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  • Resource constrained and never enough hours in the dayBe willing to do anything including making coffee, taking out trash, building desks….
  • You need to be flexibleBe willing to pick up wherever help is neededProcesses will regularly change and you have to be ok with that
  • Be excited about the company – passionate about what they are doingBuilding Process, Fast Paced, Focus on getting results and aking things happen
  • Saying you want to work at a startup is like working at a big companyCompanies that raised money are growing fast and will have the best opportunities – also have funding which provides stabilityWhat industry, what function, what do you want to do day to day?
  • 30 different jobs very busy juggling many roles – be specific – don’t just say your name when you callLinkedIn profile with key wordsEmail address available onlineAbout Me PageIndustry events and Applicable Meetup Events
  • Now that you know what startups you want to go after, you have to get in front of the right people and get yourself noticedFigure out what you can do for the company and express that via cover letterWhat makes you unique section of application
  • We get so many applicants from eventsCapital Factory – TexasOklahoma City, New Mexico, Birmingham Alabama,
  • Don’t just explain your accomplishments, help the employer understand what you can do for themBe good at one thing – pick one thing and get amazing at it rather than be pretty good at everything
  • Use the company product to show interestBe flexible
  • Are you an athlete, have you travelled the world, do you make jewelry in your free time, are you an expert at something?
  • Comment on blogsTweet at us
  • Consider your interview a test – think about the obvious questions and write out answers to themUse the job description to guide you – what do they need you to do?Read carefully about the culture – many companies you can find out about the values by listening to the founders and following press
  • Think about the differences in working at a startup and be able to talk about why you We look for Attributes, not specific experience. We want curious people who have a history of success and leadership.Typical Jobs: Sales, Marketing, Customer service
  • People who ask good questions and make good assumptions.People who are willing to work hard and want to build things.People who are proactive and can measure resultsAre you organized, can you handle a lot of different functions
  • Be ready to talk about it up front and to talk about what you currently makeIf transitioning be ready to make an adjustmentEquity – details at the end of the process
  • Startups usually have awesome perks – at birchbox we have tons of food, monthly mixers, drinks every Friday, workout classes, haircuts, manicures, lunch and learns Benefit of having an impact, ownership of your work, insight into the company’s strategyFun Events – Running club, Tough Mudder, Cycle for Survival, Volunteer work
  • Startups look for curious people who are going to questionsAsk about how work gets done, Ask about the environment, Ask about the long term goals of the company, Ask about the teamIf you are selling find out about how you get leads
  • When yousee an intresting article or exciting event, reaching outThere are a small number of jobs available at an early stage startup – if you fall in love with the startup, touch base with them every few months to see what they have available. CHECK THE JOB BOARD FIRST
  • Confidence is so important! Before doing any of this, you need to believe you can get the job
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    • 1. Visit evisors.com to browse all mentors who can help you with: • Informational Interviews • Resumes & Cover Letters • Mock Interviews …and more! Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
    • 2. Interviewing at a Startup featuring: Melissa Enbar Director of Recruiting at Hosted by: Caitlin Quan Evisors Marketing & Operations Associate Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
    • 3. Agenda • What its like to work at a startup • Finding the startup that is right for you • Securing the Interview • Preparing for the Interview • Staying in touch Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
    • 4. About Melissa Enbar Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
    • 5. Working at a startup Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
    • 6. Startups are constantly changing Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
    • 7. Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
    • 8. What startup is right for you? Look for companies that recently raised series A, B, or C round financing. Research VC Funds. Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
    • 9. Inside a Startup Recruiter’s World • Birchbox Stats: – 30 Open Jobs – Over 200 applicants in one day – 14,000 Applications in 2012 – Operations Associate Role: 2,551 Applicants over 6 months – We search for people online – so get online! Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
    • 10. Securing the Interview Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 11. Get in front of the right people via Events, Panels, & Incubators Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 12. Make your interest about the employer Lori called Cheryl Sandberg about a job at Facebook: • Lori: "I want to talk with you about coming to work with you at Facebook. So I thought about calling you and telling you all the things I'm good at and all the things I like to do. But I figured that everyone is doing that. So instead I want to know what's your biggest problem and how can I solve it?" • Sandberg: hired her. Why? "I'd hired thousands of people up to that point in my career, but no one had ever said anything like that. I had never said anything like that. Job searches are always about the job searcher, but not in Lori's case." Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 13. Help your application standout from the crowd http://www.sliderocket.com/blog/2011/09/how-i-landed-my-dream-job- with-a-presume/ http://pinterest.com/JeanneHwang/jeanne-for-pinterest/ Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 14. Write a Great Cover Letter • What makes you unique? • Explain your interest in the company • Explain your interest in the role • Why are you right for this job? • Mention Relocation Plans • Visa Details Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 15. Use Social Media to Connect “@racheljo Love what you are doing w/ @BirchboxMan Just applied for the Community Associate pos. Hoping to add a fresh voice to the team!” “DREAM job! community associate at @birchbox. :) http://t.co/wq0PZg5x #hireme” Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 16. Don’ts • Don’t expect a reply if you contact the founders directly without an introduction • Don’t email the Customer Service account • Don’t apply without a cover letter Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 17. Prepare for your interview Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 18. Be Prepared to Answer… • Why do you want to work at a startup? • Why do you want to work at THIS startup? • What is it about this business that excites you? • What do you want to do day-to-day? • How do you problem solve? • How do you get things done? Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 19. Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 20. Research the Company • Most founders and employees are active in social media – what are they writing about? • What is the dress code? • Read the Press Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 21. Rent The Runway Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 22. Bonobos Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 23. Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 24. Warby Parker Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 25. Birchbox Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 26. The $alary Conversation Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 27. Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 28. Prepare to Ask Questions!!! Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 29. Staying in Touch Keep up-to-date with the press and check for open positions Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 30. You can do it! Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 31. Questions & Answers Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 32. Questions & Answers Question 1: Do you welcome inquiries about improving resumes from candidates who did not qualify for the position? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 33. Questions & Answers Question 2: When is it appropriate to mention compensation to unpaid interns? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 34. Questions & Answers Question 3: How do you motivate people in the early stages of a startup? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 35. Questions & Answers Question 4: What is the biggest mistake people make during a startup interview as it relate to a corporate interview? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 36. Questions & Answers Question 5: Does Birchbox hire those who are passionate for the company’s products vs. e- commerce? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 37. Questions & Answers Question 6: How do you convey you are willing to accept a lower compensation level when your resume says otherwise? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 38. Questions & Answers Question 7: When using social media, where is the line between an active vs. inappropriate applicant? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 39. Questions & Answers Question 8: What are the 3 main factors used to determine whether the applicant is suitable for the job? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 40. Questions & Answers Question 9: Do you have people who stop by the office for informational interviews? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69
    • 41. Get the latest updates on upcoming webinars by following us: Register for live webinars and view all our recordings at: www.evisors.com/webinars facebook.com/Evisors twitter.com/Evisors pinterest.com/Evisors linkedin.com/company/Evisors Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/69