Have You Seen The World’s Worst Job Posting?

world's worst jobThis posting to work at a small publishing house in London has requirements so crazy that I thought we should all look at them together.

Any of the following will be grounds for immediate dismissal during the probationary period: coming in late or leaving early without prior permission; being unavailable at night or on the weekends; failing to meet any goals; giving unsolicited advice about how to run things; taking personal phone calls during work hours; gossiping; misusing company property, including surfing the internet while at work; submission of poorly written materials; creating an atmosphere of complaint or argument; failing to respond to emails in a timely way; not showing an interest in other aspects of publishing beyond editorial; making repeated mistakes; violating company policies. DO NOT APPLY if you have a work history containing any of the above.

Self flagellation at your desk is, however, presumably allowed.

Look – I realize that I am lucky to have a job where it is a job requirement to surf the Internet for stories I think are fun. I was almost thinking “well, this is very different from what I do, but I suppose as an editor you really do have a ton of work editing manuscripts and perhaps they make a great salary and…”

It’s unpaid.

It’s for an unpaid internship.

These people are out of their minds.

Though if this sounds appealing to you, you can read the entire thing, here.

Picture via Devil Wears Prada

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    • Ms. Pants

      Unrelated, but…. What’s up with the Gloss RSS feed? Basically, I get a title and sometimes a sentence or two at the beginning of the article. I have to click in to read anything–no more photos in the feed, nada. Is that for the whole “PageViews Pay” thing?

      • http://twitter.com/JenAshleyWright Jennifer Wright

        UGH I’M SORRY. Apparently it was a glitch that you could read articles there before, they’ve switched us over to this new platform, and… I don’t know. I tried to get it back but I do not think that is happening. Our galleries are nicer now, though.

      • Thaumata

        I’m glad someone else asked, because I’ve noticed it myself. I hate it, and honestly, I already read half as many articles here.

      • Lisa(r)


      • Ms. Pants

        Tis indeed. The Munster, my fave. I’ve got a rather large Vog collection. It’s a sickness.

    • jiraf

      Ok maybe I’m crazy but it does not seem too crazy to me. I work in the film industry and in jobs where there is a lot of competition you need to work crazy hard and be crazy good (and be available on the weekends! for free!) before you can even think about getting a “real” job. This company seems very willing to promote from within once they find the right candidate, yes the requirements are a little (!) demanding, but that’s probably to weed out the weaklings / anyone that doesn’t REALLY want to make this job their life, which is what they are clearly looking for.

    • JennyWren

      The only two that seem really unreasonable to me are the expectation that you will be available day and night with no notice, and “creating an atmosphere of complaint or argument,” simply because the latter seems designed to allow the employer to get away with anything short of assault. The no gossiping, surfing the internet or taking personal calls things seem VERY strict (and I’m wondering how effectively they could police the first one) but it is a job and you are there to work.

      That said, I’ve long maintained that unpaid internships are a device of the Devil, essentially a way for companies to get people to work for free. It used to be that interns did things like making coffee and observing, not entry-level position duties. And they’re under no pressure to hire you, and why should they, when they can just get another of the many hundreds of thousands desperate for work in the UK at the moment in to do the same work for free for another three months. It really makes my blood boil.

      • JennyWren

        Actually, I’ve just looked at the whole thing, and yes, they sound a little unhinged. Particularly the bit where they say they ONLY want to hear from candidates who:

        “…do not have any other commitments (personal or professional)
        that will interfere with their work at the Press (family obligations,
        writing, involvement with other organizations, degrees to be finished,
        holidays to be taken, weddings to attend in Rio, etc.)”

        Also, these aren’t even entry-level positions! They’re management
        positions for the most part- who are these mythical beings who have the
        required experience but no family obligations (or friends, sounds like)
        and are willing to work for free?

    • Lisa(r)

      I think I remember having a probationary period where I wasn’t allowed to be late at all, not even five minutes, when I worked at Large Chain Store, or maybe that was just all the time. Anyways, I can understand how an employer would write something like this up, especially if they’ve experienced batches and batches of really poorly motivated (though qualified) people applying for the job they’re offering already. That said, whoever applies for some job had better be ready to deal with some personality issues from above…

    • Maggie

      “Non-masochists need not apply”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=533196328 Tara McMurdo

      Reading that entire job posting nearly gave me an anxiety attack!

    • Penny

      This really doesn’t seem that unreasonable to me. Not fun, but they’re paying you to work, not slack off and start drama. And they never said “with no notice.” Where did that come from?

      • woo

        They ain’t payin’!