Yesterday, September 16, marked the end of the road for people interested in applying for our junior account executive position.
In total, we received 63 applications from people as nearby as downtown Portland and as far away as Poland and the United Kingdom–including one from a self-proclaimed “wizard” (of social media). We heard from people without experience and people with too much experience. We heard from dog lovers (self-identified), motorcycle riders (self-identified), and world travelers (also self-identified). Many of the applicants were qualified…many were not. We were especially impressed by a small subset of people who resent cover letters after reading Jessica’s Macs List blog about How to Write a Professional Cover Letter. While they may have missed the mark the first time, their corrected resubmission showed a willingness to learn and critical thinking skills.
Here are more fun facts about those who applied:
- The most popular female applicant name was “Megan,” which represented four applicants; also, we had three “Kim’s”
- More than one third of the resumes came from University of Oregon; other Oregon universities like Oregon State, PSU, University of Portland and Linfield College were also represented albeit in smaller quantities
- The most popular male applicant names were “Daniel” (two), and “Greg” (also two)
- We’ve got a friend in Pennsylvania… in fact, we’ve got three friends in Pennsylvania who applied for this job making it the most represented state outside of the Pacific Northwest. Other states with multiple applicants include North Carolina, Michigan, and Arizona
- While making notes during resume review, I was relieved I had to write “this resume is an aesthetic nightmare” and/or “was she drunk when she wrote this?” just three times
- Many of our applicants swearing familiarity with The Associated Press writing style repeatedly used “non–profit” to describe former work experiences. If you open your 2013 Associated Press Stylebook to page 192, the correct citation is actually “nonprofit.” Oops. We all make mistakes, of course, but mistakes on your resume do not an impressed potential employer make
- Applicants have worked with major brands such as Nike, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Oregon Humane Society, the National Wildlife Federation and both Oregon and Washington based aquariums
- Backgrounds were diverse; in addition to folks with a nice foundation in agency life, we had lawyers, scientists and teachers apply
As you can clearly see, the applicant pool is rich in experience. We’ve got a tough decision on our hands but can’t wait to welcome a new superstar to our team this fall!
Applied for the position? Jessica and I will be in contact with top applicants later this week to set up a first round of interviews for the end of September and early October.