A 24-Year-Old Unemployed Graduate Lands Dream Job In Banking

A jobseeker set up his own pop-up stand on Tuesday morning, got an interview within three hours and had a new job by the end of the week.

Haider Malik, 24, decided to travel to Canary Wharf in east London on the morning of November 2 hoping to get a position in banking and finance.

With a first-class degree in banking and finance from Middlesex University London, Haider Malik had been hunting for a position since the start of the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020, but he said he’d become frustrated with Zoom meetings where he couldn’t properly showcase his personality.

Encouraged by his father Mehmood Malik, 67, a retired cab driver who emigrated from Pakistan as a teen, Mr Malik took a chance and within days he’d secured a job offer, and he said that the first five minutes or 10 minutes he felt nervous because he was standing there empty-handed.

He said that he found it really awkward and he didn’t know what he was doing and that it was very weird.

He said that he had all his CVs in his bag and was standing there empty-handed trying to look at people, and hoping to meet people rather than being proactive and talking to them.

Instead, Mr Malik, of Seven Kings, Ilford changed the plan and started smiling at people, engaging them in conversation and giving out copies of his CV.

Ahead of his trip to Canary Wharf, Mr Malik bought a board from a stationery shop in Romford and attached QR codes to it so people could simply download his CV and view his LinkedIn profile.

He started his morning job seeking at 6.45 am to catch the first passengers disembarking at Canary Wharf station.

Mr Malik said that he held his CV in his hand and that he was just going to say good morning to people, just seeking to engage people in a dialogue, and he said that a number of people gave him their cards and phone numbers and then began speaking to him, and while some people gave messages of support, one person on their way to work offered life-changing help.

Mr Malik said that there was one person called Emmanuel who actually posted a picture of him online and that he actually went up to him, put his hand out and said that he wished him well and that he’d said he wanted to do something similar two years before but didn’t have the guts to do it.

He said that he was glad he’d put himself forward to do it and that he wanted to share a photo of him on LinkedIn.

The graduate had given out all of his CVs within an hour of arriving at the station and by 9.30 am, he got a message inviting him to come to an interview for a position as a treasury analyst at the Canary Wharf Group.

Mr Malik said that he got the text message from the director of the department at around 9.30 am saying: ‘Come in for an interview at 10.30 am’.

He said that he had his car in the car park so he took his board and all of his stuff, it was crazy.

He said that they interviewed him on the 30th floor of the building and he was facing Canary Wharf thinking that he never expected to be interviewed there, let alone maybe about to get a job.

After the interview, Mr Malik went back to his car to go home but soon realised his story had gone viral on social media.

Mr Malik said that same day his life changed because when he got back in the car to go home after his interview, he checked his phone and he’d had about ten missed calls from loads of different numbers.

He said that he didn’t know that the LinkedIn post went viral straight away and his number was on his CV so people were scanning it and calling him.

He said that for the first three days his phone was nonstop ringing, it never quit ringing and LinkedIn was very busy and that it was going mad and he had to have his family help him to respond to DMs and get in touch with people.

Mr Malik attended a second interview on Friday, November 5 at the Canary Wharf Group and that same evening he was offered a job.

This is an amazing and inspirational young man, and more people could learn from him. He’s an ambitious young man and it’s no surprise he’s been snapped up so fast.

It just goes to show how poor these recruiting agencies actually are with their minimum of two years of work experience, but most employers want people like this guy, but all that recruiters put forward are people who tick the boxes when what they should be doing is taking people on merit alone.

Once upon a time, people were taking on through merit alone, on a trial basis to see how they worked under pressure. Some people didn’t have a clue but blagged their way through, showing initiative, but now everything has to be in a small tick box, and this is why so many people are out of work because the government and employers make it so difficult.

Published by Angela Lloyd

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