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September 14, 2012 12:06 PM   Subscribe

Pretty cute job description.
posted by mrfuga0 (66 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
I see what you've done here.
posted by R. Schlock at 12:10 PM on September 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


That's not fair. You can't present me with a lonely penguin and then make the only way I can make the penguin stop being lonely to get some job.

I need a flash game where I cheer up lonely penguins, pronto.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 12:11 PM on September 14, 2012 [33 favorites]


I am a penguin and I approve this message.
posted by shothotbot at 12:11 PM on September 14, 2012


All yours.
posted by griphus at 12:12 PM on September 14, 2012


Surely it's more befriend a penguin?
posted by arcticseal at 12:12 PM on September 14, 2012


That was supposed to be a link to this and directed at Bulgara.... Bulkrato... #24132
posted by griphus at 12:12 PM on September 14, 2012


That is cute and it makes me want to work there.

I'm job hunting and it's nice to see a posting that doesn't list 30 must-have skills/education/certifications/years-of-industry experience.
posted by shoesietart at 12:14 PM on September 14, 2012 [9 favorites]


Slightly disappointed that they went with tables for the page layout.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 12:15 PM on September 14, 2012 [6 favorites]


MML: An advertisement for the position of Community Manager at Penguin Press.
posted by zamboni at 12:17 PM on September 14, 2012


I really thought when I clicked on the penguin on the very first page, the penguin would like dance or giggle or something as though I were tickling him.
posted by joannemerriam at 12:17 PM on September 14, 2012 [5 favorites]


If I remember correctly, there's a member of this community who always wanted to be known as Penguinfucker...
posted by Smart Dalek at 12:18 PM on September 14, 2012


So just to clarify - there are no adorable yet smelly flightless waterfowl that need my hugs currently?
posted by elizardbits at 12:18 PM on September 14, 2012 [10 favorites]


I had a vision of what something like this would look like for my job....

it wasn't pretty.
posted by cacofonie at 12:18 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


me
posted by shakespeherian at 12:19 PM on September 14, 2012


PenguinOrange
posted by goethean at 12:19 PM on September 14, 2012


I'm job hunting and it's nice to see a posting that doesn't list 30 must-have skills/education/certifications/years-of-industry experience.

Unrelated and slightly depressing heads-up: If you're looking at an open position that seems to be tailor-made for one specific person, it probably is. Many companies are required to list certain types of open positions publicly, even if they've already decided to hire from within (and probably already did.) They make the listing in such a way that guarantees that person is the only one suited for the job.
posted by griphus at 12:20 PM on September 14, 2012 [3 favorites]


Nice! Roll to the bottom and click the link to the artist's site, Isobel Knowles - she has some other fun stuff too.
posted by LobsterMitten at 12:21 PM on September 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


Why doesn't he drink the martini, it is going to get warm.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:23 PM on September 14, 2012 [8 favorites]


He has to go fly a plane.
posted by The Whelk at 12:27 PM on September 14, 2012 [4 favorites]


Unrelated and slightly depressing heads-up: If you're looking at an open position that seems to be tailor-made for one specific person, it probably is.

It's almost always a complete waste of time to respond to job postings. Cold calling is the way to go.
posted by KokuRyu at 12:27 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Cold calling is the way to go.
Just ask any penguin.
posted by Floydd at 12:30 PM on September 14, 2012 [9 favorites]


"Now, do you have any questions for us?"

"Yeah, when do I meet that fucking penguin?!"
posted by mullacc at 12:35 PM on September 14, 2012 [16 favorites]


So just to clarify - there are no adorable yet smelly flightless waterfowl that need my hugs currently?

Correct, though there is one adorable yet smelly flightless waterfowl who needs your resume.
posted by DynamiteToast at 12:40 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


penguin tickles
posted by elizardbits at 12:43 PM on September 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


So just to clarify - there are no adorable yet smelly flightless waterfowl that need my hugs currently?
posted by elizardbits


Maybe this one.
posted by Boxenmacher at 12:44 PM on September 14, 2012 [4 favorites]


"PenguinOrange"

He's sad, shouldn't that be "PenguinBlue"?
posted by mrgoat at 12:44 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's almost always a complete waste of time to respond to job postings. Cold calling is the way to go.

My brother, I gotta disagree. Just about every job I've ever gotten has been from a posting, including that job at the Legislature where I was late for the interview and beat out the incumbent. I've never cold called.
posted by ten pounds of inedita at 12:45 PM on September 14, 2012 [4 favorites]


He has to go fly a plane.

Our pilot's a penguin? And he's been drinking?!
posted by shakespeherian at 12:46 PM on September 14, 2012 [5 favorites]


So, lemme get this straight: they are trawling for innovative ideas about how to improve their business, which they'll receive for free as long as they dangle the vague promise of a job under people's noses?

Pass.
posted by hermitosis at 12:47 PM on September 14, 2012 [8 favorites]


yes but penguins
posted by elizardbits at 12:48 PM on September 14, 2012 [11 favorites]


This is adorable indeed but the absolute last thing I would ever want to do is manage a community.

Excepting, of course, Community.

Our pilot's a penguin? And he's been drinking?!
Let me tell you about a roommate I once had whose it was to attach wings to the fuselage of 737s.

Snorting lines of coke off the wings during the process.
posted by PapaLobo at 12:49 PM on September 14, 2012


Bastards. Lonely penguins need a daisy patch, not more social anxiety.
posted by bonehead at 12:53 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Pass.

If there's one thing this thread needs it's people taking it really fucking seriously.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:53 PM on September 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


Weh weh weh weh
posted by The Whelk at 12:58 PM on September 14, 2012


SEND RUM
posted by shakespeherian at 12:59 PM on September 14, 2012


Someone once made us a little book about how much they wanted to design covers here, and now they do.

It would appear that Penguin could use a copy editor as well.
posted by nushustu at 1:05 PM on September 14, 2012 [3 favorites]


Usage of 'they' as nongendered pronoun is fairly common usage.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:07 PM on September 14, 2012 [31 favorites]


Ain't is used fairly commonly as well. And honestly, I'm usually not too picky about that sort of thing, but if you're establishing your cred as a publisher of classic works, you should probably get the grammar right.
posted by nushustu at 1:10 PM on September 14, 2012


So, lemme get this straight: they are trawling for innovative ideas about how to improve their business, which they'll receive for free as long as they dangle the vague promise of a job under people's noses? Pass.

Does it always rain where you live? :)
posted by DWRoelands at 1:13 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


'They' solves a linguistic problem, though. It's pretty useful. It's maybe not ideal, but I like it.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:18 PM on September 14, 2012 [9 favorites]


I'm usually not too picky about that sort of thing, but if you're establishing your cred as a publisher of classic works, you should probably get the grammar right.

To be fair, the use of the singular "they" includes many classic works, including Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Mark Twain.
posted by asnider at 1:21 PM on September 14, 2012 [6 favorites]


Are we seriously ignoring that cute and unique call for resumes, and instead fighting over job application fairness and pronoun use for non-gendered entities?

Goodbye, Metafilter. I think I might go outside now. Or paint something.
posted by FirstMateKate at 1:25 PM on September 14, 2012 [5 favorites]


Show me your painting later so I can tell you what you did wrong.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:26 PM on September 14, 2012 [22 favorites]


I was disappointed with the relative dearth of cute penguins, so I dug up these adorable baby penguins taking their first steps.

Somehow this lead me to go "Hmm. Why do we find animals adorable? Aren't we supposed to find them delicious? It seems counterproductive."

Which of course lead me to wonder what penguins taste like. Turns out there was an interesting ask metafilter thread on this.

I suspect this line of reasoning may be a sign that a bad person. Certainly it makes it surprising that I was vegetarian for 10 years...
posted by DRMacIver at 1:27 PM on September 14, 2012 [5 favorites]


This is sweet. Thank you for posting, mrfuga0 .
posted by merelyglib at 1:32 PM on September 14, 2012


How to get people to read more books?

1) More penguin.
2) Beam books into their brains via some crazy laser.
3) Pay them
4) Explain that reading is fundamental, then explain what fundamental means.
5) Make the pages out of bacon or cheese.
6) ???
posted by Grlnxtdr at 1:39 PM on September 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


Sigh. This made me think, "Ooh, I want to work in publishing!" but then, of course, I actually did work in publishing for four years, and left it because, for a number of reasons, I found it unfulfilling.

Perhaps it would all have worked out if one of my co-workers had been a cute penguin.
posted by ocherdraco at 1:44 PM on September 14, 2012 [3 favorites]


Lonely Penguin has no money, Lonely Penguin has no job!
posted by Windopaene at 1:52 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Book design at Penguin? Sign me up!

"I was thinking of going with orange for this one. Maybe put the title on the front or something. Little picture of a penguin."

"GIVE THIS MAN A PROMOTION!"
posted by Sys Rq at 2:40 PM on September 14, 2012 [4 favorites]


Book design at Penguin
posted by shakespeherian at 3:02 PM on September 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


What they need to do is extend the BookIt program to we old people. I would go sit in Pizza Hut and read a book for free pizza. That would definitely get people reading.

... I was supposed to go out for pizza tonight but pizza got cancelled. Pizza.
posted by that's how you get ants at 3:59 PM on September 14, 2012 [3 favorites]


A real penguin or a pet penguin?
posted by Wild_Eep at 6:14 PM on September 14, 2012


BTW, DRM I favorited this because OMG, ADORABLE baby penguins! Thank you for the link. Not about the eating them part. Just wanted to clarify. NOT A PENGUIN EATER.
posted by mkim at 6:30 PM on September 14, 2012


Many companies are required to list certain types of open positions publicly, even if they've already decided to hire from within (and probably already did.) They make the listing in such a way that guarantees that person is the only one suited for the job.

A good example is the job posting I applied for a while ago that wanted an MBA, six years of data analysis experience, as well as Swedish, French and English fluency. I applied anyway, since I did have everything but the Swedish fluency, but had no expectations for anything other than being able to tick off an application on my unemployment form.
posted by winna at 6:34 PM on September 14, 2012


Community manager means Tweetin. I'd be pretty shitty at this job because i care too much about books and i'd be all tweetin 'THAT FUCKING ANNA KARININA SHE PISS ME OFF YALL' and thatd be the end of my managing.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:16 PM on September 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


I really like this but I wonder if this is just a gimmick to solicit applications from people who have usefull skillsets but wouldn't otherwise apply to Penguin.

But mostly, is this an outsourced advertising gimmick or is working with Penguin Publishing that laid back/cool/artsy or is it just like any other publishing house?
posted by porpoise at 9:44 PM on September 14, 2012


Has anyone seen that live penguin cam on Animal Planet (or Nat Geo or something)? I don't know what its deal was (was it a one-off? regular programming?) but I saw it once a long time ago and I've never been so enthralled. God were they cute.
posted by désoeuvrée at 9:46 PM on September 14, 2012


That jerk is totally looking up those ladies' skirts.
posted by Flunkie at 10:20 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


A friend forwarded me the following job posting this morning, because it caught his eye:

Classification: Serco Internal

DEAR ALL,

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE 2 POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

Serco Services GmbH are looking for a

Spacecraft Controller - G012-127

to work at our customer site ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany.







This position may include, among others, the following tasks:

? Operate on a 24/7 shift basis all or part of the mission control system, which may include parts of the ground segment as well as the space segment, as specified for each mission
? Depending on the mission assignment, during the pre-launch phase assist in configuring and testing the operational system to support the operations. The successful candidate may be required to develop methods or tools to assist in the execution of the operations.
? Depending on the mission assignment, On-console involvement in Mission Readiness Tests, System Validation Tests, simulations and Launch and Early Orbits Phase operations authorised by the Spacecraft Operations Manager, following established rules and procedures.
? In case of ground or space segment anomaly take corrective action as necessary, applying the contingency/emergency procedures approved for the mission to ensure spacecraft safety and the continuity of service provision to users.
? Immediately inform the Spacecraft Operations Manager and/or his/her official deputy when a major or critical anomaly is detected, in accordance with the established procedures.
? Participate to other operations-related activities (small system development, procedures development or maintenance etc) upon request of the Team Leader
? Depending on the assignment, perform any of the above-mentioned tasks either as a Shift SpaCon or as a Back-up SpaCon, i.e. continuously training on more than one mission to be ready to replace any of the other Team Members at short notice, if need be

Specific Requirements:


Applicants should have a solid technical background (at least at High School level) and interest for space activities or satellite missions. Alternatively the position is also open for young graduates with a qualification in a related subject such as Aerospace Engineering, Satellite Communications, Telecommunications, Physics etc.
Experience working with computer systems and PC literacy is required. DB knowledge would be useful.



Candidates should be ordered, disciplined and have an efficient thinking mind as the appointed person should feel confortable in a strictly procedure-driven working environment.
Due to the operational nature of the job, candidates shall be able to work in a calm and correct manner under conditions of stress and in almost full authonomy (e.g. during night shifts)

As the successful candidate could be part of a small Ops Team working on a 24/7 shift rotation pattern, team spirit is also essential to adapt to the sometimes unavoidable short-term changes to the shift plan resulting from sickness or other exceptional circumstance, with the purpose of avoiding any service disruption and ensuring the satellite health.

As official, recorded voice communications via voice loop between stations/centres is part of the job, fluency in English is mandatory.



Closing date for applications: 19th September 2012
posted by kcds at 6:02 AM on September 15, 2012


I'm job hunting and it's nice to see a posting that doesn't list 30 must-have skills/education/certifications/years-of-industry experience.

It's hiding behind the twee.
posted by scratch at 7:41 AM on September 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


Are we seriously ignoring that cute and unique call for resumes, and instead fighting over job application fairness and pronoun use for non-gendered entities?

Yeah, sorry but c'mon. You're working for one of the most visible publishing houses in the world. You're going to be working with words all. day. long. The people doing the hiring are probably (and should) go through the applicants' writing with a fine-tooth comb. How many HR horror stories have you heard about, where applicants had words misspelled on their resumes? Your application is supposed to be perfect w/r/t spelling and grammar, ESPECIALLY for a publishing house. Meanwhile, they don't copy edit their own work. (and let's not use the old high school excuse of 'Shakespeare did it why can't I?" because this is a job opening not iambic pentameter.)
posted by nushustu at 11:44 AM on September 15, 2012


hermitosis So, lemme get this straight: they are trawling for innovative ideas about how to improve their business, which they'll receive for free as long as they dangle the vague promise of a job under people's noses? Pass.

I understand how frustrating it can be to be a graphic designer, artist or other "creative" these days but I am surprised no one has mentioned that Penguin apparently hired a designer who followed-up an interview by sending his interviewer a book he made:

"Someone [link added] once made us a little book about how much they wanted to design covers here, and now they do."
posted by mlis at 12:41 PM on September 15, 2012


Meanwhile, they don't copy edit their own work.

I bet they did, and their copy editor disagrees with you.

and let's not use the old high school excuse of 'Shakespeare did it why can't I?" because this is a job opening not iambic pentameter.

What poetic forms are permitted to use the gender-neutral 'they', please?
posted by LogicalDash at 8:01 AM on September 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hey everybody! LogicalDash is calling me out! They don't know that they're in for.
posted by nushustu at 5:06 PM on September 16, 2012


So, when I said "they" in that last sentence, was I referring to "everybody?" or "LogicalDash?"
posted by nushustu at 5:08 PM on September 16, 2012


LogicalDash. That's how antecedents work.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:48 PM on September 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


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