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HR blunder of the month: Walking CV lands job


WorkerThese days, we’ve been hearing a lot of stories about crazy stunts job seekers are pulling to find employment. Well, here’s one that actually worked.

Five months ago, Manchester-based Jason Fruen lost his job as a mechanical maintenance engineer. After sending his CV to companies and having no luck, he adopted a different strategy – he started wearing the CV.

Fruen donned a sandwich board that read, in big bold letters: “Mechanical maintenance engineer, seeking employment”, along with his telephone number, the Daily Mail reports.

His plan: Stand by an industrial complex and hope someone pays attention. He didn’t have to wait very long. On his first day of self-advertising, a car pulled over. The owner of a local company offered him a job.

Unfortunately, it was only for a two-and-a-half month temporary assignment. So now, Freun is hitting the streets again, starting every day at 5.30am.

“I think we’re going to see a lot more people adopting this way of looking for work,” he said, adding that the weekly visit to the JobCentre would be nowhere near enough to get himself back into work.

“There are jobs out there but the problem is there’s 50 or 60 people going for each one.”

What extreme job-seeker tactics have you seen or heard about? Let us know by posting a comment below.

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2 Responses

  1. Standing out from the crowd
    I agree with Quentin – there is no blunder here.
    Doing things differently can and clearly does get you noticed.
    This is fabulous. Well done to Jason.

  2. Blunder?
    So where’s the ‘Blunder’ in this? To my mind it is a good example of thinking out of the box and demonstrating that you can make something out of a difficutl situation.

    Good luck to Jason!

    Quentin Colborn

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