Have you ever wanted to work for a startup?
Have you ever wondered where you’d find a job at a startup?
If you answered yes to these questions, then this post is for you. I had a strong desire to work for a startup but I had no idea how to get any traction. Then I found a great, free service, that led to me landing my remote role working for a Silicon Valley startup.
I honestly can’t even recall how I found AngelList, I’m just grateful I did. I don’t receive any personal benefit if you use AngelList, I just wanted to make you aware of this awesome resource. This site has two primary objectives:
- Allows people to invest in startups
- Serves as a market for startup jobs
This post is centered around the jobs portion of the site’s mission.
How it works
First, to get to AngelList you go to angel.co.
Once you get there you’ll need to sign up. You can start simple (Facebook or email signup), but if you actually want to pursue a job on this platform you’ll eventually want to go through the steps to complete your profile, which will end up being similar to your LinkedIn profile.
Now I want to share my favorite aspects of finding a job on the site. I put AngelList, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn, as the top ways to find a job. Hopefully, after reading this article you’ll understand why AngelList makes the cut.
Awesome Dynamic Filters
As you can see from the picture above, I love the ability to add multiple filters to really hone in on the perfect role for me. My favorite filter is the ability to seek out remote jobs. I live in Arizona, but there are so many great startups outside of Arizona, I love that I can seek out those companies that are interested in bringing aboard talented, remote employees.
The most annoying part of job hunting (in my opinion) is that you have no idea how much a job pays until you’re deep in the process. As a former financial analyst, I knew that some recruiters contacting me were looking to pay me $60k per year, while others were willing to pay well above $100k.
AngelList removes this confusion. As you can see from this screenshot, you can easily see the salary and equity range for any given job. Just as a reference point, my posting was for $50k-$90k and 0.10%-0.5% equity and I maxed out both of those ranges. Of course, that is anecdotal, but it made me confident that companies aren’t listing high salaries to get you in the door, only to low-ball you at the end. It’s up to you to prove that you are worth the upper range, and then they’ll pay up.
Exposure to up-and-coming, groundbreaking companies
Many of these companies have awesome visions and goals, many of them have already raised millions in venture capital to help them to continue to grow. If you’re interested in new software, blockchain, sustainability, and many other disruptive industries, you can find them on AngelList.
I like the idea of knowing that I’m not only earning a paycheck, but I’m making a difference, bringing real value, to a disruptive company that is solving big real-world issues.
Once you find a position you’re interested in, it’s simple to apply. You will have created your profile beforehand (employment history, education, professional qualifications, profile picture, and resume), so the actual application is very short.
As you can see from the picture above the only thing you need to add is essentially a Cover Letter, which is capped at 1000 characters. Once you apply to a few positions, you’ll have a refined Cover Letter that you can use, in those cases the only thing you’ll need to customize will be the first sentence or two stating why you’re excited to work for that company.
Now go find your startup job!
Hopefully, this article was helpful if you’ve been looking for ways to find a role with a startup company. Add a comment if this article helps you to land your dream job at a startup.