Landing a job in a start-up can be thrilling and satisfying yet challenging. Even though there are plenty of start-ups acquiring venture funding, it can still be challenging to score a job in a rising start-up company, especially a technology-based start-up. Hereby, we have compiled 12 solid tips for every millennial to find and get that dream job. Check them out!
1. Widen your network
Start-up events are one of the main keys you can utilise to get that dream start-up job. Get familiar with websites that regularly update you on start-up events, such as id.techinasia.com or teknoevent.com, which informs you about interesting start-up seminars, competitions, or networking sessions. Networking might be difficult for some people, but remember it is necessary if you want to snag that dream start-up job. At these events, you can expose yourself to influential people in the start-up industry and make connections with people in similar fields.
2. Get familiar with the company’s culture
Get to know the company you are applying for and find out whether you will be suitable inside its culture. Get reviews if possible from websites such as Glassdoor or Salary.com and surprise the interviewers with your knowledge about the company culture and all the characteristics you have that will make you a great fit to the company. Knowing the industry and competitors will definitely help you in getting the job. Imagine this: You walk into Tesla and you don’t know anything about electric vehicles. Phew, that must be some sort of nightmare!
3. Do something unique when you turn in a job application
Start-ups need innovators, so it would help if you hunt your jobs like one. To make your application stand out, do something totally different. Don’t rely on job-seeking websites or official websites but go and search for the company’s CEO on LinkedIn and apply to him from there. It is important to NOT directly send a message promoting yourself as a good candidate, but try to message the founder with questions covering how you can help the CEO or founder add value to the company. Elsewhere, you can also offer to work for free. As an example, if you are proficient in social media, audit the company’s social media and send it to the CEO. Doing that extra work could help land you that dream job.
4. Get a strong online presence
While a good resume and cover letter will usually do the trick, you need to have a good social media presence as well. This includes a complete LinkedIn profile or a personal website to showcase your portfolio, resume, and hobbies, which will make you stand out from the throng of applicants. Some human resources departments will even go straight to your LinkedIn profile as they can see who has endorsed your skills and see what kind of professional connections you have made so far in your career.
Meanwhile, a strong, diverse Instagram profile can also come in handy for this situation. The majority of start-ups are intensely involved in social media as it is a powerful tool to market their company name out there. So, they will be more inclined to hire people who have a strong online presence and are familiar with social media.
5. Be energetic in your mind and body
You must be healthy and strong both physically and mentally if you would like to join a start-up. Working in a start-up is different than the usual corporate setting where you spend the usual nine-to-five hours. In a start-up world, you hustle and bustle the whole week. You need to learn the tricks of the trade to work hard and smart at the same time. Be prepared to work after work hours and even on weekends, as there will always be something to do in a start-up environment. Sounds a lot but imagine the mountain of experience you will gain.
Working in a start-up means that you should be ready to swivel when you have to because all the roles in a start-up aren’t going to be stagnant. Accepting this mindset will help you blossom in a start-up environment. When you work in a corporate setting you are basically doing what your job needs you to do, and you are able to do that because of the actual systems that are already in place. In start-ups, things are usually not set in stone from the work processes to existing tools: all of them are still being experimented on.
7. Open your mind for learning
Be inclined for the high-tech side of the start-up job. Teach yourself a comprehensive approach starting from the technical side, the product side until the design side to give you that competitive edge. The majority of start-ups deal with technology or software, so even though you are not an engineer it will be beneficial for you to comprehend all angles of the start-up to get ideas that will better help the company.
8. Make sure that your beliefs align with the startups beliefs and missions
Even though it sounds clichéd, it is important that your beliefs are aligned with the start-ups since many millennials want to work where it doesn’t feel like a job. So aligning your beliefs and the company you are gunning for might be the right start.
9. Look at the investment
Take a look at start-ups that have recently gained investment. Most likely, despite the job lists displayed on its website, the start-up is definitely hiring across all functional areas. The faster you can stand in front of the list of applicants, the better it will be. To be in the know about which start-ups have lately raised capital, try to inspect tech blogs on a regular basis or scour news related to start-ups. Some relevant websites you can visit are e27.co and techinasia.com.