I've been recruiting for several roles of late (C++ Mobile Software Developer, Build Engineer, System Admin, Release Project Manager, etc.), and every resume seems to hold some surprise or nugget of truth that all job-hunters should know about. While some of these nuggets are really cool, amazing ideas, the majority are not.
I was thinking about these things when I ran across a pretty darned good blog post today, How to Land Your First Startup Job and Leave Corporate Life Behind. Written from the perspective of several hiring managers, and geared specifically towards technical-types, it's a wealth of good ideas and tips to help you land that role. I would call it a must-read for people looking for a role at a startup.
One quibble with the title of this article: Very few hiring managers at a rapidly growing startup want candidates from large-scale companies, especially candidates whose resumes show a 'fat-dumb-and-unhappy' look to them. One key red flag is the candidate who has been at a large company in only one role for more than 5 years. That person is, at first glance, probably not growing their career. Revise your resume to suit, or kick yourself in your ass and turn your career around!