The Biggest Recruiting Mistakes At Growing Businesses

The Biggest Recruiting Mistakes At Growing Businesses

By Kendall Fisher, executive producer at Grow Wire


In short: 

  • Jim Jonassen is an executive recruiter and talent acquisition expert who runs one of Los Angeles’s premiere executive recruiting firms, JJA Venture Search.
  • On this episode of "The Grow Wire Podcast," Jonassen discusses some of the biggest mistakes first-time CEOs make in recruiting talent, especially when it comes to filling leadership roles.
  • He also breaks down what it takes to hire and keep great employees in a world where tenure rates have dropped dramatically.


With an influx of recruitment platforms, it can be difficult to find the right talent for your company. Oftentimes, resumes are inflated or the person who is actively looking for a new position is jobless—for good reason. Not to mention, the time in which employees stay with one company has dropped significantly as more and more millennials enter the workforce.

So how do business leaders overcome these challenges? What does it take to recruit the right talent at the right time and actually keep them around?

On this week’s episode of "The Grow Wire Podcast," host Jason Maynard sat down with Jim Jonassen to discuss just that. As you may have read in some of Jonassen’s previous articles here on Grow Wire, he’s an executive recruiter and talent acquisition expert who runs one of Los Angeles’s premiere recruiting firms, JJA Venture Search.

In this episode, Jonassen dives into some of the biggest mistakes he’s seen first-time CEOs make when it comes to hiring talent, especially when filling leadership roles, and why he believes CEOs of all levels should be spending 50 percent of their time on recruitment.

Jonassen also reveals the successes he’s seen in recruiting, particularly through real-life examples of companies who have retained great employees. He explains the importance of communication—from the person working the reception desk to C-level executives—and why transparency is one of the biggest factors in a company’s success.

Needless to say, you don’t want to miss this episode. Listen to it in full above or by tuning in on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud or YouTube, and as always, don’t forget to rate review and subscribe.

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