Two weeks ago I put up a job posting to hire for two positions, a content curator and a digital artist. Both positions were full-time, both offered the chance to work remotely and essentially live anywhere, and both provided an opportunity for daily creative work on a small web business that continues to grow at a breakneck rate. It was bound to be competitive.
I received 707 applications. Only 24 were invited back to participate in a second round.
Reading over job applications 13 hours a day for four days straight, one quickly develops an eye for what differentiates great applications from sucky ones. You begin to see patterns, themes, variations. You see what makes the good applications good, the bad applications bad, and the ugly applications, well, ugly.
The truth is that there are some basic and common sense principles even already-good candidates could use to improve their applications. And there's no reason for people to not be implementing these basic, common sense principles. Especially my readers.
(This is part one of a two part article. This part explains general tips and requirements for my job posting or any job posting. Part two is …