If you’re making a career change, trying to get your foot in the door to a new industry, or developing your network in the startup community, you need to be out and about, pounding the pavement. According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, 70% of new career opportunities are found through networking, and the crowded NYC job market is far from an exception to this rule. New York’s innovation ecosystem has plenty of meetups, skill-shares, hackathons to keep you learning and growing. The trouble can be cutting through the noise. (more…)
Networking is a learned skill that requires know-how, practice, and dedication. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of jobs are found through networking, and in the tight-knit tech community this number is likely much larger. The fastest way to break into the startup scene is to know the right people.
Alex founded his company, LiquidTalent, to empower people to work in a way that is most meaningful for them. He noticed three key themes emerging that are likely to shape the future of work: mobility—the ability to work anywhere, at anytime, independence—ownership and autonomy in your role, and lifestyle—increasingly fluid personal and professional lives. (more…)
Your digital brand can give employers a sense of who you are beyond the flat paper resume, helping them to imagine the talents, passion, and energy that you’d bring to the team. An online presence also enables them to find you, rather than you always having to go after them. According to this 2013 CareerBuilder survey: (more…)
When you ask someone how they got a job at a startup, they’ll most likely say “oh I just knew someone there and next day I got an interview.” That’s probably the most frustrating explanation you could hear when you are on the job hunt. You ask yourself– how does that person have a job and I don’t?
From my experience, networking is key. Unfortunately, networking has such a bad reputation. Many people fear doing it or have no idea what it means. In my opinion, it is just a fancy word to to describe asking people questions and creating long lasting, mutually beneficial relationships. Well that sounds exhausting, but professional networking is the most beneficial tactic you can employ to not only advance your career but also help others.
Personally, I’ve applied to more than 200 jobs online, but the jobs I’ve gotten were landed solely through networking. Scary, I know. Here’s the thing though– it wasn’t easy. It took a lot of trial and error to learn how to “master” networking. Need help finding a job? Check out my top tips for career networking: (more…)
Work hard. Face your fears. Step outside your comfort zone. There’s no shortage of mantras or tactics on how to be successful, but day in and day out, people find comfort in surrounding themselves with familiar people who are already there, rather than striving to grow and nourish relationships with awesome mentors.
Think about it for a second, as Jim Rohn said, (more…)
As I tell students in my pitch workshop leading up to their Talent Expo, it’s an incredible opportunity– not an obstacle. During my past job searches, I’ve never had the chance to stand up in front of dozens of employers at once to make my case. Every Startup Institute student gets that chance. (more…)
When throwing yourself into the startup scene for the first time, attend as many relevant networking events as you can.
During the eight week program at the Startup Institute, we were actively encouraged to go to as many as possible – which I attempted to do pretty much non-stop for the entire duration of the course. It nearly killed me, but I’m so glad I did it.
Looking back now, I realise that many were not really aligned with the types of industries or areas that I’m most interested in exploring. This doesn’t really matter– I still feel that it was a valuable experience which helped me determine which are the most useful to attend.
Some of the most important connections I made were serendipitous, as well. For instance, I met a life coach who is now a client at a wine and cheese evening, and a music industry organiser who I’m now an affiliate for at a conference in Paris. These meetings were unplanned and fortuitous, so it definitely pays off to get yourself out there. Here are my top takeaways for event networking: (more…)
Last week, our Boston campus hosted the Ladies That UX meetup. A great group of women came together to hack the issues faced by women in technology and the UX field. Many multicolored Post-It notes later, we came up with four key solutions to increase opportunities for women in tech: (more…)