Wednesday, December 09, 2009

job search notes: DOL tools challenge

From the US Dept of Labor website:
Attention online job boards, career exploration sites, and all other providers of on-line job search and career advancement tools: The Department of Labor challenges you to showcase your best products by submitting your tools to today!

Finding a job in today's economy is hard work. The Employment and Training Administration wants to make sure job seekers have the best possible job search resources at their fingertips through the national network of One Stop Career Centers. As a complement to the full range of services available through One Stops, on-line tools are an important resource for job seekers as they research career options, identify available jobs, and find the best fit for their skills and experience.
In a fast-changing marketplace, it is difficult for the nation's almost 3,000 One Stop Career Centers and the over 20 million job seekers they serve to keep up with state of the art on-line job search and career advancement tools. Therefore, DOL challenges enterprising entrepreneurs and organizations to showcase their on-line solutions, and allow workforce system decision-makers and job seekers to explore, comment on, and recommend tools.

The Challenge will help the workforce investment system uncover the most effective on-line tools. At the conclusion of the Challenge, ETA will publicize the leading tools, in order to more quickly connect job seekers with job openings.
It is good to see the government getting into this kind of "crowd sourcing". They are gathering a listing now and will begin an evaluation January 4th with recommendations due in February 2010.

There are already 171 site submitted (as of my visit 12/8/09). You can view the listing by category here

Which job search tool have you found successful? Is it listed?