Eight Months, 640 Applications: Still No Job – The Story of An Australian Job Seeker

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Joshua Mitchell has applied for 640 jobs and had just two interviews.
Joshua Mitchell has applied for 640 jobs and had just two interviews.
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A YOUNG Mackay man has been working really hard for eight months, but it’s not on the job.

All his time has been spent trying to find one.

Joshua Mitchell has applied for or inquired 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 inquiries, 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.

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So exhaustive is Mr Mitchell’s search for a job he’s had to move from Mackay to Brisbane, simply because he feels there is no one left to ask.

“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 seems 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.

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