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Are you up for a unique challenge, with a chance to use your skills in a fast paced environment, where you work hard, wear many hats, and commit all your energy to an idea that has only a one out of four chance of success?
If so, then working at a startup company may be for you!
Not a job, but a mission – greater feeling of creating something of value
Lack of structure – less hierarchy, fewer rules, more casual work hours
More room for creativity and entrepreneurial spiritStartup Fair
Perks can include working from home, free food, open leave policy
Potential stock options – ownership in the company
Promotion opportunities to leadership roles easier and faster
Results of your work are immediate, and rewarding
Multiple roles, so gain valuable and diverse skills
You help define company culture
Generally fewer politics, more camaraderie
Uncertainty, risk – there is no guarantee the company will be successful
Pay and benefits may not be as good, at least initially
Pay structure may be different; you may receive a stipend, or profit sharing options, instead of a set hourly pay rate or annual salary
Less work life balance – heavy work load and long hours
More pressure to perform – smaller workforce so every person factors into company success
What Startups Look For In A Candidate
Passion & enthusiasm
Ability to communicate
Committed to personal growth and learning
Extras – what else have you done
Tips For A Successful Search
Do side projects; develop an app, contribute to an open source project
Learn new technologies (classes and outside; Khan Academy, Coursera, Code.org, Open Courseware)
Demonstrate your passion
Be persistent & patient
Get involved with a campus startup
Participate in a hackathon or makeathon
Showcase your skills; GitHub, personal website, online portfolio, blog
Research startups, focus on those that fit your interests & skills
Personalized contact with CEO, demonstrate passion & interest, detail how you can make an impact
What makes an awesome startup employee?
You hear people talking about what makes a great startup founder all the time: A great sense of vision, clarity of purpose, relentless drive, a strange balance of over-confidence and insecurity.
There are whole books written about it.
But what makes a great startup team-member? The people who join and thrive in early start startup teams are an equally special breed. In fact, the best startup employees aren’t necessarily the best fit for working in more established businesses – some of the most brilliant startup people I’ve worked with find the traditional business work impossibly frustrating.
“It’s so SLOOOW!”
“I’m just doing the same thing every day – I want to be more in touch with the other stuff going on in the business!”
There are a whole range of attributes that are uniquely suited to these small, high-growth, high pressure companies, but it can be hard for founders who are hiring teams (and people hunting for jobs) to know what those are. So we’ve smooshed together our recruiting AND startup running experience and made a list of the top 8 attributes we’ve found to be the most valuable:
Passion, enthusiasm, motivation for what you’re doing – Must buy into your vision and your big “Why” – what it is you’re trying to do or create in the world. They’ve gotta care about the problem you’re trying to solve, otherwise it’ll be hard to stay motivated.
Curiosity – They’ve got to love the process of finding better ways to do things – especially when it comes to challenging assumptions about the only way to build products. Being curious about why you’re doing this, who it’s for and how they’re going to use it is vital across all roles in a startup too.
Pace – They’ve got to be great at making decisions and acting on them quickly. The old adage of succeed quickly or fail fast is the day to day life of a start up. You need people who thrive and are excited by this.
Fearless/Audacity – try the impossible, challenge more than just the status quo, be prepared to push the boundaries, limits of what we believe
Grit – /resilience – your resilience will be consistently tested and challenged in a startup. That thing you just spent a month working on? It’s not working, we need to abandon it and try something else. The reality is that it will not be a smooth ride. People who have made it through a few tough life experiences, who have demonstrated Grit, are more likely to survive.
Hunger and willingness to sacrifice – Founding a startup requires sacrifice. So does working in one. You’re going to get chucked in the deep end often. You’re going to be asked to work longer hours, more often. It’s a high pressure job so you’ve got to be hungry and prepared to make sacrifices.
Sense Of Humour – You’ve got to be able to laugh and realise that tomorrow is another day. The sun will set, the sun will rise. Late nights, too much pizza and endless bug squashing is only bearable if it’s also fun. You want to be able to laugh with the people you sit next to.
Flexibility – The only constant is change. Get ready to develop skills you don’t have. Although you may be employed for a specific role, the nature of start up means that everyone leans in the direction that the business needs to be focused on at that time. If its sales this month – then get ready to help out in that area. Anyone who defaults to “that’s not in my job description” isn’t suited to a startup life.
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When you're job searching, take some time to attend job fairs. You'll have the opportunity to meet with employers that you might not be able to access any other way. Plus, job fairs and career expos often offer networking programs, resume reviews, and workshops for job seekers.
What can you do to compete with the crowds attending job fairs? These tips will help you get ready to attend and maximize your opportunities while you're there.
Tips for Attending a Job Fair
- Dress for Success. Attend the job fair dressed for success in professional interview attire, and carry a portfolio. However, do wear comfortable shoes, because you will be standing in line.
- Practice a Pitch. Practice a quick pitch summarizing your skills and experience so you're ready to promote your candidacy to prospective employers.
- Bring Supplies. Bring extra copies of your resume, pens, a notepad, and business cards with your name, your email address, and cell phone number. You might also want to consider bringing "mini resume" cards as an efficient way to sum up your candidacy.
- Check Out Companies. Many job fairs and career expos have information on participating companies on the job fair web site. Be prepared to talk to hiring managers by checking out the company's web site, mission, open positions, and general information before you go. If you demonstrate knowledge about each company or manager you're talking to, you'll certainly stand out from the crowd.
- Arrive Early. Keep in mind that lines can be long, so arrive early - before the fair officially opens.
- Attend a Workshop. If the job fair has workshops or seminars, attend them. In addition to getting job search advice, you'll have more opportunities to network.
- Network. While you are waiting in line, talk to others. You never know who might be able to help with your job search. Along the same lines, remember to stay polite and professional. Even if you're feeling discouraged in your job search, don't vent to other fair-goers about your situation or about any specific companies. Stay positive and make the most of the opportunity!
- Show Initiative. Shake hands and introduce yourself to recruiters when you reach the table. Demonstrate your interest in the company and their job opportunities.
- Be Enthusiastic. Employer surveys identify one of the most important personal attributes candidates can bring to a new position as enthusiasm. This means that employers want to see you smile!
- Ask Questions. Have some questions ready for the company representatives. The more you engage them, the better impression you'll make.
- Collect Business Cards. Collect business cards, so you have the contact information for the people you have spoken with.
- Take Notes. It's hard to keep track when you're meeting with multiple employers in a busy environment. Jot down notes on the back of the business cards you have collected or on your notepad, so you have a reminder of who you spoke to about what.
- Say Thank You. Take the time to send a brief follow up thank you note or email to the company representatives you met at the job fair. It's a good way to reiterate your interest in the company and to remind company representatives that you're a strong candidate.
Great post by Alison Doyle via www.thebalance.com
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Technology is changing the business world. Human resources is typically a department that is constantly jam-packed with activities. Advancements in technology have done a lot to reduce administrative tasks so HR reps are able to focus on bigger hands-on issues.
A number of HR processes have been made simple by technology with improved accuracy. Here are some of the ways in which technology has changed the landscape of human resources.
Before the digital age, the classified ads were the main place to browse job listing and the process involved a heap of paper applications. Then, human resources reps had to screen and test potential candidates to determine who to bring in for an interview. When the process was this complex, multiple interviews were almost always necessary. The biggest problem was that a lot of good candidates would get lost in the long process and look for work elsewhere.
Now, recruiting has been made a lot easier. The process of filling out applications have been made simple and screening is mostly done with automation. This makes the process much quicker and more efficient. Even though there is no way to eliminate humans from hiring methods, leaving the initial steps to technology is a great way to keep everything moving quickly.
Electronic application programs have the ability to conduct background checks and track the online activities of candidates. By the time HR reps have made the decision to interview, the candidate has already gone through the screening process so valuable time is not wasted.
As most companies will tell you, employee packages are not one size fits all. Now, there are many options available to educate and enroll employees in benefit programs. Using online portals to create a resource library is a great way to help answer employee questions about company programs while keeping them informed with updates and newsletters.
This provides a one-stop experience for education on policies, forms, and important information in which employees can access at any time.
Since the Affordable Care Act, employers have put a lot more focus on encouraging workers to get more involved in company health care programs to help control costs. Using virtual care software is a great way to gain insight from employees to find a benefit package that fits their needs to plan for the future.
As the professional world is becoming increasingly transparent, workers like having access to all their information such as how their paychecks are allocated in accordance to taxes and the benefits. In the past, this meant going through a mountain of paperwork for HR reps.
Now, with payroll technology, employees have easy access to all this information. Automatic record keeping makes sure all the information is organized and up to date for the employee’s convenience.
Cloud and mobile technology plays a huge role in providing information and feedback from workers so companies can make proper changes. Especially as millennials begin to flood the workplace, employee engagement is becoming more and more important.
A company’s ability to actively assess this information is crucial in retaining a young workforce.
Young professionals want to be engaged in their company. Using interactive technology is a great way to give voices to the employees so HR can assess results to show what motivates people and what doesn’t. Based on this information, companies are able to adjust their model to keep everyone producing their best work.
Advancements in information technology have made it simple to train new employees more efficiently. New hires are able to access digital training programsremotely which eliminates the need for professionals to take time away from their work to train the newcomers. There is no denying that human interaction in the training process is necessary as there are a lot company practices that simply cannot be taught by a computer.
However, virtual training programs make it easy for human resources reps to train a larger number of new hires and track progress through computerized testing. Employees will be able to ask more questions when they are in the field which will consume a lot less of the experienced workers’ time.
Performance management has seen a great deal of enhancement in the digital age. Employee performance can now be easily tracked and analyzed for the benefit of the company. HR can use data and metrics to examine a worker’s performance by pinpointing issues and providing accurate feedback. Employee performance programs can help identify those who do not match up to company standards and find out if they require additional training or need to be let go.
As the digital and professional world evolves, human resources are becoming more and more efficient. With millennials making up over half of the workforce. HR must keep up and build on technological advances to manage both employee expectations and business requirements.