New York City continues to be the financial capital of the world, so it should come naturally that the next big wave of financial tech startups that are popping up are happening right here in our backyard.
Imagine you’ve polished up your résumé, sent notes to your college pals, and even let your college’s career office know you’re available for work. Then a friend pings you. There’s a cool networking event happening next week and they suggest you go. You gulp.
When people say, “looking for a job is a full-time job,” they’re not kidding. Everyone hates the job search and for good reason. It’s frustrating, nerve-wracking, and incredibly time-consuming. And if you’re looking for a new job on top of going to your 9-to-5 every day, you know that it’s easy to want to give up and throw in the towel. So, what’s a job seeker to do? How do you convince yourself to continue the hustle and get your head in the game?
Every professional should have an arsenal of skills at the ready to move their career forward. From productivity and organization to personal branding, each of us should continue to fine-tune these skills for a happy and healthy work life.
When we were small, our parents picked us up, looked into our adorable, yet mostly soulless baby eyes, and said out loud, “This one is perfect.” Years later when we picked up our first book, or tinkered with our first toy, they might’ve bragged to their friends about how smart and curious we were, and how we were for sure going to become a doctor or lawyer.
Odds are you’ve heard someone say “a job’s a job” at some point in your life. Firstly, can we talk about how redundant that sounds? Did you also know that a cat is a cat? Or that a beach ball is a beach ball? If you wanna be cynical, at least be clever about it.
Leaving the buttoned up, soul-crushing corporate establishment to join a hip startup can seem appealing, but joining the ranks of a fresh, progressive company is not without its pitfalls. Say farewell to weekly brunches, Netflix binges, and full nights of sleep. It’s sometimes hard to predict what to expect with startup companies since they’re quick to change, and for some, the fast-paced culture can be a rude awakening.
Here’s the lowdown on what to expect when you embark on your adventure at an early stage startup. Do you have what it takes?
Adulting is really different from being in college in so many ways. When you’re making the transition from school to “the real world”, you’ll probably figure out pretty fast that some of the habits you had in school just aren’t gonna work anymore. You need to communicate and be proactive if you want to crush it at your job.
Your alarm goes off and you can’t think of anything you’d rather do less than make your way to the office...sound familiar? If you’re there, you already know that a happy work environment is everything -- it increases your energy, makes you more productive, allows for friendly interactions with coworkers, and provides better overall work satisfaction.
So, what do you do when the office isn’t exactly the sunniest of places? Dealing with a toxic work environment is a challenge, and you aren’t alone, but there are practices you can put in place to help keep the feng shui. If you’re just about ready to pull your hair out after a long day at work, then give these practices a try:
Getting a job is easier said than done. It doesn’t matter what kind of resume you have, who you know, or how smooth you are at interviews -- you’re going to be rejected at least once. And if you’re serious about your job search, you’re going to be rejected more than once. And that’s okay! We're pretty sure there isn’t a single successful person who hasn’t been turned down multiple times in life, and those moments probably have a part in shaping their stories.
We know hearing that you just aren't the right fit (again) can be tough -- and can even make you question yourself in a big way. So how do you make sure you're taking your rejections in stride and finding ways lessons that can help you improve for the future?
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.