Monthly archives: June 2010

An interesting way to get a job

Jason Zimdars showed that he really wanted his job. He showed his willingness to join the new company by setting up a website designed for his job application. His website was detailed and focused and more importantly – it was tailored to the company and the role.

What I like about this website was the amount of time Jason spent tailoring his resume to the job. His layout is perfect splitting the cover page into “Let’s talk about me” and “Let’s talk about you”. He establishes the following:-

1. He has done his research on 37signals and is very candid about the company.

2. He gives examples of great design which help illustrate his passion for design. When you hire someone, you want to hire someone who is passionate about their work. Here he cites the “designed by apple in California” as the most brilliant thing to appear on a package. His interests are definitely a step up from the “travel, read and write” I have read on so many resumes. Again indirectly he shows his passion for his hobbies as well as a passion for excellence.

3. He doesn’t put down his current employer. In fact he has really good things to say about it. Refrain from complaining about your current employer. This makes you appear infinitely more mature.

He also goes on to list testimonials about his work as well as his design process. At the end of each page he has his contact details with the words “So what do you think?” at the top.

People like Jason think out of the box and will definitely stand out among the ocean of resumes. You may also want to look at the Inc article “Never Read Another Resume” by his employer, Jason Fried, co-founder of 37signals.

Key learnings

1. Stand out from the crowd. Think about how you can differentiate yourself in your job application or resume.

2. Tailor your resume to the company. Write your cover and resume in terms of what you can do for them.

Using this will help you get the job of your choice.

Our new creative/brainstorming/conference room is available for rental

Red carpet entrance

juarezlowe red carpet entrance

It’s really been fun and also stressful moving into our new office. Instead of emailing everyone pictures and jamming inboxes, I decided to post some pictures.

The entrance to our office. There’s a red carpet to welcome participants to our public programs. The training/meeting/brainstorming meeting room was designed for :-

1. Training sessions with different configurations both internal and external

2. Internal brainstorming sessions so people could scribble on walls and get out of the office but not need to go to a regular hotel.

3. Internal meetings for companies that don’t have big enough meeting room or don’t have a meeting room.

Entrance to training room

The red curtain parts

Cubby holes for manbags

Handbag/Briefcase storage in class

These are the storage cubby holes in the training room. A lot of women like a place to put their handbags where they can see them so our interior designer came up with this.

Writing on the walls is something that I wanted to do as a kid but didn’t dare. So with glass walls everyone can write. It’s also more environmentally friendly than killing trees with a flip chart. It also helps creativity and has a much greater area to write on than a flip chart. Marker pens are provided as well as mentos and hacks.

The room seats up to 25 comfortably or at a stretch 30. Seating configurations include cluster, classroom, U shaped, boardroom table.

When training in hotels, I found that the projector charges were often quite substantial. The room rental charges include a 3500 ANSI lumens projector. In layman terms, it means that the projector is really, really bright so you don’t need to close the curtains to see the screen.

Our cappuccino maker. It grinds the beans and does a mean cappuccino/espresso/latte. We also have green tea and regular tea available and water. We don’t provide bottles of water (as it’s really not good for the environment). We have glasses and a water cooler so people can take their drink.

For lunch, we recommend popping down to  Solaris SOHO. Food ranges in price from around RM15/head for lunch to RM50/head. Restaurants we like include Asian Terrace (3 course set lunches from RM18nett/head) and  Garden Recipe(surprisingly great tasting healthy food with set lunches from RM8.90/head), Leaf Southern Indian food (decent banana leaf) and Little Collins Bakery with set lunches from RM8.90/head. Dubrovnik has great set lunches (off the set lunch is the Beef Cevapi – really good). Other restaurants (we haven’t tried) include Dish Deli, Killeney Kopitiam, Michealangelo’s (pastas – set lunches from RM25/head) and Dr. Cafe (for sandwiches).

New office

We have moved to our new office at Suite k-6-3, Solaris Mont Kiara, Jalan Solaris 5, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Our new telephone number is +603 6201 4355.