READY TO WORK: Jobseeker Sylvia Tiffany, with Rose Rixon (left) and Michalle Faulkner from East Coast HR.
READY TO WORK: Jobseeker Sylvia Tiffany, with Rose Rixon (left) and Michalle Faulkner from East Coast HR. Brett Wortman

The hard battle to find full-time work on the Coast

ONE SUNSHINE Coast woman has spoken of her battle to find work in a tough local market, frozen out despite a wealth of experience.

Sylvia Tiffany arrived from Fiji in May, after 23 straight years of employment and decided to take a week off before beginning the job hunt.

Three months later and the social policy expert, who has post-grad qualifications as well as vast experience in marketing, business and communication, found herself still without permanent work.

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"I started writing applications (a week after she arrived on May 1) and the longer it took, as time wore on, it was about a month later and no one's calling for an interview," Mrs Tiffany said.

"It was an interesting experience for me trying to understand how the job market here worked and what employers were looking for exactly."

The front page report in yesterday’s Daily.
The front page report in yesterday’s Daily.

The bubbly Mrs Tiffany had worked for a development bank in Fiji for the past five years, running a team of eight people covering many aspects of the business, and had previously been the director of communications for the Fijian Police Force.

She had been surprised by the advice given to her by other job seekers in a similar position. "I spoke to a few people who have had the same sort of job hunting experience and an interesting thing they told me was 'you're too qualified, you need to strip your CV down'."

"I was like 'what, wouldn't employers like to know what I've done, things that I can do?' and they were like 'no, you have to strip your CV'."

A candidate with recruiters East Coast HR, Mrs Tiffany had scored some casual work at a printing company, but would love to return to the full-time workforce, happy to start anywhere.

"It's been a humbling experience, but it's work, and there's always pride in work," she said.


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