'Jobhunting akin to Beauty and the Beast in Rocky'

Rockhampton sisters Aydon Bean and Taylor-Jaye Jelef speak out about their struggles to find work in Central Queensland. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
Rockhampton sisters Aydon Bean and Taylor-Jaye Jelef speak out about their struggles to find work in Central Queensland. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin Austin King

ROCKY woman Taylor-Jaye Jelef believes physical beauty is what gets you jobs in Rockhampton.

"In my opinion, employers look at your appearance over everything else," said Ms Jelef, who spoke to The Morning Bulletin on Tuesday outside Centrelink Rockhampton.

There are more than 1000 jobs available in Rockhampton. That's according to a search for work on the website, Centrelink and other employment agencies.

The positions available include labour roles, administration work for several Rockhampton companies, medical positions and retail positions.

But when 21-year-old Ms Jelef looked for work in and around Central Queensland six months ago, she struggled to secure a job.

She believed that was because there weren't any jobs and she didn't have many qualifications.

A pregnancy has put Ms Jelef's job searching on hold.

At the time though, she said she was desperate to earn money.

"I applied for anything, but more so restaurant and bartending work and I didn't have any call backs," she said.

Ms Jelef was a barmaid at the Zodiac and Strutters' nightclubs in Rockhampton.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show the Fitzroy region's unemployment rate, as of June, was at 4.9%.

For the same period last year, it was 10.1%.

The Fitzroy region included Rockhampton, Gladstone, Blackwater, Yeppoon, Emu Park, the Banana Shire and areas around Agnes Water.

Comparative figures

Figures show jobs available in each region through the Centrelink database and

Bundaberg: 391 positions

Gladstone: 702 positions

Rockhampton: 991 positions

Mackay: 1457 positions

Apply now

Here is a small sample of Rockhampton jobs

  • Forklift operator/general labourer through the agency Entire Recruitment Pty Ltd.
  • Fitters through IPA Personnel.
  • Cleaner through Programmed Integrated Workforce.
  • Hospitality workers through Workforce Express.
  • A solicitor/manager through the Central Queensland Community Legal Centre Inc.
  • Cafe workers at a Duaringa truck stop.
  • Physiotherapists.
  • Disability Support Coordinator with Life Without Barriers Rockhampton.

Topics:  centrelink employment jobs

Isaac charity ball supports youth suicide prevention

GLAMMED UP: Cr Nick Wheeler, Cr Jane Pickels, Deputy Mayor Geoff Bethel, Mayor Anne Baker, Cr Kelly Vea Vea, Cr Dale Appleton and IRC CEO Gary Stevenson PSM.

Hundreds gather to raise funds and awareness of suicide prevention.

From foster child, to author, to social worker

RISING ABOVE: Daryl Brougham authored Through the Eyes of a Foster Child, documenting the abuse he suffered in his 18 years of foster care.

Daryl is speaking out for children with no voice.

Dame Quentin Bryce to visit Rockhampton over domestic violence

MAKING CHANGE: Dame Quentin Bryce will attend a breakfast in Rockhamtpon to help tackle the issue of domestic violence

The CCC are looking for local businesses to attend

Local Partners

Retro recycling trivia night

TO get into the swing of National Recycling Week, the Alton Downs Hall Association will be hosting a Trivia Night at the hall on Friday, November 4.

Your chance to win

Learn More

Program announced for weekend's film festival

Lead character Frankie in one of the Capricorn Film Festival's short films, Slingshot, to screen this weekend.

Over 20 short films by CQ filmmakers to screen this weekend

Community garden set for Palmwoods

Kay Nixon at the Palmwoods Community Gardens will be hosting a launch day and inviting the ecommunity to come along and sign up.

Parcel of land to supply sustainable gardening for community

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

Steve Irwin's final days through dad's eyes

Bob Irwin with his son Steve.

'You never expect that’s the last time you’re going to see your son'

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals