startup jobs

How to get a Job in a Startup

There has been so much buzz around startup jobs lately. Having flexible work hours, awesome company culture and a learning experience with growth tempt them.

By the time they graduate, they think startup jobs are out of their league and end up with typical 9-5 MNC jobs.

In this article, I’ll tell you 7 effective ways how to get startup jobs.

Acquire Skills

This is the most important part which is generally ignored by many students. Acquiring skills should be your primary concern, instead of directly jumping into the job-hunting wagon.

You should have a sound knowledge in whatever domain you want or feel like working in. There are various online resources that train you to get skilled.

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln

Find a Mentor

Having a mentor is a popular trend in western countries. Someone holding your back from the same industry plays a huge role in your career track.

A mentor is someone who knows ins and outs of your field and guides you towards your success.

They will be a reference for you in the professional world and give industry exposure to building connections.

Build Projects

Startups have a tight hand in hiring. They look for making a team that can deliver the results by building projects.

So, work on portfolio-worthy projects which reflect your skills and first-hand working experience. Having a good portfolio will make you stand out from the crowd.

Maintain Online Presence

Make sure you have an updated profile on LinkedIn, Instagram, AngelList, GitHub, etc along with your Facebook.

This will make it easier for companies to research you. Now, you’re almost done with the preparations. Let us focus on the job fetching strategy now.

List Down & Research

Prepare a list of companies that provide great opportunities in your domain. Don’t make it a long list of 100 companies but 15-20 will do.

Use their product/services. Read about their recent collaborations, founders, company’s potential direct/indirect competitors.

Find a problem they face, try to find a solution. This kind of deep research will help you in the interview to impress.

It’ll also help you in knowing more about the company culture and finding fit in the same.

Prepare Resume & Cover Letter to Apply for Startup Jobs

Startups receive thousands of resumes for a single role, make sure yours is an eye-catcher. Include your skills that will be beneficial for the job role, mention your achievements, projects and work experiences.

Prepare an excellent cover letter for each company; I wouldn’t recommend a copy-paste here.

Write a unique cover letter for each company you apply for. Mention what you liked about them and how you can contribute to them.

Apply for Startup Jobs & Nail the Interview

Apply for jobs posted on AngelList, LinkedIn. Send out your resume and cover letters to the positions you are interested in.

After a few days write a follow-up mail, to show them you are interested in joining that company. Impress them with your skills and projects in the interview.

Ask them questions about the company’s future plan, vision, major challenges, etc.

Following these simple steps can help you get the job you want. Startups provide a decent learning experience.

Apart from this, startups have good peer culture; you’ll be working with people of your age group.

Your ideas and innovation would get recognition in a diverse work environment. So, if you want swift career growth and are willing to take risks; Startups have a role for you.

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