Thursday 30 March 2017

‘Jobless Paddy’ a billboard hit with unique job hunt

Unemployed graduate overwhelmed by response to his unique work search

The billboard on Merrion Road
The billboard on Merrion Road
Feilim Mac An Iomaire and the billboard on Merrion Road

Kevin Keane

AN unemployed marketing graduate who took out a massive billboard advertisement in an attempt to find a job has said he has been overwhelmed by the response.

Feilim Mac An Iomaire spent €2,000 on an advertising hoarding on the busy Merrion Road in south Dublin in a bid to attract an employer.

The ad contains a picture of the 26-year-old facing a number of famous landmarks from Sydney, London and New York with the message: "Save me from emigration."

Mr Mac An Iomaire told the Irish Independent that he came up with the idea after being unemployed for eight months after a year abroad in Australia.

"I had a good bit of money saved when I came home from Australia but I was managing to live on jobseeker's allowance. I gave it a week of hard thinking to come up with the concept and nothing was going to stop me then," he said.

"The great thing is that everyone's been so positive about it, no one has really had a bad word to say.

"Everybody who is close to me knows I've been pretty miffed about being unemployed and feeling like I've been on the sidelines."

Mr Mac An Iomaire set up a Facebook page and Twitter account entitled 'Jobless Paddy' and has been inundated with emails and messages.

"I've had some really nice replies, some CV experts are willing to spruce up my CV so I'm pretty overwhelmed with that," he said.

"It looks good for something to come out of it anyway.

"I am not exactly looking for a concrete job offer, I would sooner go through the whole process of doing an interview," he added.

Irish Independent

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