SHRM Aids the Department of Labor with its Launch of the “Job Seekers Challenge.”
To coincide with President Obama’s “Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth,” the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) launched its “Jobs for America’s Job Seekers Challenge” website on November 30, 2009. The on-line competition uses an Internet platform designed by IdeaScale that will allow toolmakers and developers to present free on-line job tools to workforce development experts and job-seekers.
In addition to using these tools for job opportunities, visitors to the site will be asked to rate, discuss, and vote on the various tools available (in several categories).
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the Challenge will consist of three phases:
- Phase One will run from November 30, 2009 to December 18, 2009, and allow toolmakers and developers to submit information on their free on-line job search and job matching tools. Submissions will be accepted from businesses, nonprofits organizations, entrepreneurs, and state and local workforce agencies.
- Phase Two will run from January 4 to January 15, 2010, and will consist of workforce development experts and job seekers reviewing and voting on the submitted job search and matching tools. Reviewers will be encouraged to consider a tool’s usability based on how effective the tool is in providing accurate results, how efficient it is in completing job search and matching tasks in a reasonable amount of time, and the level of satisfaction the user felt.
- Phase Three of the competition will begin on January 18, 2010, and the DOL and the White House will identify the top tools in each category
SHRM has been assisting the Labor Department in its preparatory efforts and is encouraging SHRM members who maintain job sites to participate. To do so, please click HERE. The Job Seekers Challenge is part of an overarching effort that the Obama Administration has been undertaking – working to address the issue of joblessness in America. In keeping with this message, President Obama hosted the “Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth” on December 3, 2009, bringing together various corporate CEOs, small business owners, economists and political supporters to spur ideas on reviving the sluggish job market.