Earlier this month, we asked, “How much would you pay somebody to give you a job?” The question was sparked by a lawyer in Manhattan who posted a Craigslist ad offering up $1,000 to anyone who could help him nail down a legal position. He said he would pay it in cash — $200 for an interview, and $800 on his first day of work.
Well, a Florida lawyer is raising the ante. He’s quintupling it actually. The UC-Hastings Law grad is running a “Find Joe a Job” contest. The winner will take home $5K…
According to Joseph Lopatka’s résumé, his last job was as a foreclosure attorney in Boca Raton, Florida. Now he wants to move to California, but as many Above the Law readers know, it’s tough to find a job in Cali these days.
So Lopatka needs help. From the contest website:
Introduce me to my next employer in Southern California or San Francisco and you could win up to $5,000!* I’d like to transfer my courtroom skills to the boardroom in a new business consulting or development position.
*Please visit our contest page for rules and entry details.
Lest you think this is a joke, check out the contest rules:
In order to win the jobforjoe.com contest, Joe Lopatka must accept an employment position for which the contest participant has previously submitted a valid entry. Joe Lopatka will pay to the winning contestant ten percent (10%) of his monthly after-tax income, for a period up to six (6) months or a maximum TOTAL payout of $5,000. Payments will be made to the winning contestant on a monthly basis, beginning exactly one month after the first day of Joe Lopatka’s employment. Payments will then be sent to the winning contestant every thirty (30) days until the six (6) month term expires or the maximum payout of $5,000 dollars is reached.
By our rough calculations, you’d have to hook Joe up with a job with an approximate $200K salary to collect your full prize from his after-tax income within six months. Given his experience, that may be a challenge.
UPDATE: Commenters suggest that a job in the low 100K would suffice.
Should employment discontinue for any reason and at any point before the six (6) month term has expired, Joe Lopatka will pay the winning contestant the ten percent (10%) amount for each month of employment. If employment lasts less than one month for any reason, this agreement will be considered VOID and no payments will be made. This contest/agreement in no way guarantees a certain duration of employment; however, the winning contestant will be remunerated based on the preceding paragraphs.
Joe does not want help from recruiters — in fact, they are explicitly not welcome. Rather, he appears excited about the idea of crowdsourced recruitment help, from, well, regular Joes like him.
Job for Joe [official website]