AT THE start of the week Tim Boyle was sitting on his esky holding an "I need work" sign on the side of the road.
Now, thanks to his initiative, social media and the overwhelming response from the Gympie community, he has secured work for the week, with more offers waiting in the wings.
The qualified mechanic and father-of-three has been beset by support after he was seen waiting on the Bruce Hwy this week, dressed and ready to work on the spot.
Stationed from 5am until 8am, Mr Boyle's sign not only drew the attention of a passing motorist who posted a picture to Facebook, but also Anderleigh Quarry owner Dave Peacock.
"He was sitting on his tucker box work ready - why wouldn't you give him a chance?" Mr Peacock said.
And the chance paid off.
The impressed owner said his new employee fixed his Bobcat straight away after previous attempts by other professionals had failed.
He then worked five hours straight in 36 degree heat in hot steel completing a screen change in the mobile crushing plant, Mr Peacock said.
"It's not often people slot into our work; our game's a bit tougher than most," the quarry owner explained.
The 34-year-old job seeker who has experience in mechanics, construction, warehouse work and general labouring, had been searching for work since a job on the Sunshine Coast ended a month ago.
"I'm a mechanic by trade but willing to do anything to feed the family and pay the bills," Mr Boyle told The Gympie Times yesterday.
After exhausting traditional job-hunting avenues, Mr Boyle decided to put himself out there.
The interest grew from there, a bewildered Mr Boyle said after he received between 30 and 40 text messages and calls from strangers offering information on potential job leads.
But just as promising has been the moral support, he said, from almost as many messages of encouragement from strangers.
"It's been testing," Mr Boyle said of being unemployed.
But he said the positive feedback of the community is what kept him going, with his picture and blurb now shared on many online sites.
Mr Boyle, who moved to the area with his young family 18 months ago, believes there is plenty of work in the region, but not if you are an outsider without connections.
The Gympie man has now created his own connections though and proved himself as a hard worker.
And his advice to all job seekers:
"Don't give up; put yourself out there so you're seen and you'll get a job."
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