Helping the long-term unemployed back to work

Elissa Scott is a recruitment consultant who specialises in working with the long-term unemployed, a service she offers by drawing on her own experience of returning to the workforce after a very colourful youth that saw her life run off the rails. In this piece she shares a story of helping the homeless to get job-ready.

It was 13 April 2011, my first night out as the “street walk” volunteer for Father Chris Riley's Youth off the Streets.

At the charity food van, a homeless man lined up for his daily meal and that’s where I met Buddy T.

We got chatting. I questioned “Do you need work to change your life?” he replied “I want to work.” I said, “I will help you, here’s my fax number, send me anything work related from your past. Remember, everybody’s employable! The very next morning, lying at work was a fax with bits and pieces of information on it.

From this we created a resumé.

I checked Buddy T’s work classification with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, “unlimited work entitlement” was the reply and that was all we needed to swing into action.

We emailed Buddy’s resume to a number of employment agencies and he is now registering for work.

After this encounter, I met the Mayor of Gosford who runs Coast Shelter for the homeless. I presented the preparing resumés workshop/program for the homeless idea, it was well received and we are now submitting grants to raise funds for the project.

Since then, at the Salvation Army Oasis Youth Centre, Wyong, I spoke to five troubled women on the theme that “Out of Adversity, Anything's possible!” From this, these ladies have completed the interactive resumé preparation program and are proud to have produced their very own resumés.

I later revisited the five women. They were now were learning Microsoft Publisher on the Salvation Army’s computer and were eager to show me their work achievements: a flyer for the launch of my book - Decisions = Destiny.

I chose that title because sometimes personal circumstances lead to situations, and all situations can be changed!

Remember Decisions = Destiny…

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