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Bob Hadick, President of Russ Hadick & Associates – A member of the Sanford Rose Associates® network of offices Featured in Dice, Getting a Job After the Startup Fails
By Myra Thomas
A failed startup on your resume won’t stigmatize you. In Silicon Valley and other tech hubs, a notable failure is something of a badge of honor—it shows you transformed a concept into reality, and hopefully learned something along the way. While some pundits have taken issue with how readily Silicon Valley has embraced the “fail fast, fail often” ethos, it’s good to know that your career will (usually) emerge unscathed from the wreckage of something that seemed like a great idea at the time.
Just because the company failed doesn’t mean you failed in your role at the company, and that’s what you’ll need to emphasize in the interview. Bob Hadick, president of Russ Hadick & Associates, said job candidates don’t understand that, and often sell themselves short as a result: “It’s a risk to work for a new company, but it shows you are entrepreneurial and hard working.” Consider the experience a positive and not a negative one, he added. “You were developing something brand new, taking ownership, and taking the initiative.”