More than one person is having a bad day at Timeout New York. Not only is their photo desk totally overworked, but whoever posted the opening for the position they desperately need to fill has officially goofed. It seems they've simply copy and pasted an email describing why the position needs to be filled, and has everyone on Twitter worrying about Melissa.
Job hunting is a huge pain.Having to tailor your resume to each job's requirements can be a time consuming task. And plenty of job applicants just wish they could get inside the recruiter's head to know exactly what they're looking for in a candidate.
So, if you're a photo editor, you're in luck.In this extra-long job posting, we hear the woeful tale of Melissa, who is totally overwhelmed for lack of qualified freelancers. And the posting flatly explains that the position is being created to prevent her from leaving. It's clearly an email some poor HR kid copy and pasted into a posting without thinking, but it's a great inside look.
And it has people shocked.
@BrandyZadrozny @TimeOutNewYork @_msinclair what is happening here...— Olivia Messer 🌻 (@Olivia Messer 🌻)1506694136.0
It gave people a whole new respect for photo editors.Who knew wrangling freelancers could be such an insurmountable task. Not to mention the dearth of talent in a world where it seems just about everyone has access to professional camera equipment.
People were quick to rally around Melissa.People felt for the poor, overworked Melissa, and they took to Twitter to voice their concern. And also, of course, to give Melissa credit for holding out this long, all while apparently doing a good enough job that the magazine would hire a whole new person just to keep her happy. But that wasn't all...
It sparked some bad memories for people.
@MommaKatMont @BrandyZadrozny @TimeOutNewYork @_msinclair We have all been Melissa once. https://t.co/dFVbLfxUZf— Samantha (@Samantha)1506821664.0
People had other suggestions for ways they could keep Melissa happy.
Melissa deserves a raise and an assistant https://t.co/5uBYbTAKJd— Andrew Ba Tran (@Andrew Ba Tran)1506716319.0
There was even an attempt to start a movement.While the hashtag itself didn't catch on, several people were ready to take a stand in her name. Could Melissa be the next Bernie Sanders? Or is her fifteen minutes of fame over already? As long as she eventually gets a lunch break, it's fine either way.
There's also the question of the salary for the new employee.
This is crazy but also incredibly grim that Time Out is paying 40-45k for a photo editor in NYC. https://t.co/B5MPRKlTin— Tom Gara (@Tom Gara)1506715907.0
Many also observed that this job posting will likely turn candidates away.
@BrandyZadrozny @TimeOutNewYork @_msinclair Yikes there are so many red flags in one posting— SarahRogers.psd (@SarahRogers.psd)1506732907.0