“How to land a 100k+ job”

Sometimes, when browsing Reddit, I’ll see some really great commentary that deserves to be mirrored and shared with others. Whether a person wants to abide by this little ruleset, or whether it’s the end-all be-all of rules is another story… but, it was still some interesting dialogue and I thought I’d take a moment to share it:

  • You need to act like a 100k+ person. Do you have a fancy suit and a nice watch? No? Get some. I’d recommend a nice ostentatious Tag watch. If you walk into that room and it seems like nobody has ever paid you $100k+ before then I’m sure as hell not going to be the first person to do it.
  • You need to convince me that you’re going to add more than $100k+ value to my company. If you’re in a passive, non-revenue driving position like community manager I need you to do that more than ever. You need to give me the impression that you’re going to be a fun guy who can be depended on and someone who is totally across their field.
  • To that end you need to show an appreciation of what my business goals are, what my business pressures are, and what you can be doing to help. I want you to tell me about your field in an easy but knowledgable manner and I want you to show an awareness of where your field is going in the next five years. I don’t want to skate to where the puck is, I want to hire someone who can take me to where it’s going.
  • I want you to hit me with some impressive numbers. You want to be a community manager? I want you to tell me about a community you’ve grown or built from scratch. I want to know how long these people spent interacting with my brand. I want to know what the ROI was. I want to know what you’d like to do given carte blanche, but for you to show an understanding of how business works.
  • What has your previous experience taught you which will be applicable to my business? Because really if I’m interviewing you I’ve already seen your CV and I know that you’re qualified for the job. I just need you to convince me that you’re the kind of person I want to hire, and that you’re able to transfer your knowledge and skills from one silo to another.
  • You need to make me feel like I’m the one wearing the trousers, but that if I hired you we could conceivably be friends. Don’t underestimate that.
  • Ask some questions about the company and my role. People fucking love to talk about themselves. In an interview I have to sit quietly listening to you for inordinately long periods of time.


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