As we all know, Silicon Valley is the hot spot for startups, and thus, when it comes to landing a job in Silicon Valley, you are competing with hundreds and sometimes thousands of applicants for one job.
A report from Business Insider stated that getting hired at a Silicon Valley company can be more difficult than getting into Harvard. So, what is the perfect way to land a job at a startup in Silicon Valley. Well, there’s no sure-shot way but here are some tips that could help you out.
Create a strong resume
One of the major point in making your resume is to keep in mind that you use the company’s language from the job description provided. This is not something that everyone is following. Also, while you can have a general resume that highlights your top skills and achievements, but make sure you change your resume according to the company you are applying in.
Have your pitch ready
Go prepared with a solid and interesting chronological story of your experience in the recent years and the work you have done. Being able to tell about yourself and the work you’ve done so far is definitely a great skill which makes a good impression on people.
Research about the company
There is nothing wrong in being knowledgeable about the company you are applying to. In fact, I would call it one of the most important thing and you should reached about every company you want to apply for a job. Search about the company, it’s history, it’s culture, as well as about the person whom you are talking to for the interview. Social media is a great place to get started.
Utilize your network
If you are looking to enter the Silicon Valley, you must have created a network of people whom you know working there. Get in touch with them and ask for introductions. When a trusted person introduces you, there’s a higher chance person you wish to speak with will take the time out to have a conversation with you.
No cover letters
Cover letters used to be a tool to introduce yourself in a memorable way. However, I don’t think they are now as useful as they used to be and are a waste of time. If you network your way in, all you need is a resume. References and your network are good enough to make your impression and cover letters will be of no use and you’ll be wasting your valuable time.
Stay in touch
Stay in touch with people and keep relationship warm. Do not talk to someone just one time, gain value, and then never talk to them again. Find ways to create value for the other party and try to frequently stay in touch. Even a “Hey, was just thinking of you and hope you are well” or sending them an interesting article they might be interested in is a good way.