A woman has been branded a “supervillain” after she shared the devious trick she created to finally land a job after a long search.
Nisa Tee, from Glasgow, has seen her tweet go viral after she explained that when she was 19-years-old she was looking for employment but “wasn’t getting anywhere with my job search”.
She was told a cover letter is the most important part of the application, but needed some inspiration in crafting her own – and came up with a plan.
The now 25-year-old said she “couldn’t be a***d writing a cover letter” herself, so posted a fake advert on Gumtree advertising for the role of barista/waitress, asking job seekers to send applications to her email address.
Nisa said she received more than 200 applications, which she looked through to find her favourite cover letter, before rephrasing it a bit and passing it off as her own when she successfully applied for the real role.
The tweet has racked up more than 300,000 likes and when people accused her of making it up, she shared a picture of her email inbox from the time, which was flooded with messages applying to her non-existent job on Gumtree.
Some people were impressed by her ingenuity, as one person commented: “Can’t believe I’ve wasted so much of my life writing cover letters. This is f***ing genius.”
And another said: “This is actually genius. Like, supervillain level genius.”
But others were far from impressed, with one writing: “Can’t believe people are praising what she did. All those 200 people had hope to get a job but they were being scammed.”
Nisa said: “I wasn’t getting anywhere with my job search. I was skint and needed money and everyone was always like your cover letter is the most important part of your application and mine were basic as f***.
“So I just decided to create a job ad. At the time there were loads of them so I could read other peoples’ and see where I was going wrong, so I made my ad and forgot about it, then my emails were exploding.
“I was like omg haha so then I read through them all and rephrased my fave one.
“Then I just used it as my own for a barista role and got the job, so it was a win-win.”