Every day I receive anywhere from 20 to over 100 articles a day from mailing lists and google alerts and industry reports. I need someone to check my email every weekday and read, summarize, and categorized each article for me, and then send me the results.
In more detail, here is what is expected:
1. Every day, read every blog article, email article, chart, video, whatever it is sent to my email address.
2. Give a one sentence summary of what the article/video/whatever it was about - don’t just re-summarize the title (I can read the titles from the URLs). Tell me the most important discovery of the article, and include anything that might be an interesting business insight.
3. Categorize everything according to a list of around 100 categories that I've created - Items can (and probably do) belong to multiple categories.
4. If you are unsure of what the article was about or didn't understand parts, or couldn’t determine what the category was, say ‘I DON’T KNOW’ in all caps at the beginning, and then guess.
5. Place a link to the article, your one sentence summary, and the list of categories into one google doc in the format shown below, and send it to me.
6. Once you’ve finished, archive all of the emails you worked on that day so that you know where to start the following day.
The articles below are all actually articles that were emailed to me, so it will give you an idea of the type of articles you’ll be reading. I also included an article that showed how to use the ‘I DON’T KNOW’ talked about in step 4, as well as an example of 'interesting business insight' in article 1 from an otherwise funny article. This is what I would expect to see...
- Writer is amazed by the heavy (x100) usage of SnapChat and it’s lesser known features by his 13 year old sister and her friend, they mention two other technologies (VSCO and Triller) as other up-and-coming apps.
- technology, mobile, funny
- I DON’T KNOW - it seems like a list of things for coders doing something called reactJS, they say in the first paragraph that if you don’t have a basic understanding that you should go to the tutorial pages
- I DON’T KNOW - technology, programming, learn to code
- Using a rel-prerender tag, a website page can load a page in the background so that when a user clicks on the link, the page speed is incredibly fast because it was already loaded behind the scenes.
In order to be successful:
Great reading skills (comprehension AND speed) are a must; you just won’t be able to complete the workload on time if you are a slow reader, and the reading level on a good chunk of the articles is higher because they are technical in nature. This doesn’t mean that you can only apply if you’re from the US, it just means that your english reading skills needs to be ‘native’ equivalent in comprehension and speed.
It helps if you are interested in business, technology, sports, psychology and US news. If you read the Wall Street Journal, Mashable, and posts on Medium.com on your own time, then you’ll like what you’re helping me read and summarize. I suggest reading the articles linked above so you can decide whether reading articles like that every day will be a good fit for you.
I would like for this job to take no longer than 2.5 hours every day, and it would be nice (not necessary, but nice) if it could be completed sometime between 6AM-11AM MST.
I think to start we plan on working together for 2 weeks, and then if both of us feel like things are going well that we extend the contract from there.