Job offers flood in after Ian’s roadside stunt in Sunderland

Ian Millington, who stood on the A1231 with a board looking for employment, now bins his board after a number of job offers.

Ian Millington, who stood on the A1231 with a board looking for employment, now bins his board after a number of job offers.

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JOBSEEKER Ian Millington bins his giant CV after being inundated with offers of work since his advertising stunt.

As revealed in the Echo, the 44-year-old former JobCentre Plus worker resorted to standing on the A1231 roundabout in Sunderland during rush-hour with a placard asking employers to give him a job.

Now, employers have been calling him non-stop with opportunities of work.

TV and radio interviews, which followed his appearance in the Echo, have also helped to keep interest high.

“It’s been a phenomenal response,” said Mr Millington.

“My phone lit up like a Christmas tree.

“A couple of companies I’m going to email and some I’m sending my CV off to.

“There’s a few messages on my home answering machine as well.

“I’ve got a meeting on Friday and another to chase up, so we’ll see what happens.”

Despite having a first class honours degree in technology management and years of work experience, Mr Millington, from Lambton, Washington, said he felt he had nowhere to turn after applying for more than 100 positions and getting just three interviews.

After his day spent by the side of the road however, he has been offered work painting and decorating a house, as well as employment at a call centre.

Others have got in touch to ask Mr Millington if he would like cleaning and manufacturing work.

He says it has taken a while to get his head around the offers and he will look into all of them in as much detail as he can before making a decision.

Mr Millington’s partner Paula, 42, may also soon be looking for new employment as her three-month temporary contract at Sunderland University nears its end.

But Mr Millington thinks he will be in employment soon and credits standing on the A1231 roundabout this week as being the catalyst to get his name around.

“I’m so impressed at how standing on the island has worked instead of sending my CV off to loads of places,” he added.

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