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Working At Ascendant

Posted April 23, 2012 8:32 AM by Dylan Miyake

We got a little pushback on our job description that we posted last week (see it here). People thought that we were either being too honest (potentially chasing off applications), too blunt (scaring people off in the process), or somehow not being sensitive enough to the needs of potential applicants for our position. I think all of those are true. And intentional.

So here's the backstory: If you come to work at Ascendant, you will have an incredible opportunity to grow as a professional. You'll be able to do things on your first day or in your first week that your friends won't get to do in their first year. You'll be immediately up in front of clients, responsible for delivery, handling difficult questions, and representing our firm.

But that means we need to be incredibly selective about who we hire. And, as part of our corporate culture, we need to be 100% open and transparent about what the job entails. It's not a 9-5 job. Not even a 8-7 job. It's a job where you're measured by your results and your contribution. And the reward for doing things faster? More work and more responsibility.

So, this environment is definitely not for everyone. If you need structure and a training program, you're not going to get it here. If you need the stability of being on only one project, potentially for years, you're not going to get it here. Instead, you'll get a dizzying amount of tasks, unclear and sometimes conflicting direction, and you'll need to sort it out.

You'll also need to be an exceptional communicator. Why? Because as soon as you join, you'll have to be blogging here, too. You'll also be in front of clients giving presentations. You'll also be helping draft proposals. Pretty much, you'll be helping with everything we do. You'll be helping us grow the company and help us help mission-driven organizations succeed.

Does this sound like an interesting challenge? Something that you think you could excel at? Send us a resume. We get 100s of resumes for every position we post, but make yours stand out. Show us that you read our blog by mentioning this post. Explain how you thrive in chaos. We read every resume and discuss every one that stands out. Want to have some fun and grow something? Join us.

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