1. Get to know the industry. Spend some time every day researching what is going on in your desired industry. Pay special attention to news that may relate to the start up that you are looking at. If you don’t have a particular start up in mind yet, begin by researching the tech industry. Many startups are right on the edge and trying new concepts and new things. Knowing as much as you can about the current tech market can only help you in the hunt for the perfect t start up job.
2. Form a voice and start a blog. Find a topic that interests you that you think you could produce a lot of content about and begin writing a blog. If you are doing #1, this step should be fairly easy. Write about your opinions on some of the top articles and controversies going on in the tech or startup world. The sooner you begin a project like this, the better. Working at a startup requires a startup attitude; a drive to get things done, to get things done cheaply and to have that self motivation. If you stick to writing on your blog at least a couple of times a week, it could boast well for you in an interview.
3. Be familiar with the startup culture. If you know which company you want to be a part of, then begin researching their company and reading up on the culture that they are trying to create. Many startups take their culture very seriously as this is one of the unique things that they can offer that many larger businesses cant. If you aren’t sure which company you are looking at, just begin researching the cultures of startups around the world and figure out which kind of culture you want to be a part of. This will give you some great information about yourself and what kind of business you might fit best in.
4. Try for an internship. If you currently lack experience in the startup world then getting an internship might be the best thing for you and your resume. Internships offer invaluable insight into the world of a startup. You will learn how teams work together, what it might be like to work for a startup and the culture of that particular company. The experience will help you tremendously not to mention you may end up getting a paid gig once your internship is complete.
For those of you out there who already have or do work for a startup, is there anything I left out?