Return of the Sham Job Offers

Ah, fall. Gorgeous scenery, crispness in the air, the march of the morons…

I’m talking about the sudden onslaught of gawd-awful job postings that seem to crop up as the holidays near. Not that crappy offers have a particular season, but they tend to be in ample supply right now. One I read yesterday had my Irish up –

“SEEKING: Highly motivated interns to create relevant, quality content to help us grow our online fashion community and achieve editorial excellence. We’re looking for a interns that will take active approaches influencing the direction of the community by creating and connecting the content utilizing blogs, Web forums, MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, etc. as a marketing medium to communicate brand and company messages on a regular basis. The fashion journalism team will collectively collaborate to set the tone and shape an engaging and interactive community with the following:
-Creating and moderating forum topics and discussions
-Writing articles for online submission
-Composing web press releases
-Creating and moderating polls
– Develop strategies to motivate and engage our members to become an integral part of our online community
– Support the expansion of our community with new features and member interaction
– Create and manage contests and initiatives including concepts and promotions
– Collaborate with entire team and product teams to develop targeted messaging and creatives for campaigns

– Write and moderate persuasive, effective and appropriate content for blogs with compelling topics and discussions
– Monitor members’ blogging behavior patterns, voice, etc.

Forum Moderator
Creating and moderating thought provoking forum topics and discussions

Poll Moderator
Establish stimulating polls and encourage community to create polls

Article Content Writer
Compose weekly articles and monthly press releases to draw traffic to the site

Email Campaign Writer
– Creating weekly email campaigns to target our fashion community
– Development and ongoing management of email newsletter effort
– Develop creatives that support online content including blogs, e-newsletters and online content, videos, etc

– Can commit to a 6 month internship
– Knowledge and understanding of social networking and social media publishing tools and best practices.
– Solid knowledge of the Internet and deep online searching and researching
– Willing to get to know and understand niche audience and market
– Knowledge of writing press releases
– Demonstrate strong command of the topic, the rules of grammar, punctuation, spelling and sentence structure
– Is naturally scrappy with a can-do attitude
– Possess the ability to adhere to deadlines and adapt to changing deadlines is an asset
– Enjoy working with diverse subject matter
– Has a fashion passion
– Takes the initiative to become personally involved in our social networking community

Major in Communications, Journalism, or related major

– Please include a cover letter and resume.
– Please include the name of your educational program and field of study
– Please indicate your specific area of interest (e.g. blog, article writing, social bookmarking, forum, press releases, etc)
– Writers – In your response to this post, describe your area(s) of expertise and your writing experience, and include sample writings (preferably a Blog posting or article, not more than 500 words). If you currently have a blog, or writing samples, please send along the URL.

This internship offers telecommuting. Please describe your hardware,software and internect connectivity environment. “

The compensation? In their own words: “Compensation: College Credit”

Couple of things wrong with that, Skippy. First off, you’re requiring someone who is already short on cash to give up a ton of his/her time and effort for college credit. Secondly, who are you to grant said credit? Last I checked, you had to be approved by the person’s college as a credible internship possibility in order for that to happen. Where in your very detailed ad did you mention that? Oh, you didn’t. Perhaps it’s because you’re varying your levels of truth today?

All I’m saying is this is one hell of a lot of work and effort for someone who isn’t getting squat out of it (though I will say the promise of college credit is a creative scam).

What do you guys think?

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  • Devon Ellington October 21, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    That these schills should be run out of town.

  • Lori October 21, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    And uncovered and examined for what they are…

  • Avid Writer October 21, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Lori, the Irreverent Freelancer would be proud of this much needed expose. 🙂

  • Carrie Wilson Link October 21, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    I like your labels for this post, as much as the post, which I love, BTW.

  • Angie Ledbetter October 21, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Off with their heads! Surprised they didn’t throw “bathroom cleaner and lunch provider” as part of the “job” description.

  • Lori October 21, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    You like that, Carrie? Wait until you see Thursday’s… ;))