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Guardian Careers Launches Campaign to Employ Kyle

Unemployed graduate Kyle Clarke has set up an eBay style website to encourage prospective employers to bid for his services. But will it work?

(Kyle demonstrates the skills he’ll be offering to the highest bidder)

Harriet Minter guardian.co.uk, Friday 10 September 2010 14.07 BST

We see a lot of job hungry graduates here at Guardian Careers, most

of them are filling in hundreds of application forms to try and secure their first role. But one of them has taken the novel approach of just sitting back and letting the offers come to him.

Kyle Clarke is a business management graduate from Newcastle University. He’s got a 2:1, plenty of work-experience and, as he puts it, some “award-winning” qualifications. He could be one of a million graduates but he stands out in one way, he’s convinced companies are going to be fighting to employ him. So sure of this is he, that he’s set up his own website inviting bids for his services. Whichever employer puts in the “best bid” gets to hire him.

On www.employkyle.com he offers recruiters the chance to snap up the “national winner of L’Oreal’s ‘Brandstorm‘”, a former “Olympic / Paralympic press officer” and a man “totally prepared for a successful career with your company” all in one package. You’ll also presumably get the chance to laugh at his facial hair, but maybe he’ll shave it for an interview.

To bag him, employers can leave a bid on his website (the, err, auction is open till 15 October) telling him about the company, what he’d be doing and how much he might earn. He’s going to be coming into the Guardian Careers podcast next week to talk to us about how the auction is going and the offers he’s received so far. So if you think you can help him, get your bids in now.


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