Are you fit for a startup job?

October 5, 2017

“Build something 100 people love, not something 1 billion people kind of like.” – Brian Chesky, Airbnb

Everyone wants to bring a positive change in the world. The Internet changed the world. Google, which was once a start-up has changed the world.

Young entrepreneurs seem to be following the same route, experimenting with the new ways of business while trying to make it sustainable in the long run. At present, more and more startups are taking help of online job interview platforms like to hire the best talent for their organization.

Do you know that every second, 3 new startups launch globally? And that India has the 3rd largest number of start-ups in the world after US and UK?

Adventures have always known to caught people’s fancy and joining a startup is no less than an adventure. Be it the less rigid bureaucracy or else the opportunity to think creatively, more and more candidates are getting attracted towards this new work environment.

However, while a lot of people would like to experience this adventure, not everyone is fit for the same. Only candidates with the right qualities can survive and eventually thrive in a startup environment.

What makes a candidate fit for a startup job?

1.    Ready to take on challenges

You may have applied for a job in the technical team, but your boss tells you to come up with ideas for a business pitch. Are you going to try it or back out of it?

As the name suggests, a start-up is just the beginning of a business and hence the job profiles keep evolving from time to time. In such a position, employees are expected to take on the challenges and adapt to the new roles and responsibilities that are being assigned to them.

“In a start-up, absolutely nothing happens unless you make it happen.”

To keep things going, you have to get involved in areas that may not be your speciality. If you are someone who is more comfortable working in a structured environment in only a particular type of job, it may be difficult for you to adapt to these changes.

There will be chaos and there will be changes; what you would need to do is to chalk out a method in all of this and implement it in your job.

2.    Cherishing a creative Work Environment

I dream of a job where I will wear my best tailored suits, my office will have world-class infrastructure with paintings by Da Vinci hanging on the walls –giving out a sense of sophistication.

If that’s your idea of a job, then a start-up is not the right choice for you.

Start-up companies often start in a single room, with minimum infrastructure to get going. You, as an employee in that company, have to believe in it in its initial days, and work hard to make it a success.

Start-ups are basically built around new concepts and ideas, and that creativity must be present in your mind, if not in the infrastructure of the office. A Da Vinci painting can wait; meanwhile you can paint one yourself and display your skills in your little office!

3.    Long working hours

Everyone appreciates flexible working hours, but in case of a start-up the situation can be slightly different. A new business or a new product that needs to be launched in the market will always demand long working hours. Right from the brainstorming session to the launch of the product/service, the dedication required by every individual is much greater than established big companies.

Working in a start-up may not involve regular 9-5 working hours. It can go beyond, and in some cases, can even extend to the weekends. If you are someone who will be comfortable with such extensive work hours, joining a startup can be a good idea.

4.    Get recognised – for both success and failure

While working in a big company, there are chances that your hard work is often not recognised, maybe for the reason that there is always someone to take credit for everything good that you do.

There is no such possibility in a start-up.

You are sure to be recognised for your work in case you are working in a start-up. By recognition, it means the times when you do a great job and also the times when you mess up the whole thing. This is good in a way as no one can take credit for what you do – be it good or bad! Also, when you know exactly where you are going wrong, it is easier to avoid making those same mistakes again.

When you stay focused in what you are doing, your success is sure to be recognised and your failure is sure to get minimised.

5.    Experience is more important than salary

It is no more than a universal truth that a start-up will pay much lesser compared to an established and renowned company.

Often candidates believe that they are worth more or the education that they have is worth a lot more than what they receive as salary. Though this might be true, it is also a reality that you will not be paid the same amount that you think you deserve.

Why do people still join start-ups then?

Having a job in a start-up business comes with a different perk –the perk of rich and varied experiences. There will be a lot of opportunities that would be available and a lot of new skills that you will learn.

It is more like being at a single place, yet exploring a lot of other places.

If you are a candidate who would value all of this more than your paycheck, you are fit for the job!

6.    The risk doesn’t scare you

A startup is like an experiment, and like every other experiment, there are chances that it may fail.

For someone who is in search of a secure career option and long-term stability, a start-up is not the correct place to be. You can get hired easily, and you can get fired easily.

Along with the various opportunities and experiences that you may learn in a startup, there is a possibility that it may fail and you have to start looking for another job. However, if this thought doesn’t discourage you from the thought of joining one, you are probably doing the right thing.

If you’re convinced that a startup job is the right one for you, register on today or download the mobile app, and find the job that’ll satisfy your career goals.