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Chris and Jammie at work

After 10 years as a tradie, Chris Atkinson found himself unemployed.

Out of work for over a year, every day was a struggle.

“I linked up to ETC to get some support. They helped me with my resume, people skills and lined up some job interviews,” Chris said.

Thanks to the help of ETC, Chris scored himself a job back in his trade, working with Advance Metal Industries Australia (AMIA) in Coffs Harbour.

“I’ve been here for 3 months and love it. Even though I don’t have my license, I’m committed to this job and will walk 5kms each day to get here,” he said.

Chris had some advice to share with other job seekers out there.

“It can be frustrating when you’re looking for work, but just meet your job search requirements and keep doing what you need to do. You’ll get there in the end,” he said.

Jammie Saunders, assistant to Chris, was thrilled when he got the job at AMIA just a few months ago, despite his own struggles to find work.

“Recently I relocated to the area from Sydney and it was really difficult at first because I didn’t know anyone here. I tried getting jobs through the newspaper with great difficulty,” Jammie said.

“I even tried picking berries, but it wasn’t right for me.”

With his background as a handy-man and sander, Jammie linked up with ETC to get help finding work.

“Tammy at ETC Woolgoolga has been excellent and helped me a lot. I did a resume building workshop and some cultural awareness training,” he said.

Shortly after, Jammie landed the job at AMIA and hasn’t looked back.

“Everyone’s really nice here. I’m so happy working here,” Jammie said.

Jammie’s advice was to get yourself out there, speak to everyone, smile and have a happy attitude.

Finding a job can be a daunting task. There are so many options and you don’t want to miss out on opportunities. ETC provides all the information, guidance and support that you’ll need to be a successful job seeker.

Whether you’re new to the area, or want to take the next step in your career progression, or are simply ready for a change. We’re here to help. ETC can tailor the right employment path to help you find sustainable and meaningful employment.

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