Today’s adventures on craigslist

I stumbled upon a great job for a writer’s research/personal assistant near the esteemed Columbia University.

Said writer is “working on a book about the New York dating scene.” Hm. Besides scheduling interviews, transcribing, and potentially ghostwriting, the aspiring Gay Talese has other requirements:

* nag me and force me to write (just being honest here)
* general project organization (there are several balls in the air)

Check and check! Eager former interns love handling several balls in the air!

And of course the job is only for the brave and resolute:

I am male and you will be working in my home office, so if you’re not comfortable with that situation, please don’t apply.

But wait…something seems off. Could it be because he mentions “the two of us will be spending a lot of time together” and that the subject matter “may get a bit risque,” or is it because along with a resume and writing sample, he requests a photo and a link to your Facebook/MySpace profile?

Because serious male writers who intend to spend a lot of time with female personal assistants need some kind of objective proof of their skills. You know like hair color, smile, and breast size.

Luckily, this is what I look like when applying for jobs.

Luckily, this is what I look like when applying for jobs.

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