A Banner Ad For A Copywriting Job?

Can’t say I can recall seeing a banner ad like this before. Partners+Simons in Boston is looking for a copywriter. And on some parts of Adweek.com, they’ve got a banner ad on the site just to advertise the one job opening.
Wow. Back in 2002, they’d have had a million folks applying right away. What’s going on in the job market in this industry these days?

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  1. John Reid says:

    Saw that one. Thought it was really cool.
    What’s happening in the job market these days? 4.5% unemployment. Which, as you might know, is awesome.

  2. that is not a new idea. plus, it’s a safe bet it was co-produced by a copywriter, and the true goal is to submit it for awards shows. sorry, but the lousy job market does not require running banner ads. there are much better and effective ways to find candidates.

  3. I agree with HighJive that it smells a bit like an adwards show goal.

  4. Just to clarify, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen the “Lorem Ipsum” idea before. I just don’t think I’ve seen a banner ad advertising one job on a place like adweek.com before. It’s a very prominent type of placement for a lone classified ad.

  5. hey, danny, they probably had an entry deadline to meet. and posting it on craigslist probably wouldn’t have qualified.

  6. I dunno HJ, I sure hope they weren’t planning on submitting that to an award show. As Danny noted, it’s not exactly a fresh idea.
    My guess is they are an under-the-radar shop and figured that they’d get people looking at their website and work and maybe get a better quality creative interested. Not a completely dumb thought, fwiw.
    As for the job market, it’s pretty unstable here in NYC. Lots of account shifts, traditional freelance factories like Ogilvy are hurting, and freelance rates and overall salaries are heading south.
    That said, it’s a lot better than 2001-03.

  7. I really hope for their sake that they do not consider this an award-worthy ad.
    I think they figure their ad gets more pull on adweek than it would on monster or whatever.

  8. Just checked out their website. The recruitment banner ad is the best creative they’ve done. Not sure why they need a copywriter. It looks like the account people have been handling the chores to date. So maybe they weren’t looking to enter the banner in awards shows—although it actually flies in the face of the shop’s professional personality and methodical approach to creative.

  9. I think you answered your own question, HJ
    Maybe they’ve come to realize their creative looks like it was created by account types and want to change that.
    But then again, I’m always an optimist.

  10. Perhaps, toad.
    But when does a true creative ever succeed in an organization that has literally been built without creative? Any legitimate creative candidate would inevitably be a fish out of water. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this agency—they’ve been successful delivering a certain type of work for a certain type of clientele. They should have posted on craigslist or run a two-inch ad in the local gazette to find their candidate. But then again, I’m always a realist.