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VC Job Hunting Hacks             John Gannonhttp://johngannonblog.com/vc-careers http://www.linkedin.com/in/jgannon       ...
WHO IS THIS GUY?
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Agenda•   Initial remarks•   Where are the jobs?•   Securing Interviews•   How to follow up like a pro (4 P’s)•   Closing ...
Initial remarks• VC == awesome job• VC’s are made, not born• Collaborate!
WHERE ARE THE JOBS?
Don’t expect to see one of these  during your VC job hunt …
Signs, Signs, everywhere there’s Signs…• Firm raising a larger fund than previous• Junior staff turnover• New funds**
Gettermsheet.com
Other (non-VC firm) Options• Corporate Venture• Corporate Development / M&A
SECURING INTERVIEWS
The Lifeblood of the VC Job Hunt
Invest in your network• Companies• VC firms• Schools• Clubs, Meetup Groups, etc
Tips for getting an interview• Have an angle (besides “I want a job…”)• “I’m going to be in town next week…”• AVOID THE FR...
What about recruiters?
…for a “real” interview…for cancellations…to wait…to stay longer…to be challenged…to express an opinion
At the end of the interview…       Have an ask!
FOLLOW UP LIKE A PRO
The 4 P’sPolitePersistentProvide value**Don’t be a Pain!
Try to add value every time you follow             up with a VC• Hiring• Deals• Partnerships• Sales
Keep them up to date on your              progress• Share key developments• Stay top of mind
CLOSING THE DEAL
Things to remember if you’re getting          close to an offer…• VCs live by the deal, and die by the deal• References ar...
STANDING OUT
Are you committed?• Did you burn the boats?• VC or bust?
Are you a leader?• Start something!• Help others in the ecosystem• Build your personal brand
Closing Remarks• Keep hustling!• If you get close, keep going…• You have a long career ahead of you
Thanks for coming!             John Gannonhttp://johngannonblog.com/vc-careers http://www.linkedin.com/in/jgannon         ...
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Venture Capital Job Hunting Hacks

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This deck contains actionable tips that will help you accelerate your venture capital job hunt, and get you off on the right foot if you're just getting started on your quest to become a VC.

Topics include:

How to secure interviews (Hint: It's not by asking for a job)
How to identify which firms may be hiring (when they all say they're not hiring)
How to stand out from a ridiculously competitive pack of applicants
How to follow up like a pro
How to negotiate an offer
How to build a powerful network that will benefit you for the rest of your career, even if you don't end up working in VC

Note that the content will be heavily focused on how to secure a job in venture capital, but many of the tips will have applications to other kinds of job hunts.

Venture Capital Job Hunting Hacks

  1. 1. VC Job Hunting Hacks John Gannonhttp://johngannonblog.com/vc-careers http://www.linkedin.com/in/jgannon @johnmgannon
  2. 2. WHO IS THIS GUY?
  3. 3. HOW ABOUT YOU?
  4. 4. Agenda• Initial remarks• Where are the jobs?• Securing Interviews• How to follow up like a pro (4 P’s)• Closing the deal• Standing out from the crowd• Closing remarks
  5. 5. Initial remarks• VC == awesome job• VC’s are made, not born• Collaborate!
  6. 6. WHERE ARE THE JOBS?
  7. 7. Don’t expect to see one of these during your VC job hunt …
  8. 8. Signs, Signs, everywhere there’s Signs…• Firm raising a larger fund than previous• Junior staff turnover• New funds**
  9. 9. Gettermsheet.com
  10. 10. Other (non-VC firm) Options• Corporate Venture• Corporate Development / M&A
  11. 11. SECURING INTERVIEWS
  12. 12. The Lifeblood of the VC Job Hunt
  13. 13. Invest in your network• Companies• VC firms• Schools• Clubs, Meetup Groups, etc
  14. 14. Tips for getting an interview• Have an angle (besides “I want a job…”)• “I’m going to be in town next week…”• AVOID THE FRONT DOOR
  15. 15. What about recruiters?
  16. 16. …for a “real” interview…for cancellations…to wait…to stay longer…to be challenged…to express an opinion
  17. 17. At the end of the interview… Have an ask!
  18. 18. FOLLOW UP LIKE A PRO
  19. 19. The 4 P’sPolitePersistentProvide value**Don’t be a Pain!
  20. 20. Try to add value every time you follow up with a VC• Hiring• Deals• Partnerships• Sales
  21. 21. Keep them up to date on your progress• Share key developments• Stay top of mind
  22. 22. CLOSING THE DEAL
  23. 23. Things to remember if you’re getting close to an offer…• VCs live by the deal, and die by the deal• References are critical• If you’re this close, don’t give up!• Every $ in salary to you is a $ less to the GPs• Don’t sell yourself short
  24. 24. STANDING OUT
  25. 25. Are you committed?• Did you burn the boats?• VC or bust?
  26. 26. Are you a leader?• Start something!• Help others in the ecosystem• Build your personal brand
  27. 27. Closing Remarks• Keep hustling!• If you get close, keep going…• You have a long career ahead of you
  28. 28. Thanks for coming! John Gannonhttp://johngannonblog.com/vc-careers http://www.linkedin.com/in/jgannon @johnmgannon

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