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How to Get a Job at a Startup (with No Experience)

Thinking about getting a job at a startup? Then watch this video until the end, because in it, I’m going to share with you five steps you can take to get a job at a startup with little to no experience.

Having been a startup founder a few times, landed some startup offers as well as being on the hiring committees for different startup positions, I had the unique perspective of having been on both sides of the table.

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0:00 – Introduction to How to Get a Job at a Startup

0:37 – Step #1: Ask yourself these questions

The nice thing about startups is that they come in all different shapes and sizes. What’s important though, is that you need to know what exactly you are looking for.

A few questions to ask yourself:
1. What size startup do I think I’d like to work at?
2. Are resources important to me at the startup that I work for?
3. What sort of work do I enjoy?
4. What sort of culture do I think I thrive in?
5. What are my non-negotiables when it comes to compensation and benefits?

2:23 – Step #2: Prepare this

You need to have some sort of materials to put together in order to share a perspective employer, to describe your talents or past accomplishments. If you haven’t already done so already, this can be a good time for you to update on some of the things you’ve been up to in the last six to 12 months.

This is where you’re going to want to make sure that you follow the STAR approach, which is to define the situation, the task, the actions that you took, as well as the results you got in whatever it is that you have been working on.

3:39 – Step #3: Do this consistently to open up opportunities of joining a startup

The best startup jobs are actually the ones that aren’t actually listed. And the only way to get those is by adding value to somebody’s life. This can mean reaching out to the hiring manager, reaching out to somebody that leads a particular area that you’re interested in at a company, or even just reaching out to the founder or CEO of a business.

6:16 – Step #4: Get your chances to work at a startup using this step

The great thing about this sort of approach of publishing your work publicly is that it demonstrates to a future startup that you have what it takes to think like an owner. Ultimately, when startup founders are looking for building their early team members, they are looking for people that act like owners and not employees.

The important thing here is to just start. Start small if you have to.

8:24 – Step #5: Get noticed using this approach

Ultimately you want to do things that help you stand out from the rest of the pack. There are tons of applications that are getting flooded into every organization every day for jobs. So the only way that you stand out is by thinking differently.

So simply by taking the time to actually demonstrate that you’re serious about helping this business in whatever way possible, you will be able to be so good that they cannot ignore you.

9:52 – Two Big Takeaways to Remember:
1. Build in public and share your expertise.
2. Zero in on exactly what you want and then go get it.

How are you making yourself stand out when it comes to landing a job at a startup?

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