This is the first installment of our ongoing Get Hired & Give Back series. Candidates hired through HireArt receive a gift card to Kiva.org and get to donate to a cause of their choice. This series gives candidates a chance to talk about their experience with HireArt and the donations they made through Kiva.org. There’s no better part of our jobs here at HireArt than helping somebody land a job they care about at a company they want to work for. We consider ourselves lucky to work in a place where, every day, we get to help people identify career…

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It’s become increasingly popular of late in recruiting blog circles (which circle of Hell is that again?) to criticize LinkedIn. And while some of that criticism is warranted (see here and here), I want to make it clear that that’s not my intent. In this case, LinkedIn is just the medium through which these memes happened to be shared. So if you’re hoping for one of those “LinkedIn is dead” posts that seem to be popping up every hour on the hour, you’re going to be disappointed.

Instead, I want to focus on what I think we can all agree is the single most important issue facing our country at the moment: the new proliferation of LinkedIn-user-generated memes.

In case you’re not familiar with this phenomenon, over the last 18 months enterprising LinkedIn users have attempted to harness the power of viral marketing by co-opting the memes you know and love from the rest of the internet and making them much, much worse.

If you’re in the dark about what I’m talking about, I strongly urge you to close this tab in your browser. Seriously. Get out while you still can. Your ignorance on this subject is a beacon of happy innocence to which we should all aspire.

For the rest of you, I’ve taken the liberty of compiling 10 of the best (read: worst) examples below.

Read More A Definitive List of the 10 Worst LinkedIn Memes

Nearly 20% of job seekers arrive at HireArt through a mobile device. And while it’s pretty easy to browse jobs on your phone, we know that responding to questions and completing interviews isn’t the smoothest experience if you’re in a mobile browser. That’s why we’ve spent the last five months developing the most comprehensive job application tool around. HireArt for iPhone is now available in the App Store! HireArt’s core capabilities—finding jobs, completing video and work sample responses, and receiving updates on your application status—are still available through the app, but we’ve introduced some additional features to make the mobile experience more efficient…

Read More Introducing the HireArt mobile app: Browse and apply for jobs on the go

The job market is weird The first thing you learn in college microeconomics is that markets are awesome. They bring the people who need something together with the people who can provide it, at a price that makes sense. It takes until the third or fourth lecture for the professor to hit you with the truth: markets fail, in all sorts of ways, all the time. The job market has problems, and the best evidence for this is that it takes at least 2-3 months of solid effort to find a full-time job. The problem is information: people are complicated,…

Read More Is it time to centralize hiring?

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

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