Unemployed man takes job search to roadside
SOMETIMES, you have to do what it takes to get a job.
When driving north along High St near the Stanthorpe Showgrounds on Monday morning, travellers were greeted with a strange sight.
Stanthorpe man Martyn Skinner was sitting on the side of the road with a sign that read: "Work wanted, have tools" from 5.30am.
Within a few hours, people had stopped to get his number, and by 1.30pm that day, Mr Skinner had found employment on a Glen Niven farm.
Mr Skinner said he had been unemployed for a number of years after a major accident in 2010.
"I don't have references or anything like that, so it was just easier to get on the side of the road and put myself out there," he said.
Mr Skinner had hoped that by sitting on the side of the road, he would show his dedication.
"It was the easiest way to put myself out there, to prove I was willing to work," he said.
Mr Skinner was open to work options as he had no formal qualifications, but thought he would like to complete an apprenticeship.
"In the future if things go well, I would love an apprenticeship," he said.
Along with being able to bring his own tools, Mr Skinner said he could offer a range of experience to any job.
"I have a cert II in cabinet making, I've worked on mining sites... I've worked on cattle stations as well," he said.
Mr Skinner said he was proud his efforts had paid off.