Man’s public plea for work
MEET James Steele. He’s a qualified cabinet maker, an Agrade welder and a tiler.
He has experience working with horses, labouring and landscaping.
He loves helping people, loves his partner and his two dogs, Pink and Uber.
But the Silkstone resident is battling depression as he continues the desperate search for a job.
Yesterday morning James took the drastic step of making his personal struggles public.
He set himself up at the five ways in Silkstone with a sign saying “work wanted, will do anything”.
James hopes an employer will answer his call for help. “I’m desperate,” he said. “I just want to build a better life for myself and my partner.”
James grew up in Boonah and before his recent stint of unemployment he was a fulltime carer for his mother.
Before that, he had a stable job for 10 years.
His facial tattoos could be putting prospective employers off, James acknowledges, but the reason why his face, head, back and stomach are covered tattoos might surprise people.
“I looked after my mum for four and a half years,” James said. “It was hard. The doctors would tell me things like, she only has 24 hours to live, or this is the end but she lasted four years.
“She had cancer. They amputated her leg and one of her breasts was removed. She wanted to be at home so I made sure I could look after her.
“I got the tattoos to help me deal with things.”
JOB WANTED: James Steele sat at the five ways with this sign yesterday morning.