He's waiting on the perfect job
Roadside job hunter remains optimistic
Published: Apr 20, 2009
Lititz Pike and Oregon Pike
By CIVIA KATZ, Correspondent
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While Joseph Sabol isn't pleased with his status as an unemployed college graduate, it appears he isn't willing to jump at just any job opportunity.
Last week, Sabol began showing up at Oregon and Lititz pikes wearing a sign that reads "College grad looking for employment" on the front and "Free resume, 724-840-9057, please call me" on the back.
The 27-year-old Manheim Township resident said he would return to the intersection every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in eight-hour shifts beginning at 8:30 a.m. until he finds work.
Sabol has landed a lot of publicity and 17 offers for interviews since he began his roadside campaign. And while it remains to be seen if any of those offers ultimately lead to a job, on Friday he did indicate the type of job he hopes to land.
Sabol said he would continue his outdoor job hunt until he finds the "perfect" job.
How serious is Sabol about finding the perfect job?
James Wenger, owner of Lancaster Nissan, said he called Sabol on Tuesday and asked him to come in for an interview. Wenger said he offered Sabol an interview for a sales position that within five years could earn as much as $100,000 annually with benefits.
Sabol turned Wenger down.
"For him to not even want to come out and do an interview was really disgusting," Wenger said. "We're supposed to feel sorry for you. Sometimes you don't get what you want and have to make sacrifices.
"So if he can't have the ideal job, ideal hours, ideal pay, then he'll just sit around and be a victim?"
Sabol said his dream job is marketing assistant for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he is looking to use his degree to go into any sports team marketing, and he is willing to relocate.
"I want my job to be the perfect fit for me," Sabol said. "I'm not going to just accept anything. I want a job to fit my career goals and dreams."
Wenger said jobs are out there. He said he has been trying to fill the sales position Sabol was asked to interview for for two months and now must advertise it on the radio.
"It can provide a good income for people, more so than unemployment," Wenger said. "It's really frustrating trying to hire people right now."
Wenger said he thought Sabol showed qualities for a sales position.
"It's kind of gutsy to think outside the box," Wenger said.
Sabol said he wants to utilize his bachelor of science degree in physical education and sport. He said his experience is in marketing, advertising, community relations and communications.
He said he has gone on a couple of interviews and is busy setting up some more.
Sabol said he has set no end date to his highway endeavors but will continue as long as it takes. He also said he may move his job-seeking location to the Park City Center area.
He added that he would consider any job offer outside of his area of interest on a case-by-case basis.
Sabol said he has the support of his wife and mother, who originally gave him the idea to take his plea to the streets. He said his mother is very proud of him and is hoping for the best.
His said his wife, Shani, finds it amusing to see pictures of him on the street corner.
"I will be at this as long as it takes. I want to start my career and fulfill my career endeavors," Sabol said. "I'm extremely optimistic.
"I just have to keep working hard, and good things will happen."