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How to get a job at a start-up

The fast paced, wild contagious growth, and the icing on the cake a potential ipo or acquisition target. All of these components play into the attractiveness in joining a start-up company, but the most important isn’t listed here. It is to be a part of something, make an impact, and see a company/ product take shape from nothing more than an idea (not to underrate ideas). In this climate where big business is struggling with high operating costs and profits for any company besides apple seem to be shrinking the attractiveness to younger generations of job seekers to join start-ups is growing rapidly. 

I am constantly engaged with candidates that want nothing more than to get in at the “ground floor” of a start-up here in Silicon Beach. I have helped make many intros for those job-seekers, and have starting to cater our job board on FindHire to those types of jobs. The truth is that these companies are constantly looking inside of their own network for their next hire. Why? It spawns from cost/ budget being nearly non-existent. Even after a seed round they are not able to offer huge packages, or a high base, and in the competitive start-up environment the amount of equity you can expect to receive is less and less. 

So the question: How do you land a job at one of these companies? 

  1. Leverage your own network
  2. Send creative e-mails around offering information
  3. Use a cool site i.e. FindHire to submit your resume to the founders of these companies so you stand out, and are not just another googley eyed wannabe

—> Most importantly, remember to highlight that you are willing to wear multiple hats and do whatever it takes. Sometime addressing the budgetary requirements and undercutting yourself to get in the door will pay off big in the long run.

Remember: The founders are not hiring people that are turn key. In fact most founders outside of the over-funded Beachmint team can even afford to recruit top talent. So most founders want people that bring intelligence and a 24/7 work ethic to the table, where you are willing to do whatever it takes to see the company succeed. 

These points will help you get in the door, and stay behind it to see what fate + the market has to say about your new start-up.

Good luck!

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Why not to accept a counter offer

OK. This has been happening more and more. While, I thought this was a thing of the past the younger generation of job-seekers don’t realize what a horrible mistake this is. I pulled a great, concise list from http://www.forcomposites.com/INFORMATION/twelvereasons.htm that I think covers a few reasons why NEVER to accept a counter offer from your current employer:

Twelve Reasons Not to Accept a Counter-Offer

(Not all of these apply in every situation, but some do apply.)

  1. What type of company, or people, do you work for if you have to threaten to quit or resign before they give you what you are worth?

  2. Where is the money for the counteroffer coming from? It’s usually your next raise early. All companies and people have strict salary guidelines and budgets to consider. They get paid more when they keep the budget low.

  3. Your company may immediately start looking for a new person at a cheaper price or someone they will have to pay as much as they have offered you.

  4. You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day on your loyalty will always be in question.

  5. When promotion time comes around, your employer will remember who was loyal and who wasn’t.

  6. When times get tough, your employer may begin the cutback with you.

  7. The same circumstances that now cause you to consider a change will repeat themselves in the future even if you accept a counter offer.

  8. Statistics show that if you accept a counter offer, the probability of voluntarily leaving in six months or being let go within one year is extremely high. (We have heard 80% in six months to one year.)

  9. Accepting a counter offer is an insult to your intelligence and a blow to your personal pride knowing that you have been underpaid for a number of years.

  10. Once the word gets out the relationship that you now enjoy with your co-workers will never be the same. You will lose the personal satisfaction of peer-group acceptance.

  11. Recruiting someone to take your place will possibly require a salary about what you have now been offered, time and money lost while finding your replacement and bringing them up to speed, possibly a fee to a recruiter or for ads, and taking valuable time to recruit someone whether through a recruiter or internal sources.

  12. When you resign, you have created a “crisis” situation in your boss’s mind. The boss immediately feels

  1. Rejection

  2. Dejection

  3. Sense of loss

  4. Sense of failure (He did think he could keep you on board for less money than he now offers.)

  5. Anger

Remember. With your boss feeling this way, he usually has only one thing in mind. That is - keep you on the payroll until he can find your replacement.

AGAIN, NOT ALL OF THESE REASONS APPLY IN EVERY SITUATION,

BUT SOME SURELY DO!