How to Fill a Job That Nobody Wants

Thu, Apr 19, 2012


Honestly, in this economy, it’s pretty challenging to pitch out a job that absolutely no one wants, but there are definitely positions that, to the average person, are less than desirable. In those instances, placing an ad that simply says, “We need someone to clean our bathrooms” or “We can only pay you $10 for five articles” is probably not going to garner the immediate kind of response that you’re looking for. However, in this life, you can get further than you think just by presentation alone. So, if you’re looking to fill a job position that you think no one will want, keep these three things in mind before posting your first job ad. Mention the Positives. First. Let’s say that you’re looking for someone to do nothing but filing all day long. Rather than say, “We need someone who’s willing to file paperwork for 6-8 hours with a 45-minute lunch break”, how about pitching it this way: “Are you looking for a job in a friendly and casual work environment where you can enjoy listening to your iPod? If so, we have the perfect kind of position for you.” If you present the perks of the position first, there’s a greater chance that people will want to at least inquire and possibly schedule an interview. Be Realistic About What You Really Need Some jobs either have a hard time getting filled or the turnover rate ends up being higher than desired. This is because the employer is not being realistic about the position. Meaning, they may hire for a full-time position that really can be done part-time or even could be a work-from-home position. Or, because the work is inconsistent (say like answering phones that don’t constantly ring or replying to email accounts that are full only a couple of days per week), if the pay is hourly, a lot of times people will not stick around at a place that gives them an inconsistent paycheck (you know, 5 hours one day and 1.5 hours the next). So, even if you present your job ad on Craigslist in a way that brings about a lot of responses, during the interview, make sure to not only be very clear with the potential employers about what your specific needs are, but also be open to discussing ways that you both can reach a compromise that everyone can be happy with. Show Appreciation In any relationship, people want to feel appreciated and an employer/employee situation is not any different. A wise man once said that the best leaders are those who know how to serve and some of the best bosses are people that work from a place of empathy. In this case, think about how you would feel if you had to do some of the “less than favorable” work that some of your employers do and then focus on some of the things you would like if you were in their shoes. Maybe it’s a half day off once per month or movie ticket passes or lunch on you from time-to-time. You can get a lot more about of a person when you put a little bit of extra in and the truth of the matter is that a lot of people stay at their job for years, not so much because of the work, but because of the top-notch environment that their boss created for them. Definitely words to live by.

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