Should you leave a career at a Fortune 500 for a new startup? While staying at a big company has its advantages; your skills and more importantly your experience may be in much greater need than you realize, especially when a business needs to define its startup culture.
If you work in the next few areas, it could be worth your time and experience to get that startup mentality. Then, look for employment opportunities at a startup.
Think about the effort it takes to build a startup culture inside of an organization that works. This responsibility usually falls on the shoulders of the human resources department. Startups are notorious for overlooking this important part of getting their company off of the ground.
If you think about all of the responsibilities you are handling at your current role there may be greener pastures awaiting you if you are dissatisfied and ready for a new adventure. When a startup is first gaining traction there is no better time to bring in a human resources individual with the experience a new team needs to avoid the pitfalls of handling compliance needs. You could bring all of the wisdom needed to fast track growth a new business needs to succeed.
If you are within a large organization, do you find yourself thinking outside the box, but continually being turned down in meetings? A truly experienced HR professional in the eyes of a new business could be priceless. Getting your foot in the door at the right time could also mean equity and a much-needed career boost.
Project Management (software and development)
We all know that the larger the organization, the slower things get done. Think of all the skills needed to launch product offerings in today’s world. Your skills are in demand and it is time. You fast-track your project management career. You need to view your experience as a commodity ready to be cashed into the highest bidder.
An investment any Lean Startup is willing to make is hiring the top talent. Position yourself as the industry leader you know you are and you could be on your way to a new job. It is time to cash in on all of that experience. Of all the areas startups look for, PM roles are the most in demand. Team management skills coupled with coding for programming and software development could mean a leadership role in a startup.
A move to a smaller organization could also mean long days and sleepless nights. But some of that excitement that got you into this business sector, which you had been missing, will return in a strong startup culture.
Sales are the lifeblood of any organization. Many feel that salespeople are a dime a dozen. A good salesperson is worth their weight in gold. Leaving your position at a Fortune 500 for a startup is scary, but the juice may be worth the squeeze in sales.
It could mean a fast track move to the next level and beyond. Your sales career may be lacking at a big company. You could just be bored. Think of all of the time you spend watching Mad Men and Wolf of Wall Street clips on YouTube to keep your mojo meter up.
It could mean you are ready to make a change. A jump to a smaller ship could be your chance at a VP-level position, and your shot to drive overall growth and sales strategies.
I truly believe that these roles are timeless
Every organization big or small needs HR and Salespeople. Project Managers in today’s tech-driven world are in more demand than ever before. Finding a new job is scary. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Why compromise your own happiness?
Opportunities are there for the taking. Working in startup culture may not be for everyone but that is ok. The next time you are searching the job boards shoot your resume over to a smaller company and see where it lands you. See if you fit in their startup culture.
Ask the first couple of team members that started at Apple or Facebook where it got them. Everyone deserves the same opportunity to achieve their goals. Maybe a new position at that new startup you haven’t heard of, yet, could be the knock at the door you needed.
Best of luck!