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!

Embracing the Future of Work

A few philosophies in FastCompany’s article  “These are the New Rules of Work” sound Foolishly familiar. Over the duration of our company’s history, we’ve evolved into a culture that’s now known for some pretty unique benefits. No vacation policy? Check. No dress code? Yep. Free healthy snacks? We promise! The Motley Fool seems to have embraced this future all along, which shines through these examples:

1. Work can happen wherever you are, anywhere in the world.

Open-office plans don’t jive with every work ethic, so we aim to help Fools work comfortably both in and out of the office. Slack has helped us to systemize accessible Fool-wide communication, plus our tech team has a dedicated channel to offer remote assistance. We also make a point to keep remote Fools informed through a weekly newsletter, monthly live-streamed huddles, and our company intranet.

Whether the blocker is traffic, travel, or family conflicts, incorporating flexible schedules into your company’s benefits can make a rewarding difference. Work location shouldn’t stand in the way of the passion you feel for a project.

2. You’re on call 24/7.

Do you check your email account on the weekend? If the answer is yes, you’re in the company of nearly half of employed adults. What’s more, a full 44% of US-based employees log-in on vacation. Though the typical 9-5 workday is slowly dying, it makes sense in our tech-enhanced world. Fools have the ability to work based on when they’ll produce the best results, and sometimes that’s not at 8AM.

3. You Work Because You’re Passionate about a Movement or a Cause – You Have to Love What You Do.

Fools share a mission “To Help the World Invest – Better.” We’ll be the first to tell you that working toward a shared cause is one key to higher engagement levels, better productivity levels, and boosted creativity among teams. The fact that Fools love our ultimate goal helps each of us strive to reach the next level.

Is your workplace out with the old and in with the new? See the full article here and weigh in on Twitter!

 

Foolish Innovation Wins

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Since Innovation is one of our Core Values, Fools looked forward to DCFemTech’s recent reveal of this year’s “Most Powerful Programmers.” Another reason to embrace the excitement? Because not one but TWO Fools were recognized by fellow females in the DC tech scene for impressive achievements in their field.

DCFemTech, a group that supports females in tech organizations, received a total of 79 nominations. Winners were chosen based on the impact they’ve had on their company; the complexity of their coding; and the impression they’ve had on their community. The final list of winners – 30 ladies in all – can be found here.

Congratulations to Fools Lisa Chung and Emily Williamson! Thanks for dedicating your talents to Foolish innovation, both at FoolHQ and in our local community.

3 Books For Your Reading List

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Last week was a big week for us here at The Motley Fool! We celebrated FoolFest, our annual member event, with over 300 Fools that traveled far and wide. In addition to breakout sessions, panel discussions, and fun meet and greet opportunities, we were also lucky to hear from some dynamic speakers.

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FoolFest introduced us to the bestselling authors behind interesting ideas like the science of habit; rethinking situations that cause financial stress; and six commonalities of entrepreneurial success. So what exactly are these books and who are their authors?

1. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

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Charles Duhigg, award-winning New York Times reporter, explores scientific discoveries behind why habits exist and how they can be broken in The Power of Habit.To overcome habits, Duhigg says that you must understand the cues that trigger it; the routine that fulfills it; and the rewards – or feelings – that you receive from it. Duhigg explained the cycle with his own example of eating a cookie every afternoon. By learning to analyze this daily action, he realized that it wasn’t the actual chocolate chips he craved – it was the social interactions in the cafeteria. A certain time in the late afternoon was his cue and, once he understood this habit, Duhigg set out to reconstruct it. Instead of heading to the cafeteria, he now finds colleagues to chat with around his desk. With his new routine, Duhigg hasn’t had a cookie in over 6 months.

Though habits are certainly personal, businesses also use the science of habit to influence what consumers buy. They collect data based on where customers live, household incomes, marital status, and whether or not a shopper has children. Stores like Target can then predict times that will most influence these customers to use coupons or see advertisements.

Do you think you could change your habits? Duhigg argues, “The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.” This book offers a helpful perspective if you’re curious to reform your routine.

2. The Creator’s Code by Amy Wilkinson

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It took five years for Amy Wilkinson – strategic advisor, entrepreneur, and lecturer at Stanford University – to write her first published book. In The Creator’s Code, Wilkinson shares academic research along with six essential skills that have turned small concepts into big companies. Over 200 interviews and examples from corporations including PayPal, Airbnb, Tesla Motors, and Dropbox support Wilkinson’s list of traits that lead to great entrepreneurship .

What’s Wilkinson’s bottom line? Anyone can attain entrepreneurial success but it takes hard work. One of the skills that Wilkinson focused on during her FoolFest interview was “Failing Wisely.” She’s passionate about the importance of placing small bets to test ideas and build resilience. She said to the audience, “The people who can be very comfortable about experimenting and testing through are the ones who will succeed.” Whether it’s on our marketing team or among Member Service Fools, we’re constantly testing ideas at The Motley Fool. We, too, believe in consistent testing to find big wins among little mistakes.

3. The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money by Carl Richards

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Emotions are easy to relate to finance. Debt causes stress for a lot of people, as do major financial decisions like buying a home or paying college expenses. Carl Richards argues that emotion interferes with making smart financial decisions, and he defines “the behavior gap” as the phenomenon between what we should do and what we actually do.

One of the best takeaways from Richards’ presentation was the importance of timing. Should you really be talking about finances with your partner first thing when you get home from work? Probably not. Why? Because you’re tired. Make financial decisions a discussion when you’re energized and clear-minded, or else you’re not setting the situation up for the smartest results.

 

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