- Dental Insurance
- Health Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Work From Home
A little intro to thIS role
Have you seen Mad Men? Well… this role is like that. (We’re not always drinking and sleeping around though. So if that’s the part you like about Mad Men, keep on Googling.)
An Intro to us
We’re a team of 20.
We just got a fun, new office.
We have an office pug who’s the sitting President of the Welcoming Committee (as long as you’re not looking for a welcome and you see chill mode as open arms).
About half of us are really funny.
We’re currently working with some pretty amazing brands (eos, Famous Footwear, Pepsi, Neutrogena, Evenflo, a big chain of malls (I don’t think I’m allowed to say who), a big toilet brand (again… I don’t think I’m allowed to say who, but you probably sit on this brand every morning), Natori, Diamond Producers Association, Hickory Farms, Moosejaw… just to name a few).
Compensation + Perks (in Addition to Base Salary):
This is a full-time position with a salary (as opposed to hourly work).
We provide the usual benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision.
We're located in Brooklyn, so if you're local (and wind up working with us), we typically work from home 2 days a week to save on commute time. Yay!
You’ll be working closely with the founders, both are super cool.
People who perform well advance quickly.
We’re dog-friendly. (As mentioned above, we have an office pug!! So if you like dogs, you’ll love him… if you don’t like dogs, he’ll most likely ignore you… he’s very adept at picking up on whether people want anything to do with him.)
It’s a very fast-paced environment, and there’s always something new going on. That means constant learning (yay!), and a lot of room for career growth (double yay!!). We'll basically let you take on whatever you can handle. Ideally, we like to hire our managers from within the team, so there is a very clear path to the next level (if that sort of thing interests you).
How to Apply
We’re a pretty down-to-earth bunch, so if you’re interested in applying, in lieu of an elaborate cover letter, you can email me at Lauren@theshelf.com and include a numbered list with the following info (no need to include my text, just number the points in the same order as below and I’ll figure it out):
A link to your LinkedIn profile
Your phone number
Which job site sent you our way
It would be great if you can include the salary range that you’re looking for. If you don’t… I’ll probably email you and ask about it, and that’s just extra steps for everyone involved. :)
Bullet points about why you’d be a good fit for this role (please keep it concise)
Not required, but would be super helpful: Include a deck or proposal you’ve worked on which demonstrates your style of strategic, outside-the-box thinking. That would actually be pretty great to see before we talk with you. If you do decide to include a sample deck, you can obviously delete sections and/or brand names that are confidential. (Honestly, I wouldn’t waste time with this if the role doesn’t sound like it’s right up your alley.)
Useful Info that will help you stand out:
Applications that are submitted using a job site (instead of emailed to the above email address) will not be considered.
I kick out applications that are poorly written and/or have typos. That might seem harsh, but my thought process behind this is if you can’t take the time to proofread a job application, you most likely won’t be overly diligent with client emails. (#FunLittleTip: Install Grammarly. It’s a game changer.)
Pay attention to your writing style. We write in a colloquial, one-with-the-people-while-still-being-basically-grammatically-correct style. This is not a requirement, but I do get a decent number of applicants every day, and 90% of the applications are boring AF. The ones that have a fun “voice” and quirky writing immediately catch my attention. In a good way.
Lastly, put yourself in the shoes of the person in charge of interviewing… what do you think that person would want to hear?
Also, you might want to check out the job description for the New Business Strategists if you want more of a client-facing role. (We can discuss both on the call if that's of interest to you.)
About this role
This position revolves around proposal creation. You’ll be working with our sales team and providing them with kick-butt decks created for the sole purpose of helping them close every deal.
A deck consists primarily of strategy slides, campaign packages, concepts, and occasionally, competitive analysis.
The strategy slides require a good understanding of how social media works, and how it plays a role in buying decisions.
The campaign packages slides require an understanding of the various goals that a brand might have and being able to match those up to the correct social platforms and post types. For example, if a brand wants to launch a new product and get as much organic reach as possible, will Facebook be the right platform for them? You also need a pretty decent understanding of how influencers price their posts.
The concept slides require creativity, an artistic eye (for image selection), and the ability to write concisely and effectively.
The competitive analysis slides require organization and detective skills.
You'll be in charge of proofreading your decks thoroughly. No one likes grammatical errors in a proposal… especially if they’re about to fork over a bunch of money to the company submitting this typo-riddled proposal.
You'll need to have strong writing skills. And we’re not talking about AP-English-exam-style writing (save that noise for the term papers)… Not our style. We want someone who can write in a conversational, quirky, think-outside-the-box kind of way WITHOUT excess marketing jargon. AND your writing should be concise (unlike this job description) and MOST IMPORTANT, effective . I know. I know. It’s much easier to write well when you have an uncapped word count. Being able to take a really great idea and boil it down to three or four powerful, punchy sentences isn’t always easy. (And BTW, if this bullet point really resonates with you, AND the rest of the post is a little less relevant, you can check out our “Epic Writers of Epics” job (for blog post writers). It’s here. It’s a role that would start out as part-time with the ability to lead to full-time if you’re good. It’s also a nice option if you’re a little change-adverse and want to test-drive the role before quitting your current job.)
You should be down with participating in client calls. Generally, the sales person will do the presenting. You will be there to add value and answer questions.
This position requires balancing a lot of tasks at once, so it's really important for you to be quick on the computer... you should be armed with a pretty fast typing speed (yes, that's still a thing) and able to pick up new software and skills easily. We're all keyboard-shortcut nuts here. Which means we go beyond the basics of Command C and Command V. :) You should know more than those two, as well. Again, not the do-all to end-all, but optimizing is fun! Keyboard shortcuts optimize the crap out of work, life... just about everything.
In addition to the proposals, there are various other tasks and resources to develop related to helping our sales team close more deals.
The Characteristics of An Ideal Candidate
Generally speaking, a lot of people will probably find this job post in line with their skill set, and I bet a lot of people would have the skills necessary to perform the requirements of this role. But… the characteristics that define your work style might not be in line with what we need. So, below I’m listing out a bunch of qualities that we’ve decided we really need a person to have based on the various people we’ve worked with over the last 6 years.