Application Tips from Automattic’s Talent Team
Whether you’re thinking about applying to Automattic or trying to improve your odds of landing an interview the next time around, we’re here to remove some of the mystery behind what it takes to become an Automattician.
Keep reading for five tips (straight from Automattic’s Talent team!) that will help you craft a more competitive application.
#1 – Review our open positions and apply for those that fit your skills and experience.
It’s important to thoroughly review a job description prior to submitting your application. Make sure to identify the responsibilities of the role and the requirements needed to be successful. Spend a few minutes reflecting on those requirements and determine if your previous experience is relevant. If you believe your previous experience and skills will be an asset to our team, we’d love for you to apply! If the job’s not quite the right fit, it might be best to wait for future positions that are.
#2 – Tailor your resume to the position you’re applying for.
Be sure to read through all sections of the job posting carefully. There, you’ll find the skills and experiences we’ll be looking for in the candidates we decide to interview. If you have those skills and experiences, be sure to highlight them in your resume. We love seeing how your past work aligns with what we’re looking for in our ideal candidate!
#3 – Don’t just tell us what you did, tell us why it mattered.
Many applicants list their skills, but few list their achievements—and those are what we want to see! Think about the responsibilities of the job you’re applying for. Now, consider how you added value doing those same (or similar!) things for your previous employer. What did you achieve? How did it help the business? Did you lead an effort for a major project? Improve a process? Win an industry award? We love numbers, so be sure to share any specific metrics that highlight your success!
#4 – Write us a cover letter (if we ask for one)!
The candidates that stand out are those who craft cover letters that help us get to know them beyond their resume. How have your experiences prepared you to succeed in the position you’re applying for? What insights/experiences/perspectives could you bring to this role that others couldn’t? Why do you want to work for Automattic? While you’re at it, be sure to proofread and spell Automattic and WordPress correctly! We’re kind of particular about that. :)
#5 – Show us how you think.
Some of our applications will ask you to answer additional questions. These questions are intended to help us understand your mental processes and your motivation for working with us, so please be thoughtful in your response. Because we receive hundreds of applications for any one position, your answer will be another great way to make your application shine!