The Reason Why Experience is not the Criteria for Your Selection in Startups ?
Most job seekers spend a lot of time positioning their work experience just right—crafting their resume bullets so that their work experience sells them as the right candidate for the job.
But here’s a secret: When it comes to startups, it’s not always what’s on your resume that matters most. And you’ll often hear stories of people with very little or no real-world work experience join startups and land high-level positions in no time at all.
So, if it does not work, what is it that startups want? And what do you get being a part of a startup?
1. Drive or passion
You’ve (hopefully) heard this before, but if you want a job that lets you clock out promptly at 5 or tend to frown upon doing things that “aren’t in your job description” startup life probably isn’t for you. Early-stage companies look for people who strive to find a better way of doing things, are eager to help the company move forward, and love jumping in where needed. They look how passionate you are.
In startups, they look for those who think out of the box. They don't want you to walk on the path laid by the managers or team but rather to work along with the team and find out the way to get things done.
Joining Startups means that you can make a lot of mistakes. So startups look for people who can recover with optimism, ease, and ideas of how to proceed. Secondly, you’ll likely be asked to take on multiple roles, and unless you were a marketer /coder /salesperson /spokesperson /garbage collector in the past, you’re going to be doing things you probably don’t fully know how to do.
4. Culture Fit
Any firm looks for the candidate whose values are in line with theirs because that small, scrappy, hard-working team you’ll be joining really wants to make sure that any new addition to the team is going to fit in, both now and in the future. They look for the person who will not only fit in their culture but will also amplify it.
This is why startups mostly look for candidates who are more active, enthusiast, passionate, hard-working rather than the experienced ones.
Also, you learn a lot because
1. You’ll have more responsibility.
2. You’ll be given more opportunities.
3. You’ll be able to do a lot of different things.
4. You will learn from true innovators.
5. Your work will be recognized (as will your failures).
6. You’ll work in an awesome atmosphere having huge learning curve and exposure.