Out of work hotel manager lands job after handing out 200 CVs at railway stations

George Martin
·2 mins read
Trevor Walford looking for work at his local train station. (SWNS)
Trevor Walford looking for work at his local train station. (SWNS)

An out of work hotel manager who went viral after handing out hundreds of CVs in railway stations has finally landed a new job.

Trevor Walford, 63, from Keighley, West Yorkshire, said he is "chuffed to bits" to be given a job as the new training development manager for a hospitality group called Churrasco.

Walford was made redundant in March and suffered "rejection after rejection" in his hunt for a new role.

The experience led him to put on a suit and personally hand out around 200 CVs at four railway stations near his in Leeds earlier this month.

Trevor lost his job back in March. (SWNS)
Trevor lost his job back in March. (SWNS)

Following the stunt, Walford said he received a host of interview offers from across the country which eventually led him to his new job.

"I'm chuffed t' bits, as we say in Yorkshire,” he said on Sunday.

"I certainly wasn't ready to be washed up just yet."

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Churrasco CEO Rob Campbell was one of thousands who contacted Trevor.

He said: "Of course I empathised with Trevor's situation, but when we met him, his professionalism and wealth of knowledge across the industry is exactly what our operation needs."

Walford started his career as a trainee butler at Buckingham Palace before going on to have a highly-successful career working in hotels throughout the UK and Caribbean, including The Ritz Hotel in London.

He joined his last employer, a cruise line, in 2006 but as the coronavirus pandemic reached its peak, he received an email from the company saying he was out of a job.

Earlier this month, Walford explained how he took to the streets after sending out 700 job applications since March and only being offered one interview.

He said: "I got to the point where I thought, 'I can't just be sitting here in front of a computer anymore'.

"None of the applications were getting me anywhere so I decided to do something different to get myself out there.

"I think some people who saw me thought I was a bit mad but I got an amazing response from plenty of others."