How to Land a Product Management Job at Startups and Growth-Stage Companies

Problem Statement

Many job search guides fail to offer meaningful insight into landing Product Manager (PM) jobs at startups and growth-stage companies. They tend to over-index on popular interview questions, and while that’s useful to a point, they don’t teach you how to differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive market.

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If you’re a PM wondering how to break into startups and growth-stage companies from the outside, or if you’ve been trying and have struggled to gain traction, read on!

In this article, I share what I learned in my search for PM leader roles (i.e. Director / VP / Head of Product) as a candidate coming from a lengthy PM stint at a large company (8.5 years at Wells Fargo). My advice is relevant for those pursuing IC roles, e.g. Senior / Principal PM.

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Idea for LinkedIn Background Photo: Your Career Journey

Problem Statement

Your LinkedIn profile supports a background photo — what’s the best way to use it?

The majority of LinkedIn users don’t change the background photo from the bland default one, so it’s not a meaningful disadvantage to keep using the default. That said, it is valuable real estate on your profile.

I’ve been mulling over options for the majority of professionals including me.

Authors and speakers have it easy

Teresa Torres, a Product coach, leverages the background photo to rep her new book, Continuous Discovery Habits:

Teresa Torres background photo on LinkedIn

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