Newport dad gets job a day after Argus appeal

JOB JOY: Newport dad David Green was offered a job as a bus driver by Newport Transport today

JOB JOY: Newport dad David Green was offered a job as a bus driver by Newport Transport today

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AN UNEMPLOYED Newport dad has found work only a day after appealing in the Argus for someone to give him a job.

David Green who had applied for hundreds of jobs in the past year was offered a job by Newport Transport earlier this afternoon, which he has accepted.

Mr Green is expecting to start his new role as a trainee bus driver in three to four weeks. He said he was relieved to finally be in full time employment and leave his days of sending relentless applications behind.

The 40-year-old father said the response since appearing in the paper has been incredible.

"I couldn't have asked for more.

"My inbox is full - I've been answering emails for the last 24 hours."

"My approach was definitely different though I don't know why someone hasn't thought of it before.

"After months and months of banging my head against the wall - this is what has worked for me. I thought instead of applying to adverts, I would advertise myself.

"Good luck to anyone else in the same situation."

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2:27pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Ormygirl says...

fantastic congratulations :)
fantastic congratulations :) Ormygirl
  • Score: 33

2:41pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Milkmanofhumankindness says...

Well done David, congratulations :)
Well done David, congratulations :) Milkmanofhumankindness
  • Score: 28

3:30pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Can't find a username says...

I think in an ideal world, I'd really rather not have had my plight in the paper but it's a poor economy for ideals and desperate times call for desperate measures.

I didn't really know what to expect but couldn't have asked for a better result. All the training I'll need, full time hours, a permanent contract and some good prospects for advancement. I'm hugely appreciative to Scott Pearson for the opportunity, and the two gentlemen that interviewed me today were fantastic.

There are still some i's and t's to dot and cross, and I don't think I'll be able to fully relax until I get my signature on that contract but it is a huge relief to finally see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. I'm really excited to get started and I hope I can serve Newport Transport well in the future.

Many thanks also to the Argus for running the story, originally it was just a letter to the letters page but you folks really helped me out. You guys and girls are definitely on my Christmas card list this year.

I'd also like to thank everyone who emailed me to offer their help and support as well as all the comments from the readers online. There was a huge response and I'm sorry if I didn't reply to all of you.

So, onwards and upwards and hopefully will see some of you on the buses.
I think in an ideal world, I'd really rather not have had my plight in the paper but it's a poor economy for ideals and desperate times call for desperate measures. I didn't really know what to expect but couldn't have asked for a better result. All the training I'll need, full time hours, a permanent contract and some good prospects for advancement. I'm hugely appreciative to Scott Pearson for the opportunity, and the two gentlemen that interviewed me today were fantastic. There are still some i's and t's to dot and cross, and I don't think I'll be able to fully relax until I get my signature on that contract but it is a huge relief to finally see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. I'm really excited to get started and I hope I can serve Newport Transport well in the future. Many thanks also to the Argus for running the story, originally it was just a letter to the letters page but you folks really helped me out. You guys and girls are definitely on my Christmas card list this year. I'd also like to thank everyone who emailed me to offer their help and support as well as all the comments from the readers online. There was a huge response and I'm sorry if I didn't reply to all of you. So, onwards and upwards and hopefully will see some of you on the buses. Can't find a username
  • Score: 47

3:50pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Templar05 says...

Congratulations , David . If you want something bad enough , you will get it . You have to be your own salesman and sell yourself.
Congratulations , David . If you want something bad enough , you will get it . You have to be your own salesman and sell yourself. Templar05
  • Score: 14

4:26pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

Happy to have helped. Well done David.
Thanks to everyone who responded with offers of help - particularly Newport Transport.
Happy to have helped. Well done David. Thanks to everyone who responded with offers of help - particularly Newport Transport. Kevin Ward - Editor
  • Score: 26

4:42pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Ormygirl says...

I think the only thing left to say David is "cheers drive" :)
I think the only thing left to say David is "cheers drive" :) Ormygirl
  • Score: 26

5:37pm Fri 21 Feb 14

cath 872 says...

well done, David,
well done, David, cath 872
  • Score: 6

5:51pm Fri 21 Feb 14

inkyskin says...

From someone who got laid off myself today..congrats!
From someone who got laid off myself today..congrats! inkyskin
  • Score: 8

7:29pm Fri 21 Feb 14

sperduti says...

inkyskin wrote:
From someone who got laid off myself today..congrats!
awh hope you find a job soon!!!
[quote][p][bold]inkyskin[/bold] wrote: From someone who got laid off myself today..congrats![/p][/quote]awh hope you find a job soon!!! sperduti
  • Score: 10

9:51pm Fri 21 Feb 14

inkyskin says...

sperduti wrote:
inkyskin wrote:
From someone who got laid off myself today..congrats!
awh hope you find a job soon!!!
me too, i'm absolutely gutted, loved my job
[quote][p][bold]sperduti[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]inkyskin[/bold] wrote: From someone who got laid off myself today..congrats![/p][/quote]awh hope you find a job soon!!![/p][/quote]me too, i'm absolutely gutted, loved my job inkyskin
  • Score: 5

10:04pm Fri 21 Feb 14

countyjim says...

inkyskin wrote:
sperduti wrote:
inkyskin wrote:
From someone who got laid off myself today..congrats!
awh hope you find a job soon!!!
me too, i'm absolutely gutted, loved my job
Sorry to hear that lets hope you're luck changes
[quote][p][bold]inkyskin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sperduti[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]inkyskin[/bold] wrote: From someone who got laid off myself today..congrats![/p][/quote]awh hope you find a job soon!!![/p][/quote]me too, i'm absolutely gutted, loved my job[/p][/quote]Sorry to hear that lets hope you're luck changes countyjim
  • Score: 5

2:12am Sat 22 Feb 14

Mike0408 says...

Looks like the Argus did a better job than the job centre lol.
Looks like the Argus did a better job than the job centre lol. Mike0408
  • Score: 4

7:20am Sat 22 Feb 14

Vauxfiat says...

Congratulations. If you keep at something long enough, you will achieve results. I reflect Ormygirls comments "Cheers Drive".
Best of luck in your new job
Congratulations. If you keep at something long enough, you will achieve results. I reflect Ormygirls comments "Cheers Drive". Best of luck in your new job Vauxfiat
  • Score: 1

8:23am Sat 22 Feb 14

Adrian Williams says...

Well done fella - good luck (commiserations to those above that have been laid off)
Well done fella - good luck (commiserations to those above that have been laid off) Adrian Williams
  • Score: 2

11:03am Sat 22 Feb 14

Can't find a username says...

inkyskin wrote:
sperduti wrote:
inkyskin wrote:
From someone who got laid off myself today..congrats!
awh hope you find a job soon!!!
me too, i'm absolutely gutted, loved my job
I feel for you, inkyskin, really I do. It's tough going looking for work. It seems that these days you need this or that certificate to do even the most menial of jobs, and training costs money of course. There are a lot of jobs being advertised but a huge amount of those are at certain levels or in limited fields. Management jobs, carework, sales and top quality engineering vacancies are predominant. If you don't fit into one of these categories, you will be up against stiff competition. There are also a lot of fake ads too, from people who just want the information or data on your CV. Spend as much time as I did on the job boards and you'll recognise the signs. You see the same jobs advertised by the same people over and over again. There are ads too where you get redirected to a different site when you apply, that consist of a single web page, with no links, company information, or contact details, just some boxes for you to enter your information and a 'send' or 'apply' button. Most of these are on the jobcentre website as it's free to advertise there. I believe channel 4 recently covered this particular little scam.

I only made it through last year because I had a little money put aside for a rainy day and managed to pick up the odd bit of work here and there. This year, with my savings long gone, I'd have been in real trouble. My advice to anyone in employment, especially insecure employment, is save as much money as you can while you can, as you never know when the hammer will drop. And if, (god forbid) you find yourself in the situation that poor inkyskin finds themself, you'll be glad of even the smallest amount of extra cash. Despite what a lot of people seem to think, living on benefits is certainly no picnic. I economised as much as I possibly could, I haven't used my heating at all this winter for example, and spent many a day shivering in the cold, wrapped up to the eyeballs. I switched off my hot water heater after the new year and still fell behind on paying my electricity bill. Still have my last water bill to pay too.

There are other things to take into consideration too, like housing benefit. It will take them a long time to process. Last January when I made my first claim, it took nearly three months to get any money from them towards my rent. And if, like me, your rent is due calendar monthly, because housing benefit is paid four weekly instead, even if your rent is lower than the LHA, there will be a shortfall every month, that you'll have to pay out of your JSA, until you've been claiming nearly a year, when you'll get that back in the thirteenth four weekly payment.

Hopefully, inkyskin, your prospects will improve soon. But, just in case, you may want to think about making major cutbacks right now because with the current high cost of things like energy bills, and food prices you'll struggle to stay afloat on benefits.

Best of luck to you.
[quote][p][bold]inkyskin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sperduti[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]inkyskin[/bold] wrote: From someone who got laid off myself today..congrats![/p][/quote]awh hope you find a job soon!!![/p][/quote]me too, i'm absolutely gutted, loved my job[/p][/quote]I feel for you, inkyskin, really I do. It's tough going looking for work. It seems that these days you need this or that certificate to do even the most menial of jobs, and training costs money of course. There are a lot of jobs being advertised but a huge amount of those are at certain levels or in limited fields. Management jobs, carework, sales and top quality engineering vacancies are predominant. If you don't fit into one of these categories, you will be up against stiff competition. There are also a lot of fake ads too, from people who just want the information or data on your CV. Spend as much time as I did on the job boards and you'll recognise the signs. You see the same jobs advertised by the same people over and over again. There are ads too where you get redirected to a different site when you apply, that consist of a single web page, with no links, company information, or contact details, just some boxes for you to enter your information and a 'send' or 'apply' button. Most of these are on the jobcentre website as it's free to advertise there. I believe channel 4 recently covered this particular little scam. I only made it through last year because I had a little money put aside for a rainy day and managed to pick up the odd bit of work here and there. This year, with my savings long gone, I'd have been in real trouble. My advice to anyone in employment, especially insecure employment, is save as much money as you can while you can, as you never know when the hammer will drop. And if, (god forbid) you find yourself in the situation that poor inkyskin finds themself, you'll be glad of even the smallest amount of extra cash. Despite what a lot of people seem to think, living on benefits is certainly no picnic. I economised as much as I possibly could, I haven't used my heating at all this winter for example, and spent many a day shivering in the cold, wrapped up to the eyeballs. I switched off my hot water heater after the new year and still fell behind on paying my electricity bill. Still have my last water bill to pay too. There are other things to take into consideration too, like housing benefit. It will take them a long time to process. Last January when I made my first claim, it took nearly three months to get any money from them towards my rent. And if, like me, your rent is due calendar monthly, because housing benefit is paid four weekly instead, even if your rent is lower than the LHA, there will be a shortfall every month, that you'll have to pay out of your JSA, until you've been claiming nearly a year, when you'll get that back in the thirteenth four weekly payment. Hopefully, inkyskin, your prospects will improve soon. But, just in case, you may want to think about making major cutbacks right now because with the current high cost of things like energy bills, and food prices you'll struggle to stay afloat on benefits. Best of luck to you. Can't find a username
  • Score: 5

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