MIDGE Holman says it was a chance job application that paid off.
The 62-year-old who held a sign reading “I need a job” while walking along High Street is now one month into his new role at Andy’s Earthmovers in Big Hill.
Working as an assistant yardman he has relocated to Bendigo to be closer to his family and said he is loving the work.
“All my life I’ve been employed on contracts, always looking for the next job,” he said.
“Now I haven’t had to look for work every week. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”
He said he was glad he took the unorthodox method of holding his job sign to passing cars.
“Life’s all about taking chances,” he said. “I’ve got a job I really enjoy. I couldn’t be happier.”
For managing director Andy Hoare – who spotted Mr Holman walking along the highway in 38-degree heat – it has been a win-win situation.
“I didn’t know how it would turn out, but it’s gone really well,” he said. “It all comes back to a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay. Midge has fitted in really well with the team. He’s always busy and he is a really hard worker.”
Mr Holman said he was kept busy working odd jobs around the yard and at the warehouse down the road. He said the position, which started as casual work, was now five days a week and would be ongoing.