Making Offers a Community Tradition

This story is about Greg.

Greg ‘96 works for a technical translation company in Boston. He majored in political science at Reed College, where he founde “HumPlay” in 1994, a “comedy revue which lovingly skewers Reed’s required Humanities 110 course” that has been performed at Reed every year since.

When Greg found out in August that his company was having trouble finding people to hire as proofreaders, Greg says, “I thought of the Reed Switchboard, especially since the freelance proofreaders could be located anywhere in the world with an internet connection.”

So Greg posted an offer. It was a huge success.

“The response we got from the posting was enormous,” says Greg. “I believe that 19 different people contacted me, ranging from new grads to people with professional editing experience. I passed every response to our Quality Assurance coordinator. She contacted many of the people interested, sent some the proofreading test we use to evaluate proofreaders, and wound up adding two people who scored high to our freelance proofreader list, and we hired one new grad who was moving to Boston for grad school for a part time, in-office position.”

Net result: Three members of Greg’s community found jobs, and Greg filled gaps at his company.

Would he use it again? Greg says, “Posting positions to the Switchboard was definitely useful. The response was more than I could have imagined. I’ll definitely post again when the need arises.”

And so Greg, creator of HumPlay, is helping a new tradition take root at Reed: posting offers on Switchboard.