Dunhill Recruitment, with funding of $7,000 from the Victorian government, has launched the Jobs Marathon website.
The site functions as a portal, connecting job seekers to over 100 employment-related sites, and provides information on government assistance packages, employment market news and tips. The site is a non-profit initiative sponsored by Dunhill.
The Jobs Marathon site is an addition to Jobs Marathon 2000, an employment-related exhibition held annually in Melbourne.
Dunhill is currently developing the site to include job advertisements, and is awaiting feedback from communities and companies before making the service available to the public, said Cliff Stoneman, director of Dunhill and founder of Jobs Marathon.
The site currently provides links to Seek Communications' job search website and the employment sites of organisations participating in the Jobs Marathon, in both the private and public sectors.
According to Lynne Kosky, the Victorian Minister for Post Compulsory Education, Training and Employment, who opened the Jobs Marathon website, Victoria's unemployment rate currently stands at 6.5 per cent. The Victorian government is committing $158 million over four years into its target employment package to further reduce unemployment.
Given that a large portion of the unemployed are young people, most of whom are drawn to the internet, and that 40 per cent of Australian households are connected to the internet, Kosky said that the Victorian government is "very pleased" to partially fund the development of the Jobs Marathon site.
Besides reducing unemployment, Stoneman said that he started Jobs Marathon to stem the tide of young Australians going overseas to find employment. He cited figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics stating that more than 17,300 Australians aged 17 to 24 went overseas for work-related reasons in the last two years, the biggest exodus since World War Two.