Yes! You’ve just opened your inbox and right at the top? That cool startup job you’ve been crossing your fingers for is a requesting an interview! After doing your three minute happy dance, you stop. Now what? Just the word “interview” used to send us running for the hills, too, until we realized the most confident people have one thing in common – they plan! Ever wonder why interviewing comes naturally to some and not others? Confidently walking into an interview is all about knowing your stuff, ahead of time. Take these 7 interviewing techniques and confidence boosters into the room with you to land your next startup job:
For some people, video games played a huge role in our childhood and into adulthood. From getting rekt in Mario Kart (curse you, Rainbow Road) to spending an unhealthy amount of hours indoors on your fifth playthrough of Skyrim, gaming has been a constant source of pain and pleasure in our lives. And with gaming becoming more of a mainstream pastime, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are tons of startups out there dedicated to building revolutionary technology to enhance your experience. You might be surprised to learn that you don’t have to be a game developer to work for one of these companies though!
We’re all familiar with that itch to drop everything and move to another city. Sometimes it just feels like the right decision to get up and go. Or maybe you’re following a loved one who just landed the opportunity of their dreams. The prospect of moving to a new place (or moving back to an old one) is exciting and full of possibility! But there are a lot of practical things involved in making a move--and one of the most important things is securing a job. Because student loans and bills.
Maybe you came across them on LinkedIn, walked past them in your office building, or attended a talk they gave at your university. Their resume is mindblowing, their body of work esteemed, and their approval desired. One thing is clear: you need to shake their hand.
The startup scene is its own animal. Coming from the corporate world, startups can leave you feeling a little puzzled or maybe a little jealous – but startups are so much more than office beers and matching laptop stickers! It can be intimidating to make the switch to something so far from your cubicle, but don’t worry -- while the cultures might vary greatly, your traditional office job has given you great skills to take into the startup world.
So you got the interview -- congrats! You’re already on your way to the next big thing. We know that the interview process can be overwhelming though, and even if you’re the type of person to “sweat the deets”, double-checking that you’ve got all your ducks in a row is a good idea. Step up your job search with the ultimate interview prep worksheet.
Ask anyone at the office nowadays, and more likely than not you’ll have at least one coworker who listens to podcasts on the regular. They’ll probably even rattle off a few of their favorite series that they want you to try out -- but like music, not everyone’s going to listen to or enjoy the same stuff.
The female entrepreneur, while a seemingly rare species, is a force to be reckoned with. From Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network and empire to Tory Burch’s billion-dollar design brand, it’s clear that entrepreneurship knows no genders. Female entrepreneurs in 2017 is trending. And hard. The 2016 Kauffman Index of Startup Activity estimated women make up 40% of the entrepreneurship sector in the US of A, the highest since 1996. With technology expanding and society growing more conscious about economic, social and political issues, female-identified entrepreneurs are stepping out on a limb to create the products and startups they want to see. Below are 5 female entrepreneurs you may (or may not) have heard of who are bringing a splash of innovation to their industries:
Now that Palo Alto’s saturated with more well-established giants than small jumpstarts, the Big Apple has become a hub for tech startups looking to bring their industries way into the future. This round of up-and-coming tech firms are automating your keys, growing leather in labs, and redefining what it means to rent an apartment. The best part? They want you to come along for the ride:
We may be biased, but startup internships are an excellent choice. It’s a great way to get a glimpse of what it takes to run a young company, and chances are, you’ll be given more important responsibilities than you might at another office. But even if you’re not at a startup, all internships are a rite of passage, y’all. Love them or hate them, they’re an excellent way to get work experience, beef up a post-college or mid-college resume, and actually figure out what kind of career you want. Basically--it’s a way to dip your toes into the workforce pool, and figure out what does and doesn’t work in a professional setting.
The morning routine. Chances are, you’ve got a friend or co-worker who hasn't stopped emailing you to try theirs for the last few months. They’re touted by pretty much every self-labeled fitness, creative, or productivity expert out there, and at times it can be easy to write them off as quacks who watch maybe one too many TED Talks. We hate to hop on the bandwagon, but here’s the thing -- there’s actually a whole lot of science backing up the claim that if you start each day in a similar way, focusing on #positivevibes, productivity, and wellness, it’ll get your brain in the zone and ready to attack the day’s challenges with unexpected vigor.
Rounding out your skills as a startup recruit is not just smart in this digital day and age– it’s necessary. Good news is there’s no need to jump back into higher ed (unless you really want to). The worldwide web is full of budget-friendly and free (yes, we said f-r-e-e) courses to give your natural gifts and talents an edge. What skills would you want to add to your repertoire? Would your Social Media career benefit from a short foray into visual design? Or could your career in Tech need a boost on the presentation side of things? Don’t fret. Here are the best online courses to jump into:
There is a certain amount of thrill that comes with change. The idea of a new and sexier workplace is incredibly alluring and probably a big part of why you’re looking for a new job. Besides updating your LinkedIn, going to job fairs, and participating in networking events, you should be creating a strategy around your job hunt to make it as efficient as possible.
Panic. That’s probably the first feeling that sets in when 4 years whiz by and the job hunt doesn’t go as planned. While your credentials may slay, there’s unfortunately no way to predict how long it will take to find the right job for you. It can get pretty frustrating to see your friends celebrating home runs while you keep missing the ball.
At Planted, welovebooks. They’re are a great place to start when you’re interested in learning about, well, anything. They can take you from one world to another, put you in another person’s shoes, and give you valuable insight on all aspects of your life, from your relationships with others to mastering a skill. So to help you celebrate National Read a Book Day, here’s a list of some of the best startup books that you might find useful in helping you develop your career!