The MAX Employment Greatest Gift campaign aims to secure 10,000 jobs before Christmas. Max Employment will make a donation to a charity of their choice (to be confirmed soon).
MAXNetWork Managing Director Deborah Homewood said Christmas was an important time for families but it brought with it a lot of extra pressure, both economically and emotionally.
“We think giving someone who is unemployed a job is the greatest gift we can give,” Ms Homewood said.
Ms Homewood said there were more than 600,000 families in Australia with children under 15 years of age where neither parent was working.* “This has serious impacts not just economically but in terms of the wellbeing of the whole family.
“Many of us don’t have to face these challenges so we forget, but think about when you got your first job, or when you were congratulated for a job well done – it is not just about the advantages that come with bringing home a pay cheque but also the improved physical and mental health benefits.
“People are not only better able to put a roof over their families heads, provide healthy food and meet their financial commitments, they are also more confident. All these benefits have a ripple effect, impacting not only on the person with the job but on their family, their friends and their community.”
Ms Homewood said while finding 10,000 jobs in such a short time was a challenge, it was possible and would make for a much brighter Christmas for 10,000 currently unemployed people.
“At this time of year, people are reminded that we all have a social obligation – to help others who are less fortunate – and as a result we get to see the difference it makes.
“At MAX Employment it is not just about recruitment, it is about helping people change their lives. We need 10,000 employers to join us in giving the greatest gift, and offer just one job to change the lives of many.”
Ms Homewood said as a Job Services Australia provider, the MAX Employment team works with job seekers receiving Centrelink benefits. This includes the short-term and long-term unemployed as well as others who face additional challenges in finding secure employment.
“We not only help find the right person for the job, we can also provide pre and post placement support for the employee, employer and their work colleagues.”
Ms Homewood said ideally MAX Employment would like to find long-term positions, either full-time or part-time, but she said even a seasonal job would provide a job seeker with additional income, and provide new skills and experience.
She said the jobs could be across any industry including hospitality, retail, business administration, transport and logistics, trade and the care industry including aged and childcare.
As part of the Job Services Australia network, MAX Employment’s services are completely fee-free and as a Government Job Employment Agency providing quality recruitment services for job seekers, employers may also be eligible for government incentives.
“All we are asking is that employers think about the opportunities they have and register at our website – www.maxjobs.com.au - or freecall 1800 625 350.
”Even if you don’t have a vacant position now, you can still register so when you have a job available we can act even more quickly for you.”
Ms Homewood said while primarily the goal was to help more people find employment, the charity donation would provide support for this important organisation to help more people at a time when there is extra pressure on their services.
This is the second year MAX Employment has run the campaign. In 2011, 10,000 jobs were secured and $100,000 was donated to the Smith Family.
“So if you are an employer, register online – www.maxjobs.com.au - or call us today - freecall 1800 625 350 - and offer just one job (or more if you can). Together we can make a huge impact, giving people the greatest gift for Christmas and helping them towards a better life.”