Determined to get work
YOU have to admire the determination of someone who will do anything to get work; even if it means standing on the street for three days with a sign.
Tweed Heads South resident Dee Worland is looking for work so he can help support his sick father.
And by taking his plight to the streets he hopes that prospective employers driving by will be impressed with his initiative.
The enthusiastic 22-year-old has been standing on Minjungbal Drive for the past three days and says he is prepared to take any sort of work he is offered.
“Anything really,” Mr Worland said. “I'd be open to any sort of labouring work, cleaning or general maintenance. I have no qualifications to my name, but if anyone needs me to change their oil and spark plugs, I can do it.”
Mr Worland says he worked as a car detailer at Von Bibra Twin Towns for 18 months but was forced to leave the job in January when his father fell ill.
“He has a few mental disorders and epilepsy,” Mr Worland said. “I've been looking after him, but he's just been admitted to hospital so I've got some spare time on my hands and wanted to earn some money.”
Describing himself as “self-motivated and very keen”, Mr Worland said he would willingly put in a full day's work if anyone wanted to give him a trial.
“After about a week-and-a-half calling around car deal- erships and handymen it didn't look like I was going to get work, so I thought about people that have garage sale signs and thought I might as well get out there with a sign and get people's attention.”
And he has.
So far, Mr Worland has been mentioned on a local radio station and has had a number of people stop to give him their numbers.
On Sunday he stood on the street in the morning and managed to secure four hours of work that afternoon. On Monday he had no such luck, but that was not about to stop him.
“If I don't get anything today, I'll be out again in the morning,” he said. “I've had people stick their head out the window and yell good luck, which keeps me motivated.”
One local woman even made Mr Worland a new sign yesterday, because his was looking “rather sad”.
Those who may have work for Mr Worland should call 0432 438 740.