Start-ups are grabbing a bigger and bigger chunk of the American economy each passing year. In 2011, 12% of US adults reported starting a new business or running a new business. But what many people want to know, especially recent college graduates, is how to get hired by these start-up companies, some which become highly successful.
As Forbes Magazine pointed out, there’s not just one quality that these companies are looking for in an employee. Almost all startup companies today deal in some sort of technology, so coding and the ability to navigate a computer are a major must-have.
Also, you must know how to collect and analyze data and be able to aggregate it for your employer.
As computer coding becomes more and more of a part of our daily lives with Ruby and Python (two prominent coding languages) being used everywhere, startups will absolutely expect you to know how to code.
However, many public libraries or websites such as codecademy.com (which I highly recommend) can teach you both basic and advanced skills so that you can become a competitive hire.
Many startups are willing to overlook your lack of experience if you are able to prove that you know what you are doing and enthusiastic about their mission.
Another prominent thing in today’s startup world is called search engine optimization (SEO) which is used to put a website’s page as high up in the search rankings as possible so as to garner more click traffic. This also involves coding, but also requires you to be able to read the market and figure out what will draw people the most.
Again, this is something you should be able to teach yourself, in fact there’s a great guide at SEOmoz.org that can get you started on the road to being a competitive applicant.
But even with all of those skills, you won’t be a competitive hire unless you have the drive and initiative to want to be there.
Start-up companies are some of the grittiest, most fast-paced places to work, because if an employee fails, the company may very well fail.
Employers are looking for “honey badger” candidates, who show fearlessness and adaptability when faced with a problem.
The term comes from the honey badger, which is regarded as one of the more fearless creatures of the African Savannah.
So, if you take the initiative to teach yourself how to code and analyze data and come to an employer with a portfolio of things that you have created as examples for their company, you could very well find yourself a new employee of a startup.