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Nigerian graduate holds up sign advertising himself at train station and gets a job interview



22 year old Nigerian graduate Alfred Ajani has
been inundated with offers of interviews after
taking a radical approach to job hunting, Daily
Mail reports.
Alfred said he’s applied for over 300 positions
since getting a degree in marketing in May this
year and has been unlucky. Determined to land
his dream job, he decided to hand out CVs to
company bosses commuting into the City of
London through Waterloo Station this morning.
Alfred stood at the entrance to the busy station
holding a sign stating: ‘Marketing graduate (BA
Hons 2:1 Coventry Uni) Ask for CV.’ His direct
approach received a warm response from
commuters, with many stopping to discuss
potential positions. Continue…
Alfred, who lives not far from the station, said:
‘I graduated in May and have been applying
for jobs ever since, but it’s very difficult at the
‘The only ones that have come up have not
really been what I wanted, I’m interested in
marketing and advertising.
‘I realised that there are thousands of students
out there using the same old methods of
applying for jobs online and through
recruitment agencies and so I thought I’d try
something different.
‘I got up early and went to the station. At first
people just looked at me but after about 10
minutes people starting stopping and talking.
They said they’d never seen anything like it
before and were really impressed.
‘One woman worked in advertising and took a
CV and another guy ran back from his train
and said he’d walked past but had started
thinking and might have something for me.’
Alfred added: ‘I’ve already had some phone
calls and have got an int erview booked for
later today. The support was great, one man
even bought me a cup of tea and told me
“good luck”.’
Alfred has worked as a waiter while studying
and has taken positions as an intern in the
music industry in a bid to boost his job
He asked friends to help him hand out his CVs,
but thinks they were put off by the early start.
A photo of him giving his phone number to a
passing commuter circulated on Twitter this
morning, with website users offering their
After seeing the photo, one Twitter user wrote:
‘Good on him for putting himself out there!!
Time waits for no man!! Love it!!’
Another added: ‘It’s a good idea. I would’ve
hired him into my business straight away if I
saw him.’
Olympic medallist Kelly Sotherton retweeted
the photo, and motivational speaker Gavin
Ingham wrote: ‘He will no doubt get interviews
and offers whilst others sit at home moaning.
Good on him.’

Culled from UK Daily Mail.

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