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Marketing graduate grabs job interviews with simple sign at Waterloo

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11:45 AM | 3 September 2014
by Jim Compton-hall
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After graduating from his marketing course at Coventry University, Alfred Ajani applied to more than 300 positions with no luck. He then decided to approach things a little differently, writing a sign and standing in London's Waterloo train station during the morning rush hour. Before long he was swarmed with people asking for his CV and offering him job interviews.

We've seen this done a number of times. In fact it's far from an original idea in the creative industries and there's a lot of professionals who will tell you the story of the annoying guy standing outside their office with a sign asking to be hired. But it worked for Alfred and here's why.

Rather than targeting one marketing agency, who are used to all sorts of creative attempts to get jobs and have probably seen this before, Alfred headed to Waterloo, one of the busiest train stations in the country (hell, one of the busiest train stations in Europe). He had an audience of hundreds of thousands so even if one in five people had seen it done before, there were still plenty who hadn't. It's not surprising that Afred's efforts soon went viral and was picked up by a number of national newspapers.

Putting yourself out there is a great way to show employers how eager you are to get a job and how hard you will work when you have it.

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