DO NOT blame the young for having bad manners, blame their parents.
That is the view from youth advocate Wendy Lang after bosses in Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Gladstone and parts of Victoria called for young people to fix their attitudes.
Ms Lang leads Queensland Youth Services, a group that works to support young people aged between 12 and 25.
Ms Lang said while she agreed with the findings, these young job-hunters - wherever they live - were a product of their upbringing and their society.
"One thing I have noticed, the way we raise our families, we often don't give the kids the level of responsibility we had growing up.
"Having set chores, contributing to the family, building that responsibility at the family unit so when they go to find a job, they have a level of work ethic behind them.
"We put our kids in cotton balls.
"We tend to do everything for them instead of them doing it for themselves.
"For me, it all comes back to the family, to parenting skills.
"There are times when we grew up, only one parent worked, not both parents.
"When we move into dual income families, someone misses out."
The Federal Department of Employment quizzed 1151 employers between October and December last year, asking what jobseekers could do better.
Improving their attitude was the most popular suggestion at 39%, followed by being reliable and responsible at 14%.
From next year, under 30s will generally not receive unemployment payments unless they are working for the dole.
Assistant employment minister Luke Hartsuyker said the changes to Newstart and Work for the Dole was simple - young people must earn, learn, or work for the dole.
He said Work for the Dole could provide basic skills to those who have been on welfare for lengthy periods.
"As a government we are focussed on providing all young Australians with the opportunity to learn the skills so that they can find and keep a job," he said.
Ms Lang said while young jobseekers could do better, she was critical of stopping unemployment payments.
"I can see a lot of early 20s women deciding to have children because they will get a family payment which is a lot more money (than the dole)," she said.
"Most university graduates will graduate at 21. If they can't get a job after they graduate, why aren't they entitled to unemployment? They've done their learning.
"They're an adult, they should be treated as an adult."
Ms Lang said there needed to be more work done on helping to connect the unemployed to jobs, whether educated or not.
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