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Offering A ‘Bribe’ to Get A Job

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
June 2024
Offering A ‘Bribe’ to Get A Job

New York Times columnist Peter Coy recently wrote about the frustrations of job seekers—how they submit hundreds of applications and receive few responses. “Over the past year, I have submitted more than 400 applications and consistently receive a response that appears to be AI-generated, stating that unfortunately, they have moved forward with another candidate who better fits their expectations,” an aspiring graphic designer told Coy.

It’s no wonder that some applicants are trying unique ways of getting attention from employers. Matthew Parkhurst, CEO of the startup firm Antimetal, shared on X that a man seeking an internship delivered a pizza along with his résumé. In a handwritten note, the applicant said that the pizza was “basically a bribe” for them to go to his website.

Paras Chopra, founder of the software company Wingify, received a message from a job applicant that included a cash offer: “I want to work at Wingify. I have a unique proposition for you. I’ll pay you $500 to hire me. If I don’t prove myself to be one of the best within a week you can fire me & keep the money. Saying this so I’ll have skin in the game & not to waste your team’s time. Looking forward to your rejection.”

Sharing a screenshot of the message on X, Chopra wrote, “This is how you get attention! (Obviously won’t take money but very impressed with the pitch).”

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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