Job seeker finds temporary work through friend
NICOLE Allison knows the struggles of securing a job better than anyone.
The 26-year-old has more than 70 cover letters in a folder that have been collecting there since last May.
"I've tried everything - online, in-person applications and I even paid a couple of hundred dollars to have a resume written up for me," she said.
"The sad truth is I haven't even got a reply. After 30 you start to get disheartened."
Nicole has lived in Gladstone her whole life. She got her first job with BMA coal when she was 18.
"I worked in coal quality management but after the company shut down there were no other alternatives," she said.
"It's a massive worry because I'm solely responsible for my mortgage and I'm careful now how much I spend."
Ms Allison has managed to find work through the help of a friend but, she said, it was only temporary.
"I'm working for a subcontractor on the island doing administrative work and the only reason I'm in work is because I knew someone," she said.
"It's only part-time, with the work expected to end in February and I'm grateful but it's not my passion."
For nine months now Ms Allison has had no luck.
"I've applied for lower positions too like meter-testing with Ergon but with my qualifications I'm too good. You can't win," she said.
Her partner has also felt the pressure, now working out of Rockhampton because of the lack of job opportunities locally.
"He doesn't even bother because of the way things are," she said.
Before 2013, Ms Allison said, it didn't seem so hard for friends and family to find jobs, but these days it was a different story.