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Is This the World's Worst Job Description?

Jim Riley

26th August 2015

The job position is now closed. But, the publicity surrounding Premier League Footballer Jermain Defoe's job description for his Personal Assistant rumbles on.

Jermain is obviously busy - as are, it seems, his family and pets. He advertised for a Personal Assistant who needed to be available 24/7.

When you see the list of tasks and responsibilities assigned to the job, you can quickly see how it would be a full-time, 365 days per year position.

I managed to grab a copy of the full job description before the job was removed from the online recruitment site.

The media have inevitably focused on the wide variety of tasks, including organising family birthdays and other celebrations, holidays and building Jermain's global brand (along with a smartphone app).

What strikes me most of all about the job description is the sheer audacity of some of the requirements. It would take a pretty special multitasker to be able to keep an eye on the inventory levels in the family fridge whilst producing an iPhone app!

Would you do this job for a pay of around £50-60K?

Jim Riley

Jim co-founded tutor2u alongside his twin brother Geoff! Jim is a well-known Business writer and presenter as well as being one of the UK's leading educational technology entrepreneurs.

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