October 24th, 2009
Inspired by “Georgetown student advertises for a personal assistant” (Washington Post 10/22/09), “Georgetown Student Seeks Personal Assistant, Inspires Wrath” (Asylum for All Mankind 10/23/09), “Driving Mr. Lazy” (Chronicle of Higher Education 10/20/09—props for that excellent title, which I’m paying homage to herewith), “Georgetown sophomore seeks personal assistant, takes premature self-importance to whole new level” (Georgetown Voice 10/16/09), and the posts in Wonkette Jobs and on Digg. Georgetown University sophomore Charles H. Cooper IV (that’s what one of the comments said his full name is) is so busy with his classes (he’s a budding finance-management double major) and a part-time financial services job that he’s trying to hire a personal assistant to do his laundry, clean his room, run errands, manage his finances, and drive him around town (see a reproduction of the full add below). The assistant would work 7-10 hours per week (for $10-12/hour), with his/her tasks assigned by a daily early morning email, then reporting back to Charles at the end of the day. After college, Master Cooper wants to work in either the finance or entertainment industry (“or both if possible”). Unfortunately for Master Cooper, most of the comments on reports of his posting appear to be extremely negative. As of this writing, he appears to have taken down both his Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
Charles Cooper IV is so busy.
He’s got so much to do it makes me dizzy.
But instead of doing it himself
He wants to hire someone else.
He posted an ad online;
It’s main result was to himself malign.
He wants someone to do errands and drive him around.
(Too bad he comes across like a clown).
He wants someone to drop him at work
(to bad he comes across like a dork).
He wants someone to gas up and service his car
(Maybe partial payment for laundry was going too far).
Other students were definitely not thrilled.
They don’t want to people to think that Georgetown’s filled
With “pampered princelings” who can’t do things on their own
And this kind of behavior condone.
Such behavior would all Georgetown indict
So they had their PAs write angry comments on GU’s website.
Master Cooper, it seems you took down your Facebook page.
What’s wrong? Couldn’t take the rage?
I am a Georgetown undergrad student and part time employee in the financial services industry. I am looking for someone to take care some of my everyday tasks for 1 hr a day, 5 hrs/ week, $12/hr. I live on campus which would make things very easy convenient for a Georgetown student. The normal pay per week will be $60 ($300/month), even though on occasion it will be possible to work additional hours and/or receive bonuses at my discretion.
The schedule is completely flexible because I do not need to be around when you do the work. You can even spread it out over the course of the day. As my PA you will receive an email once a day by 9:00 am with a task list for that day and a time estimate for each task. Important tasks will be bolded on the list and must be done that day (even though everything on the list should theoretically be finished on a daily basis). At the end of the day you will send me an email telling me what tasks are incomplete or that all tasks have been completed.
Tasks such as doing laundry that involve a lot of waiting around (time when you could be doing other tasks or doing your own stuff) will be counted for the approximate amount of time it would take to do the labor involved. For instance, laundry will be counted for half an hour even though a laundry cycle takes 1.5 hrs to complete.
PA example tasks -Organize closet -make bed -Drop off / pick up dry cleaning -Drop me off / pick me up from work -Do laundry -Fill up gas tank -bring car for servicing -schedule appointment for haircut -Pay parking tickets -manage electronic accounts -shopping and running errands -other random tasks.
Preference will be given to applicants who are comfortable with city driving (car will be provided) and who are available when I need to be picked up and dropped off for work. Preference will also be given to Georgetown undergrads for convenience.
Available Openings: 1
Hours: 3.0 to 7.0 hours per week
Compensation: $10.00/hour to $12.00/hour, Occasional Bonuses
Start Date: Immediately
End Date: End of School Year
Time Frame: Academic Year
PS to Charles: For pointers on how to “manage” your personal assistant, check out The Devil Wears Prada.
PS to readers: this is an excellent movie too (for those who may have missed the titular reference).