Monday, July 8, 2013

Viral marketing posing as job market craziness

Dr. Jekyll:  A friend noticed an unusual job posting listed under "Monsters University" at a real academic job board.

Prof. Hyde:  Dammit, that's a fake ad?  Placing it on a real job board is dastardly.  Getting my hopes up like that makes me very angry.

4 comments:

  1. Monster's University? I sometimes .... o.k., often ... think my administration are just the visible manifestations in this world of Cthulhu and the Old Ones.

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  2. Wow. They even nailed the tone & language down cold. Props for that!

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  3. I think it's a mean and rather a low form of humor, like teasing the dog: "Hey I got food for you, NO I DON'T, ha-HA!" I remember all too well what it was like to be a postdoc-turned-Accursed Visiting Assistant Professor in year after year of job searches that went badly. It made me so desperate, I might have actually taken this ad seriously, if only momentarily.

    The American Astronomical Society's Job Register has more than once reminded subscribers that they will list only bona fide jobs, which have not been promised to anyone at the time of posting. This rules out frauds, for which a job opening is falsely claimed but no real job will be available, carried out to see how many responses will be received, as well as jokes like this one. Doesn't this marketingphdjobs.com board have a similar rule?

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