Architect who failed with 200 applications finds job after standing on street with ‘hire me’ sign


Architect with a master’s degree who had 200 job applications knocked back finally finds work after standing on a busy Melbourne street with a ‘hire me’ sign

  • Kushagra Jhurani sent over 200 job applications but couldn’t get work
  • He has a first class Master of Architecture from University of Melbourne
  • After standing outside a Melbourne train station with a sign he was employed 










An architecture graduate who failed with 200 job applications has found work after standing on one of Australia’s busiest street corners with a ‘hire me’ sign.

Kushagra Jhurani, who has a Master of Architecture from the University of Melbourne, was offered work with Metro Trains after advertising his jobsearch outside Flinders Street and Southern Cross train stations.

Mr Jhurani stood there for ‘three to four weeks’, before Metro Trains’ digital engineering manager Scott Poll saw him, and offered him a job as a draftsperson.

Kushagra Jhurani, an architecture graduate who failed with 200 job applications has found work after standing on on of Melbourne's busiest street corners with a 'hire me' sign

Kushagra Jhurani, an architecture graduate who failed with 200 job applications has found work after standing on on of Melbourne’s busiest street corners with a ‘hire me’ sign

Mr Jhurani recommends 'put yourself out there' and 'do not hesitate' to do what it takes to find a job

Mr Jhurani recommends ‘put yourself out there’ and ‘do not hesitate’ to do what it takes to find a job

Mr Jhurani, who speaks three languages and is originally from Jaipur, Rajasthan in India, submitted hundreds of applications and made cold calls without luck before he decided to promote himself with a whiteboard, the ABC reported.

‘I looked at all the stations, how many people were coming through, and figured out where would be the best place to advertise myself,’ he said. 

His sign read: ‘Looking for a graduate of architecture? Hire me. I can share my portfolio and connect with me on LinkedIn. Kushagra Jhurani.’

Mr Poll realised how much courage it would take to stand in such a visible spot.

‘If he is willing to do that, I know he is going to be willing to be a hard worker,’ Mr Poll said.

The job offer didn’t happen immediately though.

Mr Poll spotted Mr Jhurani but walked past him at first – then when he returned to the same spot found he had gone.

He asked his staff to help track down the jobseeker – and he was eventually found on LinkedIn.

Mr Jhurani said he was ‘in awe’ and ‘grateful’ to be given the job.

He creates 3D models for Metro Trains and was happy to give advice to other jobhunters who are stuck.

He recommends ‘put yourself out there’ and ‘do not hesitate’ to do what it takes to find a job.

 

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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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