Are you interested in being a police officer? You better be good looking! And young! That is, if you live in China. No, really. It's true. In an attempt to "promote the softer side of law enforcement," they're seeking a few good men, er, pretty ladies.
The Xindu district government’s advertisement states that candidates must be female, 18 to 23, over five foot two, attractive, and with a good temperament. Their contracts will end when they turn 26, a clause a human resources director of the law enforcement bureau says is for the women’s own sake: “When they get older, they will get married and have children so it will not be convenient for them to do such work.”
Oh. Right. Because twenty-six is the magic age in which women say, "Well, this looking-pretty cop gig sure is boring now. Guess I'll find me a man and do what I was put on the Earth to do!" Mmmm-hmmmm.
Not that young, pretty women can't be cops. It's not that at all. Women are tough stuff. The actual seeking out of the young, pretty women, however, is the problem. The weird, derogatory, chauvinistic problem.
The good news is that despite the weirdness of this job posting, there are plenty in our own country to make us forget about China's ick-factor and laugh at typos, spelling mistakes and really weird jobs in general.
In fact, some job postings are intentionally humorous. I think I would love to work for someone who made a funny job posting that included the requirement: "Must: not annoy me." Classic.
The Business Pundit pointed out that sometimes it's not what is said but what isn't said that matters most. A humorous example:
5. Berlin: Wood work
Looking for someone able to do a small work to fix a door (wood work).
Our dog chewed off the side of the door, and we need you to make it look square again. Nobody else could figure out how to do it. Just a small work, though, no problem. Really.
Sometimes it's not just the job postings that are funny. In a blog post over at Drupal, they explained how they posted a job listing for a PHP/drupal developer on Craigslist. The reply that they got -- and remember, they are Drupal, told them to rethink using Drupal. Whoops.
And just remember, life is too short for the wrong job. Don't believe me? Check out these unique ads coming out of Germany. My favorite? The oil guy with the cigarette hanging out of his mouth.
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