In the past, I’ve given advice to strangers and friends looking to get a full-time job in the crypto space, and I’ve written about this in detail before. But it’s been a few years and I’d like to offer some new, actionable advice and update mine with recent examples (what worked two years ago may not work today).
Why work in Web3 (aka Crypto) if you are just starting out or in your early career? First, because it will affect almost every industry in the next two decades. Second, Web3 provides young people with the ability to become experts in this growing field without having to climb the decades-long latter (consulting/banking/technical) to get to the level you need to be able to work for a company or a specific field of work make meaningful contributions.
Finally, the smartest people in the world are entering Web3 – exiting FANG (Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google) companies – and joining crypto companies or DAOs. The better you are, the more you learn, and you should optimize for this effect early in your career.
There are only two types of advice: advice someone passes on because it worked for them, or advice that is humble and always there, learned from regret. Both are valuable, but you should only copy the former.
My advice stems from what worked for me and what I didn’t do, and while it applies to a lot of people, my advice is for people with very little work experience, college students or people with a few years of work experience looking to change careers people.
Think of this suggestion as a menu, pick a few options that sound to your liking and commit to them. Consistency is important.
become an intern
Internships are the quickest way to find out if you like a field. I highly recommend it if you are a student of any level and have the opportunity to become an intern. This may be the best option for students looking to learn about encrypted networks and gain some experience. Interning at a local cryptocurrency exchange in Hong Kong during my MBA was a great initial experience, getting my feet wet and immersed in the cryptocurrency space.
Join the DAO
Contributors can join a variety of DAOs – social DAOs, protocol DAOs, NFT-gated DAOs/communities, investment DAOs, and more.
Social DAOs — DAOs that primarily form communities in terms of exclusivity, events, or community activities — are the first to join in order to connect and understand how DAOs work. These DAOs include location-specific communities such as the ATX DAO, NFT gated communities, and DAOs such as Friends with Benefits.
Alternatively, if you have knowledge or a particular passion for a particular product or protocol, joining this DAO can be a great way to gain initial experience and build a reputation. Many DAOs include Sushi, Rarible, Index Coop, Yearn, etc., which include various working groups for various individuals. Proving that you can provide value in the DAO is a great way to 1) gain experience and prove that you can add value to the product/protocol and potentially be rewarded by the DAO for your contributions.
A word to DAOists, you probably won’t be able to contribute effectively in more than 2-3 DAOs (unless the DAOs are very small). Optimize for high-quality contributions rather than low-quantity contributions. DAOs want to work with people who persevere, not people who jump to the hottest DAOs.
be an early adopter
In hindsight, being an early adopter was easy, however, at the moment it takes a risk. These risks include the opportunity cost of trial and error in terms of time, money and attention. Keeping up-to-date with cryptocurrencies, using new applications or protocols is expensive and often comes with a potential risk of disruption. Sometimes it needs to be plugged in so that when items like Loot or YFI drop, you can cast or plant it right away. Other times it costs money to farm or trade agreements that may never promise users an airdrop or distribution. When you are already invested in other competitors like Ethereum, or how many Bitcoin extremists shunned Ethereum early because they didn’t want to see the potential.
Fortunately, DAOs like Rabbithole are helping to educate the next generation of crypto users, either by incentivizing them to use the protocol or by providing the ability to perform tasks in exchange for XP. Rabbithold has successfully increased adoption of protocols like Polygon and enabled all successful ENS task completers to receive ENS airdrops. While not all airdrops are sizable, several have yielded impressive returns.
More than airdrops, early adopters often make the best candidates for early hire because they become the most engaged members of Discord or the community. Additionally, founders want to hire people who believe in their mission. Early adopters who are already contributing to the project in their free time are much better off than mercenary employees looking for the highest salaries. As evidence, nearly every early research analyst at Messari came from its Community Analyst Program, which appeals to individuals who are eager to work for free and have a passion for cryptocurrencies.
Today, Messari Hub pays analysts, but there is still a need for people who are focused and obsessed with cryptocurrencies, so most of the Messari Intelligence team’s employees come from Messari Hub.
Join the Messari Center
Joining the Messari Hub can be a great way to gain some experience, build a resume, get paid, and connect in the crypto world. I participated in the original Messari Analyst Program by writing crypto asset profiles. Ryan Selkis’ original call to analysts was exactly what I was looking for, a place to start, a place to engage and learn as much as possible. I learned about ERC20 tokens, layer 2 state channels, and more through writing crypto asset profiles and indirectly through osmosis.When you have great people around you—such as mentors or other Messari Hub analysts—their knowledge and experience flows from them to others.
Personally, Messari helped me a lot early in my career, not only in terms of experience but also in terms of status. In the “real” business world, when you have an Ivy League school or McKinsey or Goldman Sachs or [insert your favorite big name company] on your resume, people listen. In crypto, people don’t care much about your education (Messari doesn’t care at all) status or TradFi experience, but names like Coinbase, Messari, OpenSea, Uniswap, Compound, Chainalysis all show that you’re beyond the noise. It may be unfortunate, but humans have a desire to assign status.
More interestingly, I’ve seen many Messari Hub analysts go into crypto full-time because when acquiring a more important platform (Messari Platform), they use it as leverage to get the right people to notice.
Nic Carter, Chris Burniske, Ryan Selkis, Derek Hsue, Phil Bonello, Ryan Watkins, and Kyle Samani all became names in the crypto space as they started blogging about blockchain topics, mostly related to investing or research. One of the highest skills you can leverage is your writing ability. Not only is it hard to write good content, but it’s also hard to have the guts to put your opinion out there. That being said, anyone can be a writer – never tell yourself. I also never thought of myself as a writer. After hundreds of thousands of words, here I am, I still have typos in my writing.
Some simple articles or writing forms:
- If you are reluctant to share your thoughts, get over it! If you really want to relax, start by summarizing the great, long, or complicated parts. You’d be surprised how little time people spend reading. Curated content is important and valuable.
- Domain expertise: examine concepts in specific domains, liquidity mining, NFTs, smart contracts, stablecoins, digital art. , DeFi Aggregation, Metaverse Ecosystem, etc.
- teaching. You did something, now show others how to do it! DeFi Dad turned his passion for onboarding DeFi users into a job at a top DeFi wallet (Zapper) and then into venture capital (Fourth Revolution Capital). Not interested in DeFi, demoing NFTs, new blockchains or niche applications.
- Speed and Timely Information: Darren Lau’s newsletter, the Daily Ape, provides a list of important and timely events.
If you don’t like prose, show your talent here on Twitter, CryptoTwitter values people who engage or ask relevant questions, some of the brightest minds in crypto use Twitter to build their brands like Pomp, Ryan Sean Adams, Meltem Dimirros, Arianna Simpson Nic Carter, Ari David Paul, Hasu, Tom Shaughnessy, Jason Choi, Ryan Watkins and more, just don’t be a troll or a liar.
- Create weekly Twitter spaces for your favorite topics.
- Aggregate Great topics for a given topic or summarize long topics.
- Synthesize important events or listen to podcasts highly.
- Images perform well – they take time to create, but help go viral.
- Tag relevant individuals or companies in a thread to help with distribution, but don’t tag people when they’re clearly unrelated in a thread or image – it’s a quick fix. Don’t tag the damn Elon or SBF, it’s a long shot (they won’t care about you). Instead, tag people in the 10k-100k follower range who are more likely to retweet or like your post.
- Shitposting and memes: CMS intern creates a brand with fun creative videos and memes. Other intern accounts have tried to replicate this with some success, but have not put in the same effort.
- Stick with it – you need to tweet at least once a week, it’s like playing a game.
- Be creative, or at least find your own on top of existing ideas.
You’ll start with zero followers, reaching 1k is the hardest, 10K is still an ordeal, and it gets easier from there. The last rule of Twitter – be real , people want to follow real people, not bots.
Leverage other social media platforms
While Twitter has the strongest crypto community, you can use Instagram, Reddit, Periscope, TikTok, or other social media networks to find your favorite medium. Most people can only succeed on a few mediums like Twitter and Linkedin or Instagram and TikTok, so use the one that feels most authentic. I also highly recommend adopting new social media platforms or features like TikTok or Twitter Spaces. If you’re on a channel and you’re saying to yourself “wow, this content is crap, I can do better”, you’re probably right, and someone could get more viewers for good content (look at your TikTok) . In general, the point is to try new forms of media and then stick to what works best.
Start a YouTube channel or podcast
Maybe you’re not a master of words, but you’re good at making videos, especially live content. Start your own Youtube channel or make some tutorial videos, YouTube is the second largest search engine – take advantage of it.
Podcasts ready for crypto discussions, Jill Carlson and Meltem Demirors have a great podcast. Tony Sheng tried a fun podcast (still waiting for the next season). What Peter McCormack’s Bitcoin does. Nathaniel Whittemore started The Long Read Sunday, which curates content and now hosts a successful podcast/live.
Unsolicited podcasting advice from someone who’s never hosted a podcast:
- For God’s sake, don’t just think of podcasts as interviewing X people, that’s an outdated format.
- Consider live podcasting for greater authenticity and timeliness.
- Make your podcast a story (Crazy Genius), education (Gimlet) or something different.
- See Robinhood Snack’s podcast, which features small daily news, or the Naval and Nivi podcasts from Spearhead or How to Get Rich.
- There is room for small podcast episodes ranging from 3 to 15 minutes. Just because Joe Rogan perfected a 3-hour podcast, it doesn’t mean every podcast needs to be at least an hour.
The Meatspace: Join Meetups, Events and Clubs
If your area is full of blockchain events, I recommend attending meetups or community events, most of which are free.Some common places to find events include Meetup and Eventbrite. For college students, check out your school’s blockchain club or create your own! If you’re looking for a job, I don’t recommend going to a conference because unless you’re really good at networking, conference tickets don’t offer a good ROI (let’s face it, if you are, you’re likely to get hired) ). The early NFT community started to hold meetups, as well as social DAOs like Bankless and Friends With Benefits.
Move to a crypto city
Essentially, we are all products of our environment. As we all know, if you want to be successful in tech, you should probably live where innovation is happening. I’m not saying you need to move to a major tech city like New York or San Francisco, but if you live there, you should take advantage of it. Other emerging tech cities in the US include Los Angeles, Denver, Austin and Seattle. If you’re willing to venture abroad, you have more options. Berlin, Shanghai or Singapore are all great places to give yourself an edge.
If you are in China, you have to move to Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Guangzhou. These 5 cities gather the most scientific and technological talents, and the encrypted information flows the fastest, allowing you to learn about the latest technological things faster.
I’ll warn this and say where you live becomes less important. Most crypto companies are remote-first, but if you’re young, I still recommend meeting in person to cement those connections. It’s much easier to connect with colleagues at the office or over a drink on a Tuesday afternoon than it is on Zoom. Establishing a good connection in a remote-first environment is still possible, but requires more effort.
Use your strengths (wizard ability)
Someone with some work experience should use it. If you have any skills including:
- Analyst (Excel Wizard)
- CPA (Accounting Wizard)
- CFA (“I do not provide investment advice” wizard)
- Lawyers (never tire of case law wizards)
- Fearless Public Speaker (Voice or Podcast Wizard)
- Write Like Dickens (Keyboard Wizard)
- People Guides (company literally pays for the web, it’s just called business development)
- Process (detail-oriented operational wizard)
- Design (Photoshop and Graphic Design Wizard)
- Knowledge of economics (cryptocurrency is based on incentives and game theory)
If you have any of these skills, you have an advantage over many others currently in the crypto space. For students and young people there, use your time to learn new skills or gain experience.
offer your help
This doesn’t mean telling someone “please let me know how I can help” as if you were a VC or impersonating a VC account. The crypto world is small compared to any other industry. You can connect with people on Twitter and, to a lesser extent, email. Do not contact the manager of a venture capital firm or the CEO of your favorite crypto company.Most likely they won’t respond. Find someone new to the company as they may have more time and will contact you as a young professional. There are a lot of articles about how to reach people, so I won’t say much, except that you should find a way to provide value.
- People are always looking for things to help them find the information they need.
- Curation of content, news, information, data, people, educational materials, etc.
- Start a local network in your community.
- Think outside the box – people aren’t always able to tell you what they want/need. What can your unique skills and traits offer?
Find a Crypto Partner
ETH has friends, and so should you. Find a friend who is as passionate as you are and work on any of the above topics. No one can get to the top alone, and if you do, you’ll feel lonely no matter what. Ryan Sean Adams and David Hoffman is a machine with a high oil content. Hasu — arguably one of the best researchers in cryptography — often writes with others.
How to find a job
There are two ways to find a job:
1. The easy way.
2. The hard way.
Be alone and fuck the internet. It’s true that the Internet is the best way to find a job, and trying to reach out, socialize, or connect online will help you more than you know. At the end of the day, people want to work with their friends.
the hard way
The best advice I can give is: you need to stand out and target your audience, the quality of your applications is more important than the number of applications you send.
Sending the same cover letter or application to 100 jobs might get you a job, but if there are only a handful of companies you really want to work for, then you need to put in the effort to get that job.
My last piece of advice for making apps – bad guys are different, so think differently. Here are just some ideas:
- Create a graph, chart, or video to express something visually.
- Think of a cool project or find an existing project and do something slightly different (#defi index, DeepDAO, etc.
- Stay ahead of growing trends like social tokens.
- Make a website or newsletter with valuable information, such as information about new nft drops, or a list of meeting times for each open source crypto project. Find a way to save time or effort – it’s value-added.
- Research a super niche topic related to blockchain and write/tweet about your findings. It shouldn’t be superficial, but it doesn’t have to be completely revolutionary, just tweet/write/speak your version and opinion.
- Write an explainer thread about awesome crypto products and protocols.
Employers value people who do things on their own and make cool stuff. If you’re still a student or have only been out of school for a year or two, consider yourself lucky. You most likely have less commitment and a lot of time — or you can use your time more efficiently — to build your brand and follow the advice above.
A Note About Your Resume
Again, make your resume specific. If you have absolutely no idea how to make a resume or want to start from scratch, Harvard offers a lot of free material. Also, get creative with your resume – make a concept page – or at least add some nice looking templates. Remember, you are dealing with humans – the brains of lizards – who are naturally drawn to bright colors, graphics and pictures.
It’s important to use data and metrics wherever possible, even if it’s just showing your monthly social media growth, best blog posts, newsletter subscribers, or something else impressive.
Also, no one will read your entire resume. They want highlights, related experiences, and links to your important channels (i.e. Github, Twitter, TikTok, etc.).
These are some great resources for finding a job:
- AngelList – One of the best places to get a job at a crypto startup, without a doubt.
- Crypto Jobs – There’s also a visually friendly list to find jobs.
- CryptoJobsList – A great job site.
- Cryptocurrency jobs – another.
- Pomp Crypto Jobs – Join Pomp Portfolio Company.
- Proof of Talent – For more advanced/technical roles.
- LinkedIn – Finding crypto and blockchain jobs on LinkedIn is becoming more common.
- Web3 jobs – Web3, hot right now.
- Newsletters – Follow the newsletters of your favorite companies, as they frequently announce new jobs or opportunities.
- Most VCs post job openings for their portfolio companies: Pantera., ConsenSys Labs, Pardigm, etc.
Overcome social or inferiority fears, sometimes you feel like you’re not eligible to apply, you’re afraid to tweet or express your thoughts publicly. Do this no matter what, you will make mistakes, but it’s okay, you don’t care, you can change your mind and apply for the job you want.
Work hard, stay humble and live happily. Finally, I would like to thank Messari for giving me the opportunity to work in a field I love, surrounded by incredible people. Also, thanks to Crypto Twitter, most of you are awesome.
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