DJH: how to easily break into startups
Recapping this week's DJH
Mindsets for Success
Don't be "on your best behavior" during the interview. That's a schooled mindset (trying to get approval from the authority).
Sure, be respectful and give 100% effort, but it's also okay to:
-be disagreeable (while being solution oriented)
-set boundaries if you are asked a question that's too personal for you
Yes, you want to create massive value for the company and make it about serving them! AND, know that the interview is a two-way street.
Job Hunt Nutrients
Keep a "well-balanced diet" of job hunt vitamins and nutrients:
- Researching companies
- Video pitching
- Following up
- Building social capital with employees
- Interviewing like a boss
All these ingredients work together to create the future result you want. During your job hunt, do at least 1 thing a day on each of the above!
Links Worth Checking Out
- Tips for Hitting More Career “Home Runs” (Mitchell Earl)
- No. 1 Mistake Job Seekers Make When Explaining Why They Want the Job to Hiring Managers.
- Discover New Companies on Crunchbase
Quote of the Week
"If you are working on something that really excites you, you don't have to be pushed. The vision pulls you."
— Steve Jobs
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Pitch a Customer Success Role to Break Into Startups
70% of people dislike their jobs. Are you one of those people?
If so, what will you DO to change your situation?
Will you take real action?
You might be stalling because you think a career or job change has to be a huge shift that takes a long time.
But it doesn't need to be that big of a deal.
Literally, you could be working a corporate job today, shoot a 30-60 second video pitch tonight, and be on your way to a new role in a week or two.
That's how low the bar is to stand out on the job hunt.
And that's how much power you have to pitch yourself.
If you're stuck on "which role do I pitch?," then, in my opinion, I'd say pitch a customer success role.
If you have people skills and listening skills, then you can pitch your way into this role even with no experience in startups, or no connections. Your skills are more transferable than you think.
Find a few potential roles on a site like BuiltIn or Dynamite Jobs, then
- Find a human at the company
- Create a 30 second video pitch
- Email it to that human
- Follow up as needed
In your pitch, you can say how much you're excited about that company, and then tell a quick story about your empathy and listening skills, connecting the dots as to why that matters to the company in that customer support role.
Pretty simple. You just need to do it. ; )
Remember, the fact that you send a video pitch signals your boldness and initiative, which is the most powerful of all.
Go for it!
and the DJH Team
(^click Isaac's face for video pitch tips)
The Career Hackers Revolution
- Career hacking is about the relentless pursuit of discovering and doing what makes you come alive. Here are the core principles in the Career Hackers Manifesto.
- See two of our top posts: How to Make a Video Pitch and 100 Ways to Work Out Loud, so you can skip the resume and degree and be your own credential. See more on the Start Here page.
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