Plenty of work for people willing to “get off their ass”
TREVOR Tippett isn't the kind of guy to take a hands-off approach to unemployment.
The 27-year-old go-getter was offered dozens of jobs in just a few days after placing a sign on his car saying "work wanted, will do anything" and parking it near the Ron Camm Bridge.
Mr Tippett said the experience proved to him that there was plenty of work out there for people willing to "get off their ass".
"I've been a butcher my whole life and don't have a lot of experience doing anything else, so I wanted to get my name out there," he said.
"I told my wife that I was going to do it and she encouraged me.
"I put the car out there on Thursday night at 5pm and I got a call on Friday morning offering me eight weeks of work roof plumbing and a permanent position if I want it."
Mr Tippett said he received "dozens" of calls from employers who liked his approach to finding work.
"I got some casual work for the Saturday and Sunday and start my new job on Friday.
"Originally, I got my Responsible Service of Alcohol licence and went around to a few pubs looking for work, but they all wanted experience.
"I thought I'd try this instead… everyone who rang me said they were so happy to see someone being proactive about getting a job."
Mr Tippett said there was plenty of work in Mackay for people who weren't picky.
"I got heaps of offers for casual work and stuff like labouring and working in a timber yard," he said.
"A mate of mine tried this approach about three years ago and he got work out of it so I thought why not.
"You just need to get off your butt and do something… there's plenty of work out there."