Swedish man offered dream job thanks to humorous car advert
A used car advert featuring Saruman and David Hasselhoff has not only resulted in Nils Jangen selling his old car, it also landed him a dream job at a top automotive magazine, Lina Edvardsson Ceder reports.
After moving to a new town and applying for over 200 jobs, money was running low and Mr Jangen, 28, started to get desperate, resulting in the decision to sell his motor.
The car was a Subaru Justy J10 Trendy from 1985, so chances of an easy sale were slim, so Mr Jangen decided to inject a bit of humour into his ad.
He invested just an hour's work into the piece, which turned out to be an immensely successful sales tool.
Describing the car as being, "hand-forged in the darkest of Japanese industries," on Swedish classified ads website Blocket, Jangen didn't have high hopes of making a sale.
The asking price for the banger was 10,000 kronor (around £950) or he was willing to exchange the old rust bucket for a job, with Jangen describing himself as, "unemployed in a town where the prospects for the future are comparable to the ones in North Korea."
The advert also included funny excerpts about the car's features, such as: "The car has seat belts in all seats built with the 1984-patented I.D.N.R.I.S, which stands for Instant Death No Retardation Impact System. In other words, there is no risk of ending up in long-term care because you would die immediately in any collision at speeds higher than 12 km/h". A reassuring description for any potential buyer.
Naturally, the classified ad was quickly picked up and shared on social media websites and the next day, Jangen was flooded with emails from people not only interested in the car, but also offering him work.
Out of the hundreds of offers he received, one was from respected Swedish motoring magazine Auto, Motor & Sport magazine.
So in just a week's time, an unemployed man went from having to sell his car to avoid going bankrupt, to being offered a position at one of the biggest automotive magazines in Sweden.
"I've always dreamed of being an automotive journalist. I've probably watched too much Top Gear in my time, so I said yes right away," Jangen told The Local.