Tips for getting a job at my company

Today I received a resume, I was excited as the person had an engineering background.

Tip #1 – Write the most amazing cover letter to me. I am going to read that first. I usually read it and may not even read your resume if your cover letter is drivel. I will look to see the following:

  • Research my company and what it does. Write how you could add value to it.
  • Write well. If you write like crap. I am going to close it and archive your resume. Archive, because I want to make sure I don’t get your resume again!

So, I opened his cover letter and started reading. It was genuinely well written. Unfortunately there was one major problem:

I have a strong background in both heat transfer and thermodynamics.

Great work. But if you read the first line on our website:

Hive Empire applies Internet Marketing Wisdom to Achieve Results.

Perhaps your thermodynamics might not be so welcomed.. I can work through that. But to go on and say:

I have a keen interest in working with Hive Empire as I believe my skill set is a perfect match for your company.

.. that is just too much for me. It motivated me to write this post.


NSW Young BizStar Entrepreneur Competition

My fellow director of Freestyle Media, Frank Restuccia had a great time talking at the final of the NSW Young BizStar Competition 2007 yesterday.

He told me it was a great opportunity to pass on our experience of the pros and cons of being young and starting a successful business to the next generation of entrepreneurs

I know he inspired them to great deeds with our story of:

  1. Starting Freestyle Media while studying at University in 2001
  2. Building it up to group revenues exceeding $2M in the past financial year
  3. My being appointed ADMA Australian and NSW Young Direct Marketer of the Year 2006 for pioneering work combining traditional direct marketing with online marketing techniques.

Most importantly he motivated them to persevere in their quest to be entrepreneurs because in the words of former President of the United States Calvin Coolidge they should:

“Press on: nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent”