they desire continual challenges.

Attracting and Retaining: By marketing your company’s values in innovation and change you create an advantage versus companies who merely maintain the status quo. Moreover, by providing the self-motivated entrepreneur regular puzzles to solve and ongoing, long-term projects, you feed their always simmering ambitions.

Finally, the self-motivated employee likes to be the hero from time to time, saving the day, helping you out of a bad fix and/or simply making or saving the company money.