The esteemed German news magazine Der Spiegel published an extensive report on the innovative website HireaGreek.com, created last February by Greek Reporter. The idea for the initiative that aims to help jobless Greeks find jobs came from Anastasios Papapostolou, founder and editor in chief of Greek Reporter. The platform was created to help the Greek people amidst times of crisis and harsh unemployment in Greece.
The report also noted that Anastasios invented the platform as a means to help Greeks find jobs while they stay in Greece and not to promote the massive expatriation of Greeks in search of jobs abroad. “I don’t want to be misunderstood. We never intended to guide unemployed Greeks into fleeing the country in search of a job, but actually we created a platform that they can offer their services from afar and get paid electronically ” explained Papapostolou.
Previously, the site had been criticized for selling out desperate Greeks and their services to employers abroad, as well as promoting migration. “It is like an online auction house or Ebay,” reads the Spiegel report. However, he explained that negative remarks do not offend him or bring him down because his aim is to bring Greeks and the members of Greek Diaspora into contact.
According to Papapostolou, the Diaspora can help Greeks in the debt-ridden country by giving them long-distance jobs or even offering them positions around the world. The platform does not force anybody to leave the country. Once registered, one can upload their resume as a job seeker and fill in a list about how far they would relocate.
“I would move if I would get a job with better money. I feel Greek. I feel more Greek since I moved to LA in 2006. Being Greek gives you a special energy that never leaves you no matter where you are,” Papapostolou told the magazine. The report mentions the millions of visitors to the e-platform, and how it has become a sort of iconic Ministry of Labor that allows Greeks around the world to interact and help each other during these harsh economic times by either asking for a job or offering one.