The Most Important Search for “Someone” I’ve Ever Done in My Entire Life

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I’m about to embark on what is quite possibly the most important search for “someone” I’ve ever done in my entire life.

There have been semi-permanent things here, temporary things there, and for a while, I even thought I’d be fine to go it alone.

But as you may or may not know, “things” have changed somewhat recently and, well, I am ready to find and meet and officially…

bring on an Associate Editor for TasteSpotting.

It’s actually a long time coming. I could explain why TasteSpotting, for the most part, has been a solo effort up until now, but that would require at least a bottle-and-a-half of wine in the late afternoon. And guess what? A bottle-and-a-half of wine in the late afternoon is sometimes part of the job here at TasteSpotting, so we’ll just save that for later.

For now, I am posting the job listing/description/requirements here, and am looking forward to hearing from you!

About TasteSpotting

TasteSpotting is… Wait, if I have to tell you what TasteSpotting is, you’re probably not the right person for the job. :)

What you may not know about working for TasteSpotting though… is that I’ve had a BLAST doing this for the last SIX (!) years. Getting paid to eat, drink, cook, take pictures, play around on facebook, twitter and instagram, chat with other people who love food as much as I do, and most importantly LOOK AT PICTURES OF FOOD ALL DAY? I’m planning on doing it for six more years (and beyond!), and want to invite other people to the party!

About the Associate Editor Position

The Associate Editor (AE) has a two-part job: part editor, part online community manager.

On the EDITOR side, the AE reviews member-submitted photos and links, edits when appropriate, and publishes the submissions on each day, providing feedback to those members whose submissions are not published. The AE will also occasionally write, edit and publish original features on the TasteSpotting blog.

On the COMMUNITY MANAGER side, the AE will “get to know” and interact with the bulk of the active TasteSpotting members via the members’ submissions (and source blog posts) and other forms of social media (facebook, twitter, instagram, etc.)

There is a lot of “magic” that has to happen in the background for TasteSpotting, so if you want to do more, oh trust me, you can do more :)

The job is available immediately, paid, part-time with fairly flexible hours ranging anywhere from 15 to 30 hours a week. You can work from home, or if you’re in the LA area, you may work from the TasteSpotting HQ.

About The Right Match

The perfect person for the Associate Editor position:

  • Has a great eye for aesthetics
  • Can express why a photo is good, both technically and aesthetically
  • Knows how to use a camera
  • Loves food, wine, cooking, and dining out
  • Knows food/cooking well enough to identify ingredients, techniques, dishes, cuisines, etc.
  • Uses social media effectively
  • Is: detail-oriented to the point that it’s almost obsessive, self-motivated, proactive in solving problems, reliable, good at communicating via various channels (phone, email, chat) and in a timely manner, and able to adjust to a somewhat flexible/fluid internet-y environment
  • U.S. based

It would also be great (but not required) if the person:

  • has experience with blogging and blogging platforms
  • is comfortable in a “technical” environment
  • knows how to use Photoshop or other photo editing tools
  • already knows the worldwide food blogging community, either as a blogger, or a reader

The person has to have a good computer with a great monitor/screen (for viewing high quality photos!) and reliable, fast internet access. Duh.

How to Apply

Is my Search over? Are you The One? If so, take the weekend to get this stuff together:

  • your resumé
  • how you’re perfect for the position and why you want to work for TasteSpotting
  • links to your facebook profile, twitter, instagram, pinterest, and/or blog
  • not required, but would love to see a list of some of your favorite blogs/websites (food or otherwise)
  • if you really want to impress me, a food-writing/photo sample
  • your compensation requirement

Send it all via email to me, with “TasteSpotting Associate Editor position” in the subject line by WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2013.

I promise to read your application and will let you know one way or another. I may not get back to you right away, but I will get back to you at some point. Feel free to ping me if you haven’t heard back after a few days, but be patient. My 3-pound chihuahua Daisy and I are the only ones here and Daisy doesn’t type.

If you have questions, leave them in the Comments section of this post, or just email me (you’re likely to get a better, faster response if it’s in the Comments section).

Thanks. I’m looking forward to meeting you!

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  • Mona Nomura

    So jealous of the lucky person — good luck with your search and many congrats to your successes all around!

  • Meg @ Beard and Bonnet

    Oh man, I want this job! Hmmm…wonder if I could manage my own blog, my business, 2 kids, and this part-time gig.

  • Christabel Lin

    Hi Sarah! When is your deadline for receiving applications? Thanks

    • Sarah J. Gim

      Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 5 PM pacific time is the deadline to apply for the Associate Editor position. (Tight window, I know, but let’s just consider this a test of how quickly you can turn things around – the internet moves pretty darned fast ;) )

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  • Carrie Spradlin Fields

    This is insanely exciting! (just an fyi…editorial style second to last paragraph says Uf instead of if and Somments instead of Comments. Not sure you meant to and TOTALLY cool if you did…just thought it was worth noting as I will be applying for this completely mind blowing opportunity :)

  • Rachel Conners

    Sarah, this is so exciting! You mentioned on the email that you also are looking to hire summer interns. I was wondering what the information for that position is, because I’m definitely interested. My email is Thanks!

  • Mel

    Hey Sarah! Any chance a Canadian could apply?

  • Savory Simple

    JUST found this. Getting everything together today!

  • Marta

    My sister would be perfect! Her blog is

  • charlotte

    Hey Sarah,
    I would love to apply but am Canadian… :( I would have thought that given that the site is world wide your search would be also… I’m reasonably new to blogging, feel free to check out my site…, and would have loved to be able to apply… maybe for your next expansion?!

  • photog

    Any chance you’re looking for someone to just help you photograph and retouch the “delicious-dishes” you feature on your blog? I live, love and breathe in LA if you need me.

  • Melissa

    What a shame its US based! :-( An aussie here who would be totally interested in this position!

  • Terri Dien

    Resume sent! :D BTW, just do you know, I *AM* The One!

  • aubrey king

    Sending you “me” in an email was difficult, but I am beyond thrilled to hear from you!

  • Julia Chadwick

    Application sent. Now, the hard part…waiting.

  • Carfreefamily

    This was forwarded to me by a friend whom thought I would be perfect for this position. Upon reading the job description I couldn’t help but to agree enthusiastically with her. I was on vacation and then entertaining my 91 year old grandmother giving me almost zero time to get my information together. As I was pulling up my résumé at 11 pm last night I read that the cutoff time was 5 pm. My heart sank. Do I go ahead and send it looking completely unprofessional? Or do I just hope that the position doesn’t get filled this time around and will be posted again? I picked vanity not wanting to appear unprofessional. The first thing that popped into my head upon waking was “What did I do”?!
    I am confident I am the person for this job. My life is food. If I’m not creating and taking pictures of it I am surely thinking and dreaming up my next creation. So what the hell here are the links to my social networks and hopefully you pursue them sparking interest in me!

  • Laura Opitz

    It’s too bad that it’s only open to US citizens. I’m in Canada and would have loved to apply for the position! Oh well, maybe in the future! ;)

  • xq

    so envious of the person that gets this gig!

  • Caitlin

    hey sarah! have you made a decision on the position yet? patiently waiting to hear back ;)

  • deana/lostpastremembered

    Whoever gets this is a very lucky duck to work with you. If I wasn’t on the left coast I would love to help you do this! Good luck finding “the one”.

  • aubrey king

    Waiting patiently-ish :)

  • Erin

    Can’t wait to hear back – this is such an amazing opportunity. Patiently waiting (with fingers tightly crossed)!

  • Savory Simple

    Waiting is definitely the hard part!

  • Ashley

    What an amazing opportunity! Envious, from Canada :) LOVE Tastespotting!

  • Anita at Hungry Couple

    Hi Sarah, I was just double checking this post to see if you’d updated it. Patiently (I’m lying) hoping to hear back either way (by which I mean I want to hear I’m being seriously considered) whenever it’s convenient for you (today works for me). In the meantime, I’m keeping busy (chugging wine and biting my fingernails) and hoping you’re having a relaxing summer (locked in your room, with no food or water, until you’ve looked at all the applications). Best, Anita

  • Savory Simple

    Hi Sarah! Should we assume the job has been filled? I’d love to know either way. Some other opportunities are popping up so I’m going to have to let go of this one soon, sadly!

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