Shooters Hill PA wears sandwich board to find a job

Gerri Spiers with her sandwich board

Gerri Spiers with her sandwich board

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A Shooters Hill woman who has sent hundreds of failed job applications every week for three months has taken to London's streets with a sandwich board.

Gerri Spiers, a 50-year-old PA, was made redundant in February this year and has now hit the capital as a walking advertisement after becoming frustrated with the usual job hunt.

She explained: "I was applying for a couple of hundred jobs a week at least and I got around 10 interviews.

"But for every job I was up against 300 other applicants."

Along with signing on at Woolwich Job Centre and registering with job agencies, last month Ms Spiers photocopied around 1,000 CVs and hand delivered them to companies. She explained: "I got about 10 per cent feedback but, sadly, it didn't lead to anything."

Then she had a brainwave and decided to go to a sandwich board maker to get something made which would have maximum impact.

She said: "I thought, you know what, I'm going to have a bash at this. I've tried everything else, my savings are going, I've got to do something drastic."

The finished sign includes her phone number, email address and simply reads: "Professional PA seeks work. Immediately available. Interview me now!"

Ms Spiers has so far targeted London Bridge and Victoria with her sign, saying the general reception has been positive.

She said: "People have been saying 'that's fantastic, it's really good.' I've got a few leads out of it. I'm hoping some media interest will help now too."

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9:46am Tue 20 May 14

PoppyGreenLeaf says...

" A couple of hundred jobs" "Against 300 others" really? Maybe get yourself a decent CV and better agency. How many PA jobs are really out there. Sadly I would imagine a younger cheaper model and if the daily mail and ukiip is to be believed prob a immigrant.
" A couple of hundred jobs" "Against 300 others" really? Maybe get yourself a decent CV and better agency. How many PA jobs are really out there. Sadly I would imagine a younger cheaper model and if the daily mail and ukiip is to be believed prob a immigrant. PoppyGreenLeaf
  • Score: 7

12:54pm Tue 20 May 14

kentlad says...

PoppyGreenLeaf wrote:
" A couple of hundred jobs" "Against 300 others" really? Maybe get yourself a decent CV and better agency. How many PA jobs are really out there. Sadly I would imagine a younger cheaper model and if the daily mail and ukiip is to be believed prob a immigrant.
Sadly Gerri is not far off from her allegations. A few friends of mine who work in recruitment have often said there are hundreds of people applying for the same position. Most of the time CV's don’t even get read its just a matter of luck I know because I recently put an advert out myself for a qualified accountant and received over a hundred and eighty applications over a ten day period. If I’m honest I never had the time or energy to go through them all I just picked a few at random and called them up for an interview. You only have to look on ‘Totaljobs’ to see some jobs receive over sixty plus applications within the first few hours of going live.

It’s tougher now because of the amount of un-employed people out there and figures show un-employment is at its highest. What with the volume of people out of work and the shortage of jobs, companies are taking advantage of this by offering lower salaries knowing someone who is desperate for work will take it – FACT!
[quote][p][bold]PoppyGreenLeaf[/bold] wrote: " A couple of hundred jobs" "Against 300 others" really? Maybe get yourself a decent CV and better agency. How many PA jobs are really out there. Sadly I would imagine a younger cheaper model and if the daily mail and ukiip is to be believed prob a immigrant.[/p][/quote]Sadly Gerri is not far off from her allegations. A few friends of mine who work in recruitment have often said there are hundreds of people applying for the same position. Most of the time CV's don’t even get read its just a matter of luck I know because I recently put an advert out myself for a qualified accountant and received over a hundred and eighty applications over a ten day period. If I’m honest I never had the time or energy to go through them all I just picked a few at random and called them up for an interview. You only have to look on ‘Totaljobs’ to see some jobs receive over sixty plus applications within the first few hours of going live. It’s tougher now because of the amount of un-employed people out there and figures show un-employment is at its highest. What with the volume of people out of work and the shortage of jobs, companies are taking advantage of this by offering lower salaries knowing someone who is desperate for work will take it – FACT! kentlad
  • Score: 10

2:18pm Tue 20 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

It could be just that she's a ginge.
It could be just that she's a ginge. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -14

3:40pm Tue 20 May 14

sarfflondonbird says...

kentlad wrote:
PoppyGreenLeaf wrote:
" A couple of hundred jobs" "Against 300 others" really? Maybe get yourself a decent CV and better agency. How many PA jobs are really out there. Sadly I would imagine a younger cheaper model and if the daily mail and ukiip is to be believed prob a immigrant.
Sadly Gerri is not far off from her allegations. A few friends of mine who work in recruitment have often said there are hundreds of people applying for the same position. Most of the time CV's don’t even get read its just a matter of luck I know because I recently put an advert out myself for a qualified accountant and received over a hundred and eighty applications over a ten day period. If I’m honest I never had the time or energy to go through them all I just picked a few at random and called them up for an interview. You only have to look on ‘Totaljobs’ to see some jobs receive over sixty plus applications within the first few hours of going live.

It’s tougher now because of the amount of un-employed people out there and figures show un-employment is at its highest. What with the volume of people out of work and the shortage of jobs, companies are taking advantage of this by offering lower salaries knowing someone who is desperate for work will take it – FACT!
How many interviews did you have to get through to find the right candidate? or are you still looking?
Can't you find this woman a job?
[quote][p][bold]kentlad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PoppyGreenLeaf[/bold] wrote: " A couple of hundred jobs" "Against 300 others" really? Maybe get yourself a decent CV and better agency. How many PA jobs are really out there. Sadly I would imagine a younger cheaper model and if the daily mail and ukiip is to be believed prob a immigrant.[/p][/quote]Sadly Gerri is not far off from her allegations. A few friends of mine who work in recruitment have often said there are hundreds of people applying for the same position. Most of the time CV's don’t even get read its just a matter of luck I know because I recently put an advert out myself for a qualified accountant and received over a hundred and eighty applications over a ten day period. If I’m honest I never had the time or energy to go through them all I just picked a few at random and called them up for an interview. You only have to look on ‘Totaljobs’ to see some jobs receive over sixty plus applications within the first few hours of going live. It’s tougher now because of the amount of un-employed people out there and figures show un-employment is at its highest. What with the volume of people out of work and the shortage of jobs, companies are taking advantage of this by offering lower salaries knowing someone who is desperate for work will take it – FACT![/p][/quote]How many interviews did you have to get through to find the right candidate? or are you still looking? Can't you find this woman a job? sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 6

5:53pm Tue 20 May 14

mouthalmighty says...

Good luck gerri. I admire your pluck.
Good luck gerri. I admire your pluck. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 8

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