SHOPPERS in Wigan town centre had to take a second glance this week as they passed a well-dressed man standing silently holding a sign.
Market Place and Standishgate are often filled with charity collecters, street performers and traders, trying to pull folk in.
But there was something a little different about 30-year-old Narinder Singh.
On closer inspection, the placard he was holding told a very sombre story.
It simply read: “Looking for work. Immediately available” followed by Mr Singh’s phone number.
He stood silently, watching passers-by go about their business, many stopping and taking in what he was doing, some even approaching him to ask why he was doing it.
The Evening Post also did the latter and he explained exactly why he was taking such extraordinary measures to find work.
“I’ve been to the job centre and used universal match but whenever they’ve found me work it’s been temporary for about a week,” said Mr Singh.
“I’m looking for something longer and more secure.
“I’ve heard of other people doing things like this. I think the Telegraph ran a story in 2010 about someone else doing it and he got success so I thought I may as well have a try myself.
“I’ve had quite a few people come up to me and give me ideas about places and some have taken my number down.
“It’s been quite positive.”
Mr Singh, who lives in Coppull with his partner and her family, says that being jobless is “depressing” and he is eager to work.
He has his fair share of experience in various fields of employment but that doesn’t seem to be helping him find work.
“I’ve got experience in warehouse work and data entry,” he added.
“I am open to anything really. I’d love to work with dogs, though! I just want something to get me out of the house, it gets a bit depressing.
“Even though we’re coming out of the recession, everything is still quite low in terms of jobs and stuff.
“I don’t know if that is down to the government or economic climate but it is really tough.”
Mr Singh’s demeanor wasn’t imposing. He wasn’t flagging people down, nor was he giving a sob story if people stopped for a chat.
Instead he waited patiently. Just like he has done for many years in the hope of finding a job.
As the Evening Post left him on Tuesday afternoon, he hadn’t been successful but he had found some hope.
“People have been saying ‘good luck’ and how they think it is a positive thing to do,” he smiled.
“I’ll keep going until I find something. I’m going to go to Chorley on Thursday so I’ll try there too.”