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JOTW 14-2018 Add 1
March 32, 2018
This is JOTW newsletter number 1,745, 263,047
“Dreams are often most profound when they seem real and distressingly normal, and involve intimate relations with family, friends and pet. However, a cigar is just a cigar.”
– Sigmund Freud
This edition of JOTW comes to you from somewhere in Ned’s basement…maybe over in that corner, perhaps.
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*** New JOTW Survey Identifies the biggest wastes of effort in PR and Corporate Communications
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Edward “Ned” Lundquist discusses the Importance of knowing where the airport lounges are, and how to score extra bags of pretzels on long flights.
*** Your Very Next Step!
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*** Here are your JOTW job opportunities for this week:
1.) Replacement Mascot, United States Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC
The Forestry Service is replacing Smokey Bear, aka Smokey the Bear, with a new mascot in accordance with the U.S. Government’s new core values regarding conservation. In accordance with a recent Executive Tweet, Bear was fired for encouraging safe campfire practices. Wildfires, in fact, generate revenue that benefit for-profit corporations, and are now encouraged. Also, since chronic droughts caused by global climate change were a main cause of wildfires, by declaring climate change to be a hoax there is no longer any drought conditions.
2.) Publicist, Deep State Nine, Paramount Studios, Century City, California
DS9 takes place on the recently liberated Kardashian space station now called Deep State Nine, where the now liberated Pajoratives seek to rule all the planets in the quadrant, and those that can be reached by passing through the sphinchertter-like worm hole.
Now that the Dominion is in charge, and has required everyone the take loyalty pledges, a small group of Pajoratives seek to undermine Dominion rule and leak information to a giant collective called the “main stream media,” tighly regulated by George Soros and Jeff Bezos.
3.) CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR, “AMAZON STOP EXPLOITING THE US POSTAL SERVICE,” Washington, D.C.
Now that President Trump has exposed Amazon’s Jeff Bezos for forcing the U.S. Postal Service to make millions of dollars from delivering Amazon products, it’s time we made him stop! We seek an experienced grassroots coordinator who will shame Jeff Bezos into not using the Postal Service, thereby placing the USPS at even greater financial risk so that it and the mail delivery service we know will collapse under itself, forcing Americans to rely on and use costly private postal delivery alternatives that place emphasis on profits, rather than service. Trust us on this. Resume to GoingPostal@IdiotsInGovernment.gov
4.) SOMEONE NOT NAMED ‘PELLETIER’ IN AROOSTOOK COUNTY, MAINE
National Geographic Magazine National Geographic, the nation’s foremost authority on geography and such, is preparing a story about Aroostook County, Maine for an upcoming issue and would love to interview someone from there who is not a “Pelletier” or related to a Pelletier. I mean seriously, are all of you in The County related? Were all of you born in Edmonston, New Brunswick and live along Route 1? There’s got to be a “Jones” or a “Bellevance” out there. Shoot, we’d settle for a “John Smith” at this point. Please email us at TheMaineEvent@NatGeo.com and throw us a bone. #NoPelletiers.
5.) MULTIPLE OPENINGS, Trump Administration, Washington, D.C.
The Trump Administration is hiring! We have HUNDREDS of positions available! Take your pick! Cabinet posts! National Security! Ambassadors (pick your country!); Press Officers! White House staff! No experience necessary! No security clearance necessary! Short-term appointments available (and likely)! Ability to speak Russian a plus! Resume to: email@example.com.
6.) ADVOCACY COMMUNICATOR, ‘IT’S OKAY TO PUT THE LIME IN THE COCONUT’ CAMPAIGN, American Citrus-Palm Association, Miami, FL
Nation’s largest hybrid citrus/drupe trade group seeks an experienced Advocacy Communicator to help us dispel the myth that if you put the lime in the coconut and drink it all down you will get a belly ache. Millions of people every day put the lime in the coconut and drink it all down with no significant side effects-their stories are waiting to be told. Our message is simple: You put the lime in the coconut, you drink them both together, put the lime in the coconut, then you’ll feel better. Resumes and list of allergies to nutjob@ACPA.org.
7.) INTERNS, ‘Shark Week,’ Discovery Channel, Chrystal Meth City, MD
Shark Week is coming! To keep our programming fresh and exciting, The Discovery Channel seeks 10-12 interns to serve as bait for upcoming shows. Successful candidates will allow themselves to pose as “human chum” in shark-infested waters to attract hammerheads, makos, tigers and of course, Great Whites, within camera range. This is not a paid position, but we offer travel, meals, uniforms and survivor benefits. Applications close April 15; must be over 18. Resume and college transcripts to: sharkbait@Discovery.com
8.) INVESTOR RELATIONS MANAGER, The Illuminati, Washington, D.C.
Coming off our successful acquisition of Taco Bell, we are now looking to expand our influence beyond control of world governments, banks, media and the military industrial complex with additional fast-food industry assets.
Successful candidate will have extensive knowledge of investor relations, financial reporting, media relations and Egg McMuffins. Resume in confidence to jobs@EyeOfThePyramid.org.
9.) INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE, Ned’s JOTW, Springfield, Va.
Ned’s Job of the Week, the Internet’s foremost source for communications job networking, seeks (unpaid) interns for the summer. Tasks include: packing Ned’s suitcase; washing his Going-Home Socks; driving Ned to the airport; picking up Ned from the airport; making coffee; feeding pets; and lunch runs. Tremendous professional opportunity. Car, cellphone required; must be available evenings/weekends. Resumes to:
10.) REPORTER, American Hipster Magazine, Portland, OR
American Hipster, the premier publication targeting American consumers for whom the idea behind the marketing holds more value than the product itself, seeks a reporter to cover everything counter-culture, indie, progressive, alt, organic, holistic and retro. Your beat will include music, fashion, technology, food, tattoos, social media and real estate and anything else that you like that you think no one else likes, making you unique. Sense of irony required. Resume to:
11.) TIME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, American Time Management Association, Alexandria, Va.
Busy office seeks experience Time Management Officer to promote effective time management. Help us do our jobs better so we can help our members do their jobs better, and in turn, help them help others do better. Please call between 10:00 and 10:10 a.m. on April 2 at 703/555-8734; if line is busy, try again at 10:15 a.m.
12.) YOUTH COORDINATOR, AARP, Washington, D.C.
Nation’s largest advocacy organization for old people seeks an energetic, fun-oriented person to coordinate youth outreach activities. Ideal candidate will be a self-starting, task-oriented individual who brings enthusiasm to job and enjoys working with young people ages 50-55. Degree in early childhood education preferred. Resume to Youth@aarp.org.
13.) Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist, Pacific Trash Vortex National Monument, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, North Pacific Gyre, Hawaii
Pacific Trash Vortex National Monument, known as The Great Pacific garbage patch, is the largest contiguous fully protected floating garbage repository area under the U.S. government, and encompasses 139,797 square miles of the Pacific Ocean (362,073 square kilometers) – an area larger than all the country’s national parks combined. (See map)
The garbage patch represents a sustainable resource for the United States in the event that landfills can no longer meet America’s need for trash and garbage. Your job: to create and implement a nationwide public relations campaign designed to encourage everyday Americans to deposit their trash and recyclables at key drop-off points along the West coast (Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego) so that U.S. contract garbage ships can sail out to the Vortex. Together, we can make this Texas-sized vortex visible from the Space Station!
14.) Media Assistant to Rep. Tim Murphy, Keystone State Chapter, Committee for Do-As-I-Say-Not-Do-As-I-Do Politicians, Pittsburgh, PA
Please note: this position is no longer available.
15.) Campaign Media Assistant, Oprah Winfrey for President/No, I’m not Running/Maybe I’ll Run/No Way I’m Running/I Don’t Have the DNA/We’ll See/Chicago, ILL.
Will she? Won’t she? Your job is to devise a campaign to keep everyone (especially the White House) guessing, generating as much free publicity as possible. Vagueness and coyness valued.
16.) Desperate for help, Lisa turned to Kevin, the handsome yet dense mailroom clerk, who satisfied her lustful desires but did little to reduce the pile of paperwork on her desk, including the budget report due next week. Meanwhile, Lisa’s main office rival, Courtney, stepped up her sabotage efforts by starting a whispering campaign about Lisa and Kevin. Stung by the gossip, and still needing a reliable assistant, Lisa placed an ad in Ned’s JOTW for an editorial assistant, with 3-5 years’ experience, who can crunch numbers and write crisp, tight copy. With a sigh, Lisa asked applicants to send their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org adding that she did not want phone calls. At least, not yet…
17.) EVENT PLANNER, Secret Imperial Brotherhood of the PT Cruiser, Brooklyn, Michigan
You’ve seen us driving down the road in our Chrysler PT Cruisers, that mythical auto that is half modern, half retro and 100 percent amazing. You see us pass each other on the street and flash the secret hand signal that only PT Cruiser owners can give. You admit to jealousy of us and wish you could enjoy the PT Cruiser lifestyle. You wish you could be one of us. Well, now you can-sort of. We are looking for a professional, discreet Event Planner to assist us with meetups at locations throughout the country. Knowledge of sacred rituals preferred. Resume to sibPT@PT.car
18.) BRAND MANAGER, American Asbestos Association, Edison, N.J.
We are the nation’s largest association advocating use of asbestos in homes and businesses; we seek an experienced Brand Manager to craft policy and clear up misconceptions about this useful product. With your help, we can make asbestos bigger than ever! Resume to manager@AAAsbestos.org
19.) Marketing Communications, Pantsuits by Hillary, New York, NY
20.) MANAGING EDITOR, Portable Toilet Journal, Flushing, N.Y.
The industry’s Number Two portable toilet publication seeks a knowledgeable editor who can write and edit creative copy, motivate staff and leave a clean campsite. Duties include: producing regular, reliable, solid, content-filled daily newsletter between 8:00 and 8:30 every morning; managing editorial staff and interns; “test-driving” new models; blogging at trade-shows; and providing “man on the street” interviews of products “in action.” Candidate must have experience with portable toilets, air fresheners, ancillary materials and music festivals/civil rights marches. Resume to: editor@GoFlush.com
21.) MAGIC TRICK PARTICIPANT, Knucklehead the Clown, Right Here, Right Now Hey, thanks for participating, what’s your name? Great, nice to meet you. I have here a brand new deck of 52 cards, and you can see I’m breaking the seal. Now I’m going to shuffle the deck a couple of times…there. Now I’m going to ask you to cut the deck, anywhere you want…great. Now I’m spreading the cards out and you pick a card, any card, don’t show it to me. Memorize it and put it back in the deck. Nice. Okay, as you can see I’m shuffling the deck some more to mix things up really well and now I am going to pick your card. Is this your card-the three of clubs? Great! Let’s give our friend a hand for participating! Thank you very much, I’ll be here all week! Don’t forget to tip the servers.
22.) DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, American Non-Disclosure Agreement Association, Arlington, Va.
Successful candidate will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement. We’d love to tell you more, but we signed a non-disclosure agreement. Resume to communications@ANDAA.org.
23.) PROOFREEDER, White House, Washington, D.C.
Their is nothing as important as good communication. Believe us, we no. From our early morning tweets to official policy we except our communications to be clear, concise, comprehensive and clear. Wether you are an editor with many years of experience or an intern with Fox & Friends, we encourages you to apply for this very, very ,very impotent position as the Official Presidential Proofreeder. Disclosure: The bad news–We are obligated to inform you that this is a 24/7 position with no breaks or days off. The good news–this is probably a short-term position. Apply at email@example.com.
24.) Public Relations, Prevagen, Quincy Bioscience, Madison, Wisconsin
Must convince people that Prevagen is proven effective in improving memory while conveniently forgetting that there are no clinical trials to prove that it works.
25.) Campaign outreach, No more taxbreaks for the rich, Burlington, VT
Grassroots group consisting of former residents of Boston who left because of high taxes seek an experienced campaign outreach professional who can convince local governments that…well, we’re not exactly sure. But we don’t want to pay more taxes. If we wanted to pay more taxes, we would have stayed in Massachusetts. We don’t think the people of Vermont should pay the same prices for goods that we did in Boston. That’s why we left. Someone help us! www.feelthebern.org/outreach
26.) HOME HEALTH AIDE, The Rolling Stones(r), London, U.K.
The World’s Greatest Rock Band(r) seeks an experienced Home Health Aide to assist members of the band with daily activities. Duties include: bathing; dressing; feeding; transporting to and from doctors’ visits and gigs; administering “prescriptions;” assisting with condoms; and serving as a roadie. Please note this job does not involve Keith, who is running a marathon this weekend while smoking Camels and drinking a fifth of Jameson. Applicants may reply confidentially to: MicksLittleHelper@WhataDragItIsGettingOld.com.
27.) COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIST, Society to Prevent Laundry from Being Tossed into the Hamper Inside-Out, Washington, D.C.
Don’t you just hate it when you’re folding laundry and all of the shirts and underwear are inside-out, making a simple chore twice as long? But your wife says “the clothes get cleaner if you turn them inside-out first.” “Baloney!” you say to yourself. “There oughta be a law!” And that’s what we’re here for. The SPLBTHIO wants to make it mandatory that ALL laundry be tossed into the hamper as God intended it to be-right-side out. As Communications Strategist, you will promote our 400-page white paper, “It Doesn’t Matter if Laundry is Inside-Out, It Still Gets Clean,” to the public, lawmakers and government regulators. You want change in Washington? Start by changing your underwear! Resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
28.) Spokesperson, Department of State, Mar-a-Largo, FL
Communications pro to represent Secretary of Winning Charlie Sheen at new State Dept., which moved to be closer to the foreign governments wishing to obtain influence with the U.S.
29.) SURLY FLIGHT ATTENDANTS, the Nation’s Air Lines, Chicago, IL
Do you enjoy bossing people around? Are you a stickler for rules? Do you hold grudges? Can you escalate a minor episode into a Major Incident? Have we got the job for you! We’re a clearinghouse for United, Delta and American Air Lines, the largest air carriers in the nation. Thanks to deregulation we enjoy a virtual monopoly on air travel, which means air passengers HAVE TO choose one of us, unless they go with JetBlue or Southwest. And we’re hiring Surly Flight Attendants because, what are passengers going to do-fly themselves? Perhaps you’re thinking, “surly you jest?” Surly we do not! We want you looking sharp, ready to go and cranky! Former prison guards, assistant principals and HR specialists are encouraged to apply. We provide uniforms (nice!), training (sort of) and legal tricks of the trade so when you welcome passengers aboard your plane, they know EXACTLY who’s in charge! Resumes to SFA@NAL.org.
30.) BALL THROWER, Belle the Pit-Bull Mix, Alexandria, Va.
I have a ball. I want you to throw it. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Reply to NeverGetsTired@MakeMeHappy.com
31.) FOCUS GROUP COMMERCIAL PARTICIPANTS (SECOND CALL), Chevrolet, Los Angeles, CA
To be honest, we thought after three years we’d be done with these annoying, pretentious “focus group” commercials for the Chevy brand, but we keep finding people who are only slightly smarter than crash-test dummies who are easily surprised and impressed by shiny new cars. If you meet all three of these criteria, come join us this Sunday, April 32, at Staples Center and you might just become part of our next set of commercials! It will be just like auditioning for “American Idol,” except you don’t have to sing. Unless you want to. For more information, visit www.ChevyYeahChevy.com.
32.) ONLINE SECURITY GUARD, Facebook, Seattle, WA
Here at Facebook, we admit we could do better. Our online security protocols have been taking a hit lately, with the Russians and Cambridge Analytica and other scandals that the public doesn’t even know about yet. We could use some help. We’ll even give you a badge and a uniform. And a Segway-you get to use a Segway.
Apply online at Security@Facebook.com.
33.) PUBLICIST, American Farm Sink Association, Washington, D.C.
The nation’s largest farm sink advocacy organization seeks a seasoned Publicist to promote the beauty and lasting quality of rustic simplicity in a suburban setting. Must be knowledgeable of pros and cons of 50/50s, 80/20s and the “full farm.” Must also be able to craft sensible responses to attacks by the American Stainless Steel Sink Association, which insists that farm sinks chip too easily (they don’t-if you take care of them).
Resume and cover letter to PR@AFSA.org.
34.) ONLINE BLAMER, Briebart.com
Brietbart.com seeks experienced Blamer to stanch our plummeting circulation. We’ve gone from 15 million readers to 7.7 million in little more than six months; our advertisers are deserting us; Steve Bannon, our former boss, is bad-mouthing us. We need someone who can create scapegoats, deflect, re-route and inspire confidence in the dummies who read us. The mainstream media, Hillary Clinton, Democrats-we need someone who can remind our readers just how terrible we are-and why they love us.
Resume to NotOurFault@Brietbart.com.
35.) NON-VOWEL BUYER, “Wheel of Fortune,” Los Angeles, CA
America’s Favorite Game Show seeks contestants who have the self-discipline, intestinal fortitude and common sense to Not. Buy. A. Vowel. For God’s sake, just solve the frickin’ puzzle. You don’t need to buy an “A.” Really, you don’t. Please don’t. Aw, Jeez, look at you-you just bought an “A.” And there’s only one. Was it really worth $250? Just spin-do NOT buy an “I.” Oh, look, you just bought an “I”-right where you knew it would be, between “T” and “ON.” You’re so smart. Now spin-OH FOR THE LOVE OF PETE STOP BUYING VOWELS! THIS IS WHY I DON’T WATCH THIS SHOW [THROWS REMOTE AT TV].
36.) SHAKESPEARE JARGONIST, McDonald’s, Chicago, IL
If food be the music of love, play on. What’s in a name? That which we call a Big Mac by any other name would still taste as sweet. One touch of Special Sauce makes the whole world kin. They call for dates and quinces in the pastry, but not in Happy Meals. At once, you must set forth and seize the day. Resume (in folio form) to: Thine Arches in which All That Glitters is Gold, Chicago.
37.) Press Secretary for Frederick Douglass, Anasotia, District of Columbia
President Donald Trump has named Frederick Douglass to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Devekopment. “I’m hearing great things about him,” Trump said. You need to start saying great things about him, too.
38.) Communications specialist, Mensa International, Caythorpe, Lincolnshire, England, U.K.
Must be ‘like, really smart,’ ‘a very stable genius.’ Your I.Q. must be one of the highest.
Sorry losers and haters, but this job is not for you. Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.
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*** Ball cap of the week: Covfefe
*** Beer mug of the week: Old Frothingschloss
*** Polo-Shirt of the week: ENRON
*** Musical guest artist of the week: Barney the Dinosaur
*** Acknowledgments: Mike Sorohan was the major contributor to this newsletter, and is funnier than even Donald Trump.
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