Job hunters, start your resumes: a new digital travel publication is looking for a senior producer. According to the ad on wework.com, the successful candidate will “run point on all things digital, with full accountability for every phase of the production cycle.”
Sound good? There’s just one catch – you have to pay yourself.
To quote the ad, “To join the running, send us 1) a cover letter explaining why you’re the perfect match; 2) a CV; and 3) a proposal/action plan on how you would go about fundraising for your compensation package” (emphasis mine).
In other words, you are invited to kick-start your own salary in support of someone else’s publication. If you get the job.
I’m no stranger to the capitalist system. I know we’re all here to make money (although this organization, offassignment.com, unaccountably has 501(c)3 status). I’m fine with showing ROI — in the form of sales, new customers, a higher profile, awards, whatever — to the people who hire me.
But “fundraising for my compensation package?” Isn’t that just freelancing?
I’ve got an idea: I’d like to hire some writers for my consulting firm, deborahgaines.com. To show your interest, please send me three writing samples, a check for $1,000 and a photo of your living room (which we’ll be using as our corporate headquarters).
May the best decor win.