Lots of plaid, hipster glasses, dogs, and coffee. An outsider’s take on #HootsuiteLife on the west coast.  I know someone who works at their office in Vancouver.  His tweets and Instagram photos of team retreats, office antics, and camaraderie are endless.  He tweeted the job posting one day.

I’ve never worked at Hootsuite but after reading this job posting I wish I did.

I was surprised by the writing style.  It came across as very personal.  Usually job postings feel formal and detached.  They follow a formula; the job description is riddled with verbs and buzzwords and the list of qualifications is there to weed people out.

This was totally the opposite.

Rather than trying to weed people out, it felt like Hootsuite was encouraging others to join them.  It was refreshing that a global corporation could have such a small startup feel.  The language was honest.  They didn’t want people with egos.  They wanted someone with exceptional talent that could still have fun.  And most impressive of all, they wanted applicants to know they’d support their career pursuits.  The nerd in me LOVED this.  I’ve never seen anything like this in a job posting before.

See for yourself…

Hoot 1Hoot 2(a small portion of the job posting shared above)

What do you think? Does this sound like a place where you’d like to work?

I’m not saying that we all need to apply for a job at Hootsuite.  I’m sure there are a lot of great places to work that have an amazing culture.  You may even work there already.  And if you don’t, the good news is, you can start creating it tomorrow.    

This week, bring a little Hootsuite to your workplace.

Buy a new plaid shirt.  Get some new glasses.  Bring your dog to work (or get a new dog). Bring in your coffee press.  Just kidding.  Get a group of coworkers to go out for a drink after work one night. Ask a colleague for their help on a project.  Go work in another part of the office and talk with someone you don’t know all that well.  And don’t forget to have some fun.

Culture is contagious. Get it started.