Robbie Cook has not been having much luck landing a job in Vancouver recently.
The 31-year-old Saskatoon native just recently moved back to B.C. after attending university in Langley, and had been working in the insurance industry in the Prairies for the last six years.
However, he had always loved Vancouver and the Lower Mainland so he decided to move back. But he knew he had to do something different to get noticed.
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That is when he created the website, Help Robbie Find a Job
“I always had the idea of making a website in the back of my mind,”said Cook via email. “I wasn’t sure what it was going to involve but I knew it would at least allow me to market myself and reach people I wouldn’t be able to reach any other way. With some fine tuning, I created the concept and decided to go ahead with it.”
But there is a twist to what Cook is offering with his website. He will pay someone 10 per cent of the initial salary.
“I felt like there had to be some sort of incentive for people to help and after a lot of thought, I decided this was the best way to go about it,” said Cook.
And it isn’t a joke. He said if someone connects him to the right person and he is hired, then the person connecting him will be paid after the probation period.
“I have had all sorts of offers,” he said of the experience so far. “Everything from jobs, to dates, (I have a girlfriend), to getting 10 per cent if I help someone else. I am currently trying to get through all the emails and get in contact with a few people.”
Cook said he would consider something in insurance, but is open to other offers as well.
It may seem like a radical idea, but Cook said he has received so many emails from people showing support for the idea.
“All in all I have had great feedback,” he said. “People think it is a great way to go about it.”