Searching for Web talent

I’m in the process of hiring two Senior Product Managers for AOL Search. The people I hire will be working on two very exciting and truly innovative products that have the potential to significantly improve the way more than 40 million people search. I am looking for creative people with 5+ years of experience on consumer Internet products.

I was thinking about the best ways to find the people I want:

  • Newspaper classifieds? Expensive and a waste of time. The people I want to hire don’t use classifieds.
  • Major job boards like Monster and Career Builder? Too much clutter and spam. I tried doing a search on Monster and after entering my search criteria, I got an interstitial that said “You are Guaranteed* to receive Cash in the $100,000 Great Student Loan Payoff™ upon qualified registration and reduce your monthly student loan payments by up to 45%!” I regularly get spam to my monster and careerbuilder email addresses from people who think I want to sell life insurance.
  • Craigslist? Sure, why not. It doesn’t cost anything, and the recruiters will filter the resume spam for me.

The best way to reach the people I most want to hire is blogs. The best candidates are the ones who stay up-to-date on the industry. The people who read GigaOm, Zawodny, Matt Cutts and TechCrunch, are the kind of people I want to hire.

We’ve already posted the jobs on GigaOm. It’ll be interesting to see how that works.

And if you’re interested in applying, here is some more information:

  • I highly value creativity. These jobs are more about innovation and problem solving than project management. You will, of course, have to launch products. But if your skill set is mostly program management and you prefer a regimented approach, you’re not likely to be a good fit.
  • Work experience in search is not a requirement, but definitely a plus.
  • You must be comfortable working with people who are far away. Much of my development team is in Ireland. You will probably go to Dublin 1-3 times a year. Our Dublin team is a lot of fun and usually show us a good time.
  • The jobs are based at AOL headquarters in Dulles, Va. If you don’t live here, we’ll move you.
  • From the folks in HR:

    AOL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other classification prescribed by applicable law. Federal regulations require that AOL report aggregate information regarding the race/ethnicity and gender of job applicants to the federal government on a regular basis.

Send an email with your resume to:

email address

You should also know why my email address is an image.

Please also send in your resume through official channels. The requisition number is 70899.

Update: I have filled one of the positions, have one more open.


About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is Senior Director of product at Amazon (Audible). Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. He tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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2 Responses to Searching for Web talent

  1. Chad says:

    AOL still holds tremendous assets, and thus tremendous opportunity. Glad to know that you’ll have a solid hand in capitalizing on the opps and will gladly direct folks yoru way. Rock on, Rocky!

  2. Gray Williams says:

    So when the recruiter called, at first I thought of

    Nah, couldn’t be. AOL didn’t buy Snapstream!

    Needless to say, I figured it out.

    If you’ve been a longtime fan of both TechCrunch and GigaOM, you might enjoy taking and for a spin. Andy Kessler used to be a great outside-the-box read, but his posts are too infrequent.

    Man, I spend so much time commuting to India and Singapore (once a month)…traveling to Dublin – which is a truly fun town – would be a dream. And not having to relocate to Cali from VA?! Priceless.

    I’ll hit you with an email that has my details.

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