We try to be transparent in how we review our applicants and what it is we look for, so that you have the best chance possible to show us what you're really good at. So we put together a little helper so that you know all the tricks of making a good impression on us.
And before we get started, we're an international company so make sure your application is in English.
Have a good looking, simple CV or resume in pdf format that lists your work experience and education in chronological order. The first thing we look for is what relevant experience and education you have, so make sure that's easy to grasp on the first page.
If you have gaps in your timeline we will probably wonder about it. You decide what you want to share, but consider what you can write there to make it clearer.
We all want to fill out our CV's with as much content as possible, but sometimes it takes the focus away from what's important. If you have work experience that you think is irrelevant for this job, just leave it out with a comment, for example "Worked at several cafés while studying".
We're not only looking for the right competence and experience, but also for a good team member. We really want to get to know you, your interests and what made you apply to Block Zero.
Submit a short and easy to read cover letter in a pdf, or as plain text in the application form. Talk about your motivations, interests and the skills that don't show in your CV.
If you're a designer, we need to see your portfolio. Think of your portfolio as a presentation as opposed to a collection of case studies. Submit it as one clickable link or a pdf. When we look at your portfolio we look for these things:
Your presentation skills. Can you present your work in an good way? This includes structure, graphical design and the amount of content. We can definitely be impressed with innovative ways of presenting your portfolio, but we are less impressed when the content is hard to navigate and we have to spend time looking for things. Sometimes a pdf really is the best solution.
Your process. We don't want to see just results, but also some of your thought process. But here's the kicker: as much as we would want to we have no possibility of thoroughly reading through hundreds of long case studies and giving them the time they deserve. So keep it short, concise and to the point. Also, if what you're showing is a team work, let us know what was your part in it.
Your end result. Even if your deliverable is not a pixel perfect mockup and your work has been more focused on other parts of the design process, we expect the result to have a certain design quality.
When you've put together your application, do a quality check.
Run a spell checker, and let a friend read it through. We don't care about mistakes, we all make those. And not everyone has English as their first language, for example me. But we do care about a good sense of quality, and often that just means getting a pair of second set of eyes on things.