Looking for work is a full time job. Both employers and job-seekers can agree that it’s a pain in the ass. It might even seem like an endless series of obstacles is thrown in your way — from when you submit your resume, to the phone screen, to the interview itself. Maybe they’re testing your resolve. Are you persistent enough to stick it out through the entire process? Or maybe you’ve been ghosted by an employer, and you keep staring at your inbox convinced you did something wrong. You might never know. Well, what do employers actually want? Is there…

Read More Yes, Employers Want to Hire You

You’d be surprised by how effective video-enhanced applications are, especially when compared to traditional resumes. As a grader at HireArt, I’ve often recommended candidates whose resumes might have been overlooked for any number of reasons. However, because they completed work samples, many ended up with the job they wanted – even if they weren’t a “perfect fit” for the position. Dedicated graders like myself carefully review every application, and are able to assess skills and traits that can’t be accurately determined from a resume alone. Given the sheer volume of job seekers I review daily, I thought it might be…

Read More What Screening 20,000 Job Seekers Taught Me

We’ve been talking about some of the ways candidates can use the wrong words to wreck their resumes and cover letters, in Part 1 and Part 2. The bottom line is to proof yourself closely, as our examples were all instances where the spell-checker can’t save you. This time, I want to turn the discussion to how to make a great first impression with an awesome cover letter. I’ve got three points to make – do your homework, bring yourself to life, and be brief. Go Beyond the Ad First, you have to do your research and personalize your cover…

Read More The Art of the Cover Letter

In my last post, I showed you some of the common writing mistakes our team has recently seen in applicant cover letters and resumes. Yes, these are real examples! I’d like to continue with that theme and point out a few more problems that you can easily avoid. Here at HireArt, we’re seeing more and more competition for sales and service jobs up and down the org chart. Some positions attract as many as 100 similar applicants, all trying hard to get noticed. When your resume and cover letter are polished, you are in a strong position because you show…

Read More Common Writing Mistakes For Job Applicants – Part 2

Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of common mistakes that applicants make when they are trying to put their best foot forward. Landing your next dream job takes a lot of writing skill, whether you’re updating your resume, smoothing your cover letter, or simply emailing back and forth as you set up phone screens and interviews. In this blog post I’ll show you some common mistakes that applicants make on their cover letters and resumes, and I’ll show you how to fix them. I’ll provide you with some links you can bookmark for the next time you feel uneasy…

Read More Common Writing Mistakes For Applicants – Part 1

This blogpost is part of HireArt’s applicant series. We’ve asked a few of our candidates to talk about their experience and what they learned in their job search. If you’d like to contribute to our blog, please contact julia@hireart.com. If you’d like to browse jobs, visit our jobs page. In the heat of a job search, ‘no’ never seems like the right answer. It often doesn’t even seem like a fair answer. However, the thing that I think is most easily and quickly forgotten in a job search and interview process is simply this: it’s all about finding the right…

Read More When “no” is the right answer

This blogpost is part of HireArt‘s applicant series. We’ve asked a few of our candidates to talk about their experience and what they learned in their job search. If you’d like to contribute to our blog, please contact julia@hireart.com. If you’d like to browse jobs, visit our jobs page. No prospective employer has ever seen my full resume. Nor have any of them gotten to hear about all the experience I have as a journalist, a copywriter, an editor, a screenwriter, a graphic designer, a marketer, a researcher, a publicist and even my experience wearing a giant bee costume for…

Read More Sharp Focus: How to tame your inner generalist

This blogpost is part of HireArt‘s applicant series. We’ve asked a few of our candidates to talk about their experience and what they learned in their job search. If you’d like to contribute to our blog, please contact julia@hireart.com. If you’d like to browse jobs, visit our jobs page. I was very excited when I heard about HireArt and the unique services they offer. My Mom (naturally one of my biggest fans) said to me a number of times while I was in college, “Mo, you’re so charming and personable and good looking. I’m certain you’ll be able get any…

Read More Mr. Jobworthy or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Job Search

Two years ago, I was looking for part-time work. I was especially interested in working at a start-up but I didn’t really have perfect credentials for it. First off, I lived in Dallas and couldn’t move (my dad was sick). Second, I could only work part-time because I had to help at home. Third, I didn’t know how to program and had only had a couple of other jobs before, a few years in retail and waiting tables (neither of which are big selling points to the tech world). I knew my chances of getting hired at a hot start-up…

Read More How I got hired at a Y Combinator start-up without the necessary credentials