Administrative Assistant needed for busy Midtown office. Hours are Monday through Friday, nine to five. Job duties include: filing, copying, answering phones, sending e-mails, greeting clients, scheduling appointments. Previous experience in an office setting preferred, but will train the right candidate. This is a full-time position with health benefits. Please e-mail résumé if interested. Compensation: $12-$13 per hour.For those of you who live in the hinterlands, $12-$13 per hour translates to something like $9 per hour. In short, it isn't a great job. It's not even a good job. It's just a job. And what happened?
I published the ad at exactly 2:41P.M. on Thursday. The first response came in at 2:45—just four minutes later. Ten minutes later, there were 10 responses. Twenty minutes later, there were 56. An hour later: 164. Six hours: 431.
At 2:41P.M. on Friday — exactly 24 hours after I posted the ad — there were 653 responses in my brand new inbox. Not wanting to face any more after that, I promptly removed the ad from Craigslist.And if you go and read his full account, it is depressing to realize how many of the applicants were well-qualified and trying really hard to get this not very good job. And please: click over and read his full account of what happened--the advertising revenue that your visit to his blog will generate may be the only bright part of this experience.
The question is: will these people vote to re-elect the man who has utterly failed to solve the problem? My guess is that many will, because the alternative is tar yourself as a racist.