Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Danielle Jarvis

THE Sa­rina Russo Job Ac­cess of­fice launch in Mt Druitt turned into an auc­tion for job prospects on Thurs­day when Ms Russo be­gan call­ing on busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives to pledge jobs.

Within 20 min­utes, the famed em­ploy­ment guru se­cured more than 200 open­ings for work.

Key­note speaker Alan Jones en­cour­aged em­ploy­ers to give oth­ers the op­por­tu­nity some­one gave them.

A long-time Job Ac­cess sup­porter, the ra­dio shock jock also ad­dressed the newly signed-on job­seek­ers and urged em­ploy­ers to reach out.

“Be­lieve in your­self and Sa­rina Russo will re­store your self-es­teem,” he said.

“Noth­ing cre­ates self­es­teem and self-worth more than some­one want­ing to em­ploy you.

“This is a growth area, peo­ple have got to stop be­ing snobs.

“The no­tion that some peo­ple have that ‘I’ll go and live in Western Syd­ney, the toi­lets are out the back’ is a non­sense ar­gu­ment.

“With all the Strug­gle Street stuff – in ev­ery sub­urb and in ev­ery so­ci­ety there’s some­one get­ting robbed, there’s some­one who’s car is get­ting stolen, there’s some­one who is strug­gling at school and not do­ing well in ev­ery part of the com­mu­nity – that’s the na­ture of it.

“There is a mi­nor­ity that’s left out but to ap­pro­pri­ate that to this par­tic­u­lar com­mu­nity is ridicu­lous.”

Ms Russo, who has been in busi­ness for 36 years, said she had been try­ing to open an of­fice in Mt Druitt for about 18 years.

“I don’t know what the hold up has been,” she said.

“I have no idea but we’re here now and that’s what’s re­ally im­por­tant – we’re here.”

It was clear her goal was to in­spire con­fi­dence in the com­pany’s abil­ity to pro­vide jobs.

“Alan Jones is a great be­liever in this dis­trict and he re­ally sup­ports the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties of Western Syd­ney,” she said.

“He’s a leg­end. So when a leg­end en­dorses some­thing, then you lis­ten.”

Pic­ture: DAVE SWIFT

Guest speaker Alan Jones with job seeker Hil­ton Hall, 21, and Sa­rina Russo at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Job Ac­cess of­fice at Mt Druitt.

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