Carl Prentice has the know-how but he just can’t get a job in Gladstone.
Carl Prentice has the know-how but he just can’t get a job in Gladstone. Brenda Strong

He just wants to get on with job

CARL Prentice is not laying the blame on anyone; he just wants to know why he can't get a job.

Mr Prentice, 56, decided last year to make a change after running a successful air-conditioning business.

He had heard all about the new jobs created by the major projects and wanted to finish off his working life working in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS).

So, he sold his business and spent thousands of dollars on a recognised OHS course to go with his considerable workplace experience.

Unfortunately things haven't gone according to plan.

Mr Prentice estimates he has applied for about 500 jobs, without success.

"(I feel) pretty sad really, when I think I have been around this area for 32 years and I think I am a good catch for somebody to help them with their business," he said.

He said he had been to every recruitment agency in town, walked the streets, contacted all the major players and spent hundreds of hours on job hunting websites seek.com.au and mycareer.com.au.

He also said he was willing to take an entry level position in OHS and had applied for jobs in other fields.

For a man who always prided himself on his commitment to work, the situation is devastating.

Naturally, he can't help wondering if his age makes him less attractive to employers, but he can't be sure.

Mr Prentice doesn't claim to know why he hasn't scored a job yet and is open to suggestions.

 

Decide for yourself: Click here to view Mr Prentice's CV.



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