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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