Thanks for Your Interest
We have been inundated with amazing resumes and cover letters for our open position. Flooded. Swamped. Honestly, it has been a little intimidating. We whittled it down, we conducted lots of interviews, and we have picked our INKer. We are thrilled and will officially be announcing her addition to the team in the coming weeks.
We have (attempted) to personally respond to everyone who submitted to work at INK. We have heard back from several folks they would like to hear what they could do better. Quite honestly, the majority of the submissions we received were top notch, but after reviewing hundreds of resumes and cover letters, we do have some feedback. Here you go:
- Humor is hard. And in a cover letter, walking the fine line between professional and personal, it’s even harder. Have friends or a mentor read your cover letter to get an outside set of eyes. Sometimes something that resonates with you falls flat with others who don’t know the personal story behind the joke.
- There really is no greater power in the world than love. I love love. Love. Love. Love. There was a lot of love in the cover letters we received. Kind of like the above, that much emotion can ring hollow when over used. A definitive declaration of your interest is great -and enthusiasm welcome, but don’t go over the top.
- Don’t try to be a jack of all trades, play up your talents and admit when your knowledge is limited in something else. Design knowledge is important to any job. Visuals are important. Creating them is important. However, one class does not an expert make. If you have a portfolio, show it. But if you claim design expertise without something to back it up, it doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence.
- Pay attention to the details. We are INK. We are not Ink. While this might seem like a nit-picky thing for us to focus on, it served as a quick, easy way to eliminate folks who don’t have an eye for detail or didn’t take the time to read our website or our blog. Same goes for grammar, punctuation and spelling. Read and reread your cover letters, intro emails and resumes. One “your” instead of “you’re” and you could have cut yourself out of the competition.
We were humbled by the excitement around our open position. We have created an environment at INK where people want to come to work, enjoy their co-workers and are excited about the work they get to do. It was encouraging that so many of you wanted to work with us. If we said keep in touch, we meant it. We would love to hear from you again. We are a growing company and are always on the lookout for great talent. (In fact, we’re currently on the hunt for an account manager – more on that soon.)
Happy job hunting! And stay tuned to meet the newest addition to the INK team.