Jobless Robert’s roadside banner bid to find work

A DESPERATE jobseeker was so fed up of having his CVs ignored that he took to the roadside in an effort to find work.

Robert Thompson spent four hours at Four Lane Ends in Over Hulton, holding a sign saying “please give me a job”.

Robert, aged 27, has had just two interviews since he left the University of Bolton with a degree in computing and IT three years ago — despite applying for 300 positions.

It was the second time Mr Thompson, of Smith Street, Atherton, tried his luck by the roadside having previously stood for three hours at the same spot in February.

He said: “I did it before and thought I’d give it one more shot.

“The response was fairly lukewarm compared to the first time around, but I just wrote my mobile number on cards and handed them out. A few people were impressed and some wound down their windows and said ‘good luck, I hope you get something’.”

The number of people in Bolton claiming jobseekers’ allowance rose to its highest levels since March last month, with 5.1 per cent of the borough’s population claiming out of work benefits, higher than both the North West and UK average.

Mr Thompson has never had a job and feels his lack of work experience has not helped his situation, but said he is prepared to work unpaid if it means getting a foot on the ladder.

He said: “I’ve been using computers since I was four years old. I’d like an office office-based job and apply for about two a week. I’m prepared to do unpaid work if that’s what it takes.”

Robert can be contacted on 07969 072890.

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3:18pm Wed 31 Oct 12

wild one says...

Good luck to the guy!, At least he is getting off his arris to find work unlike the thousands that dont.
Good luck to the guy!, At least he is getting off his arris to find work unlike the thousands that dont. wild one

6:43pm Wed 31 Oct 12

oftbewildered2 says...

hope he lands something suitable - deserves to have his initiative and willingness rewarded.
hope he lands something suitable - deserves to have his initiative and willingness rewarded. oftbewildered2

4:53am Thu 1 Nov 12

alecfranco says...

Good luck with that, because very soon, (YES WE HAVE A LOT OF IMMIGRANTS ALREADY HERE LOOKING TO WORK HERE IN ENGLAND) BUT Very soon we are gonna have SWARMS OF IMMIGRANTS ARE SOON TOO FOLLOW IF YOU'VE READ TUESDAYS DAILY EXPRESS PAGE 2, MILLIONS OF ROMANIANS + BULGARIANS ARE DUE TO GET FREE ACCESS TO THE U.K. JOBS MARKET WHEN THOSE COUNTRIES BECOME FULL E.U. MEMBERS IN 2014. After that happens it may be impossible to get a decent job, never mind any job of any description. A horrendous thought that. Thanks Mr Cameron...
Good luck with that, because very soon, (YES WE HAVE A LOT OF IMMIGRANTS ALREADY HERE LOOKING TO WORK HERE IN ENGLAND) BUT Very soon we are gonna have SWARMS OF IMMIGRANTS ARE SOON TOO FOLLOW IF YOU'VE READ TUESDAYS DAILY EXPRESS PAGE 2, MILLIONS OF ROMANIANS + BULGARIANS ARE DUE TO GET FREE ACCESS TO THE U.K. JOBS MARKET WHEN THOSE COUNTRIES BECOME FULL E.U. MEMBERS IN 2014. After that happens it may be impossible to get a decent job, never mind any job of any description. A horrendous thought that. Thanks Mr Cameron... alecfranco

4:54am Thu 1 Nov 12

alecfranco says...

Good luck with that, because very soon, (YES WE HAVE A LOT OF IMMIGRANTS ALREADY HERE LOOKING TO WORK HERE IN ENGLAND) BUT Very soon we are gonna have SWARMS OF IMMIGRANTS ARE SOON TOO FOLLOW IF YOU'VE READ TUESDAYS DAILY EXPRESS PAGE 2, MILLIONS OF ROMANIANS + BULGARIANS ARE DUE TO GET FREE ACCESS TO THE U.K. JOBS MARKET WHEN THOSE COUNTRIES BECOME FULL E.U. MEMBERS IN 2014. After that happens it may be impossible to get a decent job, never mind any job of any description. A horrendous thought that. Thanks Mr Cameron...
Good luck with that, because very soon, (YES WE HAVE A LOT OF IMMIGRANTS ALREADY HERE LOOKING TO WORK HERE IN ENGLAND) BUT Very soon we are gonna have SWARMS OF IMMIGRANTS ARE SOON TOO FOLLOW IF YOU'VE READ TUESDAYS DAILY EXPRESS PAGE 2, MILLIONS OF ROMANIANS + BULGARIANS ARE DUE TO GET FREE ACCESS TO THE U.K. JOBS MARKET WHEN THOSE COUNTRIES BECOME FULL E.U. MEMBERS IN 2014. After that happens it may be impossible to get a decent job, never mind any job of any description. A horrendous thought that. Thanks Mr Cameron... alecfranco

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