Want To Work For A Startup? Here’s Where To Look Start-up-er (strt- p- r): An individual passionate about working with small, driven groups of entrepreneurs, who loves the idea of wearing multiple hats and working long hours to complete a goal. She thrives in an innovative environment, eagerly accepts challenges, and finds joy in not knowing whats around the corner. So, youve deemed yourself a start-up-er, but havent landed your dream start-up job yet. Its not an easy taskhow do you find a job at companies that may only have five team members and no recruiting budget to speak of?
So, you’ve deemed yourself a start-up-er, but haven’t landed your dream start-up job yet. It’s not an easy task—how do you find a job at companies that may only have five team members and no recruiting budget to speak of? Well, I’ll say this once: If you’re looking at the big job boards—stop. The start-up job hunt looks much, much different than a typical search.
To bring you the scoop, I consulted with one of the best start-up recruiters I know, Keith Cline, who not only spends his days recruiting for start-ups, he runs one himself: The thought leadership and job search site VentureFizz. We put our heads together and came up with this guide for a successful start-up job search.
Networking (Must. Start. Here.)
I often hear my entrepreneur friends say, “I don’t have time to post jobs.” Or, they don’t know how to get their jobs noticed online or in front of the right audience, or they lack the funds needed to post jobs frequently.
So to fill their open positions, they default to the most affordable option: Using their connections. They rely heavily on the people they know, the people their friends recommend, and the people they meet at events—a.k.a., their network.
Which means, your start-up job search should be less about resumes and applications and more (actually, mostly) about networking. I know it’s tough, especially because you probably won’t get immediate results. But if you keep at it, it will eventually lead to the right connection. After all, being a start-up-er is all about initiative and drive!
If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few ideas.