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Unveiling the new Authentic Logo

Unveiling the new Authentic Logo

New logo day! ◦°˚(*❛‿❛)/˚°◦ Today marks the beginning of a few significant changes we’ll be unveiling in the coming weeks. More on that later. First, the logo.

Before/after logo comparison

We love Alejandro Paul’s Calgary Script, a brush script font based on signage in Calgary. We modified a couple of his original letterforms (though only slightly) to craft the previous logo, and it has served us well for the past five years.

However, using a font widely available to the public has created an unusual paradox for our logo mark: it isn’t authentically ours.

So, earlier this year we hired Sergey Shapiro to design a logo for us; one that we could authentically claim as ours, and only ours. After a round of exploration, this emerged as our favorite:

Original sketches by Sergey

Sergey then refined his sketch, and a vector version was delivered as the final product:

Final vector version

Simultaneously, we contracted with our legal team in Utah, BTJD, to begin the process of trademarking ‘Authentic’. We already own the trademark to ‘Authentic Jobs’, but we’ve long believed we have the capacity to be much more than just a job board. Our logo, therefore, should be extensible enough to enable growth.

After many Basecamp discussions, arm wrestling in Slack, and numerous mockups, we arrived at this solution:

Uses of our logo

It’s a mark that’s not only extensible, but one we can now unquestionably claim as ours.

Have a look at the logo in use, and stay tuned for additional changes.

Christmas Studio Tour

Christmas Studio Tour

trains

computer

skates

print

reindeer

star

bells

tree

pinecone

Christmas at the office in Sarasota, Florida is in full swing. No snow, but plenty of spirit.

And in the spirit of Christmas giving, download hi-res versions of these photos and use them however you like. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Just don’t resell them, please.

Download hi-res photos here [150 MB].

Merry Christmas, everyone. May your holiday season be full of giving (and hiring!).

$100,000 for charity: water

$100,000 for charity: water

We did it. YOU did it.

Somewhere in the wee hours of this morning, we surpassed a significant milestone: $100,000 raised for charity: water over the years.

That’s equivalent to clean, safe drinking water for more than 3,300. Numerous villages. Families. Children that can attend school rather than walk literally hours for water.

Lives have been changed for the better, and we express enormous gratitude to the Authentic Jobs community for making it happen.

Here’s to another $100,000 for clean water.

New! Applicant dashboard.

Candidate applications are now viewable in your Authentic Jobs account. Shortlist your favorites, block abusers, and more.

Applicant dashboard

Post a job and try it out.

Or, if you already have listings on Authentic Jobs and used the “Via email” option for applications, sign in to your account. It’s likely you already have candidates on your dashboard.

Candidate applications are accessible from just about any device, and they’re presented in a succinct, easy-to-digest snapshot. See an example profile.

Example profile

Review cover letters, shortlist as a favorite, archive for later, and so on. (Replies and forwarding are handled by your preferred email client.) Block applicants that spam your listing with multiple submissions or blatant form letters. These users are also reported back to us, and we’ll take additional measures as needed.

Give it a try. Post a job and drop us a tweet if you have feedback: @authenticjobs.

2013: In retrospect.

2013 was a solid year for us. We celebrated our eighth birthday, started our own podcast, made it easier to apply to jobs, and hired a Junior Unicorn.

After sifting through lines and lines of data from 2013, below are some of the more interesting stats from the year.

Infographic showing interesting stats from 2013

Note: Generalized assumptions about the web/tech/design industries should not be inferred from our data. Instead, this data is just that—our data.

That being said, here are some notable stats from the year:

  • New York, San Francisco, and Chicago round out the top U.S. cities for listings posted to Authentic Jobs. London, Amsterdam, and Toronto are tops for international cities.
  • Nearly one-third (31%) of all listings were posted in the front-end development category. This number is slightly higher than it might be otherwise, given employers can choose up to two categories when posting a listing.
  • Dashboard designer for Mercedes-Benz. Period. Sit on that for a minute. (Envious!)
  • In 2013, nearly twice as many startups posted jobs compared to 2012.
  • JavaScript was mentioned more than any other skill in job descriptions.

2014 is already off to a great start, and we’ve got numerous things in the works, such as Crew.is and a substantial redesign for Authentic Jobs.

And don’t forget, our annual 50% off New Year’s sale continues through January 11.

10 things we expect new hires know on day one

A few days before Jessica was to join our team, I scheduled a Skype chat. I wanted to prepare her, in greater detail than I had already done, for her new role with our little company.

More importantly, I wanted her to really grasp what we’ve accomplished as a company, and what we have left to accomplish. An hour before our chat, I sat down and wrote the following list. I’ve shared it selectively with certain people, and at their prodding, I’m now sharing it with you.

  1. Our first priority is to be a profitable, honorable, successful business. We can do nothing else listed here if our business does not remain open and does not operate with integrity. We define success based on the other things listed here.
  2. Our second priority is to do our very best to ensure every customer, both paying and non-paying, is satisfied each time they have an experience with our business. Even a horrible experience can become a memorable one if handled with care.
  3. Our third priority is to make a meaningful difference in the world. We do this best by giving of our time, effort, and money to help and uplift others—locally and abroad. We hope to be known by this long after we close our doors.
  4. It is your privilege and responsibility to make our jobs easier by lightening the load, taking the initiative, challenging our ideas when appropriate, and enhancing our team’s culture.
  5. It is our privilege and responsibility to extract every ounce of potential from you that we can, to make you the best contributor to our team and to our community that you can possibly be.
  6. Do what works best for you and for our company, not others. You would be unwise to not consider the methods, tools, and ideas of others. However, you would be even more unwise to be swayed by every new compelling or forceful argument that comes along merely because it was spoken by someone notable.
  7. We strive to connect great companies with great talent. Let that become a hallmark of who you are while employed with Authentic Jobs, even outside of work with friends and associates who have nothing to do with our business.
  8. When uncertain about a decision, contemplate it further and counsel with the team. I have found that the best decisions I’ve made have followed significant thought and discussion, rather than hastily making a decision.
  9. There will be times when you will be required to use your best judgment and ask for forgiveness later, if necessary. Don’t let fear of reprehension prevent you from accomplishing great things or from resolving problems when time is of the essence.
  10. Good judgment begets good judgment.