I returned to Canberra last year after six years of living in Christchurch, NZ. Earthquakes brought me back – believe me, terra firma is much more conducive to peace of mind.
I ‘ve spent all my adult working life in Canberra (apart from baby breaks and the above) so of course I began seeking employment here. I thought I had a great resume of experience, honourable work ethic, enthusiasm – all that great stuff. Combine that with a local unemployment rate of around 3% and I had no doubts about successful job hunting.
Enthusiastic optimism turned to bewildered dismay over the course of a few months as I failed to find *any* employment in the public sector. I registered at temp agencies, government temp registers, applied for jobs, scoured the online APS gazette – writing up what I thought were reasonable applications. I had employed friends look at my resume – was it up to date? Not too waffley? Acceptable format? Enough information? Yes, yes, yes were the responses.
Still no success. As my savings dwindled I came to the soul destroying realisation that I would need to apply for a job seeker benefit, something I have not done since I was 18 – and then only for 5 weeks. That was waaaaay back in the 70s. I’ve always worked. I don’t want to be on a benefit. I have a good brain, a lifetime of experience, a yearning to contribute productively, yet still I fail. I refuse to accept that over-45s are not employable. Maybe I’m wrong about this?
Any thoughts, suggestions, ideas, criticisms will be gladly received.