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A man who was made redundant and decided to create a TikTok job application has now had so many offers that he's having to turn companies away. You can see his inventive job-seeking idea below - honestly, the production values are great.
Jay Beech was working happily in marketing, until recently the company he was working for hit upon difficult times.
So, as one of the most recent staff in the door - as so often is the case - he was told that he would have to look for work elsewhere.
Instead of updating his LinkedIn, checking up on his CV, or heading down to the Job Centre, he decided that he'd give something different a chance, and recorded a bespoke song and dance about how he wanted another job to the tune of Gloria Gaynor's disco classic 'I Will Survive'.
Weirdly enough, this isn't the first time that he's done this. In fact, the last job that he had was the result of another video.
So, why not give it another go?
He explained: "That [the first video] led me to where I am now.
"Unfortunately, the company ran into some financial issues, and they've had to let a bunch of people go.
"Being in the marketing team and one of the newest means that you are - unfortunately - one of the first to drop.
"So, I was made redundant last Monday.
"I knew the success that I had last time, and I also knew that I couldn't come out with something more traditional this time, because people would think it was underwhelming.
"I thought 'what can I do?' - I will survive, right?"
"Let's turn it into something fun, and now two days later I'm interviewing with all the companies and hoping I'm going to get snapped up soon."
The TikTok video went viral, and has been viewed a whole heap of times on LinkedIn as well.
That has translated into quite a bit of interest. Perhaps too much, as it happens.
Jay continued: "I've had a variety of people reach out, and I've actually at this point started saying no to some of them based on whether it's going to be suitable or not.
"Yesterday I had seven interviews."
So, his job prospects are looking up, then?
"It's a little bit too early [in the process for job offers] but it's likely to happen by the end of this week or beginning of next.
"Last time I was saying yes to everyone because I was in panic mode, but this time I'm trying to value my time a little bit more.
"I'm definitely in a good position now."
His methods over the two times have been so successful that Jay reckons that he'll never apply for a job in the traditional - and boring - fashion again.
He explained: "At this point, I've not only set the standard for myself, but I don't think I'm able to translate who I am on traditional CVs.
"I've always struggled with that.
"When I go to work I can't help but bring my entire self."
"I'm tattooed, I've got a big ginger beard, I'm quite out there, I dress quite out there, and I don't want to have to suppress that for 40 hours a week.
"I want to be able to bring that to the workplace as well.
"This is a great way for me to filter out places that won't accept that, and to find the places that would love that.
"I just can't really do that with a CV."