Your Job Application: Entrepreneurially Minded CFO/COO
I received your application for our job opening at VivaReal.com.br, the fastest growing real estate marketplace in Brazil. I decided to send this email to you because as of today we have almost 400 candidates that have applied for the opening for the “Diretor Financeiro Administrativo” combining some of the activities of a CFO and COO. We are still small so the job will be involved in several different areas of the company. This email serves two functions:
1. Communicate the opportunity, company culture – setting your expectation.
2. Eliminate the candidates that don’t really have what it takes to join a scrappy group of ambitious entrepreneurs focused on changing how Brazilians find real estate.
CAUTION: If you currently have a cushy job at a bank or a multi-national and your number 1 priority is money, let me cut through the bullshit – THIS IS NOT THE JOB FOR YOU.
Let me be clear if you kick ass, we will pay you a competitive salary + stock options.
We are a funded Internet company well positioned between our management team, investors and advisors (FYI our investors and advisors have built some of the most successful internet business in the WORLD and we are on track to do something BIG). However, we maintain a startup culture. That means that if you don’t like to get your hands dirty, don’t even bother contacting me. My partners and I started the company with almost no money and very little support so if you need a secretary from day 1, you won’t fit in. With very little money we have become one of the most widely visited real estate portals in Brazil and we passed our two competitors in number of listings. Yes, you read that correctly, we passed them.
We are in a growth phase right now and we have an aggressive hiring plan. We need a senior executive that will add to the team and work directly with the founders to build an internet business that becomes a case study in Brazil. This is your opportunity to build a company without having to assume all the risk of the early days – the blood, sweat and tears of getting it off the ground.
If you have read this far and you are nodding your head with excitement because you can connect with what I write – the passion behind having an impact, building a team and innovating – taking on classic businesses that have been around for over 100 years, but haven’t turned the industry upside down because they can’t take the same kind of risks as us. We want YOU! You may have a job at a consulting firm, a bank, a large multi-national, whatever the case maybe…If you are really talented and motivated by doing something meaningful, send me an email to email@example.com with the title CFO/COO. Knock my socks off with an email that shows you want to be part of this. I can honestly say that it will be a life changing opportunity where you will learn a ton, make good money and ultimately increase your happy factor. Read more about VivaReal principles here and just for a little extra life/philosophical boost, watch Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford. If it gives you Goosebumps and inspiration, let’s talk about how VivaReal could be a good fit for you. Thanks for your time.