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How the un­em­ploy­ment cri­sis is af­fect­ing Townsville job­seek­ers

BREN­DON ROSS

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 worked as a teacher for a num­ber of years but stepped out of teach­ing and taught pi­ano for a year, then worked at Tel­stra. I have re­cently re­turned to teach­ing ca­su­ally. When not work­ing I have stud­ied com­puter cod­ing such as HTML, CSS, php, JavaScript, and MySQL I am at­tempt­ing to change ca­reer into that area. I have two applications cur­rently at the App Store. Re­gard­less, I still find it dif­fi­cult to find work on an on­go­ing ba­sis in re­cent times. Email bwross39@gmail.com with job of­fers

CARYN STOCKWELL

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_ 35@hot­mail.com with job of­fers

ELLEN MILLER

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. miller2@big­pond.com with job of­fers

LAURA MORSE

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.m.morse@gmail.com with job of­fers

HEATHER HARRELL

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

LUCY THOM­SON

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 franc64@live.com with job of­fers

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