#2: Your next best hire could be from your community
With web3 still in its infancy, the talent pool is limited. Bradian and Lorenzo naturally looked towards hiring from their community. Lorenzo observed that the stronger they were at community-building, the more motivated and passionate their hires were.
“A-game community-building equals better hires, “ shares Lorenzo.
“You have to think outside of the box, keep your community active and engaged – they are your source for hiring. The more effective you are at growing your community, the more stable your hiring pipelines.”
This solves the lack of talent, but a bigger problem, sometimes, can be there’s just no such person at all.
“So, for example, I am looking to hire a Solana lead developer now but the reality is I am never going to find one as Solana is too new,” explains Lorenzo.
“What I would recommend is to try to identify adjacent skill sets and match them with what’s required for Solana. If you can find someone that gets up to speed relatively quickly, it’s already a win, you are moving faster than you would have.”
And on the candidate’s side, he encourages people to be biased for action.
“Having the mentality to learn by doing is key. You need to just go ahead and attempt even if you don’t feel like an expert,” tells Lorenzo. “It’s how I picked up coding on Solana. It’s all about putting in the effort to learn and compound my growth even when it’s inconvenient and hard.”