Unemployed man takes new approach to finding work

An unemployed Workington man has been taking his search for work onto the street. Mark Ostler, who's not had a job for two years, has been parking at roadsides with his own homemade sign asking for work.

Unemployed man takes new approach to finding work

An unemployed Workington man has been taking his search for work onto the street.

Mark Ostler, who's not had a job for two years, has been parking at roadsides with his own homemade sign asking for work.

Mark Ostler has been unemployed for two years and is taking matters into his own hands Credit: ITV News Border

The 45-year-old father of six says he's applied for hundreds of jobs.He was made redundant from Hydro Ellay Enfield Tubes in April 2012 where he worked as a senior process officer for 15 years.

He has been parking at roadsides with his own homemade sign asking for work Credit: ITV News Border

He said: "It's been the most demoralising two years of my life. I was so desperate for work I decided to see what I could do for myself. I've applied for all kinds of jobs but it's just so difficult to get work in this area.

"Every job opportunity has dozens of people applying. I am a skilled worker and I want to raise my profile. If I have to sit here week in and week out its something I'm prepared to do."

He said: "If I have to sit here week in and week out its something I'm prepared to do." Credit: ITV News Border

He says his efforts have so far not produced a job but is going to carry on and even come up with bigger signs to grab the attention of employers.

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