THE FLIP SIDE: Donna Barletta is fed up with job seekers who claim to be doing it tough, when they don’t put the proper effort into their applications.
THE FLIP SIDE: Donna Barletta is fed up with job seekers who claim to be doing it tough, when they don’t put the proper effort into their applications. Paul Braven

Open letter to job seekers: stop blaming others

FORMER Gladstone girl Georgia Stephensen shared her story this week after she had submitted her 110th job application for work on the Fraser Coast - but the milestone wasn't anything to celebrate.

At her wits end, the quietly spoken 17-year-old said she only ever received emails back telling her another candidate had been chosen.

With youth unemployment now at 14.3%, Gladstone business owner Donna Barletta shares her story of what happens from her side of the desk.

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I JUST get so over hearing job seekers blame everybody else for the reason they don't get a job.

If there are so many people looking for work, why did I only receive about 20 applications for the last position I had available?

I paid for a Seek ad as well as advertising in my normal avenues to try to get to a wider audience.

I know Gladstone is worse than other places to find staff for retail positions because everyone wants the big dollars from industrial employment, but you get a lifestyle with this type of career.

Also I realise that it's "just a retail" position and most ambitious people want a career/trade etc.

Maybe I tell them too much in the ad as I tell them the pay rate and that they need to work Saturday morning.

But I still get some people apply and then refuse the position because the pay is not as good as they're used to or they don't want to work Saturdays.

All applicants need to provide a cover letter with a current resume.

I prefer the cover letter as it's more personal and tells me more about you as a person and what you know about this type of business.

I also state in the advertisement, that applications must be emailed and be supplied with an A4 cover letter to be considered.

So, from the 20 who applied, less than half supplied a cover letter.

About a quarter of these letters provided the information I asked.

When I chose nine people for an interview, four didn't reply or show.

The advertisement was for a senior, but the eldest applicant I interviewed was 29, so why aren't older people applying, if there are so many out of work?

One young fellow turned up for his interview in rubber thongs, footy shorts, t-shirt with a hole in it and sunnies on his head.

Another one was slurping on a bottle of water, leaning all over the desk.

Why don't people make an effort anymore?

Why don't they read the instructions properly and apply as requested?

Why can't they be bothered to check their resumes to see if they're up to date before they send them in and why don't they turn up for interviews or iron their shirt and have a shave?

I know these things matter to other managers because it's often discussed at network meetings.



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