Imagine losing your job, having to pay $900 each week in bills and being just weeks off turning 50.
Beresfield man Peter Robinson ticks all those boxes and is a man in deep despair.
Mr Robinson has taken his find a job campaign to the New England Highway at Tarro, where he has set up a post to promote himself, appealing to employers to give him a go.
“What worries me is I’m now classed as an old man in terms of finding a job,” he said.
Mr Robinson lost his job at a Lower Hunter asphalt plant 12 months ago. “Work just dried up and the business folded,” he said. A plant operator, he is looking for any work he can get.
Armed with a placard and his resume, Mr Robinson said he has received plenty of support from motorists and from a few potential employers who have pulled over and taken a copy of his resume. “Whether or not that leads to anything I don’t know but I will continue to stand on the side of the road for as long as I can,” he said.
“I think it’s going to be hard for me now because I turn 50 in November and no one wants to employ older blokes,” he said.
“I have loans to pay, a car to pay off and rent which tallies up to around $900 a week. That’s rough when you get $500 a fortnight on the dole,” he said.
“This is my last resort to find work, if I belittle myself by standing on the highway looking for employment then so be it,” Mr Robinson said.
Mr Robinson can be contacted via email on firstname.lastname@example.org