How to apply for a job... at SUE or elsewhere?
Update: This is an revised version of a blogpost we wrote in 2016.
We get about 5 applications for jobs or internships per day. That’s a lot, but we read each and every one of them and you’ll always get a reply. We have been in the same spot as you are in and we know how it bad it feels to get a rejection letter or in some cases no answer at all.
The problem however, is that the process of shifting through emails, selecting people for a first conversation and eventually hiring someone is extremely flawed. It’s a lottery:
So for now the first hurdle you need to take, is to make it through the first “application overload” cut.
A couple of months ago we decided to send the reply you’ll find below, to everyone who is applying for a job or an internship at SUE to help them cross this first hurdle. The idea behind it is that someone who wants to work at SUE – an agency that is specialised in behavioural design – should at least prove his or her ability to persuade, seduce, convince and convert. Call it a simple shortcut.
Please read the tips below when you want to make a great first impression.
Thanks for your interest in SUE.
Agencies like ours get about 5 applications per day. It’s impossible for me to judge the potential fit with our agency based on a simple resume or a portfolio. I think every agency is facing the same problem.
There are a couple of ways for you to stand out from the competition and outsmart other applicants:
An application is like professional flirting. It might take a little more effort to go from Awareness to Interest to Desire and Action. And this holds especially true if you want to work as a persuasion professional.
I hope this helps.
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