Advice if applying for a job at Last.fm

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15 mars 2007, 15h15m

If you are considering applying for a programming/tech job at Last.fm, your application will probably end up in my inbox. After reading countless such emails, I feel compelled to share some advice which will make my life easier, and improve the chances of your application being successful.

Chose a sensible email subject "Job application" is not a good subject line. Try including the name of the job you are applying for.

Be concise you don't need to attach a separate covering letter, or write a 5000 word email to accompany your resume. We only ask for a "short blurb".

Word documents? Maybe it's just personal taste, but I don't like getting resumes in Microsoft Word format. PDF, HTML or even plain text is preferable. It feels wrong to send an editable document.. plus it's a proprietary format so it might look weird if i print it with openoffice.

Listing programming languages I am sick of resumes with a section entitled "Programming languages" which just list all relevant languages with no qualification:
Programming languages: JAVA, C++, PHP, SQL, HTML, Microsoft Access
This is useless. At least indicate your level of competence or years of experience for each language. (This one is worse than useless actually, as it boasts Access as a programming language - you get the idea tho). I could dig through the description of your previous jobs and try to figure out how experienced you are in each language, but should I need to?

Personal Statement I don't know if anyone reads these.. I tend to skip them and look for the skills/past experience section.


That's it off the top of my head.. Check out our jobs page and spread the word to any of your friends who might want to apply.. if you refer a successful candidate I'll give you a free subscriber account upgrade ;)

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  • andrew_j_w

    Thanks for the post Russ, that's very useful. I don't think I would make any of those mistakes, but it's nice to have them written down anyway. I've been planning to apply for a job at Last.fm for ages and now I'm almost at the end of my studies I can actually do it. Hopefully when my CV crosses your desk you'll find something you like ;-) Cheers, Andrew

    15 mars 2007, 15h23m
  • RJ

    I forgot one: [b]Get my name right[/b] Don't mistake RJ for Russ ;) Doesn't hurt to apply in advance either btw, just state at the top when you graduate so we know what to expect.

    15 mars 2007, 15h30m
  • andrew_j_w

    Whoops, that's a pretty silly mistake to make :-( Sorry! I have both Russ' and your journals next to each other in my RSS feed reader. I'm too busy trying to get my thesis done to spend time on getting my CV up to scratch to apply (although clearly I have enough time to procrastinate on Last.fm). I'll be applying very soon after it goes off for checking... although with enough gap to give me time to reread the names on my email :-D

    15 mars 2007, 15h55m
  • RJ

    Oh, i forgot one blindly obvious one: [b]Don't even think about sending me HTML email[/b]

    15 mars 2007, 19h10m
  • avalyn2

    indicate your years of experience you realise with the recent age discrimination laws, you can no longer ask for years experience, as older people would have more years, which is unfair on younger people! I kid you not. Whatever you do, make sure that last.fm never grows large enough to have an Human Resources team, or even consultant. That's the beginning of the end!

    15 mars 2007, 23h44m
  • mxcl

    But we discovered yesterday at the pub, if you send the HTML via a carrier pidgeon (ensure the message is multipart formatted), then RJ will grudgingly accept it. WRT age-discrimination, it only applies to old people, you can still discriminate against the young. Typically.

    16 mars 2007, 14h45m
  • d3th_n1gG4

    And I went through all that to at least give you a humorous covering letter... *pout*

    20 mars 2007, 16h28m
  • Dijital

    And I read this after I send my CV in. I only got one wrong really - the .doc format!

    2 avr. 2007, 16h56m
  • vmdxdoom

    Thanks for this, will save it and refer back to it when I graduate (in 4 years, ha.) Can't wait.

    8 avr. 2007, 0h21m
  • Dijital

    ...you guys ignoring me means you didn't like my CV

    1 mai 2007, 22h23m
  • 3MAJ

    Is it possible for someone which is non-UK resident to be considered for a job in Last.fm? It might be interesting (when I graduate) to work in London and participate in Social Music Revolution. :) cheeeerrrrzzzzz

    7 mai 2007, 11h58m
  • nunomp

    @3MAJ I don´t know, but I applied yesterday anyway :)

    14 mai 2007, 23h03m
  • ilyanep

    Hmm. I'm going to be a junior in high school this year, but I'll be going for a CompSci/Math major as well as a master's in CompSci. Can I apply for a job 8 years early?

    19 juin 2007, 0h51m
  • RJ

    We only have to store email for 7 years (SOX rules) so 8 years is no good i'm afraid :P

    5 sept. 2007, 16h54m
  • jonathan0

    Start accepting out of country folk. I want to move out for a bit.

    17 oct. 2007, 0h48m
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