Sign of the Times

Sign Stunt Pays Off for Laid-off NYC Man
December 11, 2008

New York (AP) — A laid-off financial engineer who got worldwide press attention after he walked around midtown Manhattan wearing a sign that said “MIT Graduate for Hire” has landed a job.

Joshua Persky joined the accounting and consulting firm Weiser LLP at the start of the month.

He had been out of work for nearly a year.

Persky’s sign struck a chord with journalists reporting on the financial crisis. He was profiled in local newspapers, on national TV and by global wire services.

But he only wore the sandwich board for a week, and he says it was his blog on business valuations that finally caught a recruiter’s attention.

Persky says the new job will allow his wife and kids to return from Omaha, Neb., where they had been staying with family.