Will work for paycheck

Posted on: 7:08 am, June 20, 2012, by , updated on: 07:10am, June 20, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY — A recent Oklahoma college graduate is going to great heights to find a job.

His unusual strategy is catching the eye of motorists driving north on the Broadway Extension just north of Northwest 50th.

Mike Thompson says everyone else is peddling their wares on billboards in the metro, so he decided to give it a try.

His product is himself.

Thompson recently graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with his MBA.

“The MBA, they make you so well rounded, they teach you so many different things, that I thought, hey, this would be a great thing to get,” said Thompson.

He and his wife, Kristi, are expecting their first child, a baby boy.

“It’s supposed to be maybe a Halloween baby, so we’ll see about that,” he said.

Everything seems to be falling into place, except for one thing.

“Pretty much everything is online nowadays. There’s no real face-to-face stuff any more.  And so you kind of get lost in the shuffle,” said Thompson.

Thompson can’t find a job.

“I’ve really ben hitting, looking at all the job boards and stuff a lot lately. But I found it’s tough, so I made my own job board,” he said. “I figured maybe I’d get a little bit creative and do something outrageous.”

Thompson’s job board sits about 50 feet high in the air and will be seen by more than 65,000 people a day driving north on the Broadway Extension.

“That one I think was a really great spot where I got it because traffic there at 5:00 p.m. is at a standstill,” said Thompson.

The ad shows his face and simply says “Hire Me.”

It directs potential employers to his website mikesinventions.com.

He’s hoping to be noticed by someone interested in his creativity and unusual methods.

“It’s tough. You gotta do things a little bit different than anyone else to even have a chance at getting noticed,” said Thompson.

Thompson paid $1,000 to rent space on the digital billboard for one week.

An account executive with Stellar Outdoor Media tells us this is the first time they’ve had a client like Thompson.