As previously mentioned, we are hiring. Specifically we are hiring for an energy and grants project manager. It's not Mike's soon-to-be old job, but it's close. In addition to the grant funded projects the position will also include oversight of our social media platform, which includes our blog, Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook. The linchpin being our blog. It is important to have a feel of a candidate's writing style and research ability. Therefore, we have asked our potential future coworkers to complete a trial assignment for the blog.
The top candidates will be given an assignment prepare a trial post for one of five topics. The posts will be between 500-750 words and include image(s). *Right now I have to admit I appropriated this concept from my favorite blogger, Belle over at Capitol Hill Style. She took a similar approach with potential interns and I loved the process so much I decided to use it!* Our existing blog has a definite 'voice' and there is no expectation that it will be replicated. My hope is to see individual style. Once we have all the submissions--and permission of the authors--I will post their work for you all to read.
I think you'll be pleased, as I know our whole team has been so far. Even Mike. And if Mike likes it, well it's either totally obscure or really, really good.