Mick Handyside is looking for a new career, but is finding being on the hunt for a job very frustrating.
Mick Handyside is looking for a new career, but is finding being on the hunt for a job very frustrating. Chris Ison

Job seekers struggle to find work

HE'S got a high-school education, a university degree and a good attitude, but Mick Handyside still can't find a job.

The former high-school teacher decided he needed a change of career, but has been unable to find any work in the three months he's been looking.

Mick isn't alone, with a recent release from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing about 102,100 Australian job seekers have become discouraged about the possibility of getting a job.

The 28-year-old says he's applied for all sorts of jobs in Rockhampton and Yeppoon, but from most he hasn't even received a response and says with a wife and young child, it's tough to get by.

Mick said he's got a casual job at a bottle shop in Yeppoon, but his employer is only able to give him 11 hours work a week.

“It's good in terms of an income and staying in contact with the workforce, but 11 hours a week is not going to cut it,” Mick said.

Being registered with a local employment agency, Mick knows that his problem isn't with his approach or resume, but wonders whether it might be something to do with his education.

“If anything, I thought my teaching experience would get me some sort of entry-level job,” Mick said.

“But some seem to think I'm over-qualified or wonder why I don't do it anymore.”

Mick says he searches for jobs online every day and is open to anything having applied for jobs from retail sales positions, to tyrefitting apprenticeships to bar work.

Tips for getting a job

Start with a strong resume.

Research the industry of the job you’re going for.

Address all parts of the selection criteria and use real-life examples.

Practise your interview techniques.

For more information visit www.mycareer.com.au



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