Mature age job seekers overlooked

MATURE job seekers are fed up with the lack of support and interest from local employers.

At her wits end, one job seeker, who wished to remain unidentified, has contacted The Coffs Coast Advocate to tell her story of intense frustration.

After moving from the Central Coast last September, the woman has been consistently and rigorously looking for work to no avail, despite registering with an employment agency and applying for at least two jobs a day.

“I have experience, a lot of the jobs I apply for I can do standing on my head,” the woman told the Advocate.

“Even the employment agency I go through said I was extremely employable because of my experience. But I’m getting nowhere.

“You don’t even get phone calls telling you either way – you just never hear anything. I’m fed up and now I’m beginning to wonder – is it our age? I’ve spoken to other people in my position and we’re beginning to wonder.”

The woman said employment agencies kept telling her mature age employees are what companies are looking for but nothing is happening.

“I’m confused. The thing is, we have the qualifications, we can be relied on and we usually have more time because we have no commitments,” she said.

“I want to know – what are employers looking for? It’s really starting to get me down and it’s getting to the point I’m thinking about moving back to the Central Coast.”

The woman said another bump in the road was the fact you are only allowed to be registered with one employment agency and if you’re not happy, it’s extremely difficult to change.

“I was told I can submit my resume to jobs that are advertised through other agencies but they can’t recommend me because I’m not registered with them.

“When I tried to transfer, agencies they told me I couldn’t because my reasons weren’t good enough – those reasons were that the other agency promised to get me work.

“What do we have to do to get work in this area?”

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