How to Secure Your Dream Startup Role
March 14th 2022

The startup world is an exciting place. If you want to secure your dream startup role then you are not alone. For many it is the perfect way to enter the workforce. In a startup, it is not uncommon to be given a lot of responsibility early on. Many people find themselves working across several roles and quickly learning new skills. This leads to non-traditional career progression, allowing people to gain experience fast, and reach senior roles without spending years working their way up the ladder. Want to apply but worried you don’t have any startup experience? That’s OK! If you're driven and passionate about what you do, you can learn any skills you need. That startup role isn’t out of reach, but you need to stand out from the crowd. Here are 5 things you can do to stand out to an employer. 2-tech-startup-employees-bonding-over-table-tennis

 

Do your homework

Preparation is key. Take the time to research the startup:

 

How do they make their profit?

And if they are not yet in the product stage, how do they plan on making their profit? Showing a good understanding of this at the interview stage will make you look good to a potential employer, and it will also help you to know if it is a journey you want to be part of.

 

Who are their competitors?

Look around at their market competitors and see what they are doing well, and what they could be doing better. When building any company, it is important to keep an eye on the competition- even if it is to learn from them! In today's competitive market, startups need employees who are up-to-date on market trends and competition.

 

What funding stage are they at?

Identifying the funding stage a startup is in will help you decide if it is right for you. But keep in mind that whilst the funding stage may be indicative of a wider dynamic, it is not necessarily the be-all-and-end-all of your startup journey. For a more in depth look into this, check out our simple guide to startup funding. Knowing the answers to these questions will not only make you look good to a potential employer, but it will also help you figure out whether the role is right for you. Questions to ask yourself

  • What do I value in a role?
  • What size team will I work best in?
  • What salary range am I looking for?

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What can you bring to the company?

You may know all about the ins and outs of the company, but how will you help them to achieve their mission? If you want to go the extra mile you can complete some spec work ahead of your interview. If you know what your role would involve, then make a plan of what you could bring to the table. Even if it is something that never comes to fruition, showing that you have original ideas will make you stand out from the crowd.

 

Believe in their mission

If you don’t believe in their mission, why should they hire you? The nature of a startup encourages an intense work ethic. You will likely be working with a small team, and a shared belief in the company values is crucial to startup success. If they are building a product, tell them why you love it or why you would choose to use it. If you don’t believe in their mission, then it isn’t the role for you. Questions to ask yourself

  • What do you love about their company?
  • Why do you want to be a part of their journey?
  • Why would use their product?
  • Why would you recommend them to your family or friends?

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Attend networking events

Because of a startup’s size, you may find that there isn’t an appointed Hiring Manager. A lot of the headhunting could be outsourced or done by the founder/CEO themselves. This means networking is even more important. If there are relevant industry events- whether in-person or virtual, go along. These events are perfect to meet people in a relaxed setting. Check out sites like Eventbrite and Meetup to find interesting events. But don’t go with the mindset of selling yourself, go to have interesting conversations and share your passion. LinkedIn is another place where a lot of great networking can happen. If the company is on LinkedIn, look to see if you share any mutual connections or create new connections and share relevant content on your social media channels. Next step:

  • Go along to industry events and talk to people
  • Get on LinkedIn and do some investigation- look into mutual connections and create new ones
  • Write and share relevant content across your socials

 

Start applying!

You can do all the prep work and have an amazing CV and cover letter ready to go, but you won’t land your dream job until you start applying. And don’t let a few no's discourage you. Research shows that only 1 in 6 people who apply for a role are called for an interview. The odds aren’t in your favour. But if you have the drive and passion that startups are looking for, then a few rejections shouldn’t stand in the way between you and your dream startup role. The right job for you is out there- and we are happy to help you find it. If you want any further advice on landing your dream startup role, then check out our blog on 4 qualities you need to stand out to a startup. Or get in touch with our team of consultants at 0117 428 0600 

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