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Wednesday, 23 Nov 2016 07:49 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
When Patrick Muthomi, the 28-year-old university graduate who achieved headline coverage by making a placard to advertise his availability for a job, no one could have thought that his unprecedented job-hunting style would become commonplace in Kenya. But from the look of things it seems many jobless Kenyans are now resorting to placards - and bigger ones at that.
Last August 10, Mr Muthomi took to Thika Highway with a placard headlined 'Please Give me a Job' showing his qualifications and contact information. The sight caught the media's attention and within days he had received numerous phone calls from potential employers before Chandaria Industries gave him a job.
Mr Muthomi was obviously thrilled to land but, as he told The Standard then, he never thought that his method would be taken up by others. "You do not have to go to the road with a placard to get a job, just don’t sit in the house and claim you don’t have a job. Move from work place to work place, make calls and follow up. In the end, you will find something.”
Contrary to his best advise, it seems that an increasingly army of jobseekers are persuaded that Muthomi's strategy was the surest one to getting a job in Kenya these days. Two other Kenyans have executed the same tactics Muthomi used, and landed jobs, but a third one has caused public angst on whether Kenyans should prepare for a period when highways will be filled with jobseekers' advertisements. With a bachelors degree, CPA qualification and a Masters, Mr Elijah Yego has higher qualifications that anyone who has attempted job search through billboards.
The photo of a well-dressed Mr Yegon with his placard has done the rounds on social media sites. While many are the social media users who encourage him to exhaust all tactics in getting a job, others see the measure as overdone and unoriginal, and a quite a few have called for redesign of Kenyan roads to provide for lanes for jobseekers advertising themselves. According to the latter, the army of jobseekers is such placards wouldn't be enough to gain attention and jobseekers would need larger billboards to be stand out from the crowd.