Man rejected 300 times is still unemployed despite £400 ‘hire me’ billboard

Chris Harkin, 24, graduated from university in 2019 and has been job hunting ever since. He decided on the billboard after sending out 300 applications in a week without success

Chris said that he decided on a billboard to promote himself for work

An unemployed man bought a £400 “hire me” billboard of himself in a last resort to find work after sending out 300 applications in a week without luck.

Chris Harkin, from Northern Ireland, commissioned a billboard with “Please Hire Me” emblazoned on it – but sadly he is still without work.

The 24-year-old has been job hunting since September 2019 after graduating from university.

His idea of a billboard for himself came after a chat with his sister, a social media manager, who was looking to get a board for an advertising campaign her company was working on.

After realising it might be possible to use the same approach to aid his job search, he forked out £400 on the billboard and showed it on his YouTube channel Pop Culture Shock.

Chris said that he applied for 300 jobs in a week but without any luck


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Chris said: “I commissioned the billboard in late June this year in my hometown here in Northern Ireland.

“After searching for a job for nearly two years, I was feeling understandably frustrated and decided that I could make a video for my YouTube channel and create a larger version of my CV and make a statement about the difficulty of the current job market by getting a billboard.

“It was the possibilities involved in widening my search this way that made up my mind about wanting to pay for a billboard.

“In the video, I am applying for a huge number of jobs to try and emphasise the struggle that I’d gone through, having already applied for hundreds since quarantine began.

He had the idea for a billboard after talking to his sister who was planning to get one for an ad campaign at her work


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“After applying for 300 in a week, my next attempt at a solution to my problem was to buy a billboard with the statement “Please Hire Me” emblazoned on it.

“It wasn’t actually as complicated as I thought in some ways.

“It is easy enough to contact a company that owns billboards online, and after checking availability I was able to secure a billboard for two weeks in an area I wanted.

“The most difficult aspects were designing the art for the billboard and being able to pay for it.”

After spending over £400 on commissioning the billboard for two weeks, Chris concluded that his grand gesture wasn’t worth it.

Unfortunately the billboard has also not proved successful so far for Chris in finding work


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He added: “It is expensive – there’s a lot of designing and paperwork involved, and I was lucky to have people around me that were able to help with these aspects.

“If you get to a point where you’re also this desperate to expand your search to find work, it might be a reasonable last resort.

“If nothing else, you’ll probably give yourself a laugh as it appears to have done for many of my subscribers.

“I’ve had plenty of people come to my YouTube channel and say that they saw it and more commenting on the video featuring the billboard that I posted trying to provide help with my job search, but so far nobody has offered me any work opportunities from it.

“I’m somebody who appreciates the sort of grand gesture that this billboard and this video represented.

“I find it to be an easy way to express the depth of emotions, in this case, the frustration and the confusion that I felt over not being able to get a job after spending eighteen years in education.

“If there’s anything else I can add it’s a warning to not rely exclusively on the idea of a university degree to help you find work, to not jump immediately into buying a billboard unless you’re sure that you are financially stable enough for it.”

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