A local's search continues

“DEMORALISING” is how Erna O’Dell described the process of her drawn-out and fruitless job search in Coffs Harbour.

With her husband working full-time the local said she cannot get assistance from employment agencies because she is not on government benefits. She said agencies only offer services to job seekers who are on welfare because they are payed to find them employment.

“No one will take the time to help me,” Mrs O’Dell said.

“I’m allowed to use their internet to look at vacancies and I’ve put myself in databases and left resumes with job agencies but they don’t get paid to find me work so I’m not on their list of preferred candidates put forward.”

Mrs O’Dell said it’s a shame there is no support for a mother who wants to return to the workforce.

The 30-year-old has been actively seeking an administration job for more than two years and has applied for 100 positions in that time.

Every night she sifts through newspapers and trawls through websites while juggling her two young children and study at TAFE.

In her impressive arsenal of education and training Mrs O’Dell has a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in sociology and English), a Diploma of Business Administration (award for academic excellence), a Certificate 2 in IT and is currently studying a Diploma of Human Resource Management and a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment.

“I started studying again to be productive while I’m job seeking and last year I worked as a teacher’s aid and in customer service at Coles but my contracts ran out and I haven’t been able to get work since.”

“I know that I’m qualified and it’s demoralising not getting any feedback on why I keep falling short.”

If you know of a suitable job opportunity contact Erna on 0419 021 912.

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