News about the job market can be pretty dull and depressing.
While we all shudder about the dismal U.S. unemployment rate potentially rocking us into another recession, we tip our hats to some of the most creative job creators among us: the job posters on Craigslist.
We mined the online classified ads forum for some of the silliest odd jobs out there. And while these employers surely won't lift the U.S. back on its feet, economically speaking, they sure have the potential to make our day.
Here are the craziest Craigslist ads we've seen this week.
Ever wanted to climb trees for a living? Now you can. Green's Complete Tree & Stump Removal in Birmingham, Ala. is looking for a <a href="http://tuscaloosa.craigslist.org/lab/3033570857.html" target="_hplink">part-time or full-time tree climber</a>. Experience necessary.
Nicki Minaj-Type Models
We're not quite sure what this means, but someone in Omaha, Neb. is looking for "<a href="http://omaha.craigslist.org/crg/3016678341.html" target="_hplink">Nicki Minaj-type models</a>."
Hairy Athletic, Bodybuilder
The title of this Craigslist post says it all: "Hairy athletic, bodybuilder type men wanted for photo shoot." If you're a hairy, athletic bodybuilder from Orlando, Fla., <a href="http://orlando.craigslist.org/crg/3038761783.html" target="_hplink">check it out</a>!
Turn your drinking habit into a profitable gig. WineShop At Home, a direct seller of artisan wines, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is hoping to hire an <a href="http://cedarrapids.craigslist.org/sls/3046318800.html" target="_hplink">independent wine consultant </a>to host in-home wine tastings.
Calling all airbrush artists in Omaha, Neb. This Craigslist poster is looking for someone to <a href="http://omaha.craigslist.org/crg/3020373407.html" target="_hplink">airbrush</a> his headphone ear pads. Seriously.
Zombie Make-Up Artist
Is the "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/03/zombie-apocalypse-after-g_n_1566257.html" target="_hplink">Zombie Apocalypse</a>" creating jobs? This <a href="http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/crg/3059792566.html" target="_hplink">Craiglist ad</a> is suggesting so much is true. If you're living in the Los Angeles, Calif. area and like face painting for fun (this job offers no pay) this gig is for you.
Want to draw on a chalkboard for money? A restaurant owner in Denver, Colo. is <a href="http://denver.craigslist.org/crg/3043506603.html" target="_hplink">seeking</a> a chalkboard artist. Jokesters, be warned: This poster is looking for "serious inquiries only."
Yoga DVD Distributor
Interested in learning more about Prenatal Yoga? A Nashville, Tenn.-based Yogi is looking for someone to help distribute her new DVD. Check it out <a href="http://nashville.craigslist.org/crg/3017616062.html" target="_hplink">here</a>.