by Heidi Raynor and Dan Williams
It’s a Tuesday night. It’s dark and rainy out and you’re job searching. Again. Your roommate all-too-cheerfully asks, “What kind of jobs are out there?” Your response comes out with a glorious (British) flight attendant falsetto:
"Hot startup looking for rockstar designer to sketch wireframes and design beautiful mockups. You'll be responsible for creating our brand identity, overseeing design-related tasks, and writing UI copy. Must know how to run usability studies, prototype, and write production-ready HTML and CSS by hand. Experience with SEO and analytics a plus."
How many times have you read a post like this, and wondered why everyone seems to be looking for unicorns to solve all their problems?
What’s a unicorn, you ask? It's an individual that just doesn't exist. This mythical creature is either something conjured up by an HR Coordinator with no sense of reality, or, a budget-crazed PM trying to merge 3 people into one (like Dr. Jekyll). In both scenarios, poor wizardry is necessary and we all know how disappointed everyone is when they leave a bad magic show.
For both the employer and candidate, the entire hiring process is comparable to finding Nessie- it’s just not gonna happen. Experienced professionals read descriptions like this and immediately banish the hiring group to Crazy Land because it’s clear the author is not familiar with the relative effort behind each of these tasks. Chalk up one point for the candidate smart enough to walk away from “Do-It-All” traps like this.
Filter is here to prevent you from choking on glitter and rainbows. We want to deconstruct this unicorn myth and get down to what’s real. Join us Friday, May 18th for some zesty conversation with Filter’s own magic makers, Dan Williams and Heidi Raynor, while we get the eff out of Crazy Land and back to reality.
16th–18th May 2012