I’ve noticed that there are two types of coin investors: the ones who are interested merely in profits and the others who were blown away by the concept of Bitcoin and/or blockchain. Three years ago I was one of those newbie crypto-enthusiasts who got hooked by the idea behind cryptocurrency. The next thing I knew I was on a crypto exchange spending most of my time reading and learning about this fascinating industry.
I’ve participated in different projects and definitely have a tip or two for those of you who want not only to be investors but to actually work in the crypto space.
If you have no prior experience or badass programming skills, you’ll have to start small. Sometimes, it makes sense to accept a more humble offer and progress respectively. I was thrilled when I was offered a junior sales position in a crypto company, even though sales are not exactly my favorite thing to do. The good news is that in the crypto space you can move up very fast as long as you’re willing to make an effort and have an open dialog with your employer about your long-term development.
At the same time, don’t settle for something worthless. Back in 2017, the year of ICO madness, I saw talented people who agreed to work on questionable projects and hoped it was a fluke. Projects hired translators, content creators, promoters, and other professionals in exchange for a bunch of tokens that were supposed to cost a fortune once their idea went viral. Needless to say, that almost never happened and many people got frustrated with the crypto space.
That’s why it’s important to be realistic, trust your common sense, and learn to filter scammers and flakes.
You don’t necessarily have to have a degree or fancy blockchain expert certificate to start working for a crypto company, although it would help. My main advice is to read and learn as much as you can.
Start with reading “Blockchain revolution” by the Tapscott brothers, enroll in a free online course, monitor crypto media websites daily, hang out on forums and other crypto communities like Steemit or Cent. It is incredible how much information is on the web, and sometimes you don’t even need to pay for it. However, you might want to invest (at least 10% of your income) in education anyway whether it’s about crypto or something else.
Choose Your Niche
Or even better: create one for yourself. I’ve already mentioned that I started in sales and in a few months convinced my employers that I’m a lot better in making content and taking care of the community.
Think about your strengths and try to figure out how you can use them in the crypto space. If you’re a developer, you’ll be in demand anyway. If you’re in operations, show off your best skills. The modern market, and the startup movement especially, need multi-faceted specialists: the more skills you obtain, the faster you’ll progress.
Make the First Move
There’s always a lack of developers. Almost every crypto project, no matter how small or big it is, is always hiring. Just take a look at the website of any crypto-related company, and Lumi Wallet is no exception – they always have a Careers section with a few positions listed. On top of that, a lot of blockchain projects are open source and you can start bluntly – contribute to the issues on GitHub.
Developer or not, always make the first move. Get in touch with the projects yourself, prepare personal cover letters, tell them how you can contribute, point out some things that they can improve. Get personal (work-wise, of course) and chances are, you’ll get noticed.
Crypto is all about the community. I’ve landed several gigs just because I talked to people. The power of connections is incredible, so get yourself out there. If crypto conferences are not your thing, you can just as well meet people online. Forums, Linkedin, Discord and Telegram groups, GitHub – there’s no lack of platforms to step up your socializing game. And once you start working you’ll get quite a few connections “organically”.
The Bottom Line
Anything’s possible as long as you set your mind to it. The key to landing any job, not only one in crypto, is to consistently educate yourself and remain active. Start with something, be passionate, get involved, and you’ll soon be rewarded.