The idea I used to create this site is pretty simple. I learned it back in kindergarten and it can be expressed in three words: show and tell.
So often when we’re applying for jobs, we spend all of our time telling. This is to be expected, the purpose of a job application is to tell your potential employers why they should hire you. You have to tell them why you are the right person for the job.
But what if you could also do some showing? How much more powerful would it be for a potential employer if you could actually show them that you’re the right person for the job?
SumOfUs.org opened this possibility up with their job posting. In the posting, SumOfUs.org said,
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org with:
An introductory email/cover letter in the body of the email. Remember, a big part of your job is going to be writing emails to persuade people to do things. So, you should be able to write a good email persuading us to hire you! And don’t be afraid to get creative about it.
Creative is precisely what I decided to be.
A big part of what SumOfUs.org does is to run online campaigns to create, “a movement of consumers, workers and shareholders speaking with one voice to counterbalance the growing power of large corporations.” I thought, what better way to show SumOfUs.org that I could help them to run those campaigns in Canada than to run an online campaign aimed at convincing them to hire me?
And so here we are. I’ve built this site to act as an online job application. I’m running a live campaign to promote the site using my email networks, Facebook, and Twitter. And the site houses a petition that I’m urging people to sign to help me make my case to SumOfUs.org.
Life is a series of decisions. Right now, the decision about who to hire as their new Canadian Campaign Manager sits with SumOfUs.org. Our job is to present them with a strong enough argument that only one choice makes sense.
Help me make that argument…