Stacey Blackman has been looking for work since August. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Stacey Blackman has been looking for work since August. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Finding that job is a daily struggle for 22-year-old woman

AFTER paying the bills, Stacey Blackman says she has less than $20 to her name.

The 22-year-old is living on the bare essentials, as she struggles to find work in Rockhampton.

Stacey's been unemployed since August and yesterday she told The Morning Bulletin there was "just nothing out there for jobs at the moment".

And Stacey isn't lacking the skills either, with experience working in a bank.

She's also been trying to add to her resume with work experience in administration at a psychology practise and has started her Certificate III in Business Administration.

"I really enjoy admin work, I haven't been doing it for a long period of time; but I'm trying to do as much as I can to get a position," she said.

Stacey unfortunately can't apply for many jobs other than office work, with a leg injury from childhood restricting the time she can stand up.

Stacey is one of many in Rockhampton who are applying online, and have taken to social media sites to express their concern at a seeming lack of jobs.

"I've got a great resume, have been to employment agencies; there's just not a lot of work," Stacey said.

Stacey is keeping positive, hoping something will pop up soon.

"People are starting to re-assess over the New Year, so hopefully a job will come up soon; anything is better than nothing," she said.

But it seems to be a different story for employment agencies, with Adecco and Epic Employment confirming that they've had a busy start to the year.

Epic Employment Advisor Helen Haidle is reminding people to think outside the box when it comes to applying for jobs.

"If you apply through Seek online, you have to remember there's a lot of competition - 75% of jobs aren't even listed," Ms Haidle said. "Do a bit of research and find out what industry you want to work in; if a job's available look up the business and present yourself to them.

"You have to find out if you want a job to pay the bills or a career job; and you might need to learn skills to get you ideal job," she said.

And employment agency Adecco seems to agree.

Regional sales manager Sue Lance said if there's a position, just rock up to the business with your CV; it shows initiative.

"It shows they've gotten off their backside to find a job," Ms Lance said.

She's also reminded job seekers to make sure their resume is up to date, and not to look past the importance of a cover letter.

"Don't do one blanket cover letter and hope you'll get one of the 40 jobs you've applied for; you need to tailor that cover letter to the job you're applying to."



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