An advertisement for an executive assistant job to a 28-year-old entrepreneur has copped a serious amount of flak online – but there may be more to it than it seems.
Described as ‘the most challenging and the most rewarding position’, the part-time role, which was advertised on Seek and is based in Melbourne, requires someone who’ can look inside the mind of a successful, fast paced, intense, sometimes chaotic, passionate, easygoing, adventurous 28 year old entrepreneur’.
With a salary of $50,000 – $64,999, the EA will deal with the CEO’s ‘bizarre, interesting personal life’ and ‘uplift the CEO to new levels; personally and professionally’.
The successful candidate will ‘‘make the CEO look good, feel good and perform at a higher level’ as well as ’maintain alignment in the CEO’s life’.
Despite being advertised as a part-time position, the ad goes on to say that if a candidate want a job where they can simply clock in and clock out, then this isn’t th one for them.
“Expect after hours and weekend calls from time to time,” it reads.
“Life doesn’t stop when the work day does – High performers work until their tasks are done, NOT just until the clock runs out.”
The chosen candidate shouldn’t take things personally as it’s ‘never’ about them, must be able to deal with profanities, have a great memory and never go home if there’s still work to be done.
“Leaving the office without completing a task = no bueno,” the ad reads.
The job ad then goes on to say that ‘keeping up with his activities and A type personality isn’t for everyone’ but if people still want to apply, they should list why they loved and hated working for their last two bosses.
People should list two words those bosses would use to describe them and describe their ‘ideal situation’.
After the ad was posted on a Facebook group, people were quick to rip it to shreds.
“50 grand to ultimately work 24/7 in a high pressure role doing what looks like everything but wipe his ass.. wouldn’t surprise me if that’s expected too,” one person said.
“Down the very bottom it states “Part-Time Position”, but everywhere else it’s basically saying to be a slave 24/7,” another commenter said.
Others said it ‘sounds like a PA for Christian Grey’, while another said it seemed like a ‘glorified babysitter’ ad for a man child.
“I’m currently looking for work and even I couldn’t consider that,” the comment continued.
And while another person said they couldn’t believe this job ad exists in 2019, it seems most of it could be taken from an advert from 2017.
One Facebook user noticed that some of the words in the advert has been lifted directly from this post on medium.com, where T. L. Donatto detailed what was wrong with an ad she found on LinkedIn.
Her post was titled ‘Translating a Job Description: How to Know if You’re Applying to Work in Hell’.
Seek has now deleted the job advertisement from their site, as they have received a ‘high number of complaints’ about it.
“SEEK has made the decision to temporarily suspend the advertisement until we have been able to further discuss the advertisement with the employer,” they wrote in an email to applicants.
“SEEK takes all complaints and the security of our candidates very seriously, and as such we will contact you shortly with the outcome of our investigation.”
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