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6.3.14

Louisiana Job Connection To Launch This Summer

New website is designed to match Louisiana employers with qualified job seekers

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Louisiana Economic Development announced the creation of Louisiana Job Connection, a new, free website that will help meet the talent recruitment needs of Louisiana employers, while serving as a centralized hub for job seekers.

The process of filling jobs requiring specific skills (e.g., industry experience and/or specific educational credentials) often is slow as both employers and prospective employees struggle to find matches (i.e., for an employee, a job that maximizes utilization of their unique skills; for an employer, applicants who have the requisite skills to meet their needs), resulting in lost economic activity, reduced productivity and lower sales for small businesses. By providing a robust, skills-based job matching platform that automatically matches job seekers with jobs for which they are most qualified, Louisiana Job Connection will accelerate the job/applicant search process for both employers and prospective employees, saving time and money, reducing unemployment, increasing productivity and expanding sales for small businesses.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said, “With tens of thousands of new jobs on the way in Louisiana from business expansions and relocations, meeting the new and increased talent demands of Louisiana employers is of paramount importance. Louisiana Job Connection will be a valuable resource for Louisiana employers to help them quickly locate talented, qualified applicants. Our state recently hit a record for the number of people working, and this new tool will not only continue to help Louisiana job seekers find good jobs, it will also provide new opportunities for former residents to find good opportunities right here in Louisiana.”

Louisiana Job Connection is designed to address the needs of employers with innovative job posting-and-matching functionality and an intuitive, easy-to-use interface. Originally designed for LED FastStart® clients, the website will be available to all employers with a Louisiana tax ID.

“Louisiana Job Connection has the potential to be a game changer for our state. As our economy grows and diversifies, employers need to be able to quickly identify and recruit the right talent. LED FastStart’s experience working with leading companies in a wide range of industries informed the functionality and design of Louisiana Job Connection, and we believe that it can be an asset for every company doing business in Louisiana,” said LED Secretary Stephen Moret.

CB&I Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition Tom Anderson said, “A company our size is always competing for top candidates. The trick is knowing how best to find them. There are plenty of online recruitment tools, but this site's potential is impressive. It will help us connect faster with the candidates we really want to attract.”

Methanex Plant Manager Glynn Fontenot said, “Louisiana Economic Development took the time to listen to employers and developed a recruiting website that responds to our needs. The Methanex team applauds the potential this site will bring to our recruiting effort.”

Louisiana Job Connection includes flexible capabilities for Louisiana employers:

Advanced Matching Algorithm: Employers will only see profiles of job seekers that meet the skills requirements of each job posting. Recruiters also have the capability to adjust the threshold match percentage to quickly broaden or narrow their search based on profiles in the system. The matching functionality also limits the number of applicants to only those that meet the threshold match – allowing employers to identify the right talent quickly.

Multiple Recruiter Functionality: Company profiles can be set up to include multiple recruiters to enable increased accessibility and productivity.

Job Posting Flexibility: Users can either post jobs manually on the site or choose to scrape them from another site where they already post jobs.

Custom Company Landing Pages: Companies will have the ability to create a custom landing page using drag-and-drop functionality. This allows each company to tailor their messaging to meet talent recruitment needs.

Robust Communication Tools: Employers will have the ability to bulk-message applicants or send messages to particular job seekers based on match results.

“I can see that Louisiana Job Connection will quickly become an essential tool for identifying applicants with the kind of talent we're looking for at PreSonus. I'm eager to take advantage of this wonderful resource,” said PreSonus Audio Electronics Human Resources Manager Crystal Frith.

Louisiana Job Connection will be marketed to in-state job seekers, Louisiana “expats” (people who left Louisiana years ago who now want to come home) and individuals in high-demand sectors via targeted in-state and out-of-state marketing campaigns.

Louisiana Job Connection includes modern features for Job Seekers:

Straightforward Interface: Job seekers will find Louisiana Job Connection’s interface to be clean and straightforward. The system is designed to simplify profile setup by allowing users to manually enter content or scrape directly from their LinkedIn profile.

Custom Privacy Settings: Users can make their profile public, available only to companies with whom they match, or completely private.

Advanced Matching Algorithm: Job seekers will only be matched with opportunities that would utilize their unique skills and experience. This allows users to quickly identify and apply for opportunities that are the right fit.

Louisiana Job Connection is scheduled to fully launch to Louisiana employers on June 13 and to job seekers on August 18. For more information, including an informational video as well as registration for informational webinars and events for employers, visit www.LouisianaJobConnection.com

Louisiana Job Connection can also be found on social media:
Facebook: Louisiana Job Connection
LinkedIn: Louisiana Job Connection
Twitter: @lajobconnection

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