I send out more than 20 CVs a week – sometimes I don't hear anything back
SOME weeks Michelle Griffin sends out more than 20 CVs to shops, offices and companies in the hopes of getting work.
Often she doesn't get a single reply.
The 22-year-old, who fills her hours by volunteer work with a sports club, says many of her friends from secondary school are out of work, with others opting to travel to the UK and farther afield for jobs.
"I got office work after I finished school but they had to let me go in 2011, just due to cutbacks," she said, adding she has taken secretarial and computer courses since leaving school.
"It's been really hard, a lot of places are looking for a year or two years' experience. It is hard when you don't have that much experience just coming out of school. Now, the way things are, no one can find a job. When you can't get a job, you can't get experience and no one is willing to give me that opportunity.
"I send out about 20 to 30 CVs a week. Sometimes I don't hear anything back. I'm looking for any kind of work now, anything would do me," she said, adding she'd heard that a Peacock's store was going to open and she would be adding her CV to their pile.
At this stage, still living at home with her parents, Sandra and Michael, in Manor St John in Waterford city, she'd like to move out. But her Jobseeker's Allowance of €144 doesn't go far after she pays all her bills.
"I volunteer with Naomh Pol GAA club and I'd help out with the after-school completion programme," said Michelle, who also coaches the under-nines hurling team.
Other members of her family still living at home have been hit by the downturn with one brother on a three-day week in a factory and another who lost his job when the Park Inn pub closed.
"All day I'm on the internet looking for something, anything... once I'm working I'd be happy," she added.