From 1 October to Christmas Eve, MAX Employment has pledged to place 15,000 people into work and donate a total of $100,000 to four Australian charities as part of their 2015 campaign, 15,000 Stars for Christmas.
Photo: L to R – MAX Employment Managing Director Deborah Homewood with Primary OSHCare HR Manager and former MAX job seeker Simonne Poole
Every job seeker deserves the chance to turn their lives around, no matter what their history. Every day a job seeker has a brighter future because an employer or community organisation gives them a chance and helps them through the tough times. In support of the work they do for job seekers, their families and communities throughout Australia, the Luke Batty Foundation, Mates4Mates, Kids Helpline, and the Adelaide Crows Children’s Foundation will each receive $25,000 as part of the campaign.
Without the support of organisations like these, MAX Employment could not change the lives of job seekers and support them in their transition back into employment. Thousands of people will be spared from contemplating suicide. Thousands of families will be able to escape a domestic violence situation. Thousands of families will share a joyous Christmas with food on the table, surrounded by loved ones, and experience the true gift of a future filled with hope instead of despair; a future with a job.
15,000 Stars for Christmas will see MAX staff across Australia work with non-government organisations, charities, and local government to find and place 15,000 job seekers before Christmas Eve and assist employers to build and retain their workforce with ongoing post-placement support. At the launch of the campaign, former MAX job seeker Simonne spoke of her struggles with finding her employment, and the difference finding a job made to her life.
“It was disheartening to be pipped at the post, or to apply and not even be told you’re unsuccessful. Almost 12 months of that can completely destroy your self-worth and confidence. It’s hard to maintain momentum and to stay positive and driven.
“I was placed in a HR Manager role one month ago, and it’s truly been the most amazing month. I go to work every day with a huge smile. I love my job, and at my new work I am home. I am professionally and personally in my Nirvana. I love to work.”
Simonne’s outlook on life is better than ever. Through the support of employers and community organisations, 15,000 Stars will change the lives of many more job seekers just like Simonne, helping thousands to overcome challenges and experience the many rewards that a job can bring.
If you or an organisation you know has a vacancy waiting to be filled, visit 15000stars.com or call the MAX Employer Hotline on 1800 206 346. Now it’s your chance to shine.