Landing a job on the coast not 'a piece of cake' for seekers
A WELL-GROOMED middle-age father-of-two with a business degree is evidence of just how hard it can be to secure a good job.
The father, who asked not to be named, was at the Sunshine Coast Business Expo, joining more than 1000 eager job seekers.
He said he had spent five years looking for reliable, permanent full-time work on the Coast, sometimes sending out up to 50 resumes a week.
He has been able to secure only short-term contracts in a variety of positions from mining to temp work and "whatever is available".
He said he could not afford to "wait for a dream job" and took what came up as "it is not me to bludge on the government".
The Brazilian-born man said it seemed particularly hard for foreigners, even with impeccable English.
"Even though I am a citizen I am treated differently," he said.
"If you don't have mates in the industry it can be very hard to get in.
"I know of people who have 5% of the qualifications I have who have got a job because they knew someone."
While the father was hopeful the expo would produce good results he said he felt a bit jaded, given past experience.
"They can give a fake impression it is easy to find a job," he said.
He was buoyed by the help of a stall holder at the expo, the "first person" to gave him information he could use in his job search.
He was also referred to labour employment coordinator and jobs and skills market organiser Kris McCue, who helped him look at vacancies.
JOB SEEKERS ROLL UP FOR OPPORTUNITIES
THE young, the old, the experienced and the first-timers joined the queue of 1029 job seekers at the first Jobs and Skills market at the Sunshine Coast Business Expo.
And at least 94 will be smiling today after securing a sought-after position on the Sunshine Coast in the four hours the market was open.
Local Employment Coordinator and Jobs and Skills Market organiser Kris McCue said 370 resumes were handed in on the day.
It was possible more of the 320 jobs on offer at the expo would be filled within weeks as stallholders had the opportunity to look through the calibre of the job candidates.
Sunshine Coast Business Expo chair Ross Hepworth said this was the first year the expo had included the jobs market and it was a huge success.
He said when the market started, queues were "three deep" at some stalls.
Mr McCue said there was a lot of interest in the 110 vacancies at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, with a variety of positions available for tradies like plumbers, electricians and others.
And there was also a diverse variety of jobs to be secured - from professional positions to casual opportunities for first-timers.
For Joshua Messie, 17, the Jobs and Skills Market was a foot in the door to his potential future career as a real estate agent. Mr McCue encouraged job seekers to visit www.jobsonthecoast.com.au for further opportunities.