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Jobseekers in Argyll were hopping to it this week in response to a post in the recruitment section of The Oban Times website.
In fact, the advertised role of Easter Bunny received more than 2,040 views and 185 applications in the first 24 hours, despite just being a bit of lighthearted fun thought up by HIJOBS co-founder and commercial director Laura Saunders.
Under the heading of Marketing and PR, the advertisement for a full time/permanent position read:
A once in a lifetime hopportunity has arisen for a spirited and fluffy individual to join our warren.
Do you love carrots?
The ideal candidate will enjoy lettuce, vegetables and of course lots of crunchy carrots.
You will be used to small confined spaces and we expect you to have some experience of living in an underground burrow. Discretion is also key, as the live-in accommodation is of course in a top-secret location.
The successful candidate will be expected to disguise themselves well to blend in with other bunnies hopping around in fields, meadows and parks. A self-starter, you will also have to lay, decorate and hide eggs all under the cover of darkness.
A creative background would be helpful but not essential as the need to make baskets and creative appealing egg designs will be a key part of the role.
If you think you have what it takes to make it in this magical role then please dig out your spotty bow tie and apply before the closing date on Easter Friday.
When contacted by The Oban Times, Mrs Saunders said: ‘HIJOBS biggest challenge is to make finding a new job as easy and rewarding as possible.
‘For most people, it’s always been a stressful, tiresome and depressing process for both candidates and employers.
‘We always strive to make it better. The Easter Bunny idea was just a bit of lighthearted fun to make some of our jobseekers smile.’
Potential bunnies were told that they could earn from £18,500 to £185,000 per annum plus bonus eggs if their application was successful.
By Monday the post had received 3,647 views and 330 applications.
Anyone applying however received a message stating, ‘sorry, the bunny has beaten you to it!’ and then prompted to ‘sign up and jump start their career.