East Lothian job seeker has CV launched into space for Star Wars Day

The experienced business analysis, who has applied for over 150 jobs during the pandemic, hopes that this stunt will help ‘raise’ his profile.
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To mark Star Wars Day (May 4th) David Hinley 65, had his CV placed on a digital billboard and sent to space to give a stratospheric boost to his visibility by the online job board Zoek.

Fellow job seekers Lucy Russell, 22 and Sam Kapadia, 26 had their career profiles sent into orbit.

David Linley, 65, Haddington.David Linley, 65, Haddington.
David Linley, 65, Haddington.
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The three resumes have been presented in space using a hydrogen-filled balloon the size of a two-storey house, which carried the digital display over 100,000 feet above the Earth.

The launch vehicle constructed and flown by aerospace company Sent Into Space, also carried tracking equipment to retrieve the craft after the balloon burst, and cameras which filmed the stunning view of the CVs against the backdrop of the Earth from above.

Mr Hinley said: "Since my last role ended in February 2020, I have submitted over 150 job applications.

“I have had positive feedback and several interviews but sadly no contracts. I'm delighted with Zoek sending my CV into space which will surely 'raise' my profile.”

David Hinley's CV in space.David Hinley's CV in space.
David Hinley's CV in space.
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The three job seekers found themselves out of work seeking new opportunities during the pandemic.

Now that the roadmap out of lockdown is well underway, businesses are reopening and recruiting again, but competition for new jobs is fierce.

Mr Kapadia, an engineer specialising in computer aided design, said: “It's been a strange old year for all and winning the competition was a light in the darkness moment.”

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