Job seekers need not be discouraged. Startups offer a wide range of opportunities for those on the hunt for work. That fact is on full display among this year’s LinkedIn Top Startups list. The list features a ranking of startups based on growth, engagement and attraction. (You can read more about the methodology here.)
How many jobs are we talking about?
The firms on this year’s 27-country collection of Top Startups have listed 50,000 job openings during the past year. The companies that make up the U.S. list alone have advertised nearly 20,000 jobs.
Those who aren’t looking to make a big move are in luck: A big chunk of these startups offer flexible working options. Nearly one-third of the jobs advertised by the startups on the U.S. list were for remote positions. The ability to work from home — possibly miles or even states away from the company’s home base — has become a sought-after perk during the pandemic.
While many of the advertised jobs are — or could be — spread out across the country, many of the roles that don’t offer remote working options are clustered in major U.S. coastal cities. Most roles are based in the San Francisco Bay area, for example. The New York City area came in second. The Los Angeles area came in third.
What type of roles do these startups offer?
The startup space is typically centered around the technology industry. As a result, many of the positions offered by these companies are rooted in engineering or information technology. Sales is also a big in-demand area for U.S. startups, according to LinkedIn data.
Don’t let that scare you away from startups altogether, though. These companies are built around solving unique problems in a variety of spaces — from skincare to bed linens. That means these companies need people who can perform several different kinds of roles.
The top startup on the U.S. list and — coincidentally — one of the companies that looked for the most talent over the past year is Better.com, an online-based mortgage company that aims to make the home-buying process easier and more transparent. Yes, Better is looking for engineers and other tech-focused professionals, but it also is on the hunt for people with finance backgrounds, too. Their recent job postings included a loan consultant in Missouri, a loan consultant in Hawaii and a mortgage loan coordinator in North Carolina.
Similarly, Youth To The People also advertises for a lot of non-tech roles. The cosmetic brand, which is No. 8 on the U.S. list, offers products made from superfood ingredients that are sold in sustainable packaging. Some of their recent job postings include a senior regulatory manager for beauty and a sustainability manager — both based in California.
What about pivoting into a tech role?
If you’re considering a move into the tech industry, the timing couldn’t be better and a startup may be an ideal first step.
Startups are looking for people who are interested in growing and learning as the company evolves. Often, startup founders and leaders are willing to take chances on people who may not have the perfect background but exhibit a willingness to take risks on a new industry and an eagerness to pick up new skills.
In recent years, several tech companies have responded to an increasingly tight labor market by developing onramps into the industry for people with no prior experience. I covered this topic in a recent edition of #GetHired.
What’s the bottom line?
Startups are an excellent place to look for roles if you’re seeking a new opportunity that is fast-paced and entrepreneurial. Of course, you need to consider the organization, its leadership and your overall career path, just as you would with any other opportunity.
Still, don’t be turned off from startups because of their reputation as tech-focused, youth-obsessed organizations. Our data show that these companies offer a wide range of opportunities for people from many different industries and fields. And they’re located across the country — possibly wherever you prefer to work.
To discover more about startup life and learn more about all of the companies featured on this year’s lists, click here.
Published on September 22, 2021 by Andrew Seaman
Senior Editor for Job Search & Careers at LinkedIn News