Some people think the key to breaking into a startup is getting a big break – like getting that first interview with a top startup, or getting a solid intro to a hiring manager at a startup.
Let me tell you something. It’s not. The most important thing – the key to your job hunt – is getting your ‘wedge’.
What the heck is a wedge? It’s an event that gives you your first foothold in the startup ecosystem, helping you to get access to great career opportunities in the future. It’s a “little” break that positions you to start getting some big breaks.
Starting something is hard, thankless work. There’s no better way to build up the mental toughness that’s needed to succeed at a startup, then by taking an idea and getting it off the ground – and not giving up when you hit the inevitable stumbles.