At Zillow, which is headquartered in Seattle, WA, you'll gain experience in the real estate industry while others are waiting for market to pick up.

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When you started college, the Goldilocks economy (not too hot, not too cold, but just right) was cooking along with a nice balance of fear and optimism. You knew from freshman year that you wanted to get into real estate because, as they say, they’re never making any more of it. Well if you’ve been paying any attention to CNBC lately, real estate is not the place to be looking for an entry-level job. So how can you find a company in the industry that hasn’t cut out new hiring because of the down market?

Go where the innovation is. The Internet has changed how real estate transactions happen, and much of the industry is way behind the times. The guys who brought travel to the Internet with are now making moves in the real estate industry. Zillow is a service that helps consumers overcome the problems of asynchronous information when they are buying or selling a house. Zillow offers a free valuation tool that uses public information to estimate the value of any home in the United States. They also allow you to post your house for sale on their site at no charge.

So how does Zillow make money? Advertising. Skeptical of that business model? Lehman Brothers isn’t. Like we already said, the real estate industry has a lot of catching up to do online, and Zillow is poised to be one of the big winners in the next few years – credit meltdown or not.

You can be a winner too. All you have to do is land a job at Zillow. Not only will you gain experience in the real estate industry while others are biding their time in other fields waiting for the housing market to pick up, but you’ll also be working for 2007’s Best Seattle Start-Up (they were runners-up for best office party, coolest office space, best high-tech company and most laid-back atmosphere). Want proof? Check out their Halloween costumes, office activities, and after-work get-togethers. They’re even taking a different approach to recruiting.

So what do they have available? Unfortunately they don’t have a special section of their Job page for college students, but they do have a few positions that you might be qualified for. These include Data Analyst, User Experience Developer, User Experience Designer, and Graphic Designer. There is also an Advertising Analyst position that we’re pretty sure is too advanced for most new college graduates, but take a look anyways. We’ve also heard from various Internet sources that Zillow has done on-campus recruiting in the past, so there may be other entry-level job opportunities that aren’t listed on their website.

There are two more things about Zillow that we loved, but we weren’t sure where to mention them. First, on their Who We Are page they profile their team with head shots and a blurb – under each head shot is an “About My House” link with a blurb about the person’s house. This adds a personal, but still relevant, level that you don’t see on many corporate websites. Second, we’ve heard rumors that people at Zillow are mildly obsessed with the letter Z, and we found this picture to confirm it. The first person to leave a comment saying what we’re talking about will get an automatic entry into our contest (with a really awesome prize) that starts next week.

Note: On April 21st we revisited entry-level jobs at Zillow.

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Does Zillow really have company paintball outings? If you can verify, leave a comment.

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3 responses to “”

  1. Ilya Blokh says:

    Half the people are giving little ‘z’ gang sings…

  2. “Does Zillow really have company paintball outings? If you can verify, leave a comment.”

    I can verify that quote, since I attended the paint ball outing we had several months ago.

    And, by the way, thanks for writing — I can definitely vouch for a cool work environment for young people (I’m 2 1/2 years out of college). If anyone has questions about working here, feel free to e-mail me. drewm at zillow dot com.

  3. Ilya, that’s correct. You’ll be entered in our contest next week.

    Drew, thanks for posting! We’re always excited to have people from the companies we post about participate in the discussion on One Day, One Job. I hope our readers take you up on your offer to answer their questions about working at Zillow. Also, if you have anything else to add to the post, feel free to leave another comment.

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