clients JLS Trading Co.

Remote Book Summarizer and Teaching Apprentice to Eccentric Millionaire @ Fun Ecom Co | Great People & Flexible Hours

Location

Worldwide

Job Type

Full-time

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N/A

Salary

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Skill Set

Role

All Other Remote

Job Details

- Do you love reading and learning so much that “nerd” barely does you justice?

- Do you flourish when teaching others what you’ve learned?

- Do you thrive in a high-stress environment filled with political infighting, bureaucracy, and corporate nonsense?

If so, then we are the place for you, except you might hate how nice of a company we have - filled with happy, generally competent people who don’t put up with jerks. Frankly, it makes me sick how nice everyone is.

We are remote full-time, have very flexible hours, people are judged by their output, not by how much they suck up to the boss, and turnover is super low because the company believes that happy employees = happy customers = happy bank account. Simply disgusting, if you ask me.


Is this a real job ad?:

Yup! Amazingly enough, we actually paid money to post this on a bunch of different job sites. And it’s not even a pyramid scheme! Plus, get this: the owner just started paying our 60-ish employees with money instead of Pizza Hut coupons - we’re big-time, people.

Our careers page is actually worth checking out to learn more about how insane we are (side note: it won a web design award in 1993 - we’re a pretty big deal):

http://www.jlstradingco.com/careers/

Check out our reviews on Google, Glassdoor, or Indeed to see that it’s not just the founder’s mother who says we’re cool.


What do you guys do?:

We sell a lot of different things but our primary focus now is developing/engineering from scratch very cool products in a variety of niches.

A small sampling:

- Bad Parking Cards (https://amz.run/5Eya)

- Steak Weights (https://amz.run/6kin)

- Beverage Barricades (https://amz.run/6kip)

Our business is growing rapidly every year, and it’s our intention to continue that for as long as possible, which means we need good people to help us keep up with the growth.


What is your company like?:

1. Full Time Remote/Flexible Hours. You will be working from home in your pajamas, on your schedule. And we don’t care if you work 10-hour days 4 days a week or want to catch up on the weekend. So long as you get a lot of work done, we’re happy campers.


2. Complete Work/Life Balance. If you’re routinely working more than 45ish hours, you’re gonna get a friendly talking-to. We want you to be operating at 100% capacity, which means that you need to rest.


3. You Can Be Yourself. You don’t have to put on a fake, professional face. You can just be yourself. You can talk smack to the CEO, and no one will think anything of it.


4. Major Opportunities for Career Growth. We are not trying to just be a small business. We plan to be doing $100 million annually in the next few years. We promote quickly once we identify talent. It doesn’t matter what your credentials are – it matters what you get done.


5. Strongly Anti-BS. Anybody in the company can (and is expected to) tell the CEO when he is wrong. There are no bureaucratic or BS rules getting in the way of getting work done.


6. No Micro-Management. Once you’re trained and have demonstrated you know your stuff, we are pretty hands-off. In fact, if you need external management to stay on-task and motivated, we probably aren’t the place for you.


7. Supportive Environment. We don’t operate via intense stress or unreasonable top-down deadlines. Everyone wants you to be successful – internal politics are at a minimum here.


8. No Toxic People Allowed. We try very hard to screen out mean people before they get in, but in case they slip through, we fire them quickly. Imagine never having to interact with toxic people at work - how nice would that be?


9. We’ll Invest in Your Training. We want you and everyone to get better constantly. You’ll be learning new things all the time, and are strongly encouraged to invest time every day to learn new things, improve your system/work process, and just generally try to make your life easier.


10. Four+ Weeks Vacation. We 100% want you to recharge, so having plenty of time off is absolutely worth it.


11. Self-Funded So We Can Do What’s Right for Us. We don’t have to answer to anyone but ourselves, so we can make the right decision for the long-term health of the company vs trying to get big too fast or cut corners to appease some selfish investor.


What are your company’s values?:

See here: http://www.jlstradingco.com/careers/

Yes, those are legitimately our values. The careers page is definitely worth checking out - it’s not just normal corporate BS. We promise you’ll learn a lot about us.


OK, so I’ve read like 8 dang pages about you guys. Will you tell me what the actual job is?:

No.


Wait... What?:

OK fine.Super short version:

Making our people smarter by learning from our founder, reading a ton of books/other material, preparing crazy good summaries and learning materials, and then teaching others, so that others may benefit from your knowledge.

Here is a bulleted list of responsibilities:

  • Read the material that our founder asks you to
  • Discuss the reading on a deep level to determine if it’s useful and how best to integrate it into our teaching
  • Create engaging material that will help translate those ideas to our team
  • Help others discover the value and applicability of the material through teaching via Socratic Dialogue
  • Read random things we ask you to. Things that the founder is interested in but doesn’t necessarily want to prioritize consuming

Like everyone else in the company, you will also need to innovate regularly - which means figuring out ways to improve quality and production speed.

You can kind of model the job as being a second brain to our founder and also being a college professor.


Do I need experience?:

We expect you to have a minimum of 70 years of experience (120+ preferred).

Oh, you haven't lived two lifetimes eating and breathing business 24/7/365? Who TF do you think you are, reading this job description? You absolute buffoon.

Oh, you haven't been directly involved in at least two (preferably three) World Wars? You're not even qualified to operate our coffee machine, you sentient potato.

Oh, you didn't observe the Big Bang as it happened? Get out of here, you pirated copy of Windows 95.

I am gonna literally throw up from the mere thought of your hubris, that you could apply for a junior position. Absolutely sickening.

Also, no you don't need any direct experience.

We want special people and don’t give AF what their background is. Most of our best people did nothing remotely related to their current roles, so if you've never done anything like this before, don't sweat it. We hire 100x more for potential than existing knowledge. The Big Bang requirement still stands though.


Do I need a college degree?:

You just need to be awesome.


Are there any geographic restrictions?:

As long as you are in a country that doesn’t have active sanctions from the US government, we are interested. Our founder isn’t known for respecting the government much, but they have all the guns, so…


Why don’t you just use online summaries?:

Definitely a fair question. I have literally no idea what anybody gets out of these services. Their summaries are garbage. No regular human will actually change their actions from reading them. They basically operate on the wrong theory of how humans learn.

And ChatGPT summaries are absolutely useless. Maybe in the future, they won’t suck, but we have been universally unimpressed (though we otherwise love ChatGPT).


What kind of things will I be reading/summarizing?:

It will be extremely wide and eclectic. Everything from business books to ancient philosophy to academic papers to economics videos to therapy blog posts. If you don’t love learning about just about literally anything and everything (like our founder), this might not be the role for you.


Will I be reading/summarizing anything controversial?:

There is literally nothing off-limits. If you aren’t comfortable reading (and defending) everything from Marx or Rothbard to people 10 times more controversial than them, this isn’t the place for you. We value truth above all else, even if it’s unfashionable or uncomfortable.


How much will I be reading?:

A very wide variety of things. We haven’t hired for this role before so we really don’t know what is 100% reasonable to expect but our founder reads (or listens to) the equivalent of 2 books per week. You’ll likely need to be on a faster pace than him since this will be your job.


What is JLS University?:

We’ll eventually give you a lot more information about it, but the short version is that it's our internal university to help our people become hyper-capable. It is not fully built out, but we currently have probably 2ish years of material we want people to work through. If all goes well, you’ll help teach and expand the curriculum.


This sounds pretty good, though I’m still skeptical that this isn’t a pyramid scheme:

You sound just like our tax auditor!


That doesn’t resolve any of my fears, but what do I need to do to apply?:

Please submit your information on the following page to apply. We promise to respond within 5-10 business days even if our answer is No.

There will be multiple steps in this process, FYI, including a long written application, interviews with potentially a few different people, and paid work test(s). Hiring the right people is really hard and very expensive if we do it poorly, so we have to front-load the process. I'm sorry about that and thank you for sticking with us.

Once you’re in our pipeline though, I would anticipate giving you a final answer within a few weeks, depending on how it goes. We definitely don’t want to string you along, and as long as you do what we ask, we promise to tell you “yes” or “no”, and not just ghost you (like everybody I match with on Tinder).


Thank you for your time and interest, and I hope we can work together soon!