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Yesterday Give A Grad A Go had the pleasure of meeting Will Bower aka graduate job seeker extraordinaire and David Brent impressionist!
Will shot to fame last week when his video campaign to find a graduate job (inspired by The Office's main character, David Brent) went viral. Since then, Will's video has had over 10,000 views on YouTube, has been featured in The Daily Mail, The Metro and The Daily Star and was even posted about by Ricky Gervais himself!
We were so impressed by the success of Wills' campaign that we thought we'd invite him to GAGAGO HQ to ask him a few questions about his unconventional job hunting tactic, and to see if we could help him land his dream role.
Here's our 60-second interview with the man himself:
Hi Give A Grad A Go! Well, I've been applying for graduate jobs since I left university this summer, only to hear nothing back. I knew I needed to do something a bit different. I usually struggle to brag about myself, and I knew that David Brent was a character who never has a problem bigging himself up, so I decided to take a leaf out of his book!
About 20 I think - which is brilliant! Not all of them were offering roles in sectors I'm interested in though - I'm mainly focused on getting into advertising or marketing.
I love being creative, but I like the business side of things too. I like the idea of producing something unique, and using it to persuade people to do something or buy something.
It's not a very cool answer, but I really like the new Iceland adverts with Peter Andre. They're so bad they're good!
Landing a job with any London-based advertising agency would be amazing. Top of my list would be AMV, who work with some of the world's biggest brands - like Walkers, Guiness and Snickers.
Yes definitely. There are so many of us coming out of university and not enough jobs for everyone. You can apply to tons of roles with tons of companies before hearing anything back.
Because of the excess of grads vs the number of jobs available, it's getting trickier and trickier to land your first job. You can have the best grades from the best university, and can have done loads of extracurricular activities, but you need to go above and beyond to make yourself stand out from the crowd.
I've had negative feedback, but not from employers. When Ricky Gervais shared the link on his facebook page, some of his die-hard Office fans left some pretty brutal comments - they weren't too impressed with my impersonation!
Just do it! Don't think about it too much. If you've got a great idea, go with it!