Gloria Jeans job right for Mark

THE Coffs Coast Advocate is not a designated jobs agency but Mark Thomas discovered writing a letter to the editor had a match-making effect.

In last Saturday’s newspaper, the Urunga man lamented the lack of local job prospects for experienced mature workers in the retail and hospitality industries.

The letter read in part: “As I person with over 15 years experience in retail and five years as a barista, I find that my age of 33 is a disadvantage in gaining meaningful employment.

“Personally, I would love to have a full-time job as a barista but it would seem that my experience and mature work ethic counts for nothing when the hiring of staff is prioritised by the cost of labour.”

However, he went from frustration to elation in a matter of days.

The owner of Coffs Harbour’s Gloria Jean’s outlets, Steve Fraser, read the letter and made contact with Mr Thomas on Monday.

By Wednesday he was behind the coffee machine, serving customers and familiarising himself with the company’s operations.

“In the past month especially, I’ve needed the extra income with increased living costs to cope with,” Mr Thomas said.

“The letter was intended to get my points across but was a good opportunity to get my name out there.

“I was just pleased to see it printed but to get a job offer was incredible – I couldn’t believe it.”

Being the coffee lover he is, Mr Thomas said he was in his element behind the Gloria Jean’s counter.

Mark Thomas got a job after writing a letter to the editor last week.



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