Wednesday, 15 July 2009

I'll do anything for a writing job...

...but I won't do that. (click for bigger picture)




There's something a bit obscure about an employer asking a potential junior writer to prattle on about sex toys...


(Re: Swine Flu - I must thank you all for your concern. You have been rather more sympathetic about my viral predicament than my fellow office workers, one of whom asked if he could do an ‘Office sweepstake” as to whether I’ve got it or not. Charming. As if proof was needed, later, someone sneezed across the open plan room and before I knew what I was doing, I had involuntarily yelled “OINK” instead of “bless you”. Sometimes you just have to see the funny side of disease, or at least you do if you're my work colleagues)

8 comments:

AFC 30K said...

Ahh, a job in Croydon involving the Rampant Rabbit, that'll be working for Mrs Ann Summers then....

Don't go any work there the whole place around the office is a dump

The Unbearable Banishment said...

Initiative, enthusiasm and attitude are all euphemisms for low pay. I like how they wait until the very end to hit you with the meat of the job. So that’s their game? Clever.

Get well soon. Did you know that swine flu has nothing whatsoever to do with pigs?

blueskies2day said...

I had a job like this once (although it didn't involve writing about sex toys; it involved writing about builders, driving instructors and electricians). It's MISERABLE. From the looks of things, it's a website-producing machine and you have to know how to write sentences which mean their (awful) websites get to the top of Google.

Glad you're not going to apply for it!

Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...

AFC - Sounds hellish. I was planning to stay well clear even before I read the sex toys in croydon bit ;)

unbearable - Ah yeah they reel you in hook, line and sinker. The ad has now been viewed 2052 times - I wonder how many people have applied?

blueskies - Sounds soul destroying. Gumtree's a bit dodgy when it comes to job ads anyway. There are sometimes the odd promising ones, usually they give a company website for you to find out more so you know what you're applying for. Then there are the weird ones. All this one's missing is the request for a photograph with the application.

Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...

PS. Unbearable - re: swine flu. Tell me what you know? Where's it come from?

Feeling pretty rotten this afternoon :-/

All Mod Cons said...

"Oink"....TOOOOOO funny! HA!

Reluctant Blogger said...

The idea of working in Croydon would be enough to put me off. It is a horrible place. You don't live there, do you? Oops I hope I am not putting my clodhoppers in it again.

I think you should submit something amusing to take the piss. Mind you, they would probably appoint you so maybe you had better not.

I must give some thought to suitable jobs for you. Can't have you doing anything like this. You need to find your niche. One job that you would probably enjoy that I did once, just for a year, was working as assistant to a Lord Mayor - it involved a lot of writing (speeches mostly) and was so much fun. He was such an arrogant bastard but the job was fab. I don't think it paid very well. But speech writing is good.

How about applying to the Commission or HofC as an interne or something. They do a lot of writing.

I know, I know - you fancy none of those things. It's hopeless having someone else try to suggest things. I do know cos people have done it for me in the past!

Good luck anyway and I hope you don't get a bad dose of the flu thing. I think a mild dose would be a good thing to get.

Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...

All Mod - Oh! I amuse you, do I? Hmmm? You find my flu tourettes funny eyyyy?

Relucs - You are a wealth. Thanks for those suggestions, it's always actually really good to have things to look into. I'd never considered speech writing or anything like that, really I just want a job that enables me to use my brain a bit. Be a bit imaginative. And I'll be googling those ideas this morning to find out more. Fear not, I don't live in Croydon - I'm a NW girl. Slate away!

 

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