Rex Peters has resorted to creating a sign and standing on the side of the road to find employment in the Fraser Coast.
Rex Peters has resorted to creating a sign and standing on the side of the road to find employment in the Fraser Coast. Carlie Walker

He stood by the road seeking work for days, now he has a job

FOR hours each day, Maryborough's Rex Peters stood by the side of the road with a work wanted sign, hoping his luck would change.

Last week, it finally did.

After being offered a day of work with another business last week, a representative from Toll offered him a position.

He will start in his new role today.

The Maryborough man was left jobless earlier this year.

A downturn in business meant his former employer was forced to cut back its workforce.

Begging for work is not something Mr Peters was used to.

He admits it has been a struggle and he sometimes feels embarrassed to have to ask for work so publicly

On the other hand, he knows people could see the courage it took to do what he did.

"It shows a bit of personality," Mr Peters said.

Just before he lost his job, he bought a home in Maryborough.

In December, 2017, the unemployment rate in the Fraser Coast region was 10.03 per cent, according to the Department of Employment.

Before he found work, Mr Peters said knew just how hard it was to find a job.

"I've applied for more than 150 jobs in the past six weeks, maybe more," he said.

Mr Peters said he was willing to do whatever it took to find work.

"The way I look at it, if 1000 cars pass me in the morning, 1000 people see me," Mr Peters said last week during his job hunt.

"It's like a resume, they can see this guy is dedicated, he's able.

"The sign's not just about needing work."
 


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