After 26 years of helping other people find a job, Ricci Bartels joined the unemployment queue.
That was five years ago and the former migrant resource centre manager is still unemployed and looking for work.
“I am no longer empathic to the plight of people who are poor or unemployed. I am living it. It is grotesque,” Ms Bartels, 63, says.
“I was very well connected and well respected in the health and community services industry, which is growing. And I can’t land a job.”