In a last ditch attempt to save her home, a UK jobseeker has put herself up for auction on eBay in the hope of finding an employer.
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Deborah Bowen was made redundant from her sales role two years ago, and has since struggled to find a steady job. Despite sending out her CV to hundreds of recruiters, she has been unable to secure anything other than part-time work, in some positions earning as little as £6.50 ($9.60) per hour.
Now, she and her husband face eviction from their three-bedroom home, because they can no longer afford the mortgage repayments.
In desperation, Ms Bowen turned to online auction site, eBay, putting herself up for sale with an ad that read:
"For sale - a willing and able permanent or temporary employee.
"Sales Professional/BDM/W/house will do almost anything for work. Please read on, Could you be the right person to give me the right opportunity?'
The ad includes her CV with details of her employment history, education and hobbies, but to date, it has only attracted four bids, equating to a paltry 17 pence (25 cents).
"I thought eBay would be a great way of reaching a large audience and people from all types of sectors," Ms Bowen said.
"I've been to so many recruitment agencies, but when they see I've been made redundant twice they just think I'm a job hopper and refuse to offer me anything.
"But I will do absolutely anything, drive a forklift truck or even clean toilets. I don't think people understand."
Ms Bowen admitted that her approach may seem "radical" but said she was willing to try anything if it would secure her a job.
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