Saturday, November 2, 2002
Steamboat Springs The available excuses for failing to get off the couch and look for a job have just been significantly reduced.
As Carel Nickey likes to put it: "You can look for work in your pajamas."
Visit the Work Force Center's automated job registration site at http://coloradojo...
Nickey manages the local Colorado Work Force Center in Sundance Plaza. She still expects many of her office's clients to visit in person. But she is excited about a new online registration center that allows job hunters to submit their skills and other job qualifications without changing into their professional clothes. Prospective workers can expect to hear back from job counselors about available employment that fits their profiles.
"It's quick and convenient," Nickey said. "You simply walk through several user-friendly screens, answering questions about your work experience, skills, education and the kind of job you are looking for. Then, after registering, the Work Force Center's Job Link system goes to work, matching your specific skills and interests with the jobs you may be interested in. It's exactly the same as if you were to walk into the Work Force Center, but when you do it at home, you can take more time with it."
When matches are made an employment counselor will call to talk with the job seeker about jobs they may be interested in.
"If you want to discuss the jobs in detail or want to learn more about how to transition into a new career, our professional staff will work with you," Nickey added. "This is not going to replace the personal services we offer."
For people already claiming unemployment benefits, registering at the site will meet requirements for registering for work.
The online registration process also has the advantage of comparing a job hunter's qualifications with thousands of job openings around the state.
Online registration is also a big help to people seeking to relocate to Routt County from out of state.
"I've had e-mails from people from all over the world who are looking for jobs here," Nickey said. "The exposure level is incredible."
Nickey is hopeful that by the end of the year, the online registration capabilities will be expanded to allow employers to post openings from their office terminals and browse through lists of qualified applicants.
"Many businesses in Colorado are already on the cutting edge of technology," Nickey said. "That's why it is so important that government also be a part of the digital age.
"Just as you can do your banking, shopping, even get an education on line, you can now look for a job with the click of a mouse."