Hard work trying to beat red tape
By HELEN JACK
DANIEL HARRIS wants a job, but he could be excused for being discouraged.
After a three-month, concerted campaign of faxing, emailing and personally handing over r?sum?s to prospective employers he has drawn only one letter of acknowledgement.
Daniel estimates he has sent off or delivered at least 60 r?sum?s and is devastated at the poor response.
Well-presented and articulate, Daniel says he has worked for 10 of the 14 years since he left school in Year 10.
"I am looking for any labouring work in the timber processing industry, or supermarket work," he said.
"I also have experience in the food and beverage industry and sheet metal work."
With such a wide variety of skills Daniel was confident of finding work, but is now starting to lose confidence.
"I don't have a sense of purpose, and I want to contribute to society," he said.
Daniel receives Centrelink benefits and was directed to Wesley Uniting Employment to find work.
"There are hardly any jobs I can apply for through Wesley, and I have asked to change over to TURSA," he said.
"I believe there are more jobs available through TURSA, but I was told I don't have grounds to justify the change.
"It really frustrates me that I go to all the effort to apply for jobs, and I'm not even sure my r?sum? is getting passed on to the employers."
Even more frustrating, Daniel says he has applied for work through agencies which had advertised jobs in newspapers, only to be told it was a ploy to compile a list of people who might be available later if there is a vacancy.
"I think it's unethical," he said.
"It's costly driving around delivering r?sum?s, faxing and making phone calls. It all adds up."
Daniel said years ago when he wanted a job he went to the Commonwealth Employment Service, where employers' phone numbers were listed on a wall or in a database.
"All you had to do was use the free phone at the CES office," he said.