Basildon roundabout job bid man gets interview

Matt Adkins
Image caption Matt Adkins' efforts impressed a passing businessman

A man who spent hours on a roundabout advertising his desperation for a job has landed an interview.

Father-of-two Matt Adkins, 45, from Wickford, Essex, has been without steady work for eight years despite saying he was prepared to do anything.

As a last resort Mr Adkins stood on an A127 roundabout at Basildon with a sign saying he needed work.

He was passed a business card by a businessman and has now secured an interview.

The man who gave him the card was Raj Ramoutar, operations director at Basildon-based Ironmongery Direct.

Mr Ramoutar said: "I was really impressed that somebody who is looking for work was taking some initiative and I wanted to give somebody the chance to impress and shine.

"I was hoping he would give me a call."

Mr Adkins said: "I phoned him when I left the roundabout and popped a CV down to him.

"Sometimes the unconventional works.

"They phoned me back with an interview on Monday. So fingers crossed."

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