With unemployment figures so high and so many people out of work, it should be a piece of cake finding the right candidate for an opening, right? In high tech start-ups, unfortunately, that answer is “no.” Unlike the rest of the country, Silicon Valley is still a competitive environment for companies seeking qualified workers, particularly start-ups, which can’t afford hiring mistakes.

In a recent article on Slate, the founders of RethinkDB shared their story of searching for workers for their new company, which deals in the field of database technology. After receiving funding of more than $1 million early in 2010, they pursued all the traditional means of finding employees. They used recruiters, job boards, their own website, even trying to steal away talent from other companies, all to no avail. Their biggest disappointment was recruiters.

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