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Job hunter may add g-string to his bow

Hervey Bay man Graham Smyth, 54, standing roadside to attract a job offer.
Hervey Bay man Graham Smyth, 54, standing roadside to attract a job offer. Brendan Bufi

HE'S been spat at and called a loser while standing on the side of the road in the pouring rain with the hope of getting a job.

Ex-navy man Graham Smyth has endured it all in the few weeks he's been standing on Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd at Eli Waters.

The well-spoken job seeker is extremely qualified, holding several certificates, and has managed a company at a state level.

He moved to Hervey Bay a few years ago but has struggled to find solid work.

Last week, in the rain, he remained with his cardboard sign.

"One bloke said 'are you crazy mate'," Mr Smyth said.

"I said to him, 'you've got to do what it takes'."

Since the Chronicle spoke with Mr Smyth last week he said he hadn't had any real offers.

"There's nothing really positive at this stage," he said.

So Mr Smyth may go to more extraordinary lengths to bring attention to himself.

He suggested to the Chronicle he could wear a mankini, like the one worn by Sacha Baron Cohen in the 2006 film, Borat.

"But I don't think I'll look too good in a Borat mankini," he joked.

Despite the levity there's a sense of desperation in Mr Smyth's voice as he struggles on.

If you can help Mr Smyth, phone Chronicle journalist Hayden Johnson on 4120 1058.

Topics:  hervey bay, jobs, unemployed



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