Opinion

Attn: Job Seekers

I am currently hiring for a Jr. Project Manager. It’s listed as a Jr. position, but to be honest, mid-level quality is expected. It’s also what it takes to work with smart people who do their best work. Agency life isn’t for everyone.

I’ve received resumes quite a few resumes so far.

If you’re diligent, you have seen my email address from the job posting, Googled my name, found this blog, and atlas, are reading this post. Here’s a few pointers that will help get you an interview, (not just with me, but for any job).

  • Please don’t try to sound smarter for the sake of sounding smart. Put your computer’s thesaurus away and write something about you that’s honest. Not a bunch of business jargon. I shouldn’t have to sort through your adjective-stuffed sentences to find out what you’re trying to say. If you’re having trouble, you can unsuck it.
  • Tell me why you want this job. If you really want to be in PR and think this will be a foot in the door, please don’t submit. I want someone as passionate about making the web a better place as the people you will be managing. Anything less is an insult. If you are a designer, tell me why you want to shift over to project management.
  • Have someone proof your writing. We do it all the time for each other.
  • Be honest and humble. It goes a long way. Don’t bullshit me on what you don’t know. There is so much good stuff to learn at this job.
  • Content strategy? User Experience? Know what these are and the people who are recognized for them.
  • What are you learning on your own? What are you reading now? The interactive world is a constantly evolving place. If you’re not learning something new, you’re not relevant.
  • Don’t name the file of your resume resume.doc. It will be lost forever in my downloads folder after the first read.
  • Let me see something about your personal life: Twitter, YouTube, Pintrest, etc…
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It shows me your thinking process. (I also like my job, and don’t mind telling people about it.)
  • Sweat the details. I want to see work examples that have been cared for.
  • Please don’t call, especially when the posting says not to.

I was once young in my career, so I understand what you’re going through. It sucks trying to get your first job. Or any job. But you’re smart and capable person. There’s a job out there that needs you just as much as you need it.

And if all this makes sense and you want to apply, by all means, send a resume over.

Bonus points!

Update: This position has been filled. Thank you to everyone who applied.