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Land an interview with a startup

Written by on April 2, 2013

Have you spent Easter figuring out what to do? Interested in finding some new challenges? Work in a dynamic environment? Want to work at a startup?

I recently came across this article from The Daily Muse, outlining the four steps to land an interview with a startup.  Marie Burns, the author of the article, argues that in the startup area there’s much more room to be creative than the typical “submit and cross your fingers” method. She has listed four steps based on advice from two founders who hires new employees on a daily basis.

  1. Get referred – Absolutely the fastest way to an interview is when someone who knows the founder or another key person makes a referral or recommendation.
  2. Network your way in – Startups are often present at conferences or speak on panels. Take contact with the speaker after his or her talk and follow up with an email.
  3. Provide value – Suggest or present an interesting perspective of the business that the startup leaders haven’t thought of.
  4. Apply, but with pizzazz! – If you have failed with your networking efforts you will need to use the traditional way. Don’t just send your resume, focus on your online presence (“If I can’t find you online, you don’t exist”) and create for example an online blog or portfolio together with a passionate cover letter. Here’s an idea.

Good luck!

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