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Join a small company. Join a startup.
Most people you meet and talk will tell you to join a big company, a famous brand.
People believe, a good career is built around big companies. Most of us, at least, while starting a career, dream to be a part of glamorous sounding, fortune 500 company. These big companies have limited high paying jobs and senior roles. These roles are filled by ivy league college grads and experienced professionals, rest of the roles are mid and lower management roles in which most of us fit in.
The thing is, most of us strive for these jobs without knowing that there are better quality, better paying, exciting jobs available out there, out side these big companies where skills matter more than the credentials.
We can easily find these jobs, if we are not too busy running behind these big brands.
These exciting jobs are available with companies that we have never heard of, companies which are yet to launch TV commercials and newspaper ads. These are the companies that have just crossed break even or have got its first funding, these are companies expanding their wings in India and abroad.
These are those companies whose hiring emails most of us ignore.
So, let me tell you why these small companies are awesome.
In a small company the hirer is mostly the owner, and where the hirer is the owner the work experience is altogether very different, and in most cases way too awesome, because you are working with someone who continuously wishes to make things work, who has a go-getter attitude, who wants his business to succeed.
In fact, in most cases, the remuneration of a Startup or a small company is better than an MNC.
When you enter a small company which is striving to grow and become self sufficient or big, you get to learn a lot, most of the time you are working on stuff which in a big company is done by multiple teams.
Unlike a big business, small business do not hire to fill a slot. These small growing businesses do not have a huge org chart where you are working in one process unaware of the entire ecosystem. In a small business you are not another cog in the wheel, you are an extremely important part of the system, and when I say important, I mean you take a lot of responsibility, you get to do a lot of stuff, on your own, for example, If you are in sales you will know about marketing, you will know about hiring, you will know team management and resourcing too. When you come out of a small company, you come out as a complete package who knows things from ground reality to bottom up.
I recommend, go out and attend some interviews at a start-up, connect with some people on linked-in who are working in such companies, you will realize that the overall growth and learning that you get at an aggressive start up or in a growing business is worth taking a chance.
Here is my journey of joining a Start-Up.
I was working with an MNC in 2014, and like many, I was also skeptical about leaving a big brand and joining a Start-Up, but I was curious about Startups, so I went for this interview. I reached early and while I was waiting for my turn, I noticed that, unlike a big MNC people here were not formal and soft, they were loud and lively.
The founders interviewed me. The two round interview went for 2.5 hours and I was offered job on the spot. I was asked if I would like to take the job. I was surprised on this immediate offer, so fast!, I mean, I was not prepared for an offer letter, unsure what to do, I borrowed a day's time to make the decision. (Yeah this is how a growing company works, decisions are made fast.)
Before taking a leave, I took notes of names of the founding members. I visited their LinkedIn profile. During the interview, I was told that the company is funded by Accel partners, so I googled and read everything that was available on the internet. I visited company's website and did a quick math on the number of batches( EduPristine is an education company) we were running then. After getting a fair idea about the company, I took a leap of faith and joined it. As I write this, I lead a Digital Marketing team for, the journey has been wonderful enough to write this article and inspire many others to join a growing company.
So, that was about me, now coming to what you can do...
Here is how you can choose a right company.
Consider Product and People.
If you find the idea awesome look for below things.
When a company is small the brand is yet to be built and all you can bank on are the people. If you are inspired by their idea, if you feel you will learn a lot from the team or the boss, then beyond doubt go ahead and join them. In not, well, move ahead to the next opportunity, there are ample of them.
If the company has got funding recently or in recent past then you will easily find it published on web, that assures that someone who has better sens of business than you has already assessed the business and decided to invest, so you can too.
If the company is pretty old then you can easily decide based on company's past performance numbers, which in most cases is shared by the company itself. You can also ask few questions and gauge, questions like, how many employees do they have in total, in what all cities are they present, who is the CTO if it is a tech company, who is the business head, etc.
Finally, after reading this, if you have made your mind to join a Startup then keep this in mind: Never imagine one specific role while joining a startup. Startup is a place that makes you jack of all trades, and will allow and expect you to learn and grow fast and that is why they are awesome.
Few ways you can find such companies.
- Signup at specialized hiring websites like , , etc.
- Lookup for such openings through Linkedin Groups and Job Search feature.
- Use Linkedin People Search. Search people with keywords like Founder, director, decision makers in the industry you wish to work, connect with these people and show your interest to join them.
- Use Facebook Groups. Groups like, Bangalore startup, Mumbai Startup, other domestic and international job posting groups, join these groups and show your interest.
- If you already know a startup connect with the founder through Linkedin or drop an email on contact us of website.
This answer went viral on LinkedIn and people have shared their startup experiences, if you are planning to join a startup or growing company than you might wish to have a look: Click to .
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