Help offered in getting work, benefits, employees

Friday, June 10, 2011

A new Web site for job seekers, students, employers, personnel managers and others seeking benefits and services is to be explained at noon today by a state Labor Department official at Columbia State Community College.

Labor Department Statistical Analyst Matt Milam is the guest speaker at a luncheon hosted by the Lewisburg Economic Development Office in the community college's large meeting room at 980 S. Ellington Parkway. He will discuss "The Source," a labor exchange module.

"This site is a powerful online job seeker/workforce services system accessed as a Web site on the Internet," Labor Department Spokeswoman Sharon Johnson said. "It was specifically designed for job seekers, students, employers, workforce professionals and others seeking benefits and services. The system provides fast access to a complete set of employment tools on one Web site. This system is designed to be comfortable for everyone, even the person who has little computer experience."

Employer users will find the following features helpful:

* Define skills and post job orders to find potential candidates;

* Research labor market information on salaries and economic data;

* Set up a virtual recruiter search agent to automatically find candidates within the system that match the job skills of the job order; and,

* Communicate with job seekers within the system e-mail and message center.

Features to help job seekers and students within the system include how to:

* Use a professional format to create and send resumes and cover letters to employers;

* Assess your job skills, set goals, and research training providers;

* Review available jobs and apply online;

* Set up a virtual recruiter search agent to automatically review job postings and notify you of jobs that match your skills;

* Track your job search efforts and resumes sent in a personal profile folder online; and,

* Use the e-mail/message center to contact employers.