A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to sit in on a presentation about how the public workforce system helps people return to work. The ideas and methods on this topic are too numerous to even begin to recount here, but I was intrigued to hear the panel talk about something we frequently do in this blog, helping to educate customers to be smarter, better informed job seekers. And probably the best part of this was the tangible examples they gave about just how they do that. Again, a substantial list, but one thing in particular stuck with me.
That thing, found in WorkInTexas.com, is the correspondence section found at the bottom of the job seeker’s (and employer and even staff) home page. And specifically I’m talking about the Bulletins and News tabs. All the tabs have value, but Bulletins and News would be 1 and 2 if I had to rank them in value order.
Bulletins provide information about WorkInTexas.com and related topics that we know will directly affect users. That is, when system functionality is added or changed; when policies, procedures, or timelines that ultimately change how the Texas workforce system and/or WorkInTexas.com provide services change, when new programs or services come online or existing ones end, all these types of things users need to know, and we communicate that to our user base via Bulletins we automatically push out.
News provides direct links to online articles about everything from job search to recruiting to networking to social media to workforce issues to labor market data and trends to…. And these are not articles we publish. We just pull together all the daily relevant content we can find and put it in one place for you to use and learn from. As mentioned, we believe an informed job seeker is a better and more successful job seeker.
If you haven’t already, give them a look. There’s bound to be something of value there for you. And if you have suggestions for links to post, we’ll gladly take a look.
And finally, I want to give a special shout-out to Rita Gauthier, Craig Work, Cheryl Groves and Workforce Solutions North Texas for a great presentation and stirring our collective pot of thoughts. Keep up the good work!