Ad seeks candidates for 'worst job in town' with no Friday beers

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Job Ad Calls Senior Digital Producer Gig 'Worst Job in Town'


This job advertisement might just be the perfect embodiment of reverse psychology.

An ad looking for a Senior Digital Producer on the Australian job website Seek is proclaiming to be "the worst job in town," with a "poor location," and is "paying below market" value.

The company in question doesn't "value work life balance at all," and "won't even pay for beers on Friday." The office "looks terrible," with "no natural light," and some of the staff don't even bother to shower, according to the ad.

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You'll be working with the best in the business, "managing a bunch of lazy egotistic creatives and developers," alongside "clients who are constantly annoyed." It's not some bigwig company with bundles of cash either, you'll be working with "ridiculously small budgets, for large projects." Sounds like the dream.

Yes, if there was a worse workplace than Initech in Office Space, this sounds like it.

The seemingly confusing part of it all, is that it's actually for a real job, according to the person who posted it. Julien Viard, a digital recruiter for eight years, told Mashable Australia he wrote the ad to challenge the smokescreen, which he sees as a common reoccurrence in job ads.

"If you look at ads on Seek, I find that a lot of ads are overselling jobs, and very few ads give you a actual insight into what the job is. So I decided to go for the complete opposite," Viard said. "It was instead of writing 'the greatest job on the planet,' 'best money in town,' 'best location,' and 'greatest team.' Everyone aspires to be the best company in town, but there's always bad stuff about it."

Viard claimed it is for an actual digital producer role, but the job is actually not as disgusting as is sounds. "It's actually a really good job," Viard said. He claimed the response has been "good" thus far, with potential candidates those who have enjoyed a laugh from the ad.

Despite the results, Viard said it won't inspire a series of similarly negatively-worded advertisements. "I've always tried to be creative with them, so I'll keep it that way and give a bit more insight into what the jobs are. Plus making sure we talk to the right people too."

Now, what to do with those who actual want to work with smelly egocentric colleagues?

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