The Blockchain Hiring Process: Decouple Your Idea Of The Technology From Just Cryptocurrency

Blockchain, Innovation, News | March 6, 2018 By:

I just read that LinkedIn now has approximately 30 percent more people citing blockchain and cryptocurrency skills on their profiles and the number of related job postings increased at least fourfold in 2017.  In addition, Universities are citing that blockchain and cryptocurrency represent the most popular subjects, now usurping machine learning. To top it all off, articles and chatter constantly flood our devices, increasing the hype over this new space.  Everyone wants in and is wondering how to hone their skills to participate in the next big technological advancement.

I am constantly being asked: “how do I become a blockchain expert?”

My response is “What do you think a blockchain expert is?”  Most folks default to needing programming skills.

First, the most beneficial thing to do is to decouple your idea of blockchain technology from just cryptocurrency.  While they can be linked, there are many people who still think they are one and the same. While crypto prices are causing tornados in the market and stirring up headlines across the world, in my opinion, they are the least interesting part of this space.  Instead blockchain technology and its massively important applications across industries is what will change our world – regardless of where crypto prices sit on any given day. Blockchain technology is being adopted across industries globally, this is the next technological evolution and it is here to stay.  

Second, blockchain technology has been around for 10 years; however, the spike in companies developing applications and viable products is much more recent.  Blockchain is still in its infancy, so yes, there is a small group of early participants who are a few years ahead of the curve. But, jumping in and actively contributing to the evolution of the space is still a real possibility.  And, with the available smorgasbord of information and learning tools – anyone with the appetite and gusto to learn can do so.

Back to becoming a “blockchain expert” – due to the array of applications currently in development and debuting, there is a strong hiring demand for more than just developers.  Yes, companies absolutely need the best and brightest developers to push forward – no question, but they also need business experts and contributors across fields such as; finance, operations, product management, marketing, client success, human resources, etc. Companies are building into a new space and they need strong support systems for scalability.  

Within this emerging eco system, there is one key differentiator when evaluating candidates: Mindset! If you want to work in blockchain, start by adopting the essence of blockchain – “decentralization” as your North Star.  

Here at SingularDTV, a blockchain entertainment and media studio, we look for candidates who are engaged with what it means to have a decentralized mindset – people who are not satisfied with a single or traditional answer but who boldly considering bigger questions and the operating principles that inform them.  We are not merely prioritizing candidates with blockchain and cryptocurrency backgrounds, we believe in hiring the best, brightest, most curious and training them to learn our blockchain products and platforms. Thinking differently and engaging with the world in a non-binary way is what makes the difference. We currently have a global team of 60 and are looking to double in size within the next year.  Our hiring process includes experience type and those who display engagement with foundational blockchain theory; but more importantly we search for people who are high spirited, have an insatiable appetite to learn, and eagerness to dive deeply into unknown spaces. The adage, “curiosity killed the cat” is no more! In fact, curiosity and the willingness to learn as you go is the strongest skillset one can possess – mental dexterity is the hallmark of our hiring process.  

So the most valuable answer to the “blockchain expert” question is – stop looking for a single answer from any single person or source, and maybe even move away from asking such a straightforward question. Instead, my best recommendation is to engage with the idea of decentralization – and get comfortable with how free of traditional framework your resulting thoughts can be.