Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Harsh Reality of Job Search; Matt Collins' Soul-Destroying Journey of Getting Employment on the Sunshine Coast

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Harsh Reality of Job Search; Matt Collins' Soul-Destroying Journey of Getting Employment on the Sunshine Coast

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THIS is the harsh reality of the job search on the Sunshine Coast.

Matt Collins ran his own successful fitness centres on the the Sunshine Coast for 12 years, he was doing an MBA and has always been a passionate hard-worker.

But when it came to finding a job on the Sunshine Coast, it was the most humbling, "soul-destroying" journey.

And it took 2000 job applications and rejections before he was finally able to get a foot in the door.

"I owned Fatburners personal training and we had a big centre in Nambour, one in Noosa and in Woombye before I decided to sell them," Mr Collins said.

He tried buying a pizza business which didn't work and then landed a job mentoring mature age students. This position was made redundant on the Sunshine Coast and in May last year he started his job search.

With all his experience, Mr Collins thought it would be easy. This was his first big mistake.

"I thought I had come from a good salary and a good position and I'd walk into a decent job," he said.

"I was a bit arrogant, I would only take a management role that pays x amount. …

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