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In these days of straightened times, it’s a pleasure to read good news.  And what follows is a good news story.

On July 24, 2010, the Telegraph ran a story called ‘”Please give me a job” sign gets unemployed man back in work’.  Click on the link for a picture of Mark Wheeldon with his sign at the roundabout in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. 

After being without a job for two years, Mr Wheeldon decided to stand in pouring rain near rush-hour traffic with his homemade sign:

Vince Champion, director of a timber factory, spotted the former mechanic, on his way to work and returned to collect him, giving him an interview straightaway and offering him a position just 20 minutes later.

After a shower, Mr Wheeldon found himself making frames at the Smart Timber Frame Company by midday on Thursday.

Mr Wheeldon, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, had failed to find work after spending the past two years caring for a former partner who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis.

Mr Wheeldon, who has also worked as a painter and decorator, and butcher’s assistant, said: “I was planning to stay until the evening rush hour and then keep coming back until someone gave me a job …’

Mr Champion says of his new employee:

“I thought if someone could stand there in that deluge – and it was absolutely torrential rain – then they must be determined to find a job. My attitude was that he would be an asset to any company.

“There are not many unemployed people who would have done that and I thought that anyone who wanted a job that much deserved a chance.

“When I brought him back to the office was so soaked through that a little puddle formed under his chair while I interviewed him.

“I spoke to him for about 20 minutes and then offered him the job on the spot. I was really impressed by his determination and he has the right kind of attitude that we want here.

“Now he’s getting on brilliantly and fitting right in with all the other employees. I wish more people could show the same kind of determination to find work as he did.”

No mention of what happened with the partner, though.  Hmm.  

Still, best wishes to both employee and employer for continued success.

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