The Worst Cover Letter I’ve Seen – and How to Fix it.

Posted on Categories Business, Startup, TechnologyTags , , ,

I have been trying to hire a team of 10 in the next 5 months which means that I have seen a fair amount of resumes and cover letters. There is one that stood out from the rest. It made me laugh, then sad for a bit, and then laugh again. I will highlight what was wrong with this persons approach and then identify why it was wrong, and what I was actually looking for.

This person actually applied twice (I will call her Kim). Once in 2010, and again in 2011. The position in 2010 was for a web developer, and in 2011 it was for a system admin (two completely different jobs). The resume was exactly the same and the cover letter as also exactly the same. That was problem number 1.

Continue reading The Worst Cover Letter I’ve Seen – and How to Fix it.

Three Tips on How to Hire a Developer

Posted on Categories Business, StartupTags , ,

I have read a lot about how to hire a great developer (programmer, engineer whatever you like to call them) because I have to hire some. And when I need to do something new, I usually do a lot of reading on it first.

There are lots of theories, tools, methods, and events you can attend to hire them. This is a funny article on the subject of hiring a great developer.

I would like to summarize my readings into three tips to bring on really great developers:

Continue reading Three Tips on How to Hire a Developer

Hello Internets

Posted on Categories Business, Sports, Startup, Technology, User ExperienceTags ,

Hello Internets!

This is my first post on my new wordpress platform. I plan to write at minimum weekly on various things that are happening in my life in the world of startups, business, taekwondo and other interesting things. I promise I will try to add as much value to my content as possible. I also want to use this blog as a mental history of the things I have been through in my life.

So welcome, and enjoy.

Ali Ghafour – Age 31