The web3 space is exciting! With the evergrowing new trends, projects and growing interest in the space, there are plenty of opportunities across many different field, however, it is becoming increasingly competitive to secure the best roles and job seekers are now having to increase their efforts on their job hunt to stand out.
Are you looking for a job in web3? Check out this guide on how to get a job in web3.
How to get a job in web3
If you are genuinely interested in crypto and web3 and understand at least the basics of how the space works, it makes sense to look at roles in the space. From marketers to recruiters, there are many job opportunities in the space - and this is only going to multiply when the next bull market comes for several reasons. Firstly, more people in the space means more users of projects which means more staff are needed to fix bugs, sort out customers' issues etc.
Another reason is new projects and investment in the space naturally creates more jobs. In a bull market, more money is pumped into the space and as the past has shown, new projects pop up all the time.
If you already have a profession such as a recruiter, HR assistant, or software developer, do a Google search to see if crypto companies are hiring - I like to compile a list of my favourite companies and start with them.
Where to find web3 jobs
There are many places to find web3 jobs - here is where I would start;
As above, compile a list of my favourite web3 and crypto companies and check out their websites, and their LinkedIn to see if there are any job openings. If not, I’d email the company directly or reach out via a message to the relevant department head or founder if it’s a small startup to ask about opportunities with a short message that explains why I want to work there and a link to my CV & portfolio.
LinkedIn jobs - there are so many different roles here - search for ‘web3’ or ‘crypto’ in the search field along with your job title. Search for crypto recruiters and connect with them, send them your CV and what type of role you are searching for.
Indeed jobs - Have a search for crypto roles here and upload your CV so recruiters can find you.
Conferences and Events: Attend web3-related conferences, hackathons, or meetups. These events provide opportunities to network with industry professionals, learn about new projects, and potentially connect with companies that are hiring. At these events, you can normally connect with the founders or hiring manager directly which gives you an advantage - make sure you’re prepared for this and ready to follow up of any conversations you have.
How to apply for web3 roles
While there are many web3 roles, the number of roles drops during a bear market when investment dries up and companies are forced to leave the space or make reductions in costs. Web3 companies also want the best talent available, meaning it can be competitive in certain fields. Your application for a role is your opportunity to show why you are the perfect candidate for the role. While some companies don’t mind hiring people who don’t understand the web3 and crypto space, it can be an advantage if you are experienced and passionate about the space - try to get this across in your application and interview.
Your LinkedIn profile is a great platform to showcase your content and work and quite often will be checked by hiring managers and recruiters so make sure it is up to date. If you have written any articles or posts which display your expertise, pin these to your profile so they are seen first.
Your CV is often the first point of contact you will have with a potential hirer or recruiter - you need it to catch their attention. There are two parts to this - firstly, the design of it. Most CVs look very similar and bland. To make yours stand out in the pile, use a Canva template to redesign your CV - there are tons of templates to choose from, and you can edit them to fit your content.
The second part is the actual content - an ideal CV is two pages long - three at absolute max but the shorter the better, therefore you want to make sure you are selling yourself as best you can in as short a space as possible. Include the most recent and relevant roles and include your accomplishments in the role, using keywords that relate to your industry and using stats and figures to showcase your results. For example: ‘Increased website traffic by 350% by initiative and delivering a comprehensive social media content strategy on LinkedIn & Twitter’.
Chat GPT is great for helping to rewrite CVs and tailor them for different roles.
Your cover letter/application
Most job applications will allow you to include a cover letter - this is another opportunity for you to highlight why you are perfect for the role. Always tailor the application for the job and use chat GPT to help with this. The way I suggest doing this is to copy and paste the full job description into chat GPT, then, your CV and then ask it to write you a one-page cover letter tailored to the role, using the information from your CV. Make sure you review and edit it to sound more like you and not AI!
Prepare for the interview
Now hopefully you will be invited to interview for the role. If so, you want to be as prepared as possible. Start by researching the company well, check out its recent news releases, and understand what the project is about - make sure it isn’t a scam! It helps if you believe in the project you will be working for, so ensure it’s a project that you are happy to be associated with. Before working in web3, this wasn’t something I used to think about as it would go without saying, however in web3 and crypto, some truly fishy businesses are taking advantage of people.
With web3, make sure you check out Twitter and Reddit for customer reviews on them and check out their social communities also. If you can, try the product out for yourself. Research their competitors and see what they do well and not so well. For marketing roles, I check out their existing marketing, social profiles, website and blogs.
All this will help you in the interview as it will show you have an interest in their company and took the time to learn more about them. It may also inspire ideas for them which you could mention in a relevant question or display in a task for the role, if there is one. Remember though, you don’t want to give everything away!
Most roles discuss salary in the beginning so as to not waste both parties' time. A recruiter I know told me the best answer to give, when asked ‘What salary are you expecting?’, is simply, the figure, and nothing else. That’s a good suggestion, but sometimes, you may not be sure whether you are undervaluing yourself and asking for too little - I think more women are guilty of this than men. Do some research on similar roles in the industry so you have a benchmark to work with, Sometimes recruiters and the company are happy to share the salary range with you. It’s in the recruiter's best interests to get the highest possible price so they should be open about this.
How to increase your chances of working in web3
Have you been looking for a role in the crypto or web3 space but struggling to land an offer? Or, are you completely new to working in web3? Here are some tips to help you to stand out even more.
Get work experience in the space - Reach out to projects you come across and ask if they need help for free if you can afford to give your time or low cost to help you build up a portfolio.
Consider creating your own web3 project - it doesn’t have to be anything huge or complicated. For example, if you’re looking for a social media content creator role, you could create your own web3 education Instagram page to display your skills in creating content, growing a page and managing a community.
Go freelance rather than a job. Freelance roles that pay in crypto are a common occurrence in the web3 space. Whilst freelance doesn’t offer the same perks that a PAYE role does, it does have its benefits and can potentially allow you to take on multiple clients and outsource work that you don’t have the capacity to do yourself. You can also do this while you are searching for a job. To find clients you will need to work on growing your personal brand, own content and online presence. Networking is key for freelancers, as are referrals from existing clients.
As the web3 industry continues to grow, new opportunities and roles will continue to emerge, creating an exciting and ever-evolving job market. It’s important to note, however, that there is a dark side to working in web3 - we will save that for another blog post! For now, good luck with your web3 job search!