Recruiters lend a hand to support jobless workers

| April 17, 2020

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ― Fred Rogers.

Jobs for Australia is a Not-For-Profit organisation of volunteers from the Talent Acquisition & Human Resources industry located across Australia that have been affected by COVID-19.

With many industries facing recruitment freezes or having to stand down staff due to the Coronavirus, countless Talent Acquisition and Human Resources Professionals were also let go from their positions.

Keen to utilise their skills and experience to support job seekers and empower them with skills to improve their job search, Jobs for Australia was born.

People & Culture Author Justine Figo, The Recruitment Events Company Director Andrea Kirby and self-confessed ‘HR Tech Geek’ Rich Lewis-Jones developed Jobs for Australia as a Not-for-Profit organisation aimed at keeping HR & Talent Acquisition Professionals connected, engaged and actively helping job seekers with:

  • Their resume

  • Their LinkedIn profile

  • Interview preparation

  • Personal Branding (where appropriate)

“Jobs for Australia is not a job board.  We focus on  supporting job seekers by providing guidance on their Resume, connecting them to the job market via job boards, interview preparation and advice on employers that are hiring or other initiatives and services that are available to them.” Andrea Kirby, Director of the Recruitment Events Company.

Pavi Iyer was let go of her position as Talent Acquisition Manager in the first week of April due to the economic impact of COVID-19 on the business. ‘The concept of Jobs for Australia came from the HR & Talent community because we’re connected to the companies that are still hiring and we have the skills and experience to support people that have lost their jobs. I wanted to get more involved in helping the community and didn’t want to just sit and do nothing.  Volunteering with Jobs for Australia lets me put my skills to work helping job seekers around Australia improve their chances of finding work’, said Pavi.

Jobs for Australia launched on 15th April and currently over 40 volunteers are working with job seekers to help them prepare for their job search journey.  For more information visit