02/04/2015 - 05:09

Street spruiking a sign of the times

02/04/2015 - 05:09

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A young Perth job seeker will start a new job today after successfully spruiking his availability on St Georges Terrace.

Street spruiking a sign of the times
PAYOFF: Elliot McIntyre took an unusual approach to job hunting.

A young Perth job seeker will start a new job today after successfully spruiking his availability on St Georges Terrace.

Business graduate Elliot McIntyre stood on Perth’s busiest business strip yesterday for just a few hours, holding a placard that said: ‘Will consider doing almost anything’.

By the close of business, Mr McIntyre had accepted a job with a legal document business (which he preferred not to name).

Before he was offered the job, Mr McIntyre told Business News that, despite having a university degree and experience, he had been unable to find new employment upon his return from a trip overseas.

So yesterday he decided to be innovative in his approach in order to cut through in a job market he described as “very competitive”.

Prior to yesterday’s success, Mr McIntyre said feedback from other potential employers indicated that, while his application was good, they had been flooded with applicants.

He said one job he applied for had attracted 400 applicants, while other inquiries for work at Coles, McDonald’s, Woolworths and hardware shops had been knocked back.

Last year, Business News reported on three engineering graduates who took a similar approach to jobseeking, after finding a slowdown in the resources industry made securing entry-level work very difficult.

http://www.businessnews.com.au/article/Engineering-graduates-find-work-search-formula-needs-rethink

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