Some people uses a virus as a reason to skip work, but one man is going viral in a bid to find a job.

Rory Mason, pictured, is hoping his plan to gain 1,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter in just one week will prove to be a worthy stunt to earn him a role in a public relations firm.

The 25-year-old has come up with the plan in a bid to stand out from the crowd and earn himself useful employment.

At noon on Tuesday, Mr Mason, who lives in Pool-in-Wharfedale, started new Facebook page and Twitter accounts and is trying to drum up support to reach the thousand mark on each.

He will then approach four PR firms and deliver his CV and details of his endeavours in the hope potential employers will appreciate his unique approach to getting a job.

“I needed to do something to help me stand out from the crowd of applicants,” Mr Mason said. “The companies I want to work for think out the box, so I need to show that I can too.”

Mr Mason, who is currently studying for a Business Studies degree at the Open University, while teaching himself web design, says the possibility of failure will not stop him trying to impress his potential employers.

Mr Mason comes from a music marketing background but is now trying to break into the world of PR. He has worked as an assistant cameraman and third assistant director for ITV, BBC and various independent production companies.

To help Mr Mason in his quest, go to or and click on Like or Follow on each link.