Of course it’s up to HR to make sure help wanted ads are accurate. But is there such a thing as too accurate?
Rebecca Land Soodak needed a nanny. The Manhattan mom’s ad on Craigslist started with, “My kids are a pain.”
And there’s more frankness where that came from.
The good news is that Soodak found her nanny through the ad: Christina Wynn, a 25-year-old University of Virginia graduate.
You’ve got to wonder why Wynn is taking the job. The 1,000-word ad also stated:
- “I can be a tad difficult to work for. I’m loud, pushy and while I used to think we paid well, I am no longer sure.”
- “If you are fundamentally unhappy with your life, you will be more unhappy if you take this job, so do us all a favor and get some treatment or move to the Rockies, but do not apply for employment with us.”
- “I have all sorts of theories on how to stack my dishwasher, and if you are judgmental about Ritalin for ADHD, or think such things are caused by too much sugar, again, deal-break city.”
The ad garnered so much attention that The New York Times did an article on it. “I hope she [Wynn] likes it here,” Soodak told the Times. “I sent the ad to one of my old sitters and she said she felt it was pretty accurate, which sort of stung a little bit.”