Army Veteran Lands 70 Job Offers Standing on a Roundabout with a Sign

Posted on September 26, 2017

Army veteran who was pictured at a roundabout with a ‘job wanted’ poster after failing with 400 applications is inundated with more than 70 job offers

  • Wayne Taylor was paid £45,000 while with the 26th Regiment Royal Artillery 
  • He fought in both Gulf wars and led hundreds of men in Afghanistan and Kosovo
  • Now the only jobs the ex-sergeant can get pay little above minimum wage 
  • He stood at entrance to Chester Business Park with a placard saying ‘Job wanted 
  • And after widespread news reports he has now received around 70 job offers

A former sergeant major has been flooded with messages from prospective employers since he stood at a busy roundabout with a ‘Job Wanted’ placard.

Wayne Taylor signed up for the army aged just 16 and served for 25 years in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo and Northern Ireland, as well as both Gulf wars.

The 46-year-old’s salary was £45,000 when he left the 26th Regiment Royal Artillery in December 2011, but all he can find is minimum wage jobs.

Frustrated over his 400 failed job applications, he resorted to drastic measures and stood at the entrance to Chester Business Park with a placard saying ‘Job wanted. Educated to degree level. Speak to me please’.

And now he says he feels ‘positive’ about getting work as a result, with 70 parties showing an interest in him.

Among the messages was one from a former Army officer now working at Barclays Bank, inviting him for an interview to see if there’s a role that would suit him.

Mr Taylor says he’s had 60 or 70 messages by email or via LinkedIn, the business networking service.

He said: ‘My computer’s gone into meltdown with all the traffic. Most have been asking me to get in touch. I’ve had a lot of messages and I need to work through them.

‘Barclays want me to come in for an interview so they can see if there’s a role I would be suited to. I called back within a couple of minutes and left a message.’

‘The email came from a former warrant officer, Class 1, that’s a rank above me. He said he was speaking to the head of operations at Knutsford.’

Since he was spotted with his placard outside a roundabout on Friday (22 Sept) he’s attracted widespread news coverage.

‘I feel positive that something will come of it now,’ he said.

‘I stood at the roundabout in the hope that somebody would stop and say they may have a role for me.

‘Since then it’s all been happening and it’s very likely going to work for me.’

‘The local paper covered it, it’s been in national papers, I’ve done radio interviews this morning and I’ve got TV and radio interviews this afternoon.

‘I have done something different by standing at the roundabout, and I wasn’t expecting it to go the way it has.

‘A lot of other servicemen and women are in the same boat as me. Employers need to see beyond bits of paper and see that we have a set of skills.’

Since he was spotted with his placard outside a roundabout on Friday (22 Sept) he’s attracted widespread news coverage.

‘I feel positive that something will come of it now,’ he said.

‘I stood at the roundabout in the hope that somebody would stop and say they may have a role for me.

‘Since then it’s all been happening and it’s very likely going to work for me.’

‘The local paper covered it, it’s been in national papers, I’ve done radio interviews this morning and I’ve got TV and radio interviews this afternoon.

‘I have done something different by standing at the roundabout, and I wasn’t expecting it to go the way it has.

‘A lot of other servicemen and women are in the same boat as me. Employers need to see beyond bits of paper and see that we have a set of skills.’

After leading hundreds of men during his time in the army, he has since gained a Level 6 qualification in leadership and management.

Mr and Mrs Taylor, 48, got married in 2014 after meeting online.

She joined her husband by the roundabout near the business park on Friday, where he was approached by representatives from a few firms.

She said: ‘He was offered £8 an hour to deliver mattresses. No disrespect to people who do that, but he is capable of so much more.’

Mr Taylor has been treated for post-traumatic stress disorder and has seen some of his former comrades take their own lives since leaving the army, Laura said.

She added: ‘They did not feel manly enough to keep their families. It’s heartbreaking.’

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