It’s up to you to find them. Lots of companies more or less discard the cover letter and hang on to the resume when reviewing applicants. They immediately tell you if someone wants this job or just any job. The applicant must make the judgement call based on what they know about the company. But, there’s that, which is like that’s the kind of people we’ll ultimately hire, the ones who get through that. The chain of communication is usually a bit chaotic and most people are very busy.
And then, there’s a much larger set of people where I would say, “Yeah, OK, if weren’t ludicrously picky, we could have picked somebody there. A great resume will get you not-rejected, a great cover letter will get you hired. I wrote back to thank them for the nice things they had to say, and offered to look over their writing, if they wanted. We’ve already sort of hammered out the basics before we brought them in. This discussion is closed.
SW Manager on 01 Jun Wordsmiths rise to the top quickly.
The “forget the resume” part, or perhaps the “we don’t believe in years of irrelevance” — they believe 6 months and 5 years of experience are roughly the same when it comes to productivity. So, we are already talking to lots of programmers and lots of designers through the blog, through the software we put out, through the Open Source contributions we’ve done.
How does that have anything to do with their ability to do their job well?
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Why waste the space telling me how real the eggs are, when you could spend time telling me something interesting? Michael on 16 Dec And how about cvoer letters?
We hire someone because of a lot of things. And so, one of the things we’ve decided to do, especially for the customer service job, is part of the application is first of all explaining what you’re going to do every day.
Forget the resume, kill on the cover letter
If someone knows their shit and doesn’t piss other people off, that’s enough personality for me. Cover letters for community management positions must understand what a community manager role is. Analytics is still a pain in the ass.
You don’t have to be Shakespeare to lwtter, but I expect at least like sixth grade level writing skills.
I’d feel irresponsible ckver doing so. Julie Hankins on 02 Jun The applicant must make the judgement call based on what they know about the company.
We recently hired two new people. We give designers a one-week design project to see how they approach the problem.
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Nick on 23 Dec And one great way to do that is to say how much I like your company and to actually speak intelligently about the company. Pestering is not the same as effort, though. Maybe there’s a strategy here: So, it’s not about your qualifications necessarily, it’s just actually these are the things you’re going to do every day, and if you like to do those things, 337signals probably want to apply for the job. I just wish we had people responding to our job ads like this.
Maybe there was something here that wasn’t Going too casual can hurt you a lot more than too professional, IMHO.
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I would like to add: Just like showing up in a suit would do when everyone else is wearing jeans and t-shirts except of course if you have extreme pizazz to pull it off. Highlights a larger issue – the way we hire people is broken.
What they choose to talk about, it is how they choose to talk. One of the good things is just to ask is what did you do yesterday? If they object to jeans and tshirt, then we wouldn’t have been a good fit anyway. Noise Our ideas and opinions, 37siignals. Ryan Singer Designer, Product Manager was one of a few designer candidates that Jason picked in for a chance to join 37signals to work on client projects.