Nov 7, 2015 Lauri Mikkola
The world’s coolest startups and technology companies come to Slush. That is why the website for job announcements by companies coming to Slush is a great source of life-changing opportunities. Each open job position has a simple application form, in which you can also notify that you’ll be at Slush and up for an interview during the event. Check out the site and apply!
Organized on both event day afternoons, Slush Recruiting Area gathers together startups and job seekers, enabling rapid matchmaking and providing a simple way to kickstart the recruitment process. Hiring startups have demo stands in the area and promote their job opportunities in Employer Pitching sessions. Pitches will include audience Q&As, so you can use the opportunity to challenge the pitching startups: what makes them the most desired employer? Does “awesome group spirit” actually mean anything else than company-paid team pizzas every fourth Thursday?
We have had specific requests from hiring startups to recommend this to job seekers: present portfolios or even demos of cool stuff you have done. Printed CVs have not lost their usefulness, but with a smartphone or tablet you can immediately present a mobile application, website or maybe a school project that you have done. You should also do your homework and learn about startups coming to the Recruiting Area already in advance. What are their products, vision, business model, funding situation, team etc. like?
Remember also that a startup’s decision to interview and eventually hire an applicant is based on team fit and personality as much as on skills. It is crucial for the growth of a startup to find skilled new team members, but it is not always about what they can do now, but what their skills will be as they grow with the company. That is important to keep in mind while presenting yourself to a company representative, especially if you are still in the first steps of your career path.
Recruitment consultants usually advise against using the “shotgun method” in job seeking, i.e. replacing quality with quantity in job hunting efforts. In this case the rules are different, as speed is the word! We will be organizing four Speed Dating sessions, two on both days. They are based on categories of startup roles (such as business, design, engineering) and during a session there will be just a couple of minutes for each “date” to determine if there’s a job spark between an employer-job seeker couple.
The Recruiting Area will also have a tapas & cocktail bar, so it will a perfect place for afternoon mingling with entrepreneurial, ambitious people. Perhaps you meet new friends that are also looking for a job at a startup, and together you decide to build one by yourselves!
These companies are hiring and can be found at Recruiting Area either with a demo stand, or in speed dating or employer pitching sessions. Maybe one of them will be your next employer?
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