Ian Clarke, Jamie Hunt and Lee Bates discuss future paths at the Careers Expo.
Ian Clarke, Jamie Hunt and Lee Bates discuss future paths at the Careers Expo.

Job search frustration lures expo

SIX months of applying for jobs and being knocked back is finally taking its toll on Kepnock resident Barry Simpson.

Mr Simpson was one of hundreds who attended the public session of the Bundaberg Careers Expo at Kepnock State High School yesterday.

A trained chef, Mr Simpson attended the exhibition to see what kind of training he could gain in Bundaberg.

“There is just not much job-wise around Bundaberg,” he said.

“It’s hard when you apply for a job and you don’t even know where it is.”

The job search has become so frustrating that Mr Simpson is thinking of changing careers completely.

“I’m looking at youth work and child protection type of work. I will need a TAFE course for that so I’m thinking of moving to Brisbane to train,” he said.

Mr Simpson is just one of hundreds facing the same jobless predicament in Bundaberg with employment figures hovering around 7.9%.

Former chef Rhys Lehmann, 21, has been looking for a change of career for about three to four weeks.

“I’m here getting apprenticeship information,” he said.

“I’m looking at anything in the automotive type industry so panel beating, mechanics and things like that.”

Despite his relatively short search the Thabeban resident said he was starting to feel “very frustrated”.

“There are very few jobs around. You just have to keep going though,” he said.

Construction Skills Queensland industry mentor Ian Clarke said the stall which focused on apprenticeships had been heavily trafficked throughout the day.

“This year a lot more people are coming up with a lot better questions and knowing what kind of work they want to get into,” he said.

Job finding tips

  • Be yourself
  • Don’t be late to an interview
  • Be positive
  • Listen carefully
  • Address the job criteria
  • Keep your resume detailed but short


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