The Web 3 job market is hotter than ever!
The industry has grown tremendously over the past two years. From the 2018-2019 bear market, new industries such as Non-Fungible Tokens and GameFi have emerged.
The Philippines has not been left behind and has kept pace. A series of local startups have made a name for themselves in the Web 3 space.
Philippine Web 3 startups dominate international headlines. Here are a few of them:
- Yield Guild Games: play to earn gaming guild that rose to fame with Axie Infinity
- Moneybees: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas-regulated cryptocurrency exchange
- Xave Finance: decentralized finance platform for real-time remittances
- Archipelago Labs: Web 3-focused startup accelerator
- The Mega Maxi: yours truly, the premier Web 3 media company
Beyond Philippine talent finally making a mark on the global stage, this growth presents an opportunity for many Filipinos to enter the Web 3 job market.
Why You Should Get a Web 3 Job
A “greenfield” is a market or industry that is untapped and easy to penetrate. As Web 3 seeks to disrupt present industries, new jobs emerge.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of Web 3 jobs:
- Discord Community Manager
- Virtual Reality Specialist
- Blockchain Developer
- NFT Artist
- GameFi Scholar
With global cryptocurrency adoption at less than 5%, people have yet to develop knowledge of Web 3. Less people equals less competition.
Less competition equals higher pay.
As companies race to acquire Web 3 talent, a bidding war for skilled people takes place. Web 3 job seekers will find high compensation in this area.
Do note that these levels of pay will level out as more workers jump into Web 3. It pays to be early.
Connected to the previous section, Web 3 companies are flexible in employee work arrangements. Web 3 talent finds themselves working remotely from their homes or an undisclosed beach location.
Furthermore, Web 3 organizations exist around the world. They are open to hiring people in different time zones. It’s about getting the job done, regardless of the working time.
How to Get a Web 3 Job
“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” – Zig Ziglar
In the pursuit of a Web 3 career, you should have a target role.
The first step is self-awareness. Know what you like and don’t like. What your strengths and weaknesses are. This filters out opportunities that are not for you. It also saves precious effort and time.
If you have no artistic skills and little interest, then you can skip past all the roles for graphic artists.
Whether it’s content writing or product management, each job requires a specific set of skills. If you can target these requirements, then you have a better chance of landing the job.
There are no wasted skills.
Do you have an existing job outside Web 3? Are you wondering whether these Web 3 companies will value your skills?
Enter transferable skills – an expertise that can be utilized across various roles.
Take, for example, leadership. As much as we’d like to think the robots are taking over, people still run most organizations. In every department, there’s a manager or a head who needs to lead people to perform at their best.
Exhibit self-awareness, identify your transferable skills, and highlight these to get the job.
Network > Networth
It’s not about what you know; it’s about who you know.
Job seekers who are interested in the Web 3 space can apply through online portals and company websites. While this is a valid strategy, it lacks the human aspect of trust.
The most effective organizations possess highly trusted and highly skilled people. While it’s easy to test hard skills through an aptitude test, the character part is more difficult to assess. Networking and getting to know people put you above the competition.
Here are some avenues for networking:
- Discord servers
- Social media such as Twitter and LinkedIn
- Web 3 conferences and events
By networking and creating connections with potential hiring managers online and IRL, you build trust. You may not even need to apply for the Web 3 role; you may be offered one.
Sometimes, opportunities stare us right in the face, but we’re too blind to notice. If you see an interesting Web 3 job, don’t hesitate.
These opportunities could manifest in several ways:
- New Web 3 departments in your existing company
- From connecting with strangers at a Web 3 event
- A call for volunteers in your favorite Discord server
Often, it’s the fear of the unknown that prevents us from achieving our best.
Learn from Failure
Treat each failure as a lesson.
While you would like to get a Web 3 job on your first try, this is far from reality. Just like any job or worthwhile endeavor, you will put in some sweat and tears.
Gather feedback from each interview and application. Identify Web 3 employees online and study their profiles. Learn skills that are relevant for your target role.
The hard work will pay off, and you’ll find yourself in a Web 3 job!
As the Web 3 industry continues to grow, new companies will emerge and existing organizations will enter the space. Web 3 jobs and traditional careers will look different than what we have today.
Interested in upskilling yourself in Web 3? Check out our guides here.