A few days ago, my job search became urgent enough that I turned to Craigslist for help. I applied for all sorts of things, ranging from freelance movie reviewing to pet sitting to a very sketchy-sounding office job. Why not, right? I wasn’t looking for anything too serious, just a way to make a little extra cash.
Don’t scam me, bro
Oddly enough, the pet-sitting gig was the first to respond to my e-mail. It turns out that the ad was actually posted by a “placement agency” called Perfect Gigs. The e-mail explained their business model as: “Basically, people contact us to find people to find people to ‘fill’ their gig openings.”
In retrospect, the unnecessary quotes should have been my first clue.
The e-mail went on to say that all I need to do was take a personality survey with “several fun quiz options to choose from”, then they would call me for a phone interview. That should have been my second clue, but I went for it. I won’t go into the details of what I found there, but here is the e-mail that I sent back to “Stephanie” from the “placement agency”:
(by the way, those quotes are not unnecessary in the slightest)
I followed the link you sent me, and the “personality quiz” you mentioned looks a lot like spam rather than a legitimate job placement survey. I do not feel comfortable sharing my contact and personal information with a company that requires me to complete a “How DUMB are YOU?” or “Beat your friends on the IQ Challenge” quiz before applying. Thank you anyway for your time.
I received an automated reply.
As I went on with my day, I began wondering when exactly people would start taking me seriously. In my job search so far I’d been ignored, blown off, patronized…and now scammed. I hadn’t even scored an interview since before graduation.
The only other person to reply to my flood of e-mails that day was from an Internet marketing firm looking for a web designer. He e-mailed me back that night asking when I was in town and available for an interview. We set up a meeting the very next morning.
I wasn’t terribly nervous, because I half expected it to be another sham. Still, I was prepared for anything anyway. He showed up, we had a great talk in which we each decided that the other was legit, and he told me he would make a decision over the weekend.
This morning, he made me an offer. I accepted.
I am now officially employed!