January 25, 2012

"Instead of asking for résumés, the New York venture-capital firm..."

"... asked applicants to send links representing their 'Web presence,' such as a Twitter account or Tumblr blog. Applicants also had to submit short videos demonstrating their interest in the position."

ADDED: Here's the link. Sorry for the omission.

27 comments:

edutcher said...

Weird as it sounds, that's a measure of how serious one is in some quarters.

Dan in Philly said...

You know, I read some article where they claimed the only way to have a successful web presence is intuition. That's really just a fancy way of saying it takes a genius to make internet marketing work. I'm assuming this firm is looking for geniuses of this particular ilk, so it makes a certain kind of sense.

Joaquin said...

link?

Leif said...

A PR stunt, unless the firm is run by idiots.

VC is a grim business, especially these days. It requires the ability to negotiate hard deals, to make tough decisions (such as tossing out the founder of a company or shutting down a failed start-up), and a shrewd judge of character (i.e. is an entrepreneur an arrogant fool or the real deal?). Operational experience is what is lacking in most so-called venture capitalists, not the ability to indulge their narcissistic personalities via the web.

ddh said...

Leif nailed it.

Lem said...

A raw look at somebody?

Pass on the consultant coached, jazzed up, full of bs resume.

Henry said...

Link:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203750404577173031991814896.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_News_BlogsModule

KenK said...

I don't think I'd want to hire a lawyer, doctor, dentist or accountant on that basis. A bass player, lingerie model or DJ maybe.

Alex said...

Another path for success is to be a graphics designers by training and go into business. That way you always can put together snazzy web sites and neat portfolios to show to the money people.

Always be Shwoing.

Lem said...

I would be terrible at it.

I have zero gab.. and even less video presence.

EDH said...

Titus in HR, isn't he?

Given his interest areas, a wise boss would remind Titus to request only a résumé and possibly a writing sample from applicants.

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Lem said...

I thought we resolved titus was one of the dirty dozen.. maybe not titus perse.. but his author/creator.

Titus was kind of mean to Meade also.

RonF said...

[ threadjack ]

Judge doubles time GAB has to review recall signatures

A Dane County judge on Wednesday doubled the amount of time state election officials could have to review an unprecedented number of recall signatures filed against Gov. Scott Walker and five other Republicans.

That will give the Government Accountability Board 61 days instead of 31 days to examine the petitions and determine whether recall elections should be held this summer.

Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess also granted the Republicans more time to challenge the signatures. Their challenges will be due next month, and the accountability board will take those challenges into account as it determines whether recall elections are required.

[ /threadjack ]

Carnifex said...

Don't having a dog in this hunt, but unless there are SO many signatures that need to be challenged, OR the GAB was dragging its feet, this was a bush league move by the judge. The law states(I assume) that you have this many days to check the votes, and you have so many days to challenge the vote. Anything more or less is lacking the impartiality we need to see in our judicial system.

HT said...

I would think an investment analyst applicant would need to demonstrate technical competence in finance not fruit loops internet stuff, and just as important, social competence. Not to mention presentability.

Penny said...

This just means that not enough Harvard types have sent in their resumes.

OR...

Could it possibly mean they have worked their way through all those Harvard types and figured out that particular credential "ain't what it used to be"?

Penny said...

Um hm...well THIS will work until enough "socially shy" people file their disability discrimination suits...ON LINE!

Penny said...

Screw you, New York Venture Capital Firm!

I am as "connected" as i need to be.

Penny said...

And no messing with that "i". The big one is busy winking at you.

Titus said...

Before I got my new job they asked me my twitter rating and blog stats.

Titus said...

My current employer didn't ask me those questions. Another company where the average age was like 23 asked me those questions.

I didn't even know what a twitter rating was.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

I recall a study claiming within ten seconds the (an extrapolated number of "them" being universal) interview was over, in the sense the person conducting made a decision as to the person undertaking the interview and their suitability for the position.

The rest, the study claimed (seemingly), of the interview after ten seconds was nothing - save some form of indulgent idleness.

Lem said...

Such was Gingrich’s faith in President Reagan that in 1985, he called Reagan’s meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev “the most dangerous summit for the West since Adolf Hitler met with Neville Chamberlain in 1938 in Munich.”

The more I read about Newt.. the more embarrassing he becomes.

Yea.. my governor was right.

mun said...

I am semi retired, telecommute, and use Craigslist to search for contract computer programming gigs. I disliked having to attach my resume to every response because I am sensitive to internet bandwidth usage so I built a website where one could download my resume from but more importantly learn a bit about my attitude and peruse samples of my work. It has not helped at all.

EMD said...

and use Craigslist to search for contract computer programming gigs.

Be careful.

I'm being serious.

EMD said...

I could see the value in this approach for my friend's firm, who specializes in venture capital for the entertainment industry.