QUEENSLAND charity Suited to Success has called on big corporations to do more to assist job seekers in the current market.
The Brisbane not-for-profit kits out job seekers with interview and work-appropriate attire from a boutique in Fortitude Valley.
General manager Nicole Hard said the charity, which has been named as a Queensland finalist in this year’s Telstra Business Awards, had been operating since 2008 and recently styled their 6000th client. “That was quite a milestone for us – at the moment our boutique services about 100 clients per month,” Ms Hard said.
“We help people overcome the barriers to employment and we do that through a range of programs, and the styling boutique is our flagship service.”
About 45 per cent of those who use the service are registered job seekers. “We teach them how to introduce themselves, write a great resume, and we have a job assistance program targeted at youth job seekers,” she said.
Ms Hard said the charity receives some corporate support, both from individuals and from businesses.
“We have clients travel up from the Gold Coast and down from the Sunshine Coast to see us,” she said.
“There’s a huge need for us to expand out footprint and reach some of the areas where we know there are clients in desperate need.”
The Telstra Business Awards are supported by News Corp, publisher of The Courier-Mail.