With Florida's unemployment rate in double digits, job seekers will try just about anything to stand out. Jessica Pereira, a 22-year-old aspiring events planner, decided that a half-page ad in the Miami Herald might do the trick.
"Would you like to have more time to play golf?" begins the ad, which ran earlier this month. "Determined (but charming) Hard Working Young Executive Looks For An Ambitious Entrepreneur Or Event Director Who Needs A Right Hand."
By 2 p.m., the Swiss/Portuguese Pereira, who came to Florida last year, had received several e-mails and had done a phone interview.
"If you're looking for something out of the ordinary and want to create an impact, you need to create an event," said Pereira, who lives in Doral. "You don't get things without risk in life."
Or in this case, without shelling out at least $3,000.
"My current employer encouraged me" to place the ad, she said, declining to reveal who that is.
Pereira lists experience planning charity sports events and trade shows in London, Brussels and Geneva.
"Are you my next boss?" the ad asks, after detailing her education — the Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland — and her facility with languages: English, French, Portuguese, some Spanish. "Maybe . . . maybe not. Obviously, some of this depends on me, so let me draw you a quick picture of myself."
Pereira touts herself as an efficient team player, a people person with "an easy and approachable manner" — and abundant self-confidence.
Pereira even offers a money-back guarantee: "Hire me for one month, and if I haven't fulfilled all your expectations, let's stay friends, and you won't owe me a dollar."
Sam Hines, vice president of the Broward County human resources company HR Synergies, said Pereira was certainly "thinking outside the box," as he encourages unemployed people to do.
"The idea is brilliant; the cost is not," he said. "Everything in the ad is designed to attract people to her, but Facebook is a lot less money."