IN THEIR WORDS …
How the unemployment crisis is affecting Townsville jobseekers
I COMPLETED a four- year apprenticeship on the Gold Coast then worked as a chef for a number of years.
Sick of the hours I went to uni externally and studied to be a teacher. During this time I played keyboard in a blues band semi- pro and worked as a chef.
I GRADUATED high school in 2014 and have been looking for a full- time job since.
Since I was 15 I have been working at a small local business just doing casual work. The work is very unstable and very stressful.
I recently completed a Certificate III in Business to try and improve my chances of getting full time work.
Over the last three years I would have applied for hundreds of jobs and had about seven interviews but have never been successful in gaining employment with any.
It’s very stressful and frustrating applying for so many jobs and most times never hearing back from any employers. Email stockwell_ firstname.lastname@example.org with job offers
I MOVED here a year ago with my husband and children. I started looking for a position about two months after arriving here, so I applied for many positions.
After months of doing a few hours work for a removalist, a friend told me about a free course at the local libraryy to preparep p youy for work k. The course showed us how to make a great resume and introduced us to many professionals from many different businesses and training providers.
I continued to look for work and then decided to do a Certificate III in Aged Care and Disability Care because of the National Disability Insurance Scheme as there would be many jobs. That was through Careers Australia which has since closed. I have applied for many positions but with no success. I also do some cleaning jobs that I managed to get. I have been for some interviews where there can be 30 or 40 other people, which I find daunting.
It is so hard financially and emotionally as I want to work. Email Ellen. email@example.com with job offers
WORKING in retail, I saw that the economy wasn’t as great as it used to be and started looking for other work.
At first I was applying to jobs in retail and administration as I have a strong background in both and wasn’t hearing anything back.
Unfortunately I was let go from my job in early March and since then I’ve been applyingpp y g to everythingy g that I see e, handing out resumes and having g peoplep p keepingp g an eyey out for work for me. . I haven’t had a single interview.
I am unfortunately now on Centrelink and have meetings with job agencies which I thought would be helpful,p , but I’m still gettingg g nowhere.
I applypp y for up p too 100 jobs a week and get nothing. I’m at the point where I’m desperate for anything and it takes a massive toll on your mental health when you barely afford to make rent and go days without eating.
Every day you hope to get a phone call for even an interview but each day it just gets harder. Email Laura.firstname.lastname@example.org with job offers
IT’S frustrating as a mature person looking for work. Companies won’t admit it but it’s clear they would rather hire young people fresh out of school.
I have owned multiple businesses in Canada and, in Australia, a retail pet supply and grooming shop.
I’ve worked shift work when I needed to and multiple jobs when money was tight.
In the middle of it all, I raised two boys, worked a farm, raced standard bred horses and motorcycles, studied veterinarian medicine and bred and showed pedigree dogs. None of this seems to matter when it comes to real life – I need to get a job. I don’t have a responsible service of alcohol certificate or a blue card. I have no partner to help support me. I’ve worked hard all my life and done whatever I had to do to make ends meet. I hope I can keep doing that as the last thing I want to be is a burden on the tax system and welfare. An honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay, it’s not much to ask. Email Angelsungermanpinscher@gmail.com with job offers
I WAS a mum for 16 years before we were posted here via the RAAF from Adelaide 20 years ago. By then I had no more kids at home so I started looking for work.
I have applied for so many jobs and seldom hear back from them.
When I do hear back they send the standard message and even go so far as saying they would like to keep my records on file on the off chance another job opportunity arises.
I feel I am a lost cause and am upset at not being able to contribute to our household expenses. None of this has done much to enhance my personal life or my selfesteem.
I used to be an outgoing fun- loving people person. Now, I’m just an unfit person struggling to get a job of some sort. Email email@example.com with job offers
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