Jobseekers on Sunshine Coast facing uphill battle
FINDING work on the Sunshine Coast is a battle, but experts have some tips that could help.
After reporting on Monday that the average search for work on the Coast was taking 89 weeks - even as our unemployment rate improved - the Daily was inundated with stories from residents who know what it is to battle for work.
On the Daily Facebook page, we asked: "What is your experience with finding work on the Coast?"
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There were tales of frustration and anger that skills built over a lifetime were not being recognised by would-be employers.
Others blamed the struggle to find work on the Coast's lack of support for business and development.
Bokarina job seeker Noel Fenn said he had a swag of qualifications including a truck and car licence and tickets in scaffolding, forklift operation, heights and confined spaces. He also has management skills from working in a factory and running his own landscape business.
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He has a passion for triathlons and was the president of his local triathlon club in Victoria before moving to the Coast in January.
But it hasn't been enough. Mr Fenn is still searching for a job.
While the Sunshine Coast University Hospital site is within walking distance of his home, he can't get a foot in the door and is turning his attention to working in sales to make the most of his confident personality.
"I have been looking flat out, online, with a few job agencies and contacting businesses myself, but there's nothing out there,'' he said.
"I have been surprised at how hard it's been to get a job."
Mr Fenn was working at a power station in Victoria before he was made redundant. "It seems to be less what you know but who you know here.
"I've got a lot of different skills so I'm not locked into one profession, so maybe that is working against me, I'm not sure.
"I've worked across many different fields and I seem to pick up new skills quickly so I'm not picky with work. I just want something fulfilling."
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show the Sunshine Coast region's unemployment rate decreased from 8.5% to 8.1% between February 2014 and the same month this year.
Amanda Sutherland has been looking for a hospitality job for eight months.
She hands out up to 30 resumes a day looking for work in cafes and restaurants.
"As well as the resumes I am applying for at least 15 jobs a night online as well as the ones on Facebook.
"Also, I have friends and family messaging me jobs daily," Ms Sutherland said.
"I'm applying for everything.
"I worked in a cafe for three years but they sold the business and I've been looking for a job since.
"I have references from my managers, but maybe businesses are just interviewing too many people and taking on too many people for trials, so it gets your hopes up.
"It's frustrating, I want to work."
Gold Training project officer Amy Doran said the key to a successful job application was face-to-face contact and a resume suited to the position.
"Some people find it difficult to represent themselves on a piece of paper, so it's about showing employers who you are and being confident to meet them face-to-face," Ms Doran said.
"Tailor your resume to the specific job.
"People who say they are handing out 20 resumes a day are not tailoring their resumes to the job."
Ms Doran said training and upskilling were also great moves towards a dream job, and a positive attitude always helped.
She said up to six young people a week were connecting with employers and gaining employment through skills learnt at Gold Training.
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- Career Guide Australia