Queens­land man over hill at ripe old age of 37

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A QUEENS­LAND man claims he has been re­jected for hun­dreds of jobs be­cause em­ploy­ers con­sider him too old. He’s 37.

Grace­mere, Rock­hamp­ton, res­i­dent Michael Woo­ley con­tacted The Morn­ing Bulletin when the call was put out for a youth un­em­ploy­ment story.

Mr Woo­ley es­ti­mates he had ap­plied for be­tween 500-1000 jobs over the past two years, des­per­ately try­ing to find steady em­ploy­ment to pro­vide for his wife and tenyear-old son.

“Ev­ery now and then I’d get one day of a job but that doesn’t even feed the fam­ily,” he said.

“I just want to get out and do a bit of work, it’s nice to have money com­ing in to live with­out strug­gling.”

A self de­scribed “jack of all trades”, Mr Woo­ley claims to have worked across a num­ber of in­dus­tries over the years.

“I’ve been a sales as­sis­tant, a PC tech­ni­cian, se­cu­rity of­fi­cer, labourer and a kitchen hand,” he said.

Mr Woo­ley says he has vis­ited prospec­tive em­ploy­ers to hand out his pro­fes­sion­ally-de­signed re­sume but the bulk of his ef­forts were con­cen­trated on ap­ply­ing for work on­line.

“Ba­si­cally I’ll ap­ply for any­thing I can get my hands on,” he said.

“I’m great with cus­tomers. I’m try­ing to get a bit of kitchen hand work, go back into re­tail, sales, even a trol­ley­push­ing job would do me.”

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