Man unemployed for three years gets a job after standing by roadside with sign

Man unemployed for three years gets a job after standing by roadside with sign

A man who was unemployed for three years finally got a job after he stood by a roadside with a sign, pleading for work.

Craig Driver set up along the side of the A165 near Hull with a large banner advertising his availability for work.

He took the drastic action after struggling to find employment since he lost his construction job in 2019, as a result of a stroke.

The 49-year-old started his campaign on Tuesday June, 28, and stood there every day that week, dressed up in his suit and tie.

The dad-of-one was then offered a job on July 4, as a buildings manager at The Hull and East Yorkshire Smile Foundation after an employee passed his banner on her way to work.

After seeing the smartly dressed Brit, the employee called her boss to say she thought he’d be a perfect fit for the organisation, which manages charity projects and had been hiring at the time.

Craig said: “I am ecstatic to have been offered a job by Smile.

“It is an inspirational organisation and it is amazing to be a part of something that makes a difference in so many lives.

“Like anyone starting a new job, I am nervous because I want to do the best possible job, but I know I have found an amazing team to work with.

“I’ve been despondent and dejected and I needed that to change. I have a wife and a little boy I want to look after them. I now have that chance.”

Charity CEO Andy Barber looked over his CV with Ann Newlove, the company’s head of business and communications, and they both decided he would be a perfect fit for them.

Ann said: “Craig’s unusual approach to job seeking made him stand out, but it wasn’t his suit, tie and roadside vigil, that made us snap him up.

“Craig has exactly the skills we’re looking for and haven’t been able to find.

“He comes to us with experience of construction and facilities project management as well as the softer skills we need from a previous role as a housing officer.

“The charitable sector has a recruitment crisis and finding people with a can-do attitude that will help us to build stronger, healthier, and happier communities is important to our success.

“Craig is just what we need. We wish him and his family well.”

Craig, from Brandesburton, East Yorks, has received an overwhelming amount of support since his social media posts went viral last month.

Alongside being supported online, one kind passing Brit pulled over to give him an umbrella when it was pouring rain.

He said: “The respect I have for the communities of this region is incredible.

“People showed me so much kindness. I don’t know how to say thank you.

“I am glad I have a job that will help me to give back. I’m so very grateful for all the help I have received.”