For the past year and a half I’ve had the pleasure of working at HireArt, as the company’s senior Customer Service representative.  It’s an ideal situation for me, because in addition to my part-time work at HireArt, I’m also pursuing a music career. I’m often asked how I juggle a “day job” and my passion, and I thought I’d take some time to address my thoughts on the matter in case I can provide useful insight to anybody considering a similar path. As a kid, my ideas about what I wanted to be when I grew up were constantly evolving.  My…

Read More Pursuing Passions, Paying Bills, and Thinking Far Too Much

Fifty of the country’s top tech sales teams are hiring right now, and you have the chance to prove you belong. With the HireArt Sales Challenge, you complete one case study, and then these companies will start contacting you for on-site interviews. No cover letter, no phone screen–you get to skip all of that. If you really rock it, you can also win one of ten $100 Airbnb gift cards! Your brief: You are a sales associate at Perfect Payday, a startup that sells payroll technology to small businesses (read more about the company and the product). Your responsibilities include…

Read More Just Launched! HireArt Sales Challenge

View Submitted Applications One of our top priorities at HireArt is being as transparent as possible with candidates regarding our process. We know how frustrating it can be to put so much work into an application, only for it to end up in a black hole. Only slightly less frustrating is submitting an application but not having any record or memory of what you sent. That’s why we’ve introduced the ability to review old applications from your dashboard. If you click on a completed application, you’ll be able to see the questions you answered, your responses, and the job description. Rerecord Flagged…

Read More Rerecord Your Videos! And Other Improvements for Candidates

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

Every day we speak to people who ask us which early-stage tech companies they should work for. There are thousands of early stage companies, and it can be overwhelming to begin a search to find the team that is right for you. We have constructed a list of early-stage start-ups that we think have real potential. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all great early-stage companies, but we believe it’s a great starting point. The criteria we used to construct this list are: Company was funded in the last 12 months and has not exited, and therefore…

Read More Finding the right early-stage startup to work for – a simple method

You’re probably reading this post because you want to apply to Y Combinator. If you’re thinking of applying my best advice is: Just do it. You may get in or you may not, but at least you’ll have tried. Being scared of rejection should not dissuade you from applying — if you’re going to be an entrepreneur, you’re going to have to put yourself in many situations in which rejection is a real possibility, so this is a great place to start. I’ll be honest: When we applied to YC, I was so scared we wouldn’t get in that I…

Read More Fear of Rejection when Applying to Y Combinator

If you do it the traditional way, applying to jobs is typically about as much fun as stabbing yourself in the eye with a fork. I’ve always tried to do as little of it as possible, for obvious reasons. Unless your last name is Walton, however, chances are you’ll need a job, so you can at least make it more pleasant by going at it from a non-traditional angle. Finding jobs via social media is faster, more fun, and it often eliminates the painful cover letter step of the process. Hireart is already doing this with their video submissions, but…

Read More How I found two jobs using Twitter

We recently had the pleasure of speaking to Maisha Cannon about technical recruiting tips and pitfalls. Maisha is a remarkably accomplished recruiting professional with over ten years of experience who has hired for positions at companies as varied as E! Entertainment and The Style Network, the University of Southern California, and SpaceX. She is currently a Technical Sourcer for a major Bay Area tech company. What trends in recruiting do you see that are especially interesting? There are so many new trends within recruiting, especially in the context of the last decade. I was thinking about job fairs— I used…

Read More Tips from a Technical Recruiter: an interview with Maisha Cannon

In my position as a grader at HireArt, I’m one of the people who carefully review every single job application we get. Over the past eight months I’ve reviewed thousands of applications for over 400 different jobs. I’ve seen candidates from just about every background, age and interest and there are a few mistakes I consistently see applicants make. I thought it worthwhile to spell those out so that you can avoid them in the future. First, a bit about how HireArt works: in addition to submitting resumes, candidates at HireArt complete video interviews. The questions we ask in the…

Read More Seven Things I Immediately Notice About Your Job Application

Editorial Note: Will is one of the most accomplished recruiters in the industry. He has worked for Rosetta Stone, Dell and eBay. When we asked why he chose to go into recruiting he told us that his own personal struggle deciding on a career and how making the right decisions inspired him. Here is his story. From 2000-2003 I worked for a homebuilder as a sales person. I sat in a trailer home and waited for people to come by to look at our model homes. I sold “to- be- built” homes and SPEC homes (houses already built without an…

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