Wall Street Pro Seeking Dating Help Is 'Great Guy': Colleague
On Tuesday I blogged about the Craigslist post from a Wall Street mover and shaker seeking to hire someone to manage his online dating endeavors.
"I am a busy Wall Street professional and don't have time to do this myself," he wrote. Or someone wrote for him. Because he's busy.
I sent an email to the writer and promised to update readers if I heard back. (Read More: Help Wanted on Wall Street: Manage My Dates.)
I heard back.
An unidentified woman who said she works with the man called me to say this is a legitimate job opportunity. She describes him as a 45-year-old single man who's never been married. He owns his own company.
"He works a lot," she said, adding that he's realizing, "He wants to work on his social life." Why hire someone from Craigslist to help? "He wants to cut to the chase. He'd much rather do the dating than the set up." (Read More: A Wall Street Woman Explains Dating Snobbery.)
The woman who called (was she hired through Craigslist too?) said the man has received close to 200 serious responses to the job offer, and even though the posting said he's looking to hire a female, he's open to hiring a man. Two men have applied, both identifying themselves as gay and both suggesting they'd be better at the job than a woman would be. Anyone who watches Bravo knows this to be true.
Our 45-year-old business owner has yet to make a final decision. He plans to pay an hourly rate (to be determined), and going through the resumes of applicants who hope to streamline his dating dilemma is taking about as long as if he went ahead and searched for dates himself. (Read More: 12 Unique Dating Sites.)
However, his female friend assured me the job posting is not an attempt in itself to find dates, though she said some attractive candidates have applied.
The guy really just wants to find someone he can trust to outsource the heavy lifting to, someone who can determine, "Is this the right girl for me?"
Now I feel kind of bad for making fun of him in the original blog. When I told his co-worker that I had been a tad unkind, she replied, "Tell everyone that a woman in his office says he's a great guy."
—By CNBC's Jane Wells; Follow her on Twitter: @janewells