Why funeral industry is booming in the Burnett
THEY say you can be sure of only two things in life, death and taxes.
So, for those interested in a career in the funeral industry, you can always be assured of a job.
And with a number of South Burnett funeral businesses currently advertising for new employees, now is the perfect time to secure a role in the world of coffins, cremations and ceremonies.
There are currently three different Kingaroy-based funeral businesses advertising for new funeral director assistant positions.
Virgo Funerals, Jason Killick Funerals and Generation Funerals are all looking for new casual team members.
Jason Killick Funerals director, Jason Killick, said the warmer months were always a busier time.
"When the weather changes, death rates will spike," he said.
"A lot of elderly people can't afford to be running heaters and air-conditioners through summer and winter."
Mr Killick said an ideal funeral director's assistant is someone with a level of empathy for others.
"They need to have life experience and be comfortable around people grieving," he said.
"And they need to have maturity and relate to a lot of the situations people find themselves in."
After some initial challenges, Jason Killick was confident he had found the right person for his assistant role.
He said the role, which involves a level of maturity and the ability to display a sense of empathy with grieving families, was not everyone's cup of tea.
"We always say to people, 'it's not for everybody," Mr Killick said.
"We work it out pretty quickly and so will they."
The funeral director had four job applicants not show up for their interview.
"Maybe some people just don't want to work," he said.