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The Depths to Which Scumbag Employers Will Go

July 2, 2013

I received this message on my voicemail at 9:37 AM:

Hi, good morning, this is Miss Amy.  This message is for Scott.  I’m calling because I received a resume in reference to an office assistant position that is something that you applied for online.  I wanted you to come in for an interview to come see me either today or tomorrow so you can possibly start work in the next week or so if qualified for the position.  If interested, give me a call back at 718-291-5100.  Again, this is Miss Amy calling to set up an interview.  Phone number 718-291-5100.  Have a good day.

When I called back today at 10:05 AM, I did not reach Miss Amy, but someone else who told me that this was not actually an office assistant job, but a security guard job for which I would have to get New York State licensing at my own expense.  I would not and did not apply for anything that was presented as a security guard job.  The woman on the line spoke very fast and the only thing that I caught is that part of it involved watching security cameras.  There are guys at the shelter who work at security guards, and they told me that even when you see guys sitting at front desks, it’s really not much of a sit-down job, even though you do get to sit occasionally.  I do not think investing in security guard licensing is a good use of my limited funds.

The only job to which I have recently applied with the title of office assistant is the following:

Office Assistant/Receptionist

Confidential Brooklyn, NY 6/6/2013


A great career opportunity for an individual that is seeking for stability with a great company. You will be carrying out basic office and administrative duties such as:

  • filing
  • scheduling
  • guest check in/out
  • Assisting with data input
  • And other clerical duties

This is a Full-time position with full benefits. An ideal candidate will be sociable, exciting and have profound customer service skills.  Professionalism is a must!


Other requirements:
Must be 18 and over
Must have legal forms of identification
Must be willing to assist with other office tasks as needed
Must be punctual and responsible
Must be able to communicate in basic English

If you feel you are that right candidate, then forward your resume and we will contact you for an interview


Employment TypeFull-Time
Job TypeAdmin – Clerical
EducationNot Specified
ExperienceNot Specified
Manages OthersNo
IndustryServices – Corporate B2B
Required TravelNone



Brooklyn, NY
Elijah Alade
This is a classic example of bait and switch.  I reported the posting to CareerBuilder.
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