Thursday, November 02, 2006

Wanted: Employers With A Clue ...

Every now and then, I poke around the writing gigs on Craigslist to see what's out there.

On Halloween, between trick-or-treaters, I found plenty to be scared about. Delusional employers. Check this:

"If you have the following skills, you can finally get paid what you're really worth...

1) Can you speak professional with clients on the phone?

2) Can you creatively write a direct response ad which works?

3) Can you build that ad and flow it into the common layout software like PageMaker / Quark.

4) Can you follow up on referrals and offer them a prepared package?

5) Can you work without constant management?

IF this describs [sic] you we have a new magazine and you can be a part of it.

Reply to this ad with your resume and interest.

Compensation: $18,800 for the right person."

Woo, doggy. Kinda makes you wonder what they'd pay the wrong person.

And then there's this gem:

"Managing editor for prestigious publisher of serious nonfiction. Must have book publishing experience and organizational skills as well as attention to detail. Basic editorial knowledge essential; familiarity with marketing, publicity, and administration preferred. Salary $29,000, 401(k), Health, Dental, Vision, FSA. Please do not bother to apply if you do not have book publishing experience."

Managing editor. $29,000. My first full-time job at the Trib as an editorial assistant paid me $25,100 ... in 1994.

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