How to get a job in the crypto industry?
The cryptocurrency industry is extremely new and is finding its own way as it builds itself. The days when only software developers were required are gone forever. That’s why I’m going to tell you how to work in the crypto industry.
As with any new industry, the needs are enormous and span almost every profession imaginable. You may have heard that there is room for everyone in cryptocurrencies, and this is not just a saying, it is the feeling of everyone in the ecosystem.
However, competition is fierce. To get a piece of this new world, you have to develop a plan and be precise in what you want to do and what you are good at. But now, let’s get started.
Pre-crypto job hunting tips
The first piece of advice I can give in this article goes beyond working in the crypto world. Finding an ideal job is a task that can take years, even a lifetime. Therefore, the first piece of advice is to know yourself and what you want from your career.
Of course, hitting the nail on the head with our first job is something that can happen, but it is certainly not common. The crypto industry is one of the most fast-paced industries ever. The speed of its constant evolution requires us to be constantly informed. As we always say “a week in crypto is months in the real world”.
Having confirmed the fact that we are prepared to deal with a very demanding industry, we must prepare for a task that needs to be done. Being a growth industry, all kinds of positions need to be filled. Just to name a few:
- Product managers
- Product owners
- Content creators
- Graphic designers
And many more. So there’s a good chance you’ll be needed in this industry.
How to work in crypto?
Now, having defined the profession we intend to pursue in this new industry, all that remains is to stand out from the rest. Often, it is not an essential requirement, precisely because of the complexity of finding people with this characteristic, but one way to stand out is, however obvious it may seem, to know about crypto.
Let’s picture the following example:
- A decentralized exchange hires a publicist to drive more traffic to its platform. He will certainly be able to do his job without a thorough knowledge of how DEX works, but a knowledgeable advertiser will certainly be able to communicate the information more directly and perhaps more assertively.
So, to start preparing yourself to look for a job in this industry a good idea would be to
- Learn the basics of a blockchain
- Know the differences between Bitcoin and Ethereum
- Know the difference between CeFi and DeFi
- Acquire general knowledge about DeFi
- Have a basic understanding of NFTs
- And, of course, interact with a blockchain or DeFi applications
Once you have these notions, you will be able to define whether the crypto world is your world. If it is, chances are you are already down the rabbit hole and can’t stop consuming information about the blockchain ecosystem.
If so, your own motivation will be your guide.
Where to look for crypto jobs?
At first glance, you might think that this is a rather obvious question, but it is not. This fledgling sector has its own rules, platforms and methods for finding and offering jobs. Traditional job search and job posting websites aside, LinkedIn is also not much of a haven for recruiters and potential employees.
Without hesitation, I can say that LinkedIn has been displaced by Twitter. While traditional websites have been replaced by crypto-job-specific sites. One option, also considerable, is Discord. There, projects often have their own dedicated channels, where they not only communicate their news but also share their needs, in this case, employment needs.
On Twitter, you have two strategies:
- Reach out directly to official accounts, both centralized or decentralized platforms
- Focus on pages that bring together offers from platforms of all kinds, like CryptoJobsList, Crypto-Jobs, Blockchain Headhunter, Crypto-Careers.com, Blockew or AngelList
The reality is that, although there is much less movement, these options mentioned above are often also on LinkedIn. The difference with Twitter is that there it is usually possible to see your real job and not just your qualifications or CV as on LinkedIn.
A plan to work in crypto
The following plan requires a couple of pre-requisites:
- Knowing where you want to work
- Here it is not so much the task that matters
- Have a deep knowledge of the platform or project you want to work on
- Be persistent and patient
- Be ready for any challenge
With these requirements fulfilled, you should have become an expert in the crypto project of your dreams, the one you want to work on. Now you just need to identify where the most project-related activity is taking place and show off.
For example, if the governance forum is highly active, you can participate and demonstrate your knowledge while deciding on the future of the platform. If the project is based on Discord, you will need to participate by helping others and answering questions. In this way, you will become visible to those leading the project.
Another option is to stand out on Twitter. Many users write about crypto in general, and they do it very well. But, if you focus on your dream project, you might reach the right audience. Last but not least, there are events. Both face-to-face and online events are the moments where the greatest opportunities arise. Networking is everything, and in cryptocurrencies, where we tend to be anonymous, even more important.
It is clear that the advice given here does not guarantee a job in the cryptocurrency world. Both your abilities and the fortune that someone is looking for your skills must be matched.
As with everything in life, there is no single recipe for success. However, this kind of guidance has been the way in which more than one person has landed a job in this fledgling industry.
Nevertheless, I can assure you that there is a common element in all the people who have found work in crypto, and that is the desire to contribute to the ecosystem. The crypto world has just begun and we are all building it together.