A daredevil jobseeker has landed his dream role after jumping out of a plane with a cardboard sign asking for work.
Chris Serrano, a creative director living in Florida, filmed himself skydiving whilst holding a piece of cardboard reading “Open4Work.”
He posted the clip on LinkedIn with the caption: “I got laid off last week. So I will be free-falling until I find a new gig – literally.
“If you’re looking for an award-winning creative that works hard, takes risks, and knows how to pack a parachute, reach out.”
The post went viral, with more than 47,000 likes on the professional social media platform.
“I was hoping for the best, but I had no idea this little stunt would go on to be seen by so many people,” said Serrano of his hit.
Serrano’s post caught the eye of Manchester-based entrepreneur Jack Peagam, 28, the Co-founder and CEO of Linkup, who responded to the free-falling creative with a job offer.
But in a twist from the usual email or letter, Jack posted a video of himself skydiving, mimicking the cardboard, which read: “Hey Chris, sorry 2 see you got laid off. We’ve got work 4 U.”
Fast-forward two weeks, and the thrill-seeking duo have released a new video showing Serrano signing a new contract with Jack’s thriving app which promotes users to linkup in real life.
The video shows the pair diving out of a plane together, with them sealing their new professional relationship on a contract mid-sky dive.
“Chris’ job seeking ad featured everything I love about creative talent – it was bold, daring and showed him to be one of life’s risk-takers,” said Peagam about hiring Serrano. “I can’t wait to see how he can help take our thriving app to new heights, maybe into space.”
Linkup launched in February 2023 with a mission to be the first major real life social app that connects users to meet new friends with similar interests, hobbies and passions, in real life.
“I’ve been blown away by the support from everyone who shared my video. When I lost my job, I was a bit nervous as to what could be next, but taking a leap of faith from a plane is sometimes all you can do,” said Serrano about his hiring.
Initially growing a strong user base in Manchester, Peagam says the next stop will be launching in the capital: “Manchester’s growth has been phenomenal, so the next step will be taking it to London.
“So many people tell me they are desperate to find new mates and have adventures. Who knows, Chris and I might find a linkup with another skydiving maniac,” said Peagam of taking on a new chapter. “Our mission is to be the big solution for people who want to connect in the real world, meet like-minded people and create new friendships, all doing what they love in real life.”
Produced in association with SWNS Talker
Edited by Alberto Arellano and Joseph Hammond