Norwich man’s quest to find a job on Twitter goes global

PUBLISHED: 14:07 02 July 2012 | UPDATED: 17:18 02 July 2012

Gavin Wright has taken his job search to Twitter.

Gavin Wright has taken his job search to Twitter.

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A Norwich man has taken his quest to find a job to a new extreme and has turned to micro-blogging website Twitter for help.

"The retweet from Mr Gold was massive for me because I am a big West Ham fan and that got me 190 retweets in about 30 seconds, it’s absolutely incredible."

Gavin Wright.

Gavin Wright, 43, has used his @NeedajobNorwich Twitter account and has already had his appeals published to over 50,000 people on the internet.

On the small biography section of his Twitter profile, Mr Wright, of Dereham Road, Norwich, has simply written: “Hi, Im Gav. Will consider any type of work, I’m 43, fit (and) healthy, honest and reliable, Call me 0750 386 5807 former business owner, RT PLZ.”

‘RT’ stands for ‘retweet’, which is a method used by Twitter users to share a post with their followers. Shortly after setting up the account Mr Wright was already seeing his appeals get retweeted.

He then also secured something of a Twitter coup on Saturday when David Gold, co-owner of West Ham United, who Mr Wright supports, retweeted one of his appeals to more than 49,300 of his followers.

Mr Gold, using his @DavidGoldWHU account, also replied to Mr Wright, saying: “My family motto is determination perseverance and courage. I am sure that if you remain positive a opportunity will come.”

Mr Wright had been running Wright Distribution, a leaflet delivery company based in Camp Grove, Thorpe Hamlet, off Quebec Road.

But after that business closed, Mr Wright, who has a six-year-old son, took to the internet to try and fix his problem.

Yesterday Mr Wright had already had more than 50 retweets and said: “Day 2 of Job search via Twitter, I knew this would be a good idea, woke up to over 30 inbox messages of support, a huge thank u all.”

Mr Wright, a former Long Stratton High School pupil, spoke to the Evening News this afternoon and said he was shocked by the big reaction he has had.

He said: “It’s gone global, I’ve had people tweeting me from everywhere, it shows the power of Twitter!

“I’ve had tweets from Africa, Cyprus, all over the place. It makes you realise how one small tweet can connect you with the rest of the world.

“The retweet from Mr Gold was massive for me because I am a big West Ham fan and that got me 190 retweets in about 30 seconds, it’s absolutely incredible.”

- For more about this story, and reaction from industry experts, see tomorrow’s Norwich Evening News.

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  • Gosh, somebody takes the initiative and tries new ways to look for work to stand out in the crowd and is shot down by commenters. You just can't win. If he wasn't doing anything but the usual methods no doubt he would be criticised too.

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    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Hmm...Used Wright distrubution once to deliver leaflets, didn't bother delivering many of them to various streets where committe members lived so never used them again.

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    City Boy

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • I was sympathetic - until I found out he is a West Ham supporter. Couldn't care less about him now if I'm honest.

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    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Big Wow! I did this, I am always putting my details on facebook, on my facebook page for our Hampdens estate and on twitter. I have also tried Norwich Gumtree as well. I didnt get into the paper (or offered jobs tho) waste of time nowadays even bothering looking if you are over 21

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    Mark Thompson

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Tory Beer, so you're a dole bludger too then hey?

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    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Great idea and good to see results so early, good luck Gavin

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    banned user

    Monday, July 2, 2012

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