What if you were to apply for a job that came with requirements like standing most of the time, no vacations, extra work on holidays, and absolutely no pay? That’s what a few unsuspecting job hunters recently did.
Ad Week reports about the reactions of twenty-four people who responded to an ad for a job described as “working from 135 to unlimited hours per week.” A Boston agency had posted a listing for a company called Rethom Inc. (mother spelled backwards if you didn’t get that right away) to interview applicants seeking the position.
The unsuspecting applicants are slowly clued in to some of the impossibly demanding requirements as they are interviewed via webcam. Applicants are told things like they will constantly be exerting themselves, staying up with their associate through the night on occasion, all without any real pay (“pro bono" as the interviewer calls it). But he does assure applicants that working with the associate will feel very rewarding even though they will not be compensated monetarily.
Their reactions are of disbelief - that is of course until the interviewer lets them in on the joke, that he is actually just listing the job requirements of being a Mom. The applicants then get a little misty eyed, vowing to call their Moms and talking about what a thankless and important job their own Moms do.
There is then the big reveal from American Greetings urging all of us to make our Moms a card this year for Mother’s Day. If you’re the type to cry from greeting card commercials, this one just might get you.
Do you think the “job requirements” for being a mom were pretty accurate?