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Sean’s Twitter campaign lands him a website job
8:00pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 in News
SEAN Stroud’s clever way to make himself stand out from other job hunters has netted him a new position, after four years of looking.
Sean 37, of Haydon End, came up with the idea of advertising himself on Twitter in a last ditch attempt to get a job.
He has been unemployed since 2009 and has been applying for jobs for the last two years, some of which have had up to 100 applicants.
So he decided to take to the social networking site Twitter and created a dedicated account, by the name of @PLSGIVEMEAJOB, to reach out to more employers.
After seeing Sean’s story in the Adver and viewing his Twitter page, local data solutions company LDE, based in Braydon Manor, offered him a job, working on the company’s website and in customer services.
Sean will start in his new role on Monday. He said: “I am excited but at the same time nervous because I haven’t worked for four years and I have to put in to practice all the things that I learnt at college.
“After appearing in the Adver it all snowballed and the BBC also contacted me and people started speaking to me on Twitter.
“LDE contacted me about two weeks ago saying they might have something of interest for me and would I like to meet them.
“I went to speak to them and they were impressed by my CV and my customer service skills.
“I don’t think I would be in a job now if it wasn’t for Twitter because it got people interested in me and enabled me to be in contact with so many people.”
Bev Wildeboer, a director at LDE, said said: “We invited him for a chat to see if we could do anything that would benefit both of us.
“He came across very well and starts on Monday.
“We are a family business and we don’t focus on qualifications but look at what the person can bring to the company.
“It is hard to find a job at the moment but we have found when we have had vacancies in the past it has been difficult to find suitable people.”