HR Strange But True!
December 01, 2011

The editors of HRSBT have covered a fair share of stories about job descriptions. Here are a few of our favorites:

Help Wanted in Wales: A Mermaid—Emphasis on Maid—Last year, an employer in Wales searched for applicants who were part mermaid—and part janitor. And wait until you hear the job description—it includes the word “sharks”!

Winning! Applicants Compete to Become Charlie Sheen's Intern—Charlie Sheen had the media’s full attention in 2011, including when he searched for an intern. The job description for the 8-week “internship” said: “Do you have TigerBlood? Are you all about winning? Can you plan better than anyone else? If so, we want you on TeamSheen as our social media TigerBloodIntern!”

Only 'Hot' Jobseekers Need Apply?—A new employment website,, seeks to match employers with jobseekers who are skilled, talented—and beautiful.

No More Monkey Business—Security officials in India hired new guards during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. We imagine a job description would read “responsible for stopping monkey business” and “must be comfortable with wearing a leash.”

Help Wanted: Must 'Love the Loo'—This company launched a national "job search" contest to find "Charmin Ambassadors" who revel in "a love of the loo."

All Hail the Chief ... Apology Officer—Has the word "chief" in job titles lost its cachet? The Wharton School's online business journal discussed the proliferation of chief reputation officers, chief apology officers, chief geeks, and other "chief you-name-it officers" and whether it has taken away some of the prestige of C-level job titles.

Job Description: Smell Good, Work 24/7--And Keep Your Mouth Shut!—If you become a celebrity personal assistant (CPA), you may never get a raise, but you probably will always fly first class, according to a survey by the CPA's union.

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