No matter what stage you’re at in your career or where you’re working, the startup world is one of extraordinary promise: getting in on the ground floor, making an impact, putting your stamp on the business, being free of corporate structure and politics, and just maybe getting a huge payday a few years down the road.
While this all sounds incredibly exciting and exhilarating, startup situations, by nature, have big risks attached to them. The statistics on success versus failure are pretty profound toward the latter.
So, how do you know if the move is worth the risk? You don’t. However, that doesn’t mean you should just throw caution to the wind. Instead, take some time to figure out if the company’s going anywhere and — just as important — if it’s right for you.
I think we can all agree that waiting to hear back about a job isn’t topping anyone’s list of favorite hobbies. Every time your phone rings or your e-mail dings, you stop what you’re doing just in case it’s news on the job front. Will you get an interview? Will you get an offer? Maybe you even pick up one of those automated scam calls, just on the off chance that the hiring manager is suddenly calling you from a blocked number or remote location.
So, more power to you if you decide to take matters into your own hands and write a note. That said, as with everything else, you need to find a way to phrase what you’re really thinking (i.e., “Hire me!”) in the best way possible.
What’s a curious professional to do when there’s exciting news happening in the world and you’re stuck “doing your job” in the office? (And no one from HR seems to be drafting an e-mail reassuring you that outside drama’s a reasonable excuse to go home early?)
Well, as someone who easily gets distracted by this very thing, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks along the way. This has gotten me through such insane events as: Amy Poehler and Will Arnett’s separation, a handful of trial verdicts, HBO finales, and most recently, The Watcher.