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X3F continues to grow and it's time for us to search for a new recruit. Sure, the world of sitting at your computer and scouring the internet for the latest and greatest news is glamorous, but it's not all glitz and glory. No, being a blogger is hard work, and we're looking for the best and brightest to take on a writing position. If you think you've got what it takes, read on.

What we're looking for:
  • You must understand the X3F mission and do your best to abide by it.
  • You must have a passion for games. Of course this must apply to the Xbox 360, but an appreciation of the entire gaming spectrum is even better
  • Strong writing ability is essential
  • Must be able to write under deadline (pretty much constantly)
  • Prolificness. You've got to be able to write, and you've got to be able to write a lot
Other things we require:
  • A computer with a reliable internet connection. Laptops are awesome and recommended
  • The software and skill required to create and edit images or screenshots
  • Multiple forms of contact (IM, mobile, email, etc.)
  • A basic knowledge of blogger's HTML
  • You must be eligible to work wherever you live
Recommended, though not required:
  • Equipment and knowledge required for video editing
  • In particular, we're looking for talented writers in or near the San Francisco area
To apply, send an email to apps [at] xbox360fanboy [dot] com. Include the following in the email (make sure it's all in the body of the email; no attachments please):
  • A subject line including "X3F App" and your full name
  • Your city and state
  • Your email address
  • Your daytime and evening phone numbers (Skype is fine)
  • Your AOL IM and/or Yahoo IM addresses (and your Gamertag if you want)
  • The consoles you currently own
  • A cover letter telling us why you're the right blogger for the job (include writing experience, etc.)
  • A "sample" review of no more than 700 words on any 360 game
  • Two more writing samples of yours on the topic of games and in the style of a typical X3F post. If you're strapped for ideas, you might attack one of our stories from a different angle
  • Three links to posts on X3F that you feel best exemplify the sort of content we want here
  • Three suggestions for how to improve X3F ("More posts" is not a suggestion)
  • Your nomination for the best game of 2007 (not necessarily 360), and why you chose that game (you should probably stick to games that are available).
Please read over the requirements carefully. We're looking for much more than a love for video games. This position is a paid freelance writing job and it comes with all the same responsibilities. That means daily, consistent work and doing your best to help grow our community. Writing comes with its own set of rewards, but rest assured it is definitely work. If you've got the chops, send your application today. Good luck to everyone. Oh, and feel free to post questions in the comments.

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1. If you can't answer this, that's fine, but I'm curious as to whether or not applicants will be expected to work 9 to 5 shifts or if it's more flexible than that?

Posted at 4:49PM on Sep 7th 2007 by Tony

2. "If you can't answer this, that's fine, but I'm curious as to whether or not applicants will be expected to work 9 to 5 shifts or if it's more flexible than that?"

What's important is your output. When you work is up to you. As long as you post what's expected of you, it should be fine. Generally, we try to get things up during the US's waking hours, but scheduling is generally pretty flexible, yes.

Posted at 4:51PM on Sep 7th 2007 by Richard Mitchell

3. How much does a blogger make?

Posted at 4:56PM on Sep 7th 2007 by Digital Limit

4. Who do we address the cover letter to?

Posted at 5:00PM on Sep 7th 2007 by JW

5. Is there a deadline for applications?


Posted at 5:01PM on Sep 7th 2007 by Matthew Falk

6. Is full time dedication needed or would part time be ok? Like a second job... Unless it pays more than the day job....

Posted at 5:02PM on Sep 7th 2007 by Intentless

7. Hi i love writting and discussing games and would be interested in entering this "contest" however i live in the UK does this put me out of contention?

Posted at 5:02PM on Sep 7th 2007 by Adam Gillespie

8. * Cover letters can be addressed to "X3F"

* The only deadline is when we find someone

*Intentless, see comment #2. The time required depends on how fast you can write. What's important is the output. I would consider it a part time job.

*Adam, living in the UK is fine. As long as you can legally work where you live, you can work for us.

Posted at 5:10PM on Sep 7th 2007 by Richard Mitchell

9. I've always wanted to write for you guys, unfortunately, I doubt I can make the 'Constant deadline' rule, due to school and what not.

Such a shame, I could've been (Semi) Famous. :(

Posted at 5:13PM on Sep 7th 2007 by Dauss

10. What age are you looking for? Over 18 right:(

Posted at 5:16PM on Sep 7th 2007 by Scotty993

11. I nominate DJDATZ, he really wants the job.

Posted at 5:20PM on Sep 7th 2007 by colin

12. I would LOOOOVE to do this but I live in Florida :(.

Posted at 5:21PM on Sep 7th 2007 by Kryptinite

13. Oh snap! Richard, I just read your profile thing...I didn't know that you're a fellow Oklahoman! My brother is going to OU right now, and I went to O State for a while. I didn't think anyone else from Oklahoma new about the internet. lol

Posted at 5:21PM on Sep 7th 2007 by Jacob P.

14. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and assume your looking for a bit older of a writer. I am interested but being 15 and in high school may not be the best qualifications for a writer. I think when I put my mind to it I can have a very well written piece of work. Anyways, I'd like for this to be answered before I go all out and send that email. Thanks!

Posted at 5:24PM on Sep 7th 2007 by zourskittles

15. I read more, I can apply :)

Posted at 5:24PM on Sep 7th 2007 by Kryptinite

16. There is no specific age limit, but if you're under 18 your chances are slim to none.

Posted at 5:24PM on Sep 7th 2007 by Richard Mitchell

17. Richard, I'd be really interested in a job like this.
Would you like me send the cover letter in the e-mail or a word document?
Same question goes for the writing samples and review

Posted at 5:31PM on Sep 7th 2007 by Mike show!

18. ARG! If I wasn't in school and already holding a part time job and a woman, I would COMPLETELY immerse myself in this. I would do anything and EVERYTHING to get this job, if I didn't have other things interfering with it.

Sadly, though boys, I guess me being part of the team will have to wait until I'm out of school. Hopefully, by then you guys'll have another opening.

I want to wish everyone good luck who applies for this. Believe me, if I was in the running, which I'm unfortunately not, fortunately for you though, there would be no chance that you would get this job.

Personally Rich, I understand your reasoning for wanting someone in the SoCal area, but I think that having someone from the UK writing would put a HUGE new perspective on the site. And you'd be able to hear about more things from the other side of the pond.

Posted at 5:32PM on Sep 7th 2007 by DjDATZ

19. AHAHAHHAHA Colin. Thanks. I wish I had time for this.

Third year is when my marks start counting for my MBA application, so no more screwing around. Oh well.

Posted at 5:33PM on Sep 7th 2007 by DjDATZ

20. "There is no specific age limit, but if you're under 18 your chances are slim to none." damn so what if the person was very mature and had and was a good writer? no? I would not even want to be paid!

Posted at 5:37PM on Sep 7th 2007 by Scotty993

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