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.

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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!

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…

Push-Up to Wellness Wonders

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Do you ever wonder how many push-ups you could achieve at any given moment? Get down and give us 20! In all seriousness, take a few minutes to count the number you’re able to reach. Is it 5? 10? 142? Now – if you’re not too tired – think about how many push-ups your entire company could collaboratively log. We actually answered this question for ourselves during June’s Fool-wide Push-Up Wellness Challenge.

This competition definitely showed off more than muscle. At the start of June, Wellness Coordinator Sam Whiteside challenged Fools to sign up for push-up brackets of 500; 1,000; 3,000; 5,000; and 10,000. All Foolish health challenges are optional, with the goal being for each Fool to attain their personal goal in 30 days. Over 80 Fools signed up for June’s contest, pausing daily to push-up during meetings, stand-ups, and (naturally) Sam’s wellness classes.

To help Sam reach her own participation goal for this competition, People Team Fools cooked up a surprise plan. On June 30, we launched Push-Up to Pamper Sam, a one-day challenge that unlocked prizes for Sam at set tiers. The categories kicked off with a tiny solar plant and breakfast delivery, soon escalating to gift cards at Port City Brewery, Sugar House Day Spa & Salon, and Zweet Sport. The amounts gave room for Sam to bring along other Fools, too.

Throughout the day, Fools everywhere pushed – literally and figuratively – to unlock the tough tiers. Progress was monitored with a spreadsheet while Fools sent regular updates on a Slack channel. As the day rolled along, a total of 189 Fools participated – and the challenge didn’t stop once office lights dimmed. Fools were active online even after midnight, all encouraging one another to do more for the team.

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We finished with an impressive count of 31,043 push-ups in one day. Fools surpassed all seven tiers in the 7a-11:59p Push Up to Pamper Sam challenge, contributing to a final count of 170,198 Fool push-ups in June. Do your arms hurt yet?

June 30 didn’t turn out to be a typical Foolish Tuesday. On the final day of our June wellness challenge, Fools all over the world seriously rallied. Such support symbolized how well Fools can come together to make major things happen for the love of our company or, in this case, a fellow Fool. We’re adding this record to the books!

Take a FoolHQ Tour with Us!

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at The Motley Fool? You’re certainly not the only one! Lucky for you, we offer the opportunity to visit Fool HQ on the first Friday of every month through our Workplace Foolosophy Tours. Hosted by a People Team Fool, you’ll get the full scoop behind our company’s history, core values, and unique workplace culture. If you’re excited about the possibility of bringing new ideas to your workplace, this tour is for you! Plus all the fun happens in under 2 hours.

Our People Team is comprised of Fools from Office Operations, Recruiting, Learning & Development, Communications, & Organizational Development, and a 45 minute Q&A session with these Fools follows every tour. You’ll get insight from Fools like our Chief People Officer, Executive Coaches, and Recruiters.

Click here to see our open dates and sign up for a spot. Please keep in mind that we limit registration to 4 people per company. We look forward to spending a Friday morning with you soon!