Monday, July 2, 2012
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, 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.