Queensland man over hill at ripe old age of 37
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.”