Ad aims to weed out 'wimpy' applicants

22:18, Aug 31 2012

A humorous newspaper advertisement for a weed-spraying company has gone viral with more than 5500 hits on Trade Me and the company's owner receiving emails from New Zealand and Australian recruitment organisations.

The advertisement for GroundSpray, a weed-spraying and wilding tree control company in Tapanui, was written by the company's owner, Marty Grounds.

"It's had loads of attention. It was written to be humorous, eye-catching and to grab people's attention and it did."

The advertisement says the company was looking for people who will happily work weekends, work long hours and keep their personal hygiene to an acceptable level.

"This job is not for wimpy, faint-hearted, soft, ‘run to mummy' halfwits with pants halfway down their bottoms! We only want staff that will do as they are told by their supervisors, follow company rules and can put up with being wet, hot, cold, exhausted, hungry and thirsty, you also need to be able to sit in a van for three hours and not complain to us. (We don't listen and we don't care.)"

Mr Grounds said there had been a huge response and the company had about a dozen prospective worthwhile employees.

The ad had more than 5500 hits on Trade Me and New Zealand and Australian recruitment organisations had told him they loved it, he said.