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…

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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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Like most millenials, I’ve always been a junkie for a well-told story– I’ve been devouring books, graphic novels, television, and movies since l can remember. I love stories so much that I have spent a good chunk of my life trying to tell them, moving through acting, improv, and writing over the years. As a grader at HireArt, I read hundreds of applications each week. While the questions for individual positions range wildly, all applications have one prompt in common: “Tell us what you’ve been doing most recently and why you are looking to make a change.” It did not…

Read More How to Tell the Story of Your Career

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…

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Andy Zhang had an undergraduate degree in Music Business/Management from Berklee College of Music and a law degree from the University of Chicago when he decided he wanted to become a software engineer. His story of breaking into the world of computer programming from a non-traditional background is becoming more and more common. We asked him to share his experiences, and for his advice for other professionals looking to make a similar jump. Below, Nick Ackerman, who is a grader at HireArt, interviews Andy. Nick: You were at law school when you decided to take your career in a different…

Read More How I went from law school to becoming a software developer

I recently talked to Andrew*, who got a job as a Product Manager after an arduous search that took many months and thousands of hours of work. According to Andrew, “I really didn’t have the experience required to get a Product Manager job, but it was my dream role so I was determined to learn everything I needed to know and show employers I could do the work.” Product manager roles are ridiculously hard to get. They are extremely scarce and highly coveted, so they are often filled without being posted publicly. To make matters worse, many managers only hire…

Read More How Andrew got his first job as a Product Manager (and how you can do it too)

Most employers underestimate the importance of a well-written job description. Today the WSJ featured us in their article on writing better job descriptions. You can access the article here. We’ve gotten a few emails asking how to write a better job description. Here’s our brief advice: 1. Make it memorable: Make sure candidates remember your job even after they close the browser window. It can be funny, sweet, intellectual, or any other style as long as it stands out. 2. Speak to your audience: Writing a job description is much like writing marketing copy. Start by asking yourself “whom am…

Read More How to write better job descriptions (and why it matters)

As of yesterday, we’ve rolled out a few new products and product updates that we hope will significantly improve both the candidate and employer experience. On the employer side, we have an entirely new product, which we hope will make HireArt’s recruiting services available to more companies. On the candidate side, we’ve made browsing and applying to jobs easier than ever, allowing candidates to reuse video answers and work samples. For Employers So far, HireArt had offered one product: a headhunting search style product powered by our video and work sample interviews and priced at 10% of the first year…

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