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Is This The Worst Craigslist Job Posting Ever?

A painful lesson in the art of copy/paste “Emoticons. Format.”

Sotheby’s Inc. is looking for an administrative assistant. And judging by this unbelievable Craigslist post, it would seem they could really use one.

The post starts off normal enough — a concise and standard description of the administrative assistant role — but quickly veers off the rails as the post’s author appears to accidentally include a rambling IM transcript that chronicles the poster’s epic struggles with a simple copy/paste.

It’s unclear if the post is real or simply a well executed fake — certainly the author’s struggles with a standard “Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V” copy/paste are hard to comprehend, to say the least.

If it’s real, it’s perfect. If it’s fake, it’s still a pretty excellent script.

Here is the full text of the post below. Warning: it’s pretty brutal.

Sotheby’s Inc. requires a Skilled and dedicated Administrative Assistant, Office Executive and Receptionist for its New York office. Applicant would be coordinating, planning and supporting daily operational and administrative functions. Scheduling meetings, coordinating travel and managing all essentials tasks. We require someone who is highly focused and able to identify goals and priorities and resolve issues in initial stages. Highly skilled in greeting guests with a positive attitude and helping them with their needs. Should be proficient in Microsoft Office. Position opens to students. Send in your updated resume.

Mr Debras. Delman (Apr 29 2:02 PM):‎ Copy and paste the job description above in the space provided for it

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:02 PM):‎ Did you get that?

mejia.saima (Apr 29 2:03 PM):‎ okay I will do it now
Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:02 PM):‎ Copy and paste the job description above in the space provided for it

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:02 PM):‎ Did you get that?

mejia.saima (Apr 29 2:03 PM):‎ okay I will do it now

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:04 PM):‎ Compensation: $15-$20/Hr + Attractive Wages

mejia.saima (Apr 29 2:07 PM):‎ I am trying to copy and paste the information

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:09 PM):‎ Okay

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:09 PM):‎ Let me know when you are done with that

mejia.saima (Apr 29 2:10 PM):‎ I’m having problems copying and pasting the info. I try to highlighted adn then go to edit and click copy. can you help me please?

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:02 PM):‎ Sotheby’s Inc. requires a Skilled and dedicated Administrative Assistant, Office Executive and Receptionist for its New York office. Applicant would be coordinating, planning and supporting daily operational and administrative functions. Scheduling meetings, coordinating travel and managing all essentials tasks. We require someone who is highly focused and able to identify goals and priorities and resolve issues in initial stages. Highly skilled in greeting guests with a positive attitude and helping them with their needs. Should be proficient in Microsoft Office. Position opens to students. Send in your updated resume.

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:02 PM):‎ Copy and paste the job description above in the space provided for it

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:02 PM):‎ Did you get that?

mejia.saima (Apr 29 2:03 PM):‎ okay I will do it now

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:04 PM):‎ Compensation: $15-$20/Hr + Attractive Wages

mejia.saima (Apr 29 2:07 PM):‎ I am trying to copy and paste the information

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:09 PM):‎ Okay

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:09 PM):‎ Let me know when you are done with that

mejia.saima (Apr 29 2:10 PM):‎ I’m having problems copying and pasting the info. I try to highlighted adn then go to edit and click copy. can you help me please?

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:11 PM):‎ Just click and drag the content I sent to you from our conversation menu and as soon as the job description i sent to you has been highlighted press “control + c” or right click and click on copy

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:12 PM):‎ Hope am clear?

mejia.saima (Apr 29 2:12 PM):‎ is there an easier way to do it

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:13 PM):‎ Am afraid there isnt. Unless you have to type it out

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:02 PM):‎ Sotheby’s Inc. requires a Skilled and dedicated Administrative Assistant, Office Executive and Receptionist for its New York office. Applicant would be coordinating, planning and supporting daily operational and administrative functions. Scheduling meetings, coordinating travel and managing all essentials tasks. We require someone who is highly focused and able to identify goals and priorities and resolve issues in initial stages. Highly skilled in greeting guests with a positive attitude and helping them with their needs. Should be proficient in Microsoft Office. Position opens to students. Send in your updated resume.

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:02 PM):‎ Copy and paste the job description above in the space provided for it

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:02 PM):‎ Did you get that?

mejia.saima (Apr 29 2:03 PM):‎ okay I will do it now

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:04 PM):‎ Compensation: $15-$20/Hr + Attractive Wages

mejia.saima (Apr 29 2:07 PM):‎ I am trying to copy and paste the information

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:09 PM):‎ Okay

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:09 PM):‎ Let me know when you are done with that

mejia.saima (Apr 29 2:10 PM):‎ I’m having problems copying and pasting the info. I try to highlighted adn then go to edit and click copy. can you help me please?

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:11 PM):‎ Just click and drag the content I sent to you from our conversation menu and as soon as the job description i sent to you has been highlighted press “control + c” or right click and click on copy

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:12 PM):‎ Hope am clear?

mejia.saima (Apr 29 2:12 PM):‎ is there an easier way to do it

Mrs. Debra Delman (Apr 29 2:13 PM):‎ Am afraid there isnt. Unless you have to type it out

Sotheby’s Inc. required a skilled and dedicated administrative assistant, office executive and receptionist for its New York office. Applicant would be coordinating, planning and supporting daily operational and administrative functions. Scheduling meetings, coordinating travel and managing all essentials tasks. We require someone who is highly focused and able to indentify goals and priorities and resolve issues in initial stages. Highly skilled in greeting guests with a positive attitude and help them with their needs. Should be proficient in Microsoft office. Position open to students. Send in your resume.

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Oh my.

h/t (@maggieserota)

Update: The original Craigslist post has been edited and the transcript removed. Below are a few screencaps though.

Update 2: Sotheby’s told BuzzFeed this afternoon that the post was not created by or for the company:

“We can confirm that it is not a Sotheby’s job posting. We don’t hire for a position of that title, and we don’t use Craigslist as a recruiting tool,” a spokesperson said. “We have also checked with our colleagues at Sotheby’s International Realty and they confirmed it wasn’t them either. Our guess is that this is some kind of a hoax.”

Hate to spoil the fun, but the Craigslist post on @NYMag isn't ours! Here’s a look at some ways to apply with us: http://t.co/bmeS6Q2xS9

— Sothebys (@Sotheby's)

Hate to spoil the fun, but the Craigslist post on @NYMag isn’t ours! Here’s a look at some ways to apply with us: http://t.co/bmeS6Q2xS9— Sotheby’s

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Charlie Warzel is a senior writer for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Warzel reports on and writes about the intersection of tech and culture.
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