Why you should hire an 'oldie' like Trevor
TREVOR Watson is not the kind of guy to give up for lack of encouragement.
But after throwing his hat in the ring for more than a hundred jobs on the Sunshine Coast, the 64-year old says it's easier to go back to running his own businesses.
"The funny thing is, even if I get a phone call, once they've sort of sussed out how old you are...you just don't get a call back," he said.
The Wurtulla resident can design and build a large timber boat, a bespoke piece of furniture or a website "with all the SEO (search engine optimisation) bells and whistles".
His businesses allow him to do all these things if the demand is there, but at his stage in life he would have preferred the lifestyle and security of a full-time job.
Trevor was retired when the global financial crisis hit and decimated his invested savings, forcing him back to work.
"I'm pretty sure there's a lot of people in the same boat as me, or having to work part-time," he said.
He said "rhinos" like him were good employees and were under-represented in the workforce.
"While I would like a job, mostly I would like to pass on the skills I have learned over my 64 years of life," he said.
Asked why he should be given a job when there were so many unemployed youth on the Coast, he said:
"I don't ever think I deserve a job. In fact, I have given up looking and started my own business. Or I should say, businesses."
He said employers were the ones who ultimately missed out.
"I had younger guys working for me and they were always sick," he said.
"I worked 60 years and never took a sick day. Rhinos are more reliable in that way."
Most of Trevor's mates were still working, the "smart ones" taking up full-time posts with the government earlier in their careers and reaping the superannuation and other benefits, he said.
One of his friends gave him the nickname Rhino after seeing him constantly doing letterbox drops to promote his handyman business.
"He said to me, 'you're like a bloody old rhino. You get knocked down and you get back up again'," Trevor said.
"What I want is to encourage others to become rhinos and use their skill, or share their skills by starting their own business."
He said he wished there was a forum in which he and other 'rhinos' could get together, because he believed their collective knowledge and experience would "outweigh that of the individual".
"If people need help I am always willing, they can contact me via email or telephone."
Contact Trevor on 0409 574 038 or email@example.com