Fake Job Post

  • used on conjunction with a talk I give on resume preparation

Employer Context:

To set the stage, let’s pretend our employer, “BOOKIES, Inc” has the following traits:

  • provides financial software services for individuals or other businesses who need bookkeeping
  • 51 to 200 full time employees
  • remote-friendly

“BOOKIES leading team of US-based experts, supported by amazing scalable software, delivers world-class bookkeeping, tax, and CFO services. We are trusted by thousands of growing businesses like yours. Let BOOKIES focus on your financial data, so you can focus on your business.”

Job Post

SOFTWARE ENGINEER – Application Services

We are growing quickly, and looking for software engineers on all of our teams. Product, Infrastructure and Security are our three main teams that we’re focusing on right now.

All of our teams have unique charters to collectively build the software, services and systems that enable BOOKIES to deliver a high-quality experience: profitably at scale.

Most of our developers would describe themselves as generalists — they can work across the stack though may gravitate more towards frontend, backend, infrastructure, etc.

BOOKIES’ backend API is written in Python 3, and our frontend is JavaScript, TypeScript, and React. We use Terraform and Docker containers to deploy to Amazon ECS. We use active monitoring and PostgreSQL as our database.

Key Responsibilities

  • Building, testing and deploying software in a continuous manner (we deploy throughout the week, if not every day)
  • Working with PMs and Product Designers, and participating in product and design reviews
  • Creating and/or contributing to technical specs and testing/rollout plans
  • Working with internal customers and stakeholders to ensure we’re solving the right problems
  • Mentoring your teammates to help them grow
  • Working across teams to shape the future of engineering at BOOKIES
  • Supporting your software and services as required

About You

Even if you don’t have experience with the specific technologies in our stack, we’d love to talk to you! Our requirements are:

  • 3+ years of experience as a software engineer
  • Experience with object-oriented programming
  • Able to work collaboratively across different kinds of teams
  • Strong written, verbal, and technical communication skills
  • Writes well-structured, well-tested, and maintainable code
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with, mentor, and teach others
  • Additionally, we’re interested in people with specialties in the following areas:
    • security
    • infrastructure
    • frontend
    • data pipelines, and
    • FinTech


BOOKIES launched in 2015 to bring the financial office into the modern era. We provide small businesses with dedicated finance experts (which we hire as full-time, U.S.-based employees) who learn the ins and outs of our customers’ business. BOOKIES integrates directly with the billing, banking, expense, and payroll systems that out customers already use. With this special blend of custom software and expert bookkeepers, BOOKIES delivers accurate, consistent bookkeeping, financial management, tax services that give entrepreneurs the freedom to focus on their business.

BOOKIES has over 1,000 customers and has raised over $170 million in financing from Sequoia, Index Ventures, Stripe, Bezos Expeditions, and Whale Rock. Our investors also include a long list of world-class entrepreneurs, including Patrick and John Collison, Drew Houston, and Diane Greene. Our most recent funding round doubled our valuation to $1.2 billion – Meet Fintech’s Newest Unicorn.

Why work at BOOKIES?

  • We invest in our employees’ development and happiness because our employees are the keys to our success and ensuring happy customers
  • The opportunity to join a seasoned founding team that has led companies through two prior successful startups and acquisitions (by Oracle and Dropbox).
  • Flexible vacation/time-off policy
  • All federal holidays are observed
  • 100% coverage of employee only (individual) benefits
  • Parental leave, 100% pay for 12 weeks
  • 401(k) plan

We base employment decisions on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, or belief; national, social, or ethical origin; age; physical, mental, or sensory disability; sexual orientation; gender identity and/or expression; martial, civil union, or domestic partnership status; past or present military service; HIV status; family medical history or genetic information; family or parental status including pregnancy; or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. BOOKIES will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

BOOKIES welcomes the opportunity to consider qualified applicants with prior arrest or conviction records. BOOKIES’s demonstrated commitment to diversity extends to hiring talented individuals in spite of prior criminal history in accordance with local, state, and/or federal laws, including San Francisco’s Fair Chance Ordinance and the California and Tennessee ban-the-box laws.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation in the job application process, please reach out to fake-recruiter@BOOKIES.com for more information.


Federal law requires BOOKIES to confirm the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States, and BOOKIES participates in the E-Verify program for this purpose. BOOKIES will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

Please read the attached notices, available in English and Spanish, for important information.


  • Medical, Vision, Dental insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Paid family leave
  • Remote worker stipends: one-time reimbursement for equipment, ongoing reimbursement for Internet, cell phone, and more
  • Commuter benefits