Business

'Screw it': 640 job applications but still no work

THAT'S A NO: Joshua Mitchell has applied for 640 jobs and had just two interviews.
THAT'S A NO: Joshua Mitchell has applied for 640 jobs and had just two interviews. Contributed

A YOUNG Mackay man has been working really hard for eight months, but it hasn't been on the job.

He's spending all his time trying to find one.

Joshua Mitchell has applied for or enquired about work at more than 640 businesses in the past eight months.

The 22-year-old said he'd applied for a "minimum of 20 jobs a week".

It all started in September last year when he was made redundant after a change in ownership at the Night Owl in Victoria St.

Since then he has applied for job offers, posted on social media pages and visited businesses to make enquiries, then followed up his applications a week or two later.

"I am even considering just standing on the street with a sign saying 'I'm looking for work' with my mobile number," he said.

So exhaustive is Mr Mitchell's search for a job he's moved from Mackay to Brisbane, simply because he feels there is no one left to ask in his hometown.

"Absolutely, every day I feel like giving up. I have done it for so many months and I have had so much rejection," he said.

"I think 'screw it', but then I know the only way I am going to get out of this cycle is to find a job."

Mr Mitchell said he had been looking for work in retail or hospitality but was now searching for any job available.

He approached the Daily Mercury because he is extremely frustrated, and believes that a government incentive to get long-term unemployed young people into work is just not working.

"I've done a bit of research and employers are eligible for $10,000, but it doesn't seem like it is being used," he said.

Mr Mitchell has also told potential employers about the Skilling Queenslanders for Work financial incentive when he has applied for work, hoping it will get him over the line.

The Queensland Government initiative targets the high unemployment rate among young people in regional areas.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Mackay's unemployment rate sits at 8% while youth unemployment in Queensland is above 14%.

While Mr Mitchell is struggling to find work and has been forced to move to Brisbane, there are some success stories.

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the $20,000 incentive for regional businesses who hired unemployed youths had been successful so far.

"We've had quite a few," she said. "In the Mackay and Whitsunday region 335 people have taken that up."

Ms Gilbert said Mackay Screen Repairs had taken on three job seekers, Uneek Industries has up to 16 and they took on young people with disabilities

"They (Mackay Screen Repairs) use it to grow their business, to get extra equipment and stuff like that," she said.

"If you are going to send someone out to do formal training, then you have to get someone to fill in while they are training, and then pay for that person doing the training."

No industry stood out as taking advantage of the incentive, Ms Gilbert said.

"It's across the board, and there are different packages there. Some are applying for the payroll tax incentive."

Ms Gilbert said while youth unemployment was still an issue, Mr Mitchell's story about searching so long and so hard was not something she often heard any more.

Today Ms Gilbert will join Attorney-General and Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D'Ath to announce a commitment of an extra $10million under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

"Organisations and councils in areas affected by Cyclone Debbie can apply for funding to run training programs that will help job-seekers get trained and job-ready, while rebuilding infrastructure damaged during Cyclone Debbie," Mrs D'Ath said.

>> CONTACT US WITH YOUR STORY: Email the reporter troy.kippen@dailymercury.com.au

Topics:  editors picks employment jobs youth unemployment


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

WARNING: Dodgy door-knockers spark Coast scam alert

SCAM: Door knockers claiming to be collecting for the Salvation Army in the Coolum and Peregian area are not legitimate.

Why you shouldn't give these people your personal information

"There were times I cried because I'm not normal”

INSPIRING EMPLOYEE: Brianna Grice has overcome challenges to gain employment.

"There were times I cried because I'm not normal”

Research shows your genes play a big role in religiosity

Is religion a matter of faith or of genetics?

Researchers have found surprising correlations using twin studies.

Local Partners

Life as a Muslim in a Catholic school

Abdul Malik said he's come to learn more about his faith through talking about Islam with others.

Country music stars coming to Ipswich

Ipswich will get it's country on when The Country Superstars Tribute Show hits town on Friday, June 30 at Brothers Leagues Club.

A UNIQUE tribute show will bring a bit of country into the city.

Shoes make difference to kids in Zambia

MANY SHOES: Toowoomba Grammar School's Adrian Irwin and Fairholme College's Libby Stumer with shoes collected for children in Zambia.

Students are making a difference, creating a new project

Chance to own a piece of Burke and Wills history

Burke and Wills venue manager Jodie Spence. The hotel which has closed to begin major renovations, will be having a sale Sunday June 18 of all furniture which includes, lamps, beds, paintings, blankets.

Vintage lovers and antique collectors are in for a treat

Rapper accidentally drops Banksy's real name in interview

THE shine might just have been taken off bling-toothed British rapper Goldie after he appeared to have revealed the identity of mysterious artist Banksy.

Mariah Carey slammed for on-set antics

Mariah Carey’s cameo in the movie The House was reportedly scrapped.

Actor spills the beans on Mariah’s “borderline abusive” behaviour.

Celebrity chef Darren Simpson dead after long illness

Celebrity chef Darren Simpson has died.

Celebrity chef died after battle with an alcohol-related illness

Ellen shames audience member

Ellen shamed an audience member who stole from her gift shop.

TALK show host catches audience member stealing from her gift shop.

Millionaire’s riches to rags experiment

Businessman Tim Guest swapped his comfortable lifestyle for 10 days to experience what it is like to be homeless.

Businessman discovers harsh realities of homelessness in new series.

Prince Harry says young royals don't want to take the throne

Britain's Prince Harry.

Prince Harry says young royals don't want to take the throne

Rebel Wilson to give away her defamation payout

Actor Wilson says she won't keep a cent of her defamation payout

Open for inspection: Coast homes go on show

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Residents powerless to stop Airbnb ‘party houses’

A photo of a bucks party at a short-term rental in the Watergate Apartments in Melbourne’s Docklands, presented to a Victorian parliamentary committee into changes to laws governing short-stay accommodation.

Residents band together to fight the rise of AirBnB 'party houses'

Mining giants in fight that could spell disaster for NQ town

STAND OFF: There are perfectly good homes for workers, but mining company QCoal could be forced to build a camp and the deserted streets and empty houses of Glenden would remain.

How two mining companies could ruin this small town

Home owners settling to make way for Mackay Ring Road

The Clarkson family's home was moved just down the road from their former land at Stotts Road, Te Kowai, which was resumed by TMR.

But some are still clinging on, fighting for a better deal

Three historic M'boro hotels on the market

The Lamington Hotel Motel, Maryborough. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Three historic Maryborough hotels are on the market.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!