The blockchain and cryptocurrency sector is one of the fastest growing employment markets in the global economy. Currently, there is a high demand for skilled professionals in this field.
If you are looking to work in the crypto and blockchain industry, this article will help you plan, strategize, and execute the steps you need to take to kickstart your career.
Before scouting out and applying to open positions, it is essential to recognize that you must have engaged in some activities that are not directly related to the specific job opening but are an important cog in the greater machine that is your application.
The first of these is writing a professional CV. Similar to traditional industries, the CV is one of the most critical aspects of seeking and acquiring gainful employment. A CV typically includes important details pertaining to your education, employment history, and industry-relevant certifications.
It is important to note that there is a generally accepted standard for CVs. Therefore, to provide yourself with the highest chance of success it is imperative that you ensure your CV is formatted in accordance with the standard. There are a number of resources readily available online to learn about the standard. An excellent place to start is the career pages of institutions of higher learning with good standing in the academic world. Stanford, MIT, and Harvard all have pages dedicated to providing this information which you can access free of charge.
Once you have appropriately formatted your CV, it is vital to ensure you have referees who are professionally respected. While it may serve you better if your referees are professionals working within or connected to the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector, it will work just as well if they are well-respected professionals within your scope or expertise. Remember to get in touch with your referees periodically to avoid them forgetting about you and creating a potentially embarrassing or awkward situation when a would-be employer questions them about you.
Once you have fine-tuned your CV to your satisfaction, store it in an easily accessible manner. For quick access, save it both offline and online on your mobile devices so that you can send it off at a moments notice. An easy way to do this is by emailing yourself your CV as an attachment, this way you can forward it expeditiously when needed.
The second prerequisite is participating in online conversations related to the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. Build your online profile by signing up to social media sites widely used by innovators and thought leaders within the sector. LinkedIn, Twitter, Medium are good places to start. If you want to make it easier for potential employers to look you up, it is encouraged to use the same handle across all platforms you use.
Twitter is best suited for staying up to date with new developments in the cryptosphere and to share your thoughts and views on what’s currently happening. This strategy helps you to highlight yourself as a person with genuine interest in the industry while simultaneously keeping you abreast with all current developments. Another strategy is to pen opinion pieces on Medium (or other blogs) centered on the issues that excite you within the blockchain sector.
The objective of these exercises which employ social media is to showcase a heightened level of knowledge in relation to the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector. A well thought-out online presence populated by high-quality content is likely going to provide you with a leg up and make you stand out from the rest of the job market.
Finding Job Openings
While the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology sector is rapidly growing, for those not in the know, it may prove challenging to access job openings. Many blockchain and cryptocurrency job openings are posted on online jobs platforms. Therefore, a good starting place would be to scour platforms like these.
Startup-focused website AngelList also regularly hosts a number of employment opportunities within the sector and then, there are specialized crypto jobs platforms, such as Crypto Jobs List where employers are seeking blockchain talent. On these sites, it is important to search through all the job openings by using every relevant tag. It pays to be diligent when looking through job hosting sites. You are more likely to find the best fit for you by spending time searching in the right manner.
Other ways to find job openings is to join blockchain communities. For instance, Telegram is a treasure trove for employment opportunities. The messaging app is home to many public communities in which users share information pertaining to the sector. By utilizing the wisdom of the crowd, you may find it useful to join one or two of these communities. However, it is important to note that you may find yourself receiving many notifications on your devices because of the sheer size of these communities. If you still want to be a part of these communities, you can choose to mute the alerts and then look through the messages at your own predesignated time.
Lastly, staying active on cryptocurrency and blockchain-focused social media may help you find job openings. Many platforms, innovators, and companies within the sector will post their openings on Twitter. Make it a point to look at the social media profiles of the companies you would like to work in, they just might have posted an employment opportunity.
What to Consider During Your Application
Once you have shortlisted the job openings that suit your educational background and professional experience, you can now begin the application process. Your CV is well written and adequately represents you. However, you must now craft a well-written cover letter to go with your CV. It is crucial to look through the requirements in the job listing as these will provide you with important clues as to how to write your cover letter.
For instance, if your chosen job listing is looking for an individual with experience in coding in Solidity, then you might like to include a short sentence in your cover letter expressing that working in Solidity is one of your favorite aspects of your professional career. Of course, this is just an example but the objective is to show your potential employer that you actually read and internalized the job listing prior to sending in your application. Unfortunately, many job applicants will simply copy paste cover letters when seeking employment. Crafting a specific cover letter for each job you apply to will help you stand out.
Once you have sent in your applications, record it in a document. Use this document to guide you to follow up on the state of your applications. Some employers will explicitly state that they will contact only those shortlisted. However, for those that do not provide such confirmation, it may help you to email the point person every so often in the appropriate time frame post application.
Other Helpful Tips
The blockchain sector is fairly young and is evolving quickly. Therefore, it may serve you to look up courses dedicated to various aspects of the sector to adapt your skills to the changing landscape. While you do not have to be an expert in all areas of the sector, it will definitely provide you a leg up if you are knowledgeable on the most relevant industry aspects.
There are a number of courses available online. Some are free while others are only accessible after a small fee. Additionally, some provide certification, which could be an added advantage for your CV.
Lastly, stay on top of your email inbox. It is easy to miss responses from would be employers as well as many other opportunities for gainful activities within the sector.
How to Stay Up to Date
Uncovering employment opportunities in the rapidly growing and changing blockchain industry can be daunting even for the most seasoned professional due to the significant amount of attention to detail required as well as the time-consuming nature of it.