Investing in Australian businesses is the key to creating more employment opportunities for both the unemployed and underemployed, according to Institute of Careers CEO David Zanker.
Mr Zanker said there should be a concerted focus on growing existing businesses, in turn creating more jobs for the unemployed and leading to promotions for people who want to take the next step in their career.
“The underemployed are traditionally employed part-time but want a full-time job, or work in positions that don’t adequately reflect their experience,” Mr Zanker said.
“If we can help existing companies grow and scale, obviously they will have the capacity to employ more people and be well placed to give existing employees the opportunity to increase their hours or progress to senior positions,” he said.
“By investing in businesses it’s a win-win because you’re helping the unemployed and the underemployed, as well as boosting the economy.”
Mr Zanker said training is one of the best ways to create new and better employment opportunities – provided it is leveraged correctly.
“Thousands of people with recently acquired degrees, diplomas or qualifications are stuck in a rut because they complete their course and go back to being unemployed or underemployed for a number of months or even years.
“Undertaking a training course is one of the best ways to leverage yourself into the job market or into a promotion but you need to take the right steps when you’re doing the course to create momentum to make change.”
Mr Zanker said employees who want to take the next step in their professional life should contact the Institute of Careers for personalised, expert advice and support.
“The Institute provides high-value resources and advisory support, including free resume and cover letter templates; job-hunting techniques, strategies and technologies; work books and cheat sheets; exclusive industry insights and targeted advice for specific groups such as baby boomers and youth.
“At the Institute of Careers we believe everyone has the potential to be a manger – they just need to think like a manager in their current role by applying management principles in the job they’re in."