When a small Vancouver insurance brokerage firm advertised for a “person Friday,” requiring no special skills or experience and paying only $4.25 per hour, it was astounded to receive more than 400 applications. Mr. Paul Nicholls, who placed the ad, said that 90 per cent of the resumes were typed or neatly written, and many of the applicants were over-qualified. One applicant even offered to donate the services of his home computer and word processor if he were hired for the job. Another held a master’s degree and claimed that this was the 2,OOOth resume he had submitted. Mr. Nicholls, deeply touched by the incredible response, wrote a letter about this incident to the Vancouver Sun and copies were sent to every MP.
This situation received much media attention and revealed, according to Mr. Nicholls, that unemployment is far more of a problem than Statistics Canada figures indicate.