‘All I want for Christmas is a job’ – sandwich board campaigner fails to find work

Joanne Rossiter putting on a sandwich board and marching through King Street South Shields in a plea for employers to give her a job. Will also be handing out CVs.
Joanne Rossiter putting on a sandwich board and marching through King Street South Shields in a plea for employers to give her a job. Will also be handing out CVs.

ALL she wants for Christmas is a job, but a South Tynesider’s campaign to get back to work is still failing to make any headway.

Joanne Rossiter marched along King Street in South Shields last month, wearing a sandwich board bearing the message: “Wanted, full-time job”, in the hope of attracting the attention of prospective employers.

She took affirmative action after applying, without success, for more than 100 jobs in the five months she has been out of work.

The 45-year-old had been taking the sandwich board, as well as copies of her CV, whenever she has been out and about, but she has now packed her placard away, saying she is disheartened by her failure to land a job.

Despite ending her recruitment march, Mrs Rossiter is still desperately seeking employment and is eager for would-be bosses to give her a chance.

She is still scouring the internet for positions and attending regular job interviews.

Mrs Rossiter, of Chichester Road, South Shields, said: “I am no longer taking the sandwich board with me when I go out. I got a bit disheartened that it didn’t lead to a job.

“It would be great to get a job in time for Christmas, and I am still trying.

The mother of three says Christmas could be cancelled for her family if she fails to get a foot back on the career ladder.

After being employed for most of the last 20 years, she says she finds being jobless is “soul-destroying and degrading”.

Mrs Rossiter was a shop worker at retail chain Iceland for five years before taking up a new job as a support worker.

She left that role after 12 days because it wasn’t suitable for her, but she has been unable to get back into work since.

Mrs Rossiter, who lives with son Adam, 18, added: “I just want any job with 30 hours. Keeping up with paying the bills is getting tough.”

Prospective employers can contact her at jo-ross1@hotmail.co.uk or via the Gazette on 501 7446.

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