FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 18, 2012) – In a major initiative to change the way it does business, the Office of Employment and Training (OET) is launching a suite of technology products that transforms the traditional job-matching process.
Based on the high-demand ‘language of skills’ and driven by an artificially intelligent search and job-match engine, the emerging on-line products – known as the Focus suite – engages employers, job seekers, and staff in completely new, innovative, and highly intuitive ways. Developed by Boston, Mass.-based Burning Glass International, the three online products have been strategically customized or designed in collaboration with Commonwealth of Kentucky technologists and program experts.
Launched statewide to Kentucky job seekers in June 2011, Focus|Career combines a powerful “skills intelligent’ resume-builder and an easy-to-use account creation and management. Seekers engage the resume builder by selecting skills they mastered in previous employment presented in online interview questionnaires.
Phase II, which we are in the process of refining, is due for rollout in a few months. This phase, Focus|Talent combines a sophisticated job-posting system and an easy-to-use account creation and management tool. Focus|Talent replaces the e3.ky.gov job-posting system, giving employers far more ease and convenience in use, reduced or eliminated wait times, greater control of job postings, and a confidential email feature to contact and coordinate with job seekers. Employers can upload job posts and company logos, use multiple company descriptions, and compare sample job descriptions. A convenient Job Post Wizard helps them build job posts, just as the Resume Wizard helps seekers build professional resumes. Backed by the same powerful search and match engine as Focus|Career, employers receive instant matches of jobs to resumes, using the same Star match system to rank applicants from lowest to highest.
OET is hosting several focus groups which will allow employers to take a look at the second phase, before final roll-out, and give input…what works, what doesn’t, what you would like to see, any suggestions you have to make it more user friendly and provide the information you need. It will also allow you to get your own personal training session for using the new site.
The training to participate in this pilot will be held on Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Office of Employment and Training, 600 W. Cedar Street, Louisville. Media is invited to attend.
If you are interested in participating please contact Terri Bradshaw at [email protected].