IT seems like someone took our story about "job cuts" seriously.
Young jobseeker Callagun Mann's desperate tactic of standing on the street holding a sign asking for a job has paid off, after he was offered a trial as a hairdresser.
Michelle Quarrell, owner of Vanilah Hairstylists, said she was impressed by Mr Mann's desire to work and had invited him to think of a career in hairdressing.
"I like people that show initiative and with a bit of get up and go," she said.
Yesterday, Mr Mann and his friend David Dixon stood on the corner of Sturt and Lydiard streets holding a large cardboard placard reading "we want a job".
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The pair were tearing their hair out – pardon the pun – in an effort to find ongoing employment.
Mr Mann, who turns 20 tomorrow, said he was keen to give his potential new career a go after putting in more than 200 resumes for jobs since March.
But he conceded he might need to brush up on his trims, perms and blowwaves.
"Well I've never done it, but Michelle said it would be learning on the job. It should be alright, it's sociable. At the moment I'm looking for anything," he said.
Mr Dixon, 21, said he was yet to get a job offer but was still out there handing out resumes, including eight new ones today.
"I'm happy to do just about anything at the moment, I'm just willing to learn and do anything," he said.
Vanilah received plenty of interest from young jobseekers, said Ms Quarrell, however many were unsuitable and didn't make the cut.
After combing through the field, she decided Mr Mann was a good fit for the role.
If the trial goes well he will move on to shampooing and then graduate to interacting with customers.
"He told me he likes to work with his hands, on his CV all his skills were a complete match for our industry," she said.
Ms Quarrell also said she wanted to show Mr Mann that hairdressing wasn't just a "chicks' job" and that there were plenty of opportunities.
"The industry is always looking for new talent and we regular have requests for male stylists," she said.