A woman bagged a job after turning herself into a replica of the famous ‘Fearless Girl’ statue – outside her prospective employer’s office.
Canny Jade Delaney, 23, has been hailed as giving the best job application ever after the stunt dressed as the iconic Wall Street artwork.
Jade painted her clothes, shoes and skin gold and mimicked the pose of the New York statue.
She stood for hours outside the offices of McCann Bristol, the UK counterpart to the advertising agency behind the sculpture.
Jade transformed herself into Fearless Girl to try and kick start her career and ask for a work placement.
Bosses were so impressed they gave her a chance and she will now spend a month there – with an eye on getting a full time job.
Jade, who currently works in retail, struggled to get her foot on the career ladder after graduating from the University of Gloucester.
She said: “There isn’t really any advertising jobs. They come up and then go the same day.
“I don’t know what role I want so I wanted a placement to try different roles, I need to find an agency that fits me – I can’t just rock up and say, ‘give me a job’.
“I was thinking of ways to get myself seen by people in advertising and I’d gone to an advertising unlocked event at McCann and they were talking about this campaign, the Fearless Girl campaign, which they created.
“I knew they would know the work because it came from them initially.”
With an idea in place, Jade quickly put her plan into action and set about recreating the inspiring statue.
She painted her clothes with three coats of gold acrylic paint, then got a make-up artist to finish her off.
Then, she headed to the offices of McCann in Bristol city centre on Wednesday.
Jade continued: “I stood outside the building for a couple of hours, with my hands on my hips and looking determined. It was slightly uncomfortable.
“It’s harder than it looks, but not too bad – you can kind of just meditate in that zone.
“I think you have to be ruthless and you have to show them you want it – it’s hard to get into this industry. You have to make a statement for people to listen to you.
“I think you make the opportunity happen, I don’t think you can wait for it.”
Ahead of her arrival, Jade messaged McCann on Linkedin to notify them of her plans, and soon after her arrival she started to draw a crowd – including the MD.
Jade added: “McCann have now offered me a placement, I start on Monday. If you want something that’s worth fighting for you have to do something about it. ”
McCann Bristol managing director Andy Reid said: “We are lucky enough to be inundated with the CVs of graduates who are looking to take their first step on the career ladder.
”Jade has been brave enough to stand out from the crowd, which is a fantastic trait for anyone starting a career in advertising.
“We’ve offered Jade a month’s placement starting on Monday, and we’ll see how it goes from there.”