JACKSON, Miss.–If you’re looking for a job, you know they’re hard to find. So hard that some people have given up. The state says there’s no reason to do that with a new website that launched and was featured during a news conference Monday.
It’s called www.mississippiworks.org , and is the namesake of governor Bryant’s program launched last year that is meant to put Mississippians to work.
The site was described by Bryant’s camp as a “real-time, web-based system that puts cutting edge technology at the fingertips of Mississippians job seekers and employers”.
There were also iPhone and Android mobile apps launched along with the site.
When the site was launched, there were more than 26,000 jobs listed, said Bryant.
The site and app function as a one-stop shop, allowing job seekers to search for openings based on job type, location or academic degree required and allowing employers to post openings at no cost and make connections with qualified candidates, said a news release.
The system can also advise job seekers how completely their qualifications match a particular job opening, helping them understand what additional education, training or experience they may need to further qualify.
Once job seekers create a profile, they can receive automatic text or email notifications when new jobs that match their qualifications are posted.
“Since becoming governor, I have made it my priority to build a state where every Mississippian who wants a job can find a job,” said Bryant. “We are accomplishing this goal through economic development efforts, education reform, improvements to our business climate and workforce development programs.
“Now with this online system and app, we have another tool to connect employers with Mississippians who want to work, putting companies and job seekers a click away from success.”
The Mississippi Works system features specific portals for both returning veterans and college students. Graduates can search for openings based on their academic degree. More than 13,000 college students have registered for this service.
Mississippi Works also aids the Mississippi Department of Employment Security in quickly identifying Mississippians who have filed for unemployment benefits and then matches those individuals with appropriate jobs that need to be filled in the state.
The Mississippi Works system was developed through a partnership with the Governor’s Office, MDES and nSPARC, a nationally recognized research center at Mississippi State University.
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