Luck must be on your side if you have the opportunity to join a hot startup once in your life. If you know what you want and you know how to get there, you might just be able to experience all the excitement, the energy and the equity that comes with working in a cool job in a hot startup.
Here are some tips to hit that bull’s eye:
- 1. Start local.
Location is a very important part when it comes to finding the right job for you. Aside from determining where all the mini-Silicon Valleys and the hottest start-ups in your area of expertise are, it’s the question of where you are. You know how the competitive world out there works (not a problem if you are a hotshot developer in high demand) so you should be aware that chances are way better if you are local.
Startups are everywhere these days and it is good for you to know that the more remote the location is, the less the competition.
- 2. Look for the smart money.
Checking out how good the quality of investor is a good idea for a company. It is for tons of reasons.
Top notch angels and VCs provide a lot more than just capital. They advise founders, help fill in gaps in the management team, make key customer introductions, and help bring in new investors for subsequent rounds.
There are several ways to know if the investors are top tier. If you search around sites you’ll notice that the same names shows up every time. If this is not the case, you might as well visit the VC firm’s website and look for the lists of companies they have invested in that have had successful endings, meaning IPOs or acquisitions.
If they do not list their investors, you can also search online using the name of the company itself and terms like “Series A” or “round of funding.” You’ll surely be able find them.
- 3. Connect with real people in the real world.
Applying for jobs online most likely to get you nowhere and almost everyone has figured out how to try to connect with other people via LinkedIn. If you’re smart, you’ll figure out that they are not a very good strategy.
What strategy do you think will work? Real networking with real people in real time; this works for decades now. I also found myself experiencing how it is so effective way back when I was still finding my way into startups.
If you think this is not your type of ball game, here’s a pretty good trick that works. Most venture capital firms provide contact information, even for their partners. Assistants usually filter emails and phone calls but in my personal point of view, they tend to be very helpful. VC firms got a handful of nice people in there.
Remember, companies always pay attention to leads they get from their VCs. That’s for sure.
Next read…Going for an Interview with a Startup? These questions are what you must ask.
Article contributed by Startup Jobs Asia‘s Team.
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