After applying for 400 jobs and not bagging any of them, a former sergeant major decided a change of tactics was required. Armed with a giant placard emblazoned with “Job wanted. Educated to degree level. Speak to me please”, Wayne Taylor occupied a busy roundabout located at the entrance to Chester Business Park. “The trouble with trying to get work if you’re ex-army is they look at us and think we were only there to kill people – that’s putting it bluntly but it’s how it is. It’s not easy. Things have been really difficult so I thought it was time to be proactive and try something different. I’ve had no response from so many applications, I just thought ‘go and give it a try and see what happens. It might just work'”, said Mr Taylor. And it seems it was worth it, for the 46 year old, who spent 25 years in the Royal Artillery during which he served in Aghanistan, the Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo and Northern Ireland, has since been inundated by emails or messages from business network LinkedIn. Up to 70 parties have expressed an interest and he has already been offered an interview with Barclays Bank after a former Army officer got in touch. “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”, said the former soldier from Wrexham. “I feel positive that something will come of it now. 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.” Job done.
October 15, 2017