Jobless Bristol salesman comes up with a new pitch - and sells himself on eBay
A SALESMAN who has been unemployed for two years is so desperate to find work he has taken the unusual step of putting himself up for sale.
David Wood, from Bedminster, has spent the last two years scanning newspapers, websites and recruitment agencies for paid employment.
The 45-year-old said he writes as many as 30 applications a day and said he is even prepared to take a job as a bus driver.
Things got so bad he faced the prospect of losing his home until his father stepped in with the offer of a loan.
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And now he has taken the unusual step of offering himself up for sale on an internet auction site in the hope of attracting publicity and enticing prospective employers with the offer of a job.
The tongue-in-cheek advert reads "For Sale an Experienced Sales Representative and Mr Wood is looking for offers of £35,000".
He goes on to describe himself as a 1965 model who is an enthusiastic and motivated team player with 25 years' sales experience.
The advert adds that if you buy Mr Wood he comes with a vast experience of sales knowledge covering a wide product base.
It goes on: "He is IT, PC and web literate, he has studied and researched new ways of advertising and how to access new and potential customers via email, Guerrilla and Viral marketing including social networking.
"His preferred weapon of choice is a Mac however if necessary he will use a PC and he can also drive a bus."
Although the advert is meant to be taken as a joke Mr Wood said he had been through some incredibly tough times over recent months.
He said: "When I was handed an eviction notice two months ago I really did think I had come to the end of the road.
"The thought of taking my own life went through my mind. It can be very dispiriting but I just decided to dust myself down and start again."
Mr Wood said during his time as a travelling rep he had sold everything from milk and eggs to picture frames.
So desperate is he for work he has even tried writing to his MP and Prime Minister David Cameron for help.
He added: "The past month has been the darkest and most depressing I have experienced in my life. I came within days of being evicted from my home."
Mr Wood added: "It's a problem I have been ignoring for about 18 months and it finally came to a head and I had nowhere else to turn.
"I have had my head stuck in the sand by my own admission and tried to ignore a problem, which would not go away.
"To put it simply I am a man who has reached a point where every avenue has been exhausted and this is a last-ditch attempt to get an employer's attention."
Despite Mr Wood's problems, Bristol is still considered one of the best cities in the UK to find work.
As reported in the Evening Post, a recent report from the Centre for Cities organisation identified Bristol as a one of the places most likely to emerge from the recession fastest.
The organisation identified Bristol as one of five cities that are best placed to help the UK out of the recession.
According to the Cities Outlook, Bristol is well-insulated from the economic impact of Government spending cuts with a large number of private sector jobs.
"Buoyant cities like Leeds and Bristol, which have been fast-growing and have lots of private sector jobs, are best placed to lead the UK's recovery," said Alexandra Jones, the chief executive of the Centre for Cities.
"It is time these places have new financial freedoms such as full control over the local business rate, and new powers to raise money. They could also benefit from having London-style mayors."
Bristol has the highest employment rate of any UK city at 74.2 per cent. It was also the major city with the highest private sector jobs growth between 1998 and 2008.