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Craigslist Ad du Jour: Kneading Doe

HOUSE HUNTERS ONLY (SIGN IN SIGN UP START MAKING DOE)

Seeking House Hunters w/Deadly Aim
How to Down a Deal in House Hunting
* Location: SIGN IN SIGN UP START MAKING DOE
* Compensation: IF YOUR BAD I LOOSE 5 IF YOUR GOOD ILL LOOSES 10 APIECE THAT IS

The homophone killer is on the lose! Somewon better find him, or all of the area’s dear may be in danger!

Sidenote: If we’re good at the service or employment opportunity for which you’re advertising (the nature of which is left shrouded in mystery, which is widely recognized as the most clever ad technique EVER), you lose more (money, points, children?) than if we suck at it?

Oh, shit, aneurysm.

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Craigs List Douche

As I’ve previously mentioned, I have a Craigslist ad for my freelance services.  Sometimes, a “response” to this ad gets through my spam filter and worms its way into my inbox.  This time, I believe I have by chance located a kindred spirit.  He writes:

Saw  you ad on Craigs List.  I was struggling to use my writing and editing skills to make a living. Then by accident I found a Web site where people who like writing could make a great living. You use your talents, to write articles, and market your own niche web sites. You can check it out right now or keep reading . I explain more in detail below.

I immediately realized that there is a reason that this poor soul was unable to use his writing and editing skills to make a living.  I decided to demonstrate for him.

Lee– can I call you Lee?– I believe you may want to consider a new career path.  I just don’t think writing and editing is for you.  I’m sorry, I know this can be hard to hear, but I think you’ll benefit from the advice in the long run.  Go die in a fire.

Kisses,

Antoinette

Revelation: Craigslist Is for Scammers

After five months of searching for work, I feel I have exhausted all or most of the legitimate resources for job seekers.  Scanning the classifieds in my local paper had yielded surprisingly little within my areas of expertise (editing, office management, research, reception, and light technical support).  Monster.com had gotten me nearly entangled in a “legitimate” pyramid scheme.  Not knowing where else to turn, and not ready to sit out on the street corner with a sign reading “WILL EDIT FOR TATTOOS,” I turned to Craigslist.

Now, I am aware that Craigslist is a scary place full of horny malcontents and other variegated sleezeballs. However, I’d been having good luck getting responses and interviews from the people who were posting in the Writing/Editing jobs section, which made me believe that with a little discretion, I could avoid the pratfalls of online job searching. Unfortunately, the writing/editing ads are too scarce to sustain a thorough job search, so I turned to the Admin/Office section. Continue reading