Are you available? A ‘Help Wanted’ subject line.

Are you available?

That was the subject line of an email from Lisa Baudoin from Books & Company in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, that suckered me in. What I thought was an invitation to have a drink at Heartland turned into a ‘help wanted’ ad. My disappointment was short-lived, because I love bookseller ‘help wanted’ ads, too.

This one was clever beyond the subject line, so I asked for permission to share it with you. It was granted.


Does your love of reading and books dominate your every conversation?

Do friends tire of your endless chatter about the books you’ve fallen for?

Looking for romance?  (It’s right behind the mystery section.)

Long walks on the beach? (Not an option, but strolling through the travel section is encouraged.)

Candlelight dinners? (Not included, but you might get a snack under the flourescent glow of the overhead lights)

Oh wait, this isn’t an eHarmony ad.
This is an ad for a bookseller.  (No, they are not the same thing)

Books & Company is seeking a passionate part-time bookseller with a good sense of humor. A real problem solver who enjoys the thrill of research, the tedium of detail, and a scintillating conversation about books. Someone who doesn’t shy away from the alphabet and is willing to lovingly stir up the dust (from the shelves, that is). A voracious reader who is willing to sacrifice a weekends and evenings to the cause. Flexibility, adaptability, and durability are required.

We will be accepting applications through Sunday, October 2

We need a part-time bookseller who can work evening and weekend hours, in addition to an occasional afternoon or day shift. (Sorry kids, we will catch you at the end of the 2017 school year)  Applications can be picked-up at Books & Company.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay