Right now, there’s nearly 500,000 jobs waiting to be filled Australia wide. That’s half a million opportunities waiting to be seized and half a million holes in Australia’s workflow. We find ourselves, Zoom Recruitment, smack dab in the middle of this issue.
22 years in the industry, and I’ve never seen a storm quite as perfect as this one. We’ve all heard the buzzwords: the great resignation, quiet quitting, the global supply chain crisis and, the lettuce apocalypse. Yet these are all just symptoms of one disease – change. In fact, between the writing and publishing of this foreword, it’s likely that we’ll have faced yet another news headline in a long line of news headlines. There’s no doubt that we live in unusual times, and the hard to swallow truth is that we’re never going back – this is the new normal.
Among a record number of available jobs, the historic low in applicants and an absent foreign work force, we face a system undergoing rapid change. This magazine has been designed to help the industry share ways we can navigate what lies in front of us. Zoom-In is our chronicle of the industries we work in and serve. It will highlight the highs and lows of labour-intensive industries and give a platform to a cohort that, we believe, needs more transparency.
To avoid the failings of the last two years we intend to circle the wagons, be open about the challenges we face and work together to make our future more sustainable. Putting people first will be at the core of our approach. At Zoom Recruitment our one goal above all else is to make people matter, because we know that people who feel they matter can move mountains.
While we face unprecedented change, I am confident that people with purpose, respectful relationships and proper dialogue are the only ways to safeguard our future, whether it be in the fields of logistics, construction, or any other industry around the world.
So Zoom-In with us, on a changing world, on the people that make it go round, and on the industries that make and mould Australia.