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Clever Job Seeking Method? Or Over the Top?

FOX Toledo

Holly Stuard’s husband just put her resume in front of thousands of fresh faces. The Ohio man rented billboard space reading “Please Hire My Wife” to help the former Toledo University employee get back to work.

“Over the last five or six months, she’s had a few opportunities come along that we thought looked really positive and unfortunately they just didn’t work out,” Brandon Stuard said. “I felt a sense of, she was getting a little frustrated, but not losing hope. But I wanted to do something maybe help lift her spirits if nothing else.”

Stuard says the billboard space has cost him $700 but that he and his wife will consider it a bargain if he helps her restart her career.

The sign highlights some of Stuard’s qualifications, including an MBA and experience in both business and academic sectors. She said she would like to work in development with a company, focusing on maximizing productivity and growth in human capital. The billboard also offers a contact email for potential employers to contact Stuard directly which is

Stuard admits he purchased the billboard without first telling his wife, but so far she has appreciated the gesture.

“I think I definitely would have said no,” Holly Stuard said. “I would have thought it would have been too embarrassing to have my face up on a billboard but, now I’m having fun with it and hopefully a good opportunity will come out of it.”

She says she lost her job with the university last year after budget cuts, and has since had a number of promising interviews.

“I know she’s trying extremely hard, no one prepares like she does. So, it’s difficult to watch so, this is, I feel like this is probably the best I could come up with to help her out,” Brandon Stuard said.

Well I certainly hope the billboard helps.  I’m sure, in this economy, any gimmick to make yourself stand out would most definitely give you an edge.  Unfortunately, college degrees are becoming a dime-a-dozen.  When it takes someone with a Masters degree 1-3 years to find a full time job you know something isn’t quite right.  In any case I certainly hope Mrs. Stuard finds gainful employment but would something like this work in Victoria?  Why or why not?  Sound off…..


Thanks to Yahoo for the story.

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