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Originally posted by Willy Franzen on August 26, 2008. Updated through a sponsorship agreement.
Posted by Willy Franzen on August 26, 2008. Positions below updated every five minutes.
Are you a superhero whose alter ego happens to be looking for a job? Just for cover, of course, because superheroes don’t actually need to work. You’ve managed to keep it quiet through your 4 years in college, but now that you’re going off on your own, you need a good place to hide out when you’re not beating up villains and saving the world. Why not work at the last place that they’d ever expect you to work – Marvel Enterprises. It’s so obvious that it’s completely unobvious. In all seriousness if you’re not familiar with Marvel, they’re “one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies.” They made their name in comic books, but they’ve expanded into tv, movies, toys, video games, and more.
From what we hear, Marvel is the type of company that is filled with fanatics. If you don’t have a comic book collection, you’re probably not going to be a good fit. Because Marvel has such strong brand recognition and loyalty, it seems like they always get plenty of job applicants despite the fact that they may not be seen on any Best Places to Work lists any time soon. We don’t know this for sure, but this blog post about Why Women Don’t Work at Marvel is enlightening. We don’t think that you should write off Marvel just yet (that blog post is 2 years old), but you should certainly research with caution. You could also try to be the superhero who initiates change and brings equality to Marvel while fighting the “Howard Stern/partytime/fratboy/strip club” mentality.
So what kind of job opportunities are available at Marvel for new college graduates? There’s just one right now – it’s as an Advertising Coordinator. All of Marvel’s job openings are listed on Monster.com, which dissapoints us because we thought that superheroes were supposed to defeat evil monsters, not make them stronger. We’re not sure if this job is located at Marvel’s Los Angeles, CA office or their New York, NY office because they don’t list a location on the job posting (maybe it’s really at a secret superhero hideout), but we’re pretty sure that it’s at one of the two. You can apply online through Monster’s interface.
There’s also another employment option for the more creative Marvel Fans. You can submit your writing or art for consideration by their team. If they like what they see, you could be the next Marvel superstar. They get a ton of submissions, but if you’re good, it’s worth a shot. They are very specific about how you should submit your art or writing, so be sure to read over their submission guidelines very carefully. Just imagine having your own comic book series.
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