Job hunting on the streets

Swindon cardboard job sign woman secures two interviews


An unemployed teenager who has been carrying a cardboard placard around Swindon asking people to employ her, has two interviews lined up.

Hanna Evans, 19, has been out of work for a year and is on benefits. She said life had become "very hectic" since her plea for work on Monday.

She said: "I've had lots of phone calls. My interview next Monday is for a call-centre job.

"I'm so excited - it's a job I want."

Ms Evans, who lives with her boyfriend in the Pinehurst area of the town, said: "I don't regret doing what I did and I have had lots of calls of support.

'Prank calls'

"It got to the point where I'd been turned down so many times. I thought I've had enough - what's the most desperate thing I can do?

"I do kind of regret putting my mobile phone number on there due to the amount of prank calls I got.

"But at the end of the day*, I'm happy to put myself out there to show how much I want to work."

Phil Rice, 65, from Malmesbury tried a similar approach 19 years ago when he was made redundant.

He was filmed by BBC regional television news in 1992 when he put his CV under car windscreens in Bristol and Bath after being made redundant.

Mr Rice, who now works at Malmesbury Town Council, said he found a job four months after his job hunt and has never been out of work since.

He said: "I wish Hanna all the best. When I saw what she had done on the news, I thought good for you. It brought it all back to me."


Source: BBC News


Idioms:

we use *at the end of the day to give the most important fact of a situation, after everything has been taken into consideration
  • I can give you my advice but at the end of the day it is your decision.
  • They interviewed many applicants for the post, but at the end of the day made no appointment.

Comments

Ángel said…
If someone is on benefits for a long time, it's worth the effort of doing something new in order to attract the attention on oneself. At the end of the day, job hunting could be a good way to find a solution when tou have been turned down many times.
Graham said…
At first, I thought this was an original, if desperate way, to get a job.

After reading it more carefully, I think it is outrageous.

How can a 19 year old girl have been out of work for a year and living on benefits? She lives with her boyfriend - where is her family? Can't they support her instead of relying on the state?

Why isn't she studying to improve her chances?

I think if she has decided to leave home and not continue in education, she shouldn't be getting any benefits.

I wonder how much effort she really made when job hunting. I'm sure that the call centre advertised the job vacancies in the local newpaper.


it's WORTH the effort DOING something new in order to ATTRACT/DRAW attention TO oneself. At the end of the day, THIS could be a good way to find a JOB when you have been turned down (SO) many times.

job hunting = looking for work
Javier said…
Maybe this way to find a job is not too normal and a little bit odd, and this girl should study more.

We can see that this girl want to work and dont live by the benefits.

Nowadays there is too many people with high education level, with long cv's and they are unemployed, at the end of the day you can use this way to find a job but you'll need a big big placard.
Graham said…
Javier: it fits in with what we talked about earlier. She has gained publicity and as a result, lined up a couple of interviews.

We can see that this girl WANTS to work and NOT live ON benefits.

Nowadays there ARE too many people with high education level, with long cv's and they are unemployed. At the end of the day, you can use this way to find a job but you'll need a HUGE placard.



I see you sent the comment 7 minutes before the start of class. Glad to see I'm not the only person who leaves things until the last moment. :-)