10 Of The Worst Job Adverts You'll Ever See

Are you a master of 'shutting your mouth'? Do you have a 'high-level of self-importance'? And are you completely alienated from family and social commitments? Then we might just have a job for you. Crybags need not apply.

June 20, 2023

Would you apply to them?

There's an art to creating a job ad that compels, excites and inspires the right candidates at the right time.

Unfortunately, some employers haven't quite got the hang of it yet.

Check out 10 of the worst job ads ever released to the public.

I'd love to be a fly on the wall during the interview stages!

1. There's no such thing as bad publicity...

London PR firm, "Just In Time" advertised an account manager position offering people a chance to work for "a fat bloke with a drink problem and a moral compass that only ever points South."

The rest of the ad calls for an individual on antidepressants, who doesn't care about global warming and is one drink away from oblivion.

Of course it was all a joke, but it gained a lot of publicity for the firm and an awful lot of replies from willing candidates!

2. I'm lovin' it!

Fast food chains are notoriously unpopular places to work, and have gained a fairly bad reputation for some of their more 'quirky' employees (see our last blog - number 4).

But although working at McDonald's may not be everyone's dream career, a recent job ad set up by comedic workers, was perhaps a little too harsh.

It certainly doesn't beat around the bush.

3. "The worst job in PR."

Working as Head of Communications for a major airline should be the dream ticket.

But Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has a habit of putting his foot in his mouth and the company freely advertised the position as the 'worst job in Irish PR'.

The ad set out the need for a 'brave soul' to take on the 'high profile and incredibly overpaid position' when the outgoing jobholder left for calmer waters (Irish rugby!)

4. Wanted: Masters in "Shutting your Mouth!"

This anonymous entry clearly reflects the potential employer's relationship with the previous jobholder.

You do have to wonder if advertising the fact that the last 'pizza cook' cried every day is the right way to attract new staff to the position.

5. A little too 50 Shades of Grey!

The Dalkey Archive Press posted an ad in 2012, aimed at a variety of different roles...

"...listed in order of importance, but with all initially being equal to one another and in the order that have the most promise for long-term employment."

The job ad goes on to welcome a certain kind of candidate. One who doesn't have...

"...any other commitments (personal or professional)" including but not limited to "family obligations, writing, involvement with other organizations, degrees to be finished, holidays to be taken, weddings to attend in Rio, etc."

But it doesn't end there.

Click here to read the entire damning advert!

6. Keeping it casual!

Like any 2-sided relationship, during the recruitment process both sides should take things slowly and try not to seem too keen (even if inside you're dying to get the job or hire the candidate!)

Desperation really doesn't suit anyone!

[caption id="attachment_21145" align="alignright" width="300"] I think they might be hiring![/caption] Recruiter Pro Tip Don't look too eager when you're interviewing or being interviewed. Giving away your desperation means that they have the power! Keep your cards close to your chest until it's time to make a decision.

7. Do you have a 'high level of self importance?'

Then you might be right for the following role.

This job ad, genuinely posted on Reed.co.uk sounds much more like a troubled employee's tirade, than an actual bid to find new staff.

The shocking things is that eight people actually applied for this role!

I'm pretty sure I would never want to meet one of those people.

8. Apply now for the ride of your life!

Tech companies are notoriously eccentric with their job adverts and will often post regular vacancies but with weird and wonderful names like 'marketing wizard,' (copywriter) 'dynamic dynamo' (digital marketing executive) and 'digital overlord' (website manager). (You can check out 50 of the best here).

But there's a fine line between fun eccentricity and coming across as downright arrogant and offensive.

Offering the chance to 'make it rain on them hoes' as well as expecting candidates to be 'totally gay for code' - Sportacam crossed that line.

9. A Suspicious Surgeon

Would you trust a surgeon who had no experience?

This fairly sinister newspaper job ad just doesn't seem quite right...

In fact honestly, the entire thing conjures up images of some kind of horror movie, involving a rogue surgeon, setting the world to right!

Surely there's more to hiring a good surgeon than the fact that they own their own tools!

10. Oh Happy Day!

If I'm honest, this is one of my all-time favourite recruitment advert (for all of the wrong reasons!)

In 2001, Ernst and Young released this video, encouraging people to join their team.

I don't know whether to cringe, laugh or cry!


Honestly, who knows whether these job adverts were merely cleverly put together PR stunts, or miscalculated efforts to stand out in the competitive job market.

One thing is for certain, each of them have caught the public eye, for all of the wrong reasons!

Recruiter Pro Tip Don't try to be too clever with your job advert. Aside from the fact that ultra-edgy content could potentially be putting great candidates off, strange job titles are actually not as easy to search for. A candidate might not make the link between 'marketing executive' and 'dynamic dynamo'.

Perhaps the most shocking thing about these job adverts is the fact that people actually did apply to them (but in most cases, that's probably more worrying than not).

Happy Friday!

PS. If you liked this blog, check out our recent post on the 10 strangest jobs you'll ever read about, you'll be surprised how many weird and wonderful jobs are out there!

Coburg Banks - Multi-Sector Recruitment Agency
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