Blackfen teen sets up employment website

PUBLISHED: 09:23 27 May 2011 | UPDATED: 10:28 30 May 2011

Thomas Pell

Thomas Pell


A teenager has set up a website to get fellow Brits back to work.

Thomas Pell laun–ched after his mum began looking for a job for a friend and found online job websites a minefield of confusion, constantly being directed to other websites.

Thomas’ free service encourages people to post personal profiles to “sell” themselves. Employers can then search for staff by postcode and skills.

Technician and former shopworker Thomas, 19, of Blackfen, said: “I wanted to give people the opportunity to present themselves to potential employees. I love internet social networking sites and the idea just clicked.”

Thomas burnt the midnight oil for weeks from his bedroom in his parents’ house where he lives before employmeplease became a reality.

“I designed the website but I called on friends to help too,” said Thomas who taught himself all about computers. “Then I got the family involved, teaching them what to do.”

The former Hurtsmere School, Sidcup, and North West Kent College diploma student worked in electrical shops, including Maplins in Orpington, before becoming a school technician.

The site was launched on May 2 – just four months after his original idea – and received an astonishing 500 unique hits and 3,000 page views in the first week. “That was just word-of-mouth,” said Thomas, who has just produced 20,000 leaflets to promote his site.

to business people.

This week his hits soared to 5,000 unique hits.

“For a day we had difficulty keeping up, but we’re on top of it now,” said Thomas who would like to be able to afford to work on the site full-time one day.

The young enterpenur says he’s not an IT ‘geek’ and has never actually read a computer manual but models himself on TV celebrity multi-milliionaire Simon Cowell.

“I think Simon’s great, I get my inspiration from him,” says Thomas.

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