500 people apply for 10 jobs in Broadway Shopping Centre, Bexleyheath

Stefan Gerrish and Nadine Boddie of schuh in Broadway Shopping Centre

500 people apply for 10 jobs in Broadway Shopping Centre, Bexleyheath

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A staggering 500 people applied for just 10 jobs in a new Bexleyheath shoe store.

The opening of the new shuh shop in Broadway Shopping Centre revealed how there remains a desperate clamour for jobs in the borough's retail sector.

For one of the new sales assistants, Stefan Gerrish, 31, the position bought an end to an eight-month spell of unemployment.

Mr Garrish, who lives in Welling, said: "I worked for Blockbuster in Welling and Gravesend for around two years before I was made redundant along with everyone else in the company.

"It wasn’t easy as there was hardly anything around and at one stage I was applying for about five jobs every week without success. 

"It wasn’t until right at the end that I started to get a few interviews but nothing came of them.
"Then I applied for this role and I was absolutely delighted when I got it."

Gravesend-based Amy Scutts, 25, who is manager of the new Broadway store and has been with schuh for the past four years, said:  "We had a total of around 500 people applying for the permanent jobs at the new store, which we got down to a shortlist of 20 and then spent a whole fortnight interviewing face-to-face as we like to get the right people."

Other professions in Bexley are also still recovering from the financial crisis.

News Shopper: Gerri Spiers with her sandwich board

Earlier this year News Shopper revealed how 50-year-old former PA Gerri Spiers from nearby Shooters Hill had resorted to wearing a sandwich board to find a job.

Ms Spiers said: "I was applying for a couple of hundred jobs a week at least and I got around 10 interviews.

"But for every job I was up against 300 other applicants."

After struggling to find a job for three months, she targeted London Bridge and Victoria with her sign.

 

 

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5:18am Fri 5 Sep 14

sarfflondonbird says...

And the winners are........
Congrats to Stefan and Nadine, whats happened to the other 98?
And the winners are........ Congrats to Stefan and Nadine, whats happened to the other 98? sarfflondonbird
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8:34am Sat 6 Sep 14

Fisherman Pete says...

At least they've got a one in 33 chance of getting one...better than the lottery
At least they've got a one in 33 chance of getting one...better than the lottery Fisherman Pete
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