City looks north for more jobs
BUNDABERG needs to ride on the coat-tails of the industrial powerhouse of Gladstone to generate more jobs in the region, according to an employment specialist.
Following statistics of more than 10% unemployment in Wide Bay for the past four consecutive months, International Workforce Bundaberg manager Rick Jellett said Bundaberg had the infrastructure to get into manufacturing.
"If an engineering company here can get on board with one in Gladstone and do some of their manufacturing here, that's jobs for half a dozen blokes," he said.
"The workers can live in Bundaberg, where the lifestyle is much better than Gladstone and the accommodation is a lot cheaper."
Mr Jellett said he was also working to get support for a Tilt Train running between Bundaberg and Gladstone to transport workers.
"Workers would get the better money that's on offer in Gladstone and that money would stay here in Bundaberg and create more jobs," he said.
Mr Jellett said Bundaberg was also in the perfect position to take advantage of existing and planned coal mining projects nearby.
"The coal companies won't have to fly workers in and out," he said. "Someone can have a home in Bundaberg and work in Biloela and drive back on weekends."
Mr Jellett said there were jobs in Bundaberg, but jobseekers had to go about getting them the right way.
"The first thing is having a decent resume," he said.
"If an employer gets 100 resumes, he will flick through them and those that stand out will go on to the next stage."
The next aspect was presentation.
"First impressions count," Mr Jellett said.
"Even if someone is going for a labouring job, I won't see them unless they're neatly dressed. I won't let someone walk into the office without shoes."
Mr Jellett said a good attitude was also very important.
"You might have to knock on a few doors, but you will get a job."