Give ?em a go!
By DAVID MOASE
THEY have done their training, they are motivated, and they are ready to take part in a marathon ? but there won't be a gold medal or a record time at the finish. All these six people want is a job. John Dwyer, Maureen Green, Scott Kearns, David Blake, Anthony Bell and Danielle Cook today start what they have tagged a '7-Day Employment Marathon'. They will walk the streets of Coffs Harbour armed with more than 2000 fliers hoping to talk to as many potential employers as possible. The fliers include their photographs, a brief description of their skills and their telephone numbers. "We are going to try to cover the area from Bunnings in the south to Bunnings in the north," John Dwyer said, who came up with the plan to produce the flier. "We have seven days to get from one end to the other and we want to be employed by the end of it." The group met at a Job Search training program, a Commonwealth Government-funded initiative, conducted by ETC at Coffs Harbour. ETC training and placement officer Des Osborn said the plan to produce the flier was a great innovation. "It also shows employers how much they want to work," she said. Mr Dwyer said he received strong support while seeking sponsorship for the flier and has been helped by the Coffs Coast Advocate and Guys and Dolls Hairdressing, which has given the group pre-marathon hair cuts. "The flier has our phone numbers, so employers can keep hold of it and then call us direct if they think they might have work for us," Mr Dwyer said. "Everyone on it is determined to find a job and most are willing to do traineeships." Mr Dwyer can be contacted on 0405 455 760.