If you’re an introvert, the whole concept of networking probably isn’t your cup of tea. Even if you feel like you’d rather do just about anything other than forced small talk with strangers, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare! Believe it or not, there are tons of ways to play to your strengths and interests, which means networking can be an actually enjoyable experience. You just have to find the strategy that works for you, and you can make the experience a productive and pleasant one (even if you’d rather be home with your cat). Plus, other people might feel just as nervous as you, and would love it if someone else made the first move! Whether its at speed networking, a happy hour meetup, or a job fair, the next connection you make could be your next mentor, or even your next boss. Here’s your cue to stop overthinking it and introduce yourself so you can start schmoozing with the best of ‘em.
Once upon a time you could just sit down and crank out a 6 page essay in eight hours, no problem. Now, it takes you eight hours just to write your name down on your senior thesis... which also happens to be due in 48 hours. If you look around, you’ll see you’re not alone -- senioritis is a disease that affects millions of college students world wide, and you’re just joining the ranks of classmates facebooking in the library (or avoiding the library all together). Don’t get us wrong, getting it together isn’t always easy (and you're definitely allowed to have a little fun), but it’s not impossible -- even second semester. No matter what stage of senioritis you’re in (or if you’ve been working for years but you still feel it because we feel that v deeply), our favorite tips can prevent you from becoming just another college cliche!
Startups are sexy, and that’s nothing new. Job hunting is not, which is also nothing new. Whether you’re a college senior thinking about the great big world after graduation or you’re a seasoned professional ready to make moves, figuring how to actually take the leap is easier said than done. With ambiguous job titles, informal interview processes, and CEO's in hoodies it can be tricky to know the steps that will land you the job you're hoping for. Not to mention if you don’t have a tech background (and know you wont survive a coding bootcamp), it can feel like there’s no place for you in the startup world.
Luckily, that isn’t true, and luckily we know some people. At our San Francisco General Assembly panel on Breaking into Startups, we chatted with 4 industry experts who were kind enough to give us some really tangible advice you can use to get your foot in the door. Startups may have less structure than other industries, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some rules of thumb to keep in mind -- and we think hiring managers at ground breaking companies like Lyft, Gobble, Guideline, and CultureIQ are the best people to let you in on the secrets (even if you couldn't make it to the event!). They really know their stuff, so read up on these 5 things they want you to know about getting a startup job and thank us later.
There’s just something about NYC. From Broadway phenomenons to bars that don’t close until 4am, there’s always something to do and never really a reason to sleep. On top of that, Silicon Alley is home to some of the biggest and most successful startups in the country! The New York startup scene has been steadily growing for the past several years, and it shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
No tech experience? No problem! Startups are always hiring people from diverse backgrounds. Whether you’re an English, performing arts, or chemistry major, there is definitely a startup out there looking for people like you! If you're looking to break into the tech scene as a recent grad or ready to kiss the corporate world goodbye, check out these hot NYC startups we’re excited about -- and think you should be, too.
Let’s be honest, college is generally pretty great. It’s where you make your best friends, learn a ton of cool things, and go to a lot of ridiculous parties you will probably laugh about in your old age. What it doesn’t necessarily do is actually prepare you for the real world and adult life. If you want to be prepared for life after graduation, it’s best to start thinking about this early on in your college career. So what can you do during your time on campus to prepare yourself for the working world?!
If you think a startup job is in your future, you know that we’re always hunting for hires with applicable life skills. While many universities are currently creating entrepreneurship programs complete with classes, year-long projects, and accelerators, you don’t have to participate in one of these programs to prepare for life at a startup! No matter where you go to school, there are always plenty of opportunities to dive in and get the skills that will help you land your future dream job.
It's no secret that the Bay Area is a hub for startups. In fact, there are so many awesome companies in SF and surrounding cities that it might even start to feel overwhelming. Where should you start? Who is actually hiring? Are there jobs open for someone who (gasp) doesn't know how to code? The answer there is a resounding yes. While we love all the techies and software engineers among us, all companies need awesome, smart non-technical people to make the world go round. If you were inspired by our last blog on awesome Bay Area companies to know about, here are 20 SF Bay Area companies looking to grow their teams this year -- could one of them be your next adventure?!
Ever feel like no matter how many times you say tonight is the night you're going to put away last week's laundry, redo your room, answer that networking email, and finally update your resume, you still end up accidentally watching Netflix and ordering thai food? You're not alone! No judgement here -- but, you also don't have to live like that. It can be overwhelming, but we're confident that you can get your life in order this year, since there are so many awesome companies out there who can help you get a head start. If you've already tackled our New Years Resolutions guides to help you Get Fit, Get Healthy, and Get Financially Savvy, here are 6 startups to watch if you're ready to get your you-know-what together this year!
A little extra cash for Seamless? Not having to text your landlord that your rent is going to be a little late again? Being not just venmo rich, but legitimately, rich? Sign us up. If you're like the majority living pay check to pay check, your New Years Resolution probably has the word "budgeting" in it. Read this edition of our Jumpstart Your Resolutions series for the top 6 financial startups you should've started using yesterday.
Aside from figuring out how to use snail mail, making doctors appointments for yourself is one of the rudest awakenings of millennial adulting. If you dread making that call as much as we do and haven’t been to the dentist in years, we’re here to intervene. WebMD is a pretty extreme doctor anyway, since they always think you’re on your last leg…
If you’re taking good care of yourself, both mind and body, you’ll have more energy and stamina for your job hunt (wink wink)! They say an apple a day, but seems like a good idea to eat apples and find a doctor. If taking control of your health is your resolution this year, you’re in luck. In this health edition of our Jumpstart Your New Years Resolutions Series, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest health startups that will make taking care of yourself a piece of (gluten free/sugar free/dairy free?) cake.
Happy New Year! We're all ready for a fresh start over here, and we're pretty sure you are too. If your resolution is to get an amazing new job, you know Planted is the place to be -- but we know there are definitely some other little things on your list for the year. Because we care about you being your best self, we want to help with all of them! Job hunting means doing a little work on self care so you can bring your A-game as you network your way to the top.
If getting fit is your goal this year, we're here to make sure you aren't one of those "January gym people" that teachers love to hate. Notice we didn't say "lose weight" because we think you're beautiful just the way you are -- but getting fit to feel good is something we can get down with. And exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy -- and energetic and confident and healthy -- which all make you a better applicant for whatever job is destined to be your next move. In this fitness edition of our Jumpstart Your New Years Resolutions series, we found the top 5 fitness startups you need ASAP to get that summer bod in January. From futuristic 3D body scales to on-demand cycling and (finally) portable fitness rollers, read below to find out some of our favorite fitness apps and products!
'Tis the season for holiday cheer! If you have a packed calendar filled with tree lightings, holiday parties, and greasy latke feasts, it can be hard to find time to shop for the perfect gift. Whether it's an office white elephant, a secret santa exchange with your friends, or a family holiday swap, you want to leave a lasting impression and avoid anyone pulling a Rachel-from-Friends (you know, the one where she's the worst and returns everything). It's easy to go the traditional route, and no one will say ever no to another tin of peppermint bark -- but we think you can do better. If you want to wow everyone on your list, take a look at some of our favorite gifts from some of our favorite startups.
If you’re curious about startups, the best place to start is to dive in with eyes and ears wide open. Reading blogs, following influencers, and going to events is the easiest way to immerse yourself and learn the ins and outs of the scene (or even meet your next boss). What better way to sound natural in an interview than to actually know what you’re talking about!? What a concept.
We all know about the booming startup scene in our favorite coastal hubs, and it isn’t hard to get your hands on boundless information about what’s up in Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley (if you need help, our Starter Guide to the Best NYC Tech Resources is worth a read). What you might not know is that Salt Lake City, now dubbed “Silicon Slopes”, is quickly becoming the new kid to watch, home to a growing network of really reputable and cool companies! Check out this list of some of the best resources to bookmark if you call SLC home.
Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley, Silicon Slopes -- wait what? You heard that right! There are top startup jobs in Salt Lake City, Utah. Slowly but surely, Utah is becoming a budding startup hotspot. Not only have companies like Netflix and eBay opened offices in Utah, but the Beehive State has also witnessed its own surge of local tech companies. Read below for some of the top startup jobs in Salt Lake City!
If you’ve poked around on your Planted profile lately, you may have noticed a shiny new feature. We’re so excited to announce that we’ve just launched one of our most exciting features yet -- Sound Bites that let you supercharge your application!
Startup environments are known for their fun and progressive atmospheres, frequently featuring fully stocked bars and many opportunities to socialize at them. Whether you’re celebrating a completed project, a closed deal, a promotion, or just Thursday, Happy Hour is a great chance for you to get to know your colleagues, and meet people from other areas of the company.
However, this “open bar” atmosphere is still a professional environment, and it’s vital to make sure you’re conducting yourself appropriately during those well-earned (yet sometimes overzealous) celebrations. These tips will help you keep it classy and avoid being the topic of office gossip the next day.