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Paris homeless man gets job after CV goes viral

Ben McPartland · 24 Jul 2015, 08:45

Published: 24 Jul 2015 08:45 GMT+02:00

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Unemployed people in Paris might want to take a leaf out of the book of one courageous homeless man.

The man, who circulated his CV on Metro carriages throughout Paris, has seen his gamble pay off after being offered his first permanent job in two years.

The former member of the French air force handed out his CV on lines two and five of the Paris Metro in the hope someone might take a chance on giving him a job.

Although he put in plenty of legwork himself, he was given a helping hand via social media.

The man, who has been named as Lionel and has declined to be photographed, grabbed the attention of social media sites when an image of his CV was shared thousands of times on Twitter last week.

Lionel, who has no fixed abode, said he was unaware of the internet buzz around him because he has no access to the web.

First news spread that he had landed an interview and then on Thursday he revealed he had been successful and had been offered his first job since 2013.

He will begin a three-month trial period at Unéo, which specialises in offering health insurance to those in the army.

He will work for the tele-marketing team and starts on Monday.

“I want to prove myself,” the man told Le Parisien newspaper. He also wanted to “thank all those who supported me” and whoever posted his CV on the Facebook community group Wanted #Bons Plans.

A source from Unéo said: “We are proud to be able to participate in his reinsertion to professional life.”

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The company said they had heard of his story via Twitter, but denied he had been shown any favouritism.




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