Nathan Campbell was having a difficult time finding a job. His real passion was acting, but that wasn’t paying any of his bills.
Six months passed and Campbell still didn’t have any prospects. All of his applications were met with silence or negative feedback.
The constant rejection was driving Campbell crazy. “The whole sitting in the house and going through the same stuff every day drove me up the walls and I thought I had to do something,” Campbell told the Scottish Sun.
Finally, Nathan made a last-ditch attempt to try to find employment. He wrote “Please give me a job” on a piece of cardboard and hit the streets.
About 20 minutes after he found his spot on the side of the road, Campbell had an offer. He heard a beep coming from a McTaggart Civils truck and went over to talk to the driver.
John Anderson had seen the sign and stopped to see what Campbell had to say. When Campbell came over to his truck, he asked what experience Campbell had.
“I told him I’d done a bit of laboring and he said he admired what I had done and he would give me a job,” Campbell said. “That was the Monday morning and by the Friday he called me and said I could have a start the next week.”
Anderson, a contract manager, was impressed with Campbell’s initiative. It’s not every day you come across someone so eager to get to work.
“I saw Nathan on my way to site and thought it showed a lot of ingenuity,” Anderson told The Sun. “He had some relevant skills and experience but most of all I was impressed by his willingness to work, so we gave him a chance.”
Campbell is thrilled that he got the opportunity, and is committed to his new role. He’s excited to take his girlfriend, Alix Cowan, on a date with his hard-earned paycheck.
“I have just finished my first week and it feels great knowing I’m earning money. I’m looking forward to taking Alix out for a meal and doing the things we should be able to do together,” Campbell said.
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Campbell’s resourcefulness and drive is something that his girlfriend admires. She said that this kind of a move is not surprising coming from him.
“He’s very spontaneous. If he gets something in his head he’ll just go with it,” Cowan said.
“He has always been like this — he doesn’t care what other people think.” This little act of spontaneity landed Campbell the job for which he’s been searching for months.
Campbell isn’t the only one in Scotland searching for a job, but he took matters into his own hands and went out on a limb, trying something a little unorthodox. He hopes that his story will inspire his peers to take steps of their own towards finding employment.
“Just making that one small move has made a massive difference,” Campbell said. “I would definitely say to people to put themselves out there.”