Job seeker sends out 260 resumes
AARON Russell-Smith lies awake in bed at 2am checking his phone for any new employment opportunities.
After an eight-month job search, posting 263 resumes and five job interviews the Elanora man is becoming disheartened.
"I just want someone to give me a fair go," he said.
"This is just another story in my life.
"I don't know if people are discriminating behind my back or they just think it would be too hard."
Mr Russel-Smith's life changed dramatically after a workplace accident in 2006 put him in a wheel chair.
Before the accident this Gold Coast native surfed with his two brothers every day and had worked in the construction industry for 15 years.
"In 2006 I fell three storeys from a ladder on the job behind the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary," he said.
"If I was still in construction there are so many jobs, but in office work it's such a different ball game."
Mr Russell-Smith said since his accident he had worked as a temp and owned a restaurant but he was still being realistic in his job searches and was looking for work in customer service areas such as call centres.
Ideally he wants to find something in customer service for the finance industry and is studying a Certificate IV in Mortgage Brokering and Finance.
"I don't go for the CEO jobs. I go for jobs where they offer full training," he said.
Mr Russell-Smith was doing the right things to find a job, according to employment services practices.
Nortec Employment and Training employment services manager Scott Wilson said re-skilling and finding a survival job was the key.
"The best advice I could give anyone is set yourself up with a survival job," he said.
"That's a job to start bringing money in.
"Employers are reluctant to take on people when they are not working and it does make you feel better."
Anyone wanting to discuss an employment opportunity with Mr Russell-Smith can contact him at email@example.com.