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22-year-old's persistence leads to 200 applications, no job

DIFFICULT SEARCH: Rockhampton’s Tamara Stewart reflects on her prospects of getting a job.
DIFFICULT SEARCH: Rockhampton’s Tamara Stewart reflects on her prospects of getting a job. Photo Contributed ROK

IT'S not her preferred style of asking for a job, but Rockhampton's Tamara Stewart will beg if push comes to shove.

In a region plagued by "unemployment", 22-year-old Tamara says she has applied for more than 200 jobs in Rockhampton in the past six months.

So far, her endeavours have been fruitless.

Tamara packed her bags two years ago to move from Mackay to Rockhampton after the landscaping company she worked for closed down.

She said she was led to believe Rockhampton was the "hot spot for jobs".

She claimed the employers from about 95% of the jobs she applied for did not call her back or confirm they had received her application.

In a bid to raise awareness of her struggle, Tamara has continuously posted comments on Rockhampton employment and awareness Facebook pages.

The feedback and support, she said, was overwhelming.

"I believe this is true if you are a qualified tradesman like an electrician, an automotive mechanic, or you are connected to the mines," she said. "Many people in Rocky say, 'It's not about what you know, it's who you know.'

"However, I have been struggling to find work, whether it be full-time, part-time or even casual."

Not having much luck approaching employers, she also threw her name out to several Rockhampton employment agencies.

Tamara left school in 2009 and has mainly worked in the retail industry.

She said, however, she would love to get her foot in the door doing security work at an airport.

"I have recently sold my car and bought a cheap motorbike to pay bills and also cut down on fuel costs.

"I have seen in the paper and on the news recently that people are sitting by the roadside with a sign begging for work ... I think this might be the next step.

"I will give anything a go and would love to learn new skills outside of what I know ... I have brilliant communication skills."

Facebook awareness pages

We all know the best place to look for work is MyCareer in the Bulletin, but here are a couple of Facebook pages you can add to help you find a job in Rocky:

Rockhampton & CQ Job Vacancies

Jobs in Rockhampton

Rockhampton Regional Jobs

Jobs Queensland Limited

CQ Jobs

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