A desperate job hunter has stripped half naked and stood in the middle of a busy dual carriageway during rush hour in an effort to get employment.
Graduate Dan Conway resorted to the bizarre measure yesterday after a string of other job-seeking attempts proved fruitless.
He has already created a website to advertise himself, having failed to secure a permanent position since graduating four years ago.
The 28-year-old, who has two children, left Leeds College of Art with a degree in advertising, but has since been working temporarily as a youth worker.
But after losing his job a week before his daughter Lucy, two, was born Dan felt he needed to do something to stand out from the crowd.
Dan, from Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, said: “I have been out of work for a while and I wasn’t having much luck in getting a job since I graduated four years ago, so I decided to start a website and a campaign with a number of stunts.”
In an attempt to grab the attention of employers, Dan stood in the middle of Newcastle, minus a shirt, with the words “employ me” written across his chest. He spent the morning holding a wooden board which advertised the name of his website: theextremejobhunter.com.
Dan said: “I have had a mixed reaction this morning. Some people are saying ‘good on you’, whereas others are annoyed that I am disrupting the traffic.
“But I have got free advertising here and it is getting me out there. I am just hoping one of them will give me a job.”
This is not the only time Dan has targeted employers in an unusual way.
He has previously created a video starring his two-year-old daughter, auctioned himself off on Ebay to potential employers and attached a cover letter to a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts which he handed to employers.
He has also attempted to charm potential employers with Monopoly money and launched a viral Facebook Like campaign which got him a placement at an advertising agency.
Dan is husband to Natalie, a full-time mother, and father to Jack, one, as well as Lucy.
He is originally from Leeds but moved to Newcastle, Natalie’s home town, after meeting her at Leeds College of Art.
Since yesterday’s stunt, he has received several emails from recruitment companies interested in interviewing him and from random people telling him of job vacancies.