When you finish reading this post you will have learned the secret to landing a job at a startup without a lick of experience to your name.

I spent the day today talking with over 100 really smart Engineers and Computer Science students at the U of T You’re Next Career fair to come change education at Top Hat Monocle with me.

I hope that some of those students read Hacker News and end up reading this post because it contains the essential way for students or anyone for that matter looking to get a job at a startup without any “real world” experience to their name.

Show me your art

That’s it. It’s that simple. Show me what it is that you do that is different than the rest and has the potential to change and transform you and those around you.

I told you it would be simple but I didn’t say it was going to be easy.

You need to connect with me and then once you have my attention tell me what you have done or created and why I should care.

Startups are about action and ambition. Action means that you can put your money where your mouth is. That you can ship. That you can take nothing and create something. This is essential to working in a startup, at least a successful one or one hell bent on changing the world.

Ambition means that you aren’t simply going to wait to be picked. You understand that you have skill, talent and passion looking for an outlet. If it’s not Top Hat Monocle, then you will find another. No harm, no foul.

I know you are smart. I know you are going to be successful, you are an Engineer at one of Canada’s most prestigious engineering schools… so what. There are lots of smart people.

Connect with me. Show me your art and I will show you the entrance.