Web3 is the next evolution of the internet. Advancements have been quick and, in the next decade, the Blockchain will permeate almost every aspect of society. So, whether you're in healthcare, banking, sports, music or beyond, you've got the skills and expertise that web3 needs.
Like all spaces though, finding a job can be tricky if you don't know where to look or how to connect with employers. In this post, we'll go over some basics about how to narrow down your interests and find roles that are right for you.
But, I'm Not Technical.
A common misconception is that web3 jobs are only for technical folks—solidity devs and CTOs. Non-technical people have never been in a better position to get a web3 job.
Design, Marketing, Finance, Legal and ALL the Managers (Project, Product, Community, and Social Media). All are great-paying jobs available to non-technical folks like you.
So, how can you set yourself up for success in finding these roles?
Start With Some Reflection.
You want to start this process with a good idea of what you want for yourself and from your potential employer. This can be overwhelming, particularly when you're exploring a new sector. So the best place to start is with some personal reflection.
Dedicate some time to building two lists:
The first list is about you and the opportunity you'd like to secure:
- What are your skills and experience?
- What do you want to work on, learn, and build?
- What in your current work brings you joy? Takes joy away?
- What is the value and contribution you can bring to a company?
- What do you need in schedule and pay?
The next list is about the company you'd like to work with:
- What is your ideal company? List web3 projects, DAOs, or companies you admire.
- What makes these companies ideal for you?
- What are the characteristics you're looking for in an employer?
- What are the characteristics you won't accept in an employer?
These two lists provide the foundations and guideposts for your search. They'll keep you focused on the things you identified as important. So keep them close.
Connect With Your Network And Folks You Admire
My experience connecting with people in web3 for insights and advice has been simple and well-received. In my early days of NFTs, I reached out to anyone I admired. I congratulated them on recent wins and expressed genuine interest in their work. I even asked for pointers on things they did well that I wanted to do myself.
With very few followers, my response rate was astounding. In one year I've developed countless relationships with folks that inspire me. The secret? Being clear about my intentions for reaching out and what I wanted to learn from them.
Try this yourself. Connect with people in web3 who have a role that interests you or a similar career trajectory. If you're genuine and personalize each message, the number of positive responses may surprise you.
Not sure where to begin? Start with the communities and projects you're most active with.
It’s likely if you're in web3 that you've already set up your own social media accounts (read, Twitter). Given the importance NFT/web3 Twitter is playing in these early stages of this space, you'll want to start your search here.
Update Your Bio: spend some time thinking about the 160 characters for your Twitter bio. This is your "first impression". Use descriptors and keywords that highlight your skills, industry, and previous roles. And be explicit about the fact that you're looking for work.
Post About Your Job Hunt: if you've already developed a network on Twitter, post about your job search and the roles that interest you. How many opportunities may come your way could surprise you.
Use The Search: a simple search of #web3jobs pulls up hundreds of accounts and posts. These can be from folks either looking for jobs or looking to hire. Some of my current favourites include @0xcareers, @web3career, and @TheMiamiApe's must-follow weekly job offers post (https://twitter.com/TheMiamiApe/status/1546522449243693057?s=20&t=13_OM_Z68_N99RDTbwJPHw)
Follow Accounts and Create Lists: use the Twitter list function to track people, companies, and communities you come across. Lists serve two functions: 1) aggregate helpful accounts in one place, and 2) increase your awareness by notifying accounts about being added to a list. Be sure to write a clear description of the list’s purpose. Here are two lists I've been curating for over a year:
To understand Blockchain's potential trajectory, we can go back to the early days of mass adoption of "the internet". It’s easy to forget that only a few decades ago we used house phones to call cabs, libraries to research, and physical locations for all purchases.
As the internet evolved and its infrastructures grew stronger, so did its impact on our lives. Those that saw its potential and evolved with it, were beneficiaries of the growth.
Blockchain may be in its early stages, but it isn't going anywhere. The foundations will stabilize and the use cases will grow. Giving you the opportunity to be a part of its growth, like those that saw the potential of the internet.
The best part? Being technical isn’t a prerequisite.