There have been a few OnStartups threads about how an employer could look at your start-up experience. Since this board favors people who are either currently involved in a start-up or are considering it, a lot of responses tend to be positive; for example, that being in a start-up shows entrepreneurship, drive, willingness to take risks, etc. And while that's all true, I think it's important for people to understand the challenges on the way back to corporate life if start-ups fail. More importantly, I thought it'd be helpful to think through with this membership
As awful as it sounds, I would like to hear specifically about perceived NEGATIVES of being involved in start-up. And before anyone says it, comments like "well if they don't value it you shouldn't work there" miss the mark. Personally, I agree but that's not a productive answer. Some people need the benefits of corporations, or for a host of other reasons may find start-ups unsuitable. Corporate HR and Hiring Manager mentalities are critical to understand.
Here are my examples of how start-ups can HURT your employability. (Again, imagine the scrutiny of an HR person and/or a manager with no entrepreneurial background).
- Being perceived as someone who needs to lead and create, and wouldn't or couldn't be part of a larger, structured work environment
- Being perceived as having poor judgment for leaving more 'reliable' employ or career trajectory
- Being perceived as someone won't take direction.
Any others you've encountered? I may take flak for this post, but knowing that entrepreneurship isn't for everyone once they try it, charting a path back to a 'regular job' isn't off-topic.