The new way to get hired 21 Feb 2006
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How do you land that job you’ve always wanted? One approach: Write (well) about the company you want to work for and hope the people there notice. It worked for Chris Mohney who was hired to helm Gridskipper, a Gawker site, after launching a blog that discussed Gawker.
Many correctly guessed that Gawkerist was a stunt to attract attention and finagle work through nontraditional channels. What I didn’t necessarily expect was that the first people to guess this (on day 2 actually) would be everyone at Gawker Media.
Now a similar tale comes from Cameron Moll. He didn’t write Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Realign with the intention of being noticed by Apple. But the ALA article, which discussed iLife’s packaging design, made the rounds in Cupertino. Soon Apple wanted to talk with him about working there.
Working at Apple…a dream gig for most designers, right? But after interviewing and deliberating, he decided to take a pass (he didn’t want to give up his current low cost of living and flexibility of schedule).
While work is going quite well and showing no signs of slowing, I don’t know that I’ll bring in more revenue freelancing this year than I would have at Apple. But increased time to be with family, pursue hobbies, and live a life a bit less hectic isn’t exactly something you can pin a dollar amount to.