Friday, May 24, 2013

New Intern

Today was intern Max's last day on the job. Now that he's graduated from college, and knows all his book learnins, he don't need us no more. Wait a second, didn't we have two interns? What the hell ever happened to Harrison? Huh... Oh well. These guys are tough to keep track of.'s time to find a new intern!!

Here's the deal: I don't get paid. Tyler doesn't get paid. Matt doesn't get paid. So if you're looking to make it rain this summer, VIP room, bottle service, stacks on stacks on stacks, might I guide you here. For those that are still interested, we laud you for your commitment to endless pb&j sandwiches, pants with crotch holes, and inconsistent internet connections (ballin!). Obviously we'd reimburse you for gas, food, and plenty of cider.

The ideal candidate for this position is a college student who could get some sort of course credit. This doesn't really have anything to do with a preference for college students, it just makes us feel better that you're getting compensated in some way. While we're uncompensated as well, we're supposedly working to build value in our equity. You won't have any of that sweet, sweet equity though. Bummer.

If you aren't in a position to receive any course credit, don't worry about it, just make sure you know what you're getting into. We're not actively looking to hire anyone full time right now, although if you add necessary value to our company, we'll certainly consider it. We can guarantee this:

  • If you're a student, you'll learn a lot more about what real life work is, especially if you're some liberal arts philosophy major
  • If you're into cider-making (or brewing) you'll learn about a lot of the processing, engineering, and general manufacturing that goes on behind the scenes
  • If you are competent, we'll do everything we can to help you if/when it comes time to leave us (i.e. recommendations, whatever) for a paid job.
We're looking for at least one intern, but if you have a specific skill, and want to be very part time, that's fine too. I was just about to list a few things that you should be good at, but then I realized I always used to laugh at job postings that had things like "must be organized, good problem solver, multitasking, etc". Has anybody in the history of mankind ever been about to apply for a job and then seen one of those generic "skills" and been like, "oh snap, my multi-tasking skills are lackluster, I guess this isn't for me"? No. No they have not. When I used to apply for jobs, was I an advanced Excel user? If by "advanced" you mean "never used it in my life", which is precisely what I took them to mean, then yes, I was fully advanced. Instead of baiting you to lie, I'll just list some stuff that we need to get done, and you can tell me if you can do 1 or more of these things:

  • Tastings/Events: Tastings and events can be had all over the place, any time. This job would require you to schedule tastings at liquor stores/bars, or scout out brewfests. You typically have a booth set up and give people samples while educating them about our product. This requires good people skills, and will often result in free beer/cider. The work is often evenings and weekends, but if you have a trusty friend, they're actually pretty fun gigs.
  • Social Media/PR: This is something we get approached about quite often. Everyone wants to be the marketing/PR person. Probably because it takes literally zero effort and ability to do this at an average level. We're not looking for average. We can do average. If we were to let someone come in for this kind of work, you'd have to be exceptional, and be able to explain why you're exceptional.
  • Art/Design: We already have a graphic designer who does most of our major work. We're looking for the smaller things we use on a day to day basis, like educational material to take to events, sales sheet, banner/poster stuff, etc. Basically little items that we might need here and there. This would be a good gig for an art student, or maybe a new designer who doodles a lot, and those doodles would now be out and about for people to see.
  • Engineering/Tinkering: This would most likely be for a engineering student, as actual engineers typically don't work for free. If you're a student looking for experience or some course credit, this might be for you. This is also a position where we could actually pay you depending on how valuable you are. Right now we have an engineering friend helping us build a can depalletizer, which is something we need, and typically costs upwards of $20k. If you can help us save a bunch of money on something (cough, keg filler cleaner, cough), we'll make it worth your while.
So there you have it. We don't care if you're a master of one, none, or a jack of all trades, let us know if you're interested in helping out. Feel free to pass this info on to friends or anyone who might be interested. Again, these positions would be mostly UNPAID internships. We probably won't be doing any real hiring until late summer/fall, but if you want to get involved now, we'd love to have you.

PS - If you feel you have some additional skill to add that we didn't mention, feel free to pitch it, and tell us why we need it. Off the top of my head, I can think of this guy. We put on our shorts like such clowns compared to him, and don't even get me started on our colored block skills. Putrid.

PPS - Forgot to add: email if interested. Doesn't have to be a resume, but tell up about yourself, what you've done, and what you think you can do.

PPPS - The following is in response to the first comment on this blog post. I figured I should make it more public to explain what I mean when referencing marketing/PR:

I'm sorry you feel this way. While my language might make use of some hyperbole (by "literally zero effort" I probably mean "without excessive effort" and by "average" I probably mean "mediocre") but I stand by my statements otherwise. Our social/pr work is maybe an hour a day max, and is comprised of stuff like the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and now a little Vine. It's also sort of fun work (compared to say, cleaning kegs or running cash-low projections on excel). I would say we do a mediocre job with our social media stuff. It's acceptable. It's this 5-7 hours/week of relatively non intensive/painful/exhausting work that I'm calling "zero effort", but might be accurately described as "relatively little effort". I'm not saying marketing/pr is easy, especially when considering situational aspects. For example, right now we're in a red hot market. Demand is very high, while competition is somewhat scarce. We barely keep up with supplying our wholesalers. Our operations side is a lot more important at this point in time than marketing. If we don't do any social media, we're still going to sell cider, albeit with crappier branding. If we don't do any packaging, we sell no cider, make no money, can't pay our bills, and go home. If we were in an overcrowded market trying to do the same thing as a million other companies, and having trouble moving our product, then yes, NOW marketing/pr becomes a much more valuable aspect of the business, and much harder as well. Like a milk company trying to gain market share from the thousand other identical milk companies. That's hard to do.

As it is, I think most people get the idea of who and what we are by our limited PR. We're a couple of kids making some hard cider that we think tastes great. We don't have to put spins and angles on anything, nor do we have to be clever. We'll leave that to the unnamed large cider companies of the world who are trying to convince the consumer they're "small batch, local, and craft". Authenticity is cake when you're telling the truth.

The "dirty" work is the valuable work right now. There's a reason we get an email every couple weeks with someone looking to do our pr/marketing, and we've gotten 0 emails with someone looking to get nasty, clean kegs, sweat it out with caustic+steam, scrubbing the tanks, and manning 10 hour shifts on the canning line. The person looking to do the latter is 1000% more likely to get a job than the former. "Ease" and "effort" are relative. If you've spent an hour cleaning kegs vs an hour blogging, you'll know what I'm talking about.

If you disagree with what I've said, or want to talk further, I'd be glad to hear you out. After all I've said, I don't fully know anything about anything. I just have loud, sometimes obnoxious opinions. If you prove me wrong then I'll have learned something today, and I'll be grateful for that opportunity. My cell is 978-436-3545, and as people who know me will tell you, I love debating stuff. Let's get it on!

1 comment:

  1. I respectfully disagree that Socials/PR is something that doesn't require effort. As a social media/brand manager for a few companies and a well known educational gaming initiative, I am ALWAYS learning, researching, and figuring out how to bring the best quality posts to my clients on a daily basis. This kind of work doesn't require 'zero effort' to do well. Not by a long shot.