Unemployed Newark residents get help from online program, Jobs Connect
March 11, 2012 by admin
NEWARK — Newarkers looking for jobs have a new online tool that could prove decisive for thousands in the work-starved city.
Newark Jobs Connect, an online program that matches applicants with openings, kicked off in Newark with roughly 35,000 job openings for residents. But unlike other sites, the program, powered by Tweet My Jobs, matches positions with seekers based on their individual profiles, proximity and even their friends.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced the Jobs Connect online employment matching program in his State of the City address earlier this month.
Newark has been struggling with high unemployment for years, and while the rate declined slightly in 2011 it still hovers around 14 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“Job creation starts locally,” said Tweet My Jobs CEO Robin Richards, adding that the tool will “help Newark citizens get back to work whether they’re in need of entry level jobs or seeking executive management positions.”
Applicants can go to the site www.Newark.TweetMyJobs.com, and enter the type of jobs they are seeking. They will be matched with companies from Citibank to Wendy’s looking for workers in the area, with the option to receive notifications instantly, daily, or weekly either through e-mail, social networks, or text message.
Newark Jobs Connect also features the option to scrub a user’s social media profile and see if they have friends or acquaintances already working in the industry, which, proponents said, boosts the applicant’s chances significantly.
“It uses your Facebook network, to figure who on your Facebook platform is working for the companies that are out there,” said Mayor Cory Booker who announced the program in his State of the City address. “That business will be accepting references from its own employees about friends of friends. It’s a very powerful platform.”