How to get a job in Web3: the ultimate guide

So you want to work in Web3 but you don’t know how to do it, yet.

Awesome, you’re in the right place.

We’ve interviewed hundreds of people working in Web3, transitioning “from Web2 to Web3”, and Web3 CEOs, founders, and investors.

There’s not a “one-size-fits-all” approach.

Every story is different.

But we can share some common patterns, tips, and techniques that we’ve seen, on average, working well.

1 - Don’t wait to land a job to learn the basics

Many people claim to be “interested” in Web3 but wait for somebody to give them a job actually to start learning.

While we understand that this would be ideal, companies don’t like that.

Having some sort of experience in the field dramatically increases your chances.

This is probably true in every industry, but I’d say that Web3 is even more true because it also shows real interest and commitment.

While in other industries could be impossible to start practicing on your own (how do you practice becoming a doctor at home?), in Web3 this is not the case.

You can start learning and gaining experience anytime for free.

You can get relevant skills in a matter of DAYS.

Getting your wallet is free, and you can start playing around with tokens and protocols right away.

If you’re a developer, write and deploy a smart contract, play with web3.js, try to build an wallet authentication system.

A wallet interface would be a great project for a designer.

Write about what you're learning about Web3 in a blog, newsletter or twitter if you're a marketer.

2 - Don’t wait to be an expert to land a job

Another common mistake is the opposite of what described above.

People waiting forever before applying to Web3 jobs because they want to become experts and experienced first.

It may be because:

  1. Fear of rejection (ego)

  2. Twitter selection bias. You follow Vitalik, the Ethereum core dev team, and some other top crypto founder on twitter. So you unconsciously think that that’s the “average level” of the industry. While in reality, it's like the top 0.1%. You don’t need to reach that level before starting to work in the industry.

Here’s the big insights:

https://twitter.com/tosi_tommaso/status/1513879923362242563

Jokes (kind of) aside…

Web3 is still early.

Most companies are still in an exploratory and experimental phase.

The most important skills required are usually patience, temperament, and the ability to learn fast.

So if you’re waiting to be a “real expert” before starting applying for a job… you may already be good enough right now.

3 - Avoid applying through generic sites

Do you know what’s the kind of candidate that companies (expecially startups) avoid hiring?

The one that is just “looking for a job.” And barely knows what the company does.

And what’s the best way to be perceived as one of them?

By applying on generic job board sites like LinkedIn or Indeed.

Avoid that. Your chances of being noticed there are low.

So what to do instead?

4 - Use specific sites, or better, warm intros

At the very least you want to apply using industry-specific websites and communities like Web3 Army.

It shows that you're already in this "world" and not a tourist applying for anything that moves.

But the ideal way would be to start with a personal relationship with team members.

This is not always easy, but if you can use Twitter well, for example, it could bring you far.

5 - Don’t be “passive”

It’s what they’re used to see most of the time. People that don’t care, basically. That, again, are just looking for a job. Any job.

Make sure not to be labeled as a “passive candidate.”

In fact, try your best to be the opposite of that. Meaning…

6 - Make it clear that you really want that specific job at that specific company

What’s the opposite of “passive”?

Someone that:

  • Knows the company very well (did their homework)

  • It’s excited by the product and the vision (ideally is an active user/customer)

  • Has a thesis on why that specific role is the ideal next step for their career and it’s also highly beneficial for the company.

  • Really really really want that specific role at that specific company. And make it clear why.

  • Already had a personal relationship with someone on the team and got introduced by them.

If you have some (of all) of these points, you’ll have extremely higher chances.

7 - Use twitter and discord

It’s not news that Twitter and discord are the most popular social networks in Web3.

By being active in the right communities, you can get to know your future employers.

Show your work, don't be shy, and start with the idea of making new friends. Start new relationships.

Many people we talk to in Web3 got hired from Twitter and discord.

8 - Credentials

It’s a slightly controversial point because you may have heard that “credentials don’t matter!” or “you don’t need any qualification” or in web3 you can find a job as an “anon”.

This is our opinion:

It’s true that you can virtually land almost any job in Web3 with no traditional credentials.

This is a new, growing industry.

Companies can’t find people with 10 years of experience or with a “blockchain degree”. It's not even possible.

So yeah, this is great news. It’s definitively meritocratic compared to most industries.

That said, founders and recruiters don’t have unlimited time to assess your ability, your ambition, intelligence, etc.

And this is the “added value” of nice logos on your CV.

It’s a shortcut to see if you’ve already successfully passed somebody else’s “admission process” that they consider valuable and relevant.

So, in short: if you have nice logos on your CV they could help to get attention more easily.

If you don’t, don't worry. It's not a big deal in Web3.

You just need to put in a little more effort and creativity.

For example…

9 - A simple idea that works well:

Let’s say that you’re looking for a job as a designer.

You browse the company site, take a landing page that could be improved, and you redesign it on Figma.

Then you apply by saying “oh and btw, I did this: https://www.link.com”

You’ll look better than 99% of other applicants. It immediately stands out.

It’s a lot of work, I know.

But with a few hours of work you’ve demonstrated most of the points that we’ve discussed above.

The right role at the right company could change your life.

So it might be worth it.