Show your work like you’re interviewing for a job

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This is part of my #5Weeks; 5 Stories, 5 Products in 5 Weeks challenge.

When I first heard of it, I said, “Nah, that’s not me.”

I always separate my personal projects from my daily work.
I want to have that freedom to do whatever projects I want to do, in my own way. No one to boss me, or give feedback. Away from the norm.
The bad effects of being an obedient employee for far too long.

But, why does it make more sense now?

We were hiring somebody to fill up the gap in our newly minted team.
First, we checked on LinkedIn to look for our “star” player. 30 minutes in, we were overwhelmed. Even after we filtered it by roles, profession, skill set, etc, there are still thousands of them. Sure, a bad newbie move as “recruiter”, I know.
I was against using job boards at first, but one of our teammates convinced me “remote” job boards are different from the conventional ones.

The search continues…

So we tried posting the role on Remote OK and We Work Remotely.
It’s kind of worked since we had 4 applicants, but we weren’t impressed with the resumes.
Side note; seriously guys, put more effort on your resumes. Get our friends at The Remote Hive to help.😉
My boss told me I needed to tweak our job description. I agreed to it.
But life happened after that. I have to postpone everything.
While in my hometown, Miri, prepping for my #5Weeks challenge in coming weeks, I was looking for a Notion template that I can duplicate to sell.
That’s when I stumbled upon an interesting note.

A gem in the rough

We’ve found our new star player via Twitter. But that’s normal, right? I consider myself a hire from Twitter as well.
Honey (our new hire) first Direct Messaged (DM) me on Twitter. I received a lot of cold DMs and I thought she was one of them.
But, she was just asking questions about no-code, Airtable and what do I do actually (yeah, a lot of people got confused with my real profession).
The chat was brief, but nice. Although we never really continued that conversation, but we do keep in touch and liked each other's tweets.
Anyway, here’s what I found.
No, that’s not her real name and photo
No, that’s not her real name and photo
But the notes are real
But the notes are real

Why was she an instant hire?

First, one of our teammates used to follow her as well. But the thing is, she went missing from Twitter. Her last tweet was at the end of 2020.
That’s why the note above was a surprise. I totally forgot about her.
I couldn’t get a response from her via DM, but luckily I still have her email address from my old Substack’s subscribers list. She was one of my first subscribers.😭 I only managed to write two articles.
Anyway, long story short, we got her in for an interview, and she nailed it.
But here’s the thing: she already impressed me with her tweets and posts.
She wrote like she’s sending an email to her clients or bosses.
Her intention was clear. She did all that was needed to build (or write) in public.
I’m actually learning from her on how and what to share on Twitter. She helps us feel comfortable in sharing. Doesn’t matter if it’s about work, side projects or family.

Final thoughts

I see a lot of no-coders talking about no-code by sharing what they’re building or have built. But they rarely share if a tool is useful or if one tool is better than the other.
I know, I did that too. Guilty as charged.
But hey, we are still learning. So it was good to have her onboard.🥰
She’s doing so well. Can’t believe she’s just 25.
This story reminds me of that one moment when a local startup CEO asked my previous boss, “How did you find all these great people?” without posting a single job post.
He said he made a “wildcard” list. Every time he meets new people, whether from networking events or introduced by friends or partners, he will put the names and contacts into this list.
That’s probably the only thing I liked about my previous boss though.

Bonus🎁

In case you didn't know about my #5Weeks challenge, for every story I write — such as this one — I will build a product as its accompaniment.

And here’s this week’s Product #3:
  • Relationship Friendship Manager — Notion template
What you’ll get:
  • Notion template
  • How to use video guide
The Gumroad pre-order/buy page is here.

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