LSG has just come off another record year and if today is any indication 2010 is going to be uber crazy.  I am looking for someone who is interested in learning the SEO trade and helping service some of the biggest brands online, coolest startups and excellent SMB customers.

Skills required in order to be considered:

  1. Basic understanding of search engine optimization, keyword research, site architecture and linkbuilding
  2. Ability to set up and operate a wordpress blog

Skills that are nice-to-have but not necessary:

  1. HTML, MySQL, php programming
  2. Interest in sales
  3. Good writer
  4. Product management

What you’ll be doing:
I need someone who can handle all aspects of client site audits, help me spec out and build new websites and test various SEO theories. You will be exposed to working for large Fortune 500 companies, hot start-ups, venture capitalists and small businesses.

What I am not looking for:

  1. Candidates who do not live within 60 miles of Pleasanton, CA
  2. Outsourcing firms (that means SEO outsourcers from India, China and other countries that like to send blind emails and fill up my inbox, please do not!)
  3. People who require a lot of handholding and are not confident enough to take charge of a project with little to no guidance and see it through completion.

What I am looking for:

  1. The ideal candidate thinks he/she will start his/her own business someday and is looking for a foot in the door to see how it’s done.
  2. Someone who is willing to do the grunt work as well as the “cool” stuff (although hopefully you’ll think the grunt work is cool too)

This will be a contract position to start.

If you are interested please find a site that has a search engine optimization problem and in your note to me tell me what it is and how they can fix it. And instead of sending me a resume, how about just sending me a link to your online CV?

And please try to include as little fluff in your note to me as possible.  It will save you time having to think up weird niceties and it will save me time having to read them 🙂

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  • Deborah  January 6, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Andrew,

    Just found your site this week, and have lots of posts to read. Wish I lived within 60 miles of Pleasanton, California! Sounds like a great opportunity.

    I’m sure you’ll have lots of experienced web professionals interested in working with you.

  • DominatingSEO  January 7, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Hi Andrew,

    I really am genuine reader of your blog but I am bit upset when you wrote “You don’t want Outsourcing firms (that means you guy in India)”.

    Its bad when many reputed peoples like you speaks so. Yes, I am an Indian but I am not posting this comment as a vindication of my nationality but this type of propaganda gives a bad name to our people, our industry and our country.

    We cannot mark the entire herd beacuse of some bad elements.


  • Andrew Shotland  January 8, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Thanks for the comment and thanks for reading Altaf. I meant the above comment as no disrespect for India or Indians. The problem is whenever I post a help wanted ad I get bombarded by email from outsourcing firms from India. I wanted to make sure that didn’t happen again this time.

    I am sure there are plenty of good SEO firms in India and I am guessing you are one of them.

  • Andrew Shotland  January 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    In an effort to be a bit more culturally sensitive to my overseas readers I have updated the post.

  • DominatingSEO  January 9, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Hi Andrew,

    I appreciate that you took my comment into consideration and updated the post. Thanks a lot.

    I really am big fan of your blog. I fearlessly can say that I’ve learned most of local optimization from your site, after using my common sense.


  • Shahid Hussain  January 17, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    I like your every post.but this is not fair that don’t want Outsourcing firms.All outsourcing firms are not equal,working capabilities can be different,here are many competent outsourcing companies.

  • Mio Navman M400D  January 20, 2010 at 3:33 am

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