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'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 Jobseeker.com.au, 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 Jobseeker.com.au:

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



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