3 Practical Strategies for Landing a Startup Job
Career Development Interested in being a part of startup culture, but not sure how to get your foot in the door? Adriana Gascoigne, founder and CEO of Girls in Tech, opens her book of tips and tricks.
Here are a few ideas that will put you on the right track, courtesy of Girls in Tech founder and CEO Adriana Gascoigne.
1. Make digital count
Business is conducted online, so you need to be online, too. The internet is the default place to go for businesses to post jobs and search for candidates. It’s also a platform for you to control your digital presence. At the very least, make sure you have an updated LinkedIn profile. It’s also smart to review how your communication in social media outlets, like Facebook, Twitter and blogs, may be viewed by businesses. Are you putting your best foot forward?
If you want to take things a step further, create a digital resume. Gascoigne, whose organization runs workshops for those interested in tech careers, says this could be a myriad of forms: an infographic, full-blown website, blog, or even a YouTube video. The digital world has created an enormous opportunity for you to showcase your skills and creativity—enjoy it.
“There are three key things to consider when vetting startup jobs: people, product and environment.”
2. Find the right fit
You’re likely interested in a startup job because you’re drawn to the “startup culture,” meaning you may have visions of ping pong tables, fully stocked fridges, team happy hours and a work hard, play hard atmosphere. No doubt, this culture appeals to many. Companies will use this to their advantage, by advertising a fun startup culture. But how do you narrow down these companies to find the right one for you?
There are three key things to consider when vetting startup jobs: people, product and environment. When interviewing and researching companies, consider if the people are a great fit for you, if you have a genuine interest in the product or industry, and make sure the work environment feels like a setting where you can truly thrive.
3. Know your worth
“Just because you may be new to the tech industry, that doesn’t mean that you have no leverage when you negotiate an offer,” explains Gascoigne. “Remember, everything is negotiable, you just have to be confident and you may need to get creative.”
If you’re disappointed by a lower-than-expected compensation offer, there are other things you can leverage besides your salary. Consider asking for a more generous percentage of equity in the company. Or, you can consider other perks like additional days off, flexibility to work remotely or a new laptop.