I got laid off at the tail end of 2016, and was thankful to have the insider perspective while looking for my next position. It doesn't matter whether you're casually looking at new opportunities or aggressively hunting for your next role - if you want the job, it pays to apply like you mean it.
A little over a year ago, I was still working for the same startup that I’d been working with for 3 years, and had fought tooth and nail for the cost of living adjustments that allowed me to keep grinding the 60+ hour weeks. I did a little soul searching, a lot of research and outreach, and put in a ton of work. Now, a year later, I’m glad I did. I went from earning $38,000 a year to $95,000, and while my story is a little different from most, the process can be used by anyone.
After working with four startups, I've born witness to plenty of internal changes. Here are the things that put a stopper in my panic before it had a chance to start.