Finding a job in the StartUp world is very different than finding a job in any other company. Usually a StartUp can range from having 5 employees to 300 employees and because the company is still trying to find it’s place in this world on a tight budget, they don’t do job postings at often. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find one. You just have to know where to look and who to talk to.
When you start your search, don’t go to the usual suspects – Monster, Indeed or LinkedIn. AngelList falls at the top of the list, with job listings from popular brands like Uber, Instacart, Hinge, Shyp and many more. In fact, my friend who applied to different jobs at Uber, one from Angel List and one from Uber’s own career site, got a faster response from a recruiter through AngelList.
San Francisco and New York being the hub of all things Startup, there are also several job sites dedicated to these locations only. Try Built In NYC or SF StartUp Job Fair to help get a little closer to your dream job.
Networking? You’ve heard the spiel on this multiple times I’m sure but I’m talking about SOCIAL networking which goes beyond just going to meet up groups or connecting with old friend and colleagues who are now at start ups.
Social media is the best way to find out what your favorite startups are up to these days and see exactly what the CEOs and founders are saying. Follow these key people on Facebook and Twitter to see what their interests are and focus on how they plan to expand and evolve their start up. Use these platforms to connect with them and get their attention. Did you hear about the girl who landed her dream interview at AirBnb by creating an awesome resume specifically for AirBnB and tweeted it at Brian Chesky, the CEO. It may seem extreme but it caught their attention so all you need is research, a stellar resume and determination. And maybe an excellent tweet.
Recruiters can be your best friend during a job search but in order to get to that point, you need to make sure that you reach out to the correct ones. Connect with startup recruiters on LinkedIn and send them a message on exactly what you are looking for along with your resume. A lot of the times recruiters are doing the same thing and trying to find the best fit for these ambitious companies.
These are just some tips to help you get started but make sure to have a strong resume that complements your determination and skills.