Thursday, February 02, 2006

Anti-recruiting tool

Way to drive students over to Strategic Communications there, bubba:

Immediate opening for Copy Editor to read and edit press releases, original reporter stories and AP news copy to find and correct errors in grammar, spelling, syntax, facts and clarity. Writes headlines for articles. Must possess ability to work with photographs and design pages ready for pagination. Normal working hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 3:00 PM to 12:00AM; however, ability to work a flexible schedule is required.

OK. So assuming I got past the first of the job duties ("read and edit press releases" -- Thank you, sir, may I have another?), figured out what "original reporter stories" meant and diagrammed my way through the alleged sentence structure, I end up at:

Normal working hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 3:00 PM to 12:00 AM; however, ability to work a flexible schedule is required.

Oh, for God's sake. Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to midnight (not "12:00 AM," or even "12 a.m.," dammit), isn't flexible enough for you? Anybody out there still wonder newspapers have trouble getting and keeping good people?

One notes that this e-mail didn't include any contact information. What was it Freud said -- "there are no accidents"?

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