Advantages & Disadvantages of Working With a Startup

Working With a Startup“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” – Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Apple

These are many inspirational quotes by entrepreneurs who have made it big in the world of business. Many of the multinational corporations which you see now have been started in a garage with little funding, but by young entrepreneurs. Gone are the days, when a large business magnate was more than fifty years old. In recent times, younger-than-30 years CEOs are common and the surprising fact is that they have made a splash in the big whirlpool of business and redefined old traditions and norms.

However, if you are a job aspirant, fresher or experienced, the choice for working in a start-up should never by hurriedly made. Uncertainties will be more and there are more chances that you will be asked to work for more than one job profile. You will be asked or have to do other’s duties when they are in leave, and you have to compensate for other than your own responsibilities. If you are one with low energy and have a 9 to 6 mental attitude, then the job is not for you.

These organizations are begun with an idea and out-of-the box thinking, but the advantage – you can learn the basics of any job profile here. Unlike in a large organization, where you would be entitled to a specific job profile, and you would be working the same for decades, unless the project is changed; in a start-up, you would be held accountable for many jobs.

In recent times, after 2010, a start-up is preferred by many, as in the recruitment, they do not look at the past record and are ready to start with freshers. And they are not interested to hire students from elite business schools.

However, the recruitment tests will be tough. The CEO of a start-up will want employees who can contribute to the project and not just a title with many years of experience. If you are one who can easily grasp details and can walk the mile by yourself – then the best job you can opt for is a start-up. Also, your work will be easily recognized as the team will be small.

Going by the list of employees in start-ups, you would be surprised to find that many of them came through referrals. The main point – the Human Resource Department will not take a chance against employing workforce who cannot fit in their realm. While, through a referral, the present employee knows the ‘whys’ of company; he/she can select the best job aspirant preferable for a job.

It is vital that if you are a fresher, you have to ask many questions to the HR manager in a start-up. The main reason – if the idea does not work out – then you can be easily given the pink slip. You have to be more cautious while signing on the dotted line. Some start-ups announce stock options to their work force. The reason – your wages will be lesser than the norm.

You can either by paid salary as the company in the initial stages will be dependent on projects. The revenue or profit earned will be diverted towards advertisements and product development instead of bonuses or appraisals. In case of poor funding or loss, the paychecks may not come on time.

There will be no rules and regulations in place and there are chances you will be a part of agreements and arguments. There will be no handbook to teach you nor a knowledge tool where you can learn by yourself. You will be required to learn on the job.

There will be no fixed target. The priorities will change every now and then. One week, you are targeting at a different website or project and suddenly you will be asked to shift to another project. Changes are the norms of day in start-ups.

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10 Ways To Leverage LinkedIn For A Career Change

Leverage LinkedIn For A Career ChangeHere are 10 ways for career changers to leverage LinkedIn® in the job search:

1. Include Target Keywords

Just because you don’t have the industry experience yet, doesn’t mean you don’t have the right profile or transferrable skills. If you’re ever going to be found or considered for your next move you’ll have to brand appropriately which means including the best target keywords in your profile. The Summary section is a great place to subtly slip in keywords that will help you be found by those searching people in your target industry. Add a paragraph of career interests that is keyword rich by simply writing: “Career Interests: Keyword 1, keyword 2, keyword phrase, keyword 3,” etc. Ultimately, you want to start molding yourself into your new target-self whether this means adapting your profile story to communicate a new you or gradually weaving in target industry lingo.

2. Volunteer in Target Industry and Add as Recent Experience

Your recent experience is of paramount importance because the reader or hiring manager wants to feel you are up on current trends and practices. If your current job is non-industry related, consider picking up a target industry volunteer role as well. LinkedIn® allows you to have multiple current positions at once. By bumping your more relevant target industry volunteer role into your top position (even if it is unpaid), you are branding yourself as current in your target industry. This alone will speak volumes in the rebrand process.

3. Join Target Industry Groups

Networking is key in a career change and the best way to network on LinkedIn® is by being in the groups relevant to your target. LinkedIn® boasts hundreds of groups and allows you to join up to 50. It is recommended to join the max of 50 as it will give you the most exposure to all the people in your target industry. Wide reach where networking groups are concerned will definitely be your best move.

4. Organize Target Contacts

Sure you’re on LinkedIn® and have a robust network but do you really know who can help you make this move? If you’re like most people, chances are you’re doing a whole lot of connecting with very little attention to who exactly, might be able to help. LinkedIn® allows you to “tag” your connections as a way of staying organized. Go through your Connections 1 by 1, tagging everyone near or within your target industry. Then start to plan your strategic outreach even if it’s a series of “getting back in touch” messages.

To tag a contact:

Go to your contact’s profile.

Scroll down to just below their photo and click the “Relationship” tab.

Click on “tag”

You will be able to create a tag or check the appropriate tag box if one’s already been created.

5. Add Related Role/Industry Project

One of the best ways to demonstrate your capabilities, transferable skills or target industry knowledge is by showing off your work. The proof is in the pudding, right? Add a relevant project or presentation to your profile to help enhance your new desired brand.

6. Apply Target-Specific SEO Strategy

Being found is only achieved if your SEO strategy is in tact. See some of my previous posts for all the SEO profile pointers but in particular be sure to add skills (using the Skills profile section) that are relevant to your target industry. These skills will help bump you up in results when someone is searching in target industry as well as contribute to your new brand when someone comes across your profile.

7. Share Target Industry Content

One of the best ways to stay top of mind with people who are in your target space, is content sharing. Every time you find an interesting article or produce content around your target industry, be sure to share it on your LinkedIn® feed. By posting to your feed, you are letting your connections know what’s on your mind and you will start to be associated as someone who has interest, knowledge, passion or expertise around the content you’re posting. When you share via your feed you are also able to post to specific groups. This is a great way to expand your reach with the right contacts and people within your target space.

8. Connect with Strategic Industry Recruiters

Recruiter strategy should always be a part of any job search (even if you don’t particularly have a thing for recruiters). These are the people who know about opportunities before they hit job boards so you’ll definitely want to be on their radar when they come across a fit for your profile. Don’t connect to any and all recruiters but rather do advanced searches around specific industry recruiters and connect with every one you come across.

9. Research Your Alumni Groups for Target Industry Contacts to Engage

One of the best ways to connect with new contacts is by finding common ground. Alumni groups whether school or company alumni is common ground worth leveraging. Spend some times in all of your alumni groups identifying and tagging the best contacts. Then, reach out using your common ground as a point of introduction. If you’re in the same LinkedIn group you can also message non-connections directly and privately without requiring an InMail or paid subscription.

10. Change Your Perspective

If you’re still feeling like you’re just not capable of reinventing your brand on LinkedIn®, I’d tell you to adopt my father’s favorite saying and make it your mantra: “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will start to change.” Mindset will still apply and you have to really believe you can become your target brand. So start to change the way you look at your profile and others will as well.

Things You Must Know When Getting A Work Permit Abroad

Work Permit AbroadIf you are allowed to live in another country, this does not literally mean that you are also allowed to work in your profession. Indeed, there will be a lot of different factors to consider if you are to apply for a work permit. This often starts with your immigration status.

How To Get A Work Permit

Determine how eligible you are – Most of the time, you will need to have a work permit so you can legally work in another country if you are not a citizen or do not have a permanent residence status. However, there are times when you might be allowed to work on a temporary basis without even having a work permit if you are a performer, emergency service worker, or a clergy.

Get a job offer – You must have an employer who will provide you with a contract outlining your wage, working conditions, and job title. There are employers who are allowed to hire foreign workers. There are instances where your credentials might need to be assessed.

Complete the application process – Today, you can now apply online. But you can also use a paper application. Online applications can be processed in just a couple of weeks while paper applications might take over a month and a half. Make sure that you include all the right documentation listed on the document checklist. If you don’t do so, your application will be returned back to you.

Finding A Job Abroad

Today, the younger generations are looking for overseas employment opportunities to start their careers. Remember though that landing work in a foreign country will require some planning and research.

Know which countries and industries are currently hiring – Teaching English is among the most popular overseas jobs nowadays. Other great options will include food service, business consultancy, property, and tourism companies.

Know the different foreign employment assistance programs that can help you – When planning and finding employment opportunities abroad, know that there are many different considerations. You need to know the different programs that can help you succeed in searching the job you want and the right work permit.

Be aware of the qualifications and job prerequisites – Every country will have their own specific entry and exit requirements. Most countries will require candidates to apply for a temporary work visa first. For some, they need additional requirements. With that said, it is very important for you to do your homework. This means researching every desired destination country. It is also prescribed for you to have financial resources. Job seekers might be required to prove their financial stability. Lastly, a proof of no criminal record is a must.