Have you always been passionate in making real impact and being the agent of change? If the answer is an absolute yes, then working for a startup should be your next call. Startups are looking for talented and ardent individuals who demonstrate a strong entrepreneurial zest and great teamwork skill.

In a small office with small team members, it becomes but obvious that everyone is expected to give their best and participate actively in achieving the business goals and objectives. Do you have what it takes to secure a startup job?

One of the biggest attraction for people to work at a startup is the unconventional perks offered. If you are tired of a corporate life which is tedious mundane routine, then working for a startup could bring colours to your life with fun challenges. If you are bored of wearing formal attire, then startup will give you a total authority of deciding the casual or semi-casual look to don today.

What makes it even better is, in a startup environment you get chance to do the real work and get recognised by the team. Owing to small team size, even the slightest achievement will be highly regarded and rewarded.

On the flip side of it, you should bear in mind that not everyone is suited for a startup life. Working for startup can be best described as riding a roller-coaster. There will be ‘down times’ where you have to sacrifice your sleep for completing a tough project. However, there will be ‘up times’ as well, where you can take a break and play ping-pong with your co-workers.

While we know that startup has different working vibes as in comparison to a corporate job, it turns out that landing a job at a startup requires much alike strategies commonly used for winning any other types of job. However, there are significant differences that you should note even before shooting out to your CV to growing startups, that you aspire to work for.

Here are 7 useful tips to grab the best deal and tread career growing on fast track from fast-growing start-up:

  1.       Be passionate about the company’s vision

Every startup is established on a solid ground of passionate vision. And that explains why entrepreneurs care so much about finding individuals who share the same passion to grow the business. That being said, it becomes crucial to demonstrate the reasons why you’re passionate and interested in joining the team.

  1.       Try the products or services

You should know what the startup actually does for a living. If it is possible, you can try their products or use their services and gain valuable information about them. Not only giving you authentic experience of being real user, this strategy will help you nail the interview.

  1.       Learn about the company culture

First of all, you should bear in mind that startups adopt much different culture from big corporates. Being part of the team means that you have to adapt yourself to fit into their fast-paced working environment that undergoes a continuous change. Be prepared for surprises (both good and bad ones) and so you will be ready to join the unicorn team.

  1.       Show genuine interests

You can tell if someone is genuinely interested or not, only through their cover letter or gesture during the interview. If you want to draw employer’s attention, it is imperative that you must show you’re genuinely interested with the job and the company. Only then, can they trust you to be the new hire.

  1.       Know the industry

The truth is, most startups fail in their first year. Owing to their competitive nature of workings, you need to know what kind of battle you will face ahead. Therefore, before coming to an interview, you should learn about the industry, the startup’s position in it, as well the competitors.

Do your research well, and this will showcase you’re serious about joining (and eventually growing) the team.

  1.       Demonstrate a reliable personality

Reliability is one of the most sought-after characteristics of a startup employee. With limited resources and plentiful tasks, everyone is expected to take ownership for their work and be fully responsible for their job.

  1.       Be true to yourself

Nobody wants to hire a phoney individual. So do not pretend to be someone you’re not, just for the sake of getting hired. Be true to yourself first and this does reflect in your workings, behaviour, passion and zest for excellence to deliver great business results.

3 Signs Your Company Culture is Worse than You Think

Are you sure your company culture is completely cool? If it’s your first job, you don’t have anything to compare. You may think the current company’s culture is, at least, okay. Some people are also comparing the cultures of previous and latest companies.

Well, honestly, your company culture might be worse than you think. Here are the reasons:

1. You and your colleagues are not close enough

How do you describe your relationship with your colleagues? Competitive? Or, super close? The latter is more likely not your answer. Although, you understand that there’s no need for competing internally.

Is there anyone who harass their colleagues? Don’t think that is not a problem. You must have felt difficult to get comfortable at work, since you spend plenty of time together with your colleagues. Companies without team building or relationship building don’t have good company cultures. Period.

Still not sure about how close you are with your colleagues? Think about your time outside the office. The lesser you spend time with them other than working hours, the more bad your company culture is.

2. Your boss is often unreachable

Is your boss the only person at the office with exclusive room? It indicates a hierarchical structure. A good leader wants to get his/her hands dirty, along with their staff. Some bosses are also frequently gone, and you can’t easily communicate with them. Clearly, your company’s culture is not healthy.

Why? Any manager or boss should always engage with the employees. Their leadership capabilities are the best indicators for the entire organisation. If they can’t instill the company values (or do they have company values?), employees will show their bad sides in the office. Such as lack of collaboration and bad tempers.

3. Everyone seems not excited

Do you feel excited every time you are going to work? No? Okay. But how about your colleagues? If your colleagues also seem bored or stressed at work, blame the company. A happy office is filled with vibrant people who are moving around and talking to one another. Moreover, every single employees should have a unified understanding of the company’s key values.


Is there any of those signs that you feel within your office? Well, it’s time to consider the exit door.