Swansea man's job plea seems a sign of the times
A SWANSEA man is pledging to carry on his search for work after being inundated with offers of new posts following his rush-hour job hunt.
Dillwyn Davies said he was weighing up his options following all the calls he'd had after holding a sign next to a roundabout in Fforestfach, Swansea, crying out for a job.
The 61-year-old, of Parkhill Terrace in Treboeth, has been offered roles at a breakdown company, as a bus driver, with a drainage company, a life insurance firm, and even as a walker on a ghost walk.
He has been out of work since August after leaving his job as a bus driver at First Cymru.
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Mr Davies, who again went out with his sign with "I am looking for a job" yesterday in a layby on the way to Fforestfach, said: "I've been inundated with calls — I've been asked by a breakdown company in Fforestfach if I want to work nights for 24 hours a week.
"Someone asked if I was interested in being a bus driver on a school run and a guy rang about whether I wanted to be a ghost walk worker and I would have to look after crowds on the walk.
"A drainage company asked me if I had experience of laying pipes but I didn't.
He added: "Morriston Job Centre has offered me an appointment today and there's a few things that she wants to talk to me about — so I am quite optimistic about that. If a full-time job comes along I will go for it."
Mr Davies had also received calls from a property maintenance company from London offering him DIY work in the Swansea area and an engineering company based in Hendy was also keen to employ him in its office.
He originally decided to take his job hunt to the streets after a jobseeker in Lancashire had success in finding work by doing the same thing.
Retired Pam Newton-Walker, of Ammanford, spotted Mr Davies yesterday holding his sign.
She added: "I absolutely commend his spirit — it must be so, so difficult for a man of any age to do that.
"Are we back in the 1920s in the Depression? I wish him well."