Getting Hired by a Startup

Posted March 21, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Career Moves

When embarking on a job search, one of the most important questions to ask is, “What kind of company would you ideally want to work for?” Some of us are attracted to nonprofit organizations, others to large gleaming buildings in the downtown core filled with large corporations, others drawn to suburban corporate campuses with large parking lots and larger corporate campus amenities. But I think we can all agree that, no matter your ideal company, we’ve all at one time pined for the excitement of working for a startup. Visions of Google Execs in the 90s dressed in jeans and t-shirts dance in our heads. Here in Chicago, we’ve all heard the stories of Grouponers skateboarding through the hallways of their River North offices. Working in a company that’s “up and coming” is phenomenally interesting to many.

That’s why I was so intrigued by this recent article from Mashable Business, “3 Ways to Woo a Startup Into Hiring You.” You see, startups aren’t always looking for the same things large corporations, or even nonprofits might be. Startups aren’t just hiring for skill, they’re hiring for individuals who have the potential to help them grow, to change their business for the better, and to be the rainmakers they’ll need to drive revenue. I won’t regurgitate author Lauren Drell’s points here. If you’re interested in working for a startup, I’ve found no better step by step advice than that found on Mashable. Click her to read Lauren Drell’s full article now.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."