Whether you’re an employer or a job seeker, of course you want to get the most out of WorkInTexas.com, but what are the main things you need to know to really make the system work for you? It’s a great question, one that came up during a training seminar I attended this week, and one we probably don’t address as well or as often as we should.
Different than most, WorkInTexas.com is a job matching site rather than a job lead generation site. That means we validate qualifications first, based on data in WorkInTexas.com, before we show you how to apply. This is to make sure people have the skills and experience an employer wants and because we believe it’s good customer service. Searching and filling jobs is tough, and we don’t want to waste anyone’s time. So then the trick becomes making sure your job posting or personal portfolio is as good and complete as possible, and that’s rule #1.
Rule #1 – Take the time. Good in means good out, so spend the extra time up front to make sure you’ve added as much detail about what you need or want as possible. It will make all the difference in the long run. And more importantly, it will keep you from missing out on good matches because there was no information to match against.
Rule #2 – Choose wisely. Job “matching” happens based on some behind-the-scenes computer logic but it’s really all about the ‘occupations’ you pick to describe skills and experience. The more occupations you have on your posting or portfolio, the better your chances of matching. And in today’s market, more is better.
Rule #3 – Self-help tools. There are a number of self-help tools built into WorkInTexas.com. Things like Resume Advisor, Job Match Advisor, and Compare Yourself. These tools analyze parts of a portfolio, a job posting, or a job match and give you instant feedback on what’s good and what needs improvement.
Rule #4 – Site Help. Our version of a “tutorial,” this explains in general terms the major functions of each customer’s view of WorkInTexas.com.
And as always, don’t forget about our statewide network of workforce professionals available to assist you if and when you need something.