Happy April Fool’s!//Foolish Career Opportunity: Assistant Director of Reading

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UPDATE:

So we’re a lot late here, but Happy April Fool’s Day! Our Recruiting team had fun creating the below post, but we’re not in need of an Assistant Director of Reading – for now at least.

If you want to check out The Motley Fool’s REAL, LIVE jobs, please visit our Careers Site!
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Can you take any book thrown at you, read it at lightning-fast speeds, and easily summarize what it all means in a succinct, brief, and concise manner? Is your favorite dinosaur the thesaurus?

In the Fool’s knowledge-driven culture, our Learning and Development Program has expanded to include perks like Bookie Monster, Fool U, and the internal library to give Fools the opportunity to easily access books and, ultimately, become smarter. Along with their full-time role responsibilities, our internal bookworms now manage more fast-growing To-Read lists and piles of unread books.

That’s why The Motley Fool has decided to look for a a full-time Assistant Director of Reading to alleviate Fools’ overwhelming need to consume texts for work and fun. Reading can broaden understandings of Financial, Business, and Science Fictional worlds, and our future Assistant Director of Reading will turn 5 hours of reading into 5 minutes, opening up hours of a Fool’s time to accomplish so much more.

If you’re excited about this opportunity, keep reading the words below!

Primary Responsibilities and Objectives:

•Quickly read and comprehend a wide variety of fictional and non-fictional texts.

•Write, edit, and deliver synopses of any publication to Fools in an efficient manner. (Use the 3-5 rule: No more than a 3-5 sentence summary with a 3 to 5-hour turnaround.)

•Determine whether or not it’s necessary for a Fool to dedicate their time reading the entire book in greater detail.

•Thoroughly (and Thoreau-ly) track requests from Fools for data analysis.

•Recognize the immense value and significance of literary works over their visual adaptations. #always

Core Competencies:

•Able to read really, really fast
•Resistant to paper cuts
•Calm and collected demeanor, much like one you would see in a Taylor Swift music video
•Enjoy reading books in all formats (electronic, paperback, hardcover, spiral-bound, etc.)
•Unwavering concentration in what can be disruptive environments including nerf gun battles, planking sessions, and spontaneous birthday celebrations
•Able to juggle and differentiate multiple plot lines and feels

Preferred Qualities:

•Can beautifully highlight texts in straight lines
•Little to no experience with using bookmarks
•Fluent in at least 10 different languages, written or spoken
•Never feel cold despite multiple summary drafts surrounding you
•Currently in good standing with the literary community
•Can aggressively argue both sides of the Dewey Decimal vs. Library of Congress classification systems debate

Education and Training:

Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy
Training in the practical uses of a time-turner

Don’t wait any longer, Fool – apply for this position here!

Introducing the Fool’s New Career Site!

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As the reader, you’re likely already familiar with our company. Of course we have Fool.com, but the People Team runs this site – our Culture Blog. Here we’ve posted tons of articles about workplace culture, collaboration, and innovation. As our company grows, hiring the best new Fools has become a top priority. We decided that prospective Fools deserved a site of their own, so a team formed to develop The Motley Fool’s Careers Site …and it’s now live!

We hope this resource will help applicants envision how Fools work individually, cross-departmentally, and as a company to achieve goals.The Culture Blog will stay updated, but one thing that’s moving is our job feed. Going forward, you’ll be able to find all our open positions on the Careers Site!

We’re currently hiring, so there’s no better time to learn what life at The Motley Fool has to offer. Take a look here, and please pass along to anyone that could be a potential Fool!

FoolHQ is Worthy of “Office Envy”

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Are we the coolest office in DC? Well, Fools sure think so – but it doesn’t hurt that DC Inno just profiled our Alexandria headquarters as part of their Office Envy series! We take pride in maintaining a dynamic workplace that appeals to many different personalities. These featured photos also show that Fools love board games (we stock a collection on the 4th Floor!); working on the balcony in nice weather rules; couches are used for working (not sleeping!); and wellness really plays a huge part in Foolish productivity.

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A big thanks to DC Inno for visiting the Fool. Take a minute to “Step In” and check out our space now!

Terrors of the Ballpit

Fools like to be different, so our unique workspaces here at FoolHQ shouldn’t be all that shocking. In addition to beanbags and height-adjustable desks, we also house a ball pit. Yes – an old-school ball pit that Fools actually use for meetings and work. In fact, it moves around the office because it’s pretty popular.

No matter how much we innovate office aesthetics, our goal of sustaining a productive culture stays put. We keep work fun, which sometimes means that pranking is involved. The most recent scene of the crime was the ballpit itself…

A Foolish Farewell to our Summer Interns

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From our Foolish Recruiting Team:

Here at FoolHQ, it’s our first week of the summer without interns.  The office is a little quieter, the game room is a lot emptier, and the preparation for next year is already under way.  A few of our interns have been crowned full time Fools and most returned to their college campuses… but they all made a significant footprint in our business that will help us help the world invest – better.

An internship at the Fool is a lot like full time employment with the Fool.  We work on hard problems, we are immersed in cross-functional teams, and we strive to deliver the highest impact and best solution to our members.  One of our software development interns helped design and build a centralized platform that will allow peer-to-peer sharing of investing research.  When she wasn’t publishing articles to our Canadian site, our international intern researched the regional stock market that links the exchanges of Colombia, Peru, Mexico, and Chile so the team could better understand the Latin American market.  Our investing interns wrote articles for Fool.com when they weren’t preparing for team-wide stock pitches, podcast recordings, and 10-K challenges. 

In addition to team-specific goals, the intern cohort spent lots of time together #collaborating and #learning.  They graduated from Fool University after taking classes on business valuations, retention marketing, global operations, how to build a computer from scratch, and several other courses.  They also spent a lot of time together learning what toppings to put on ice cream sundaes, which surface is most practical for a high volume of push-ups, which of the nine pizza shops make the best pie on pizza day, and how to scale a mountain in West Virginia.  We’re serious about that last one- check out the pics below!
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While the Fool’s Summer 2015 Internship program has come to an end, the magic is in the works to make next summer’s adventure even better.  If you’re interested in spending a summer interning with us, stay tuned for details over the coming months.  We’ll be hosting an open house during winter break so you can talk to the various teams that host interns, learn more about our business, check out our unconventionally sweet office space, and maybe- just maybe- leave with some Fool swag.  To get on the VIP list for that open house, be sure to include the phrase “robots float on clouds” when sign-ups become available.  Trust us, you’ll know it when you see it.