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|Wednesday, April 5, 2000 |
Tommy G. Thompson
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DWD LAUNCHES SUMMER JOB WEB SITE
MADISONó State Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Linda Stewart announced today the department has launched a new web site that will link summer job seekers with employers.
The Wisconsin Summer Jobs site at www.wisummerjobs.orgis an innovative tool that will allow employers to advertise seasonal, full-time and part-time job openings for free. It will also allow job seekers to market their qualifications by entering their resume directly into the network for employers to access.
"We know that the Internet reaches a worldwide audience, and the more people we can encourage to come to Wisconsin for employment, the better. This will not only allow our employers to thrive with a qualified batch of employees, but encourage more and more people to work in our state," said Secretary Stewart.
The web site has an easy-to-access format that gives businesses the flexibility to include information on hours and benefits, and housing assistance. It also allows job seekers to do a search for employment by location.
The Wisconsin Summer Jobs Site will play an integral role in filling a wide array of job openings that exist as the state faces labor shortages, including in the tourism industry.
Department of Tourism Secretary Moose Speros said, "Wisconsinís tourism industry employs 150,000 people each year. This new Web site will be a faster, more convenient way for potential workers from around Wisconsin, the country and world to learn about job opportunities in Wisconsin. It will also fill the needs of our tourism industry, which contributes greatly toward our burgeoning economy."
Currently, there are nearly 1,000 job openings posted on the site. Some of the jobs include; tour boat operator, lifeguard, camp counselor, health care aide, golf course attendant and forestry technician. This site will supplement Wisconsinís JobNet, the stateís largest source of job listings via the Internet and touch screen computers at all 78 Wisconsin Job Centers.
Two other states have created similar web sites. Colorado helped more than 10,000 young people find summer work last year and Illinois helped more than 6,000 find employment.
An ad campaign for the new web site will kick off on Thursday, April 6. The ads will run in campus newspapers, on television and radio.
Partnering with DWD on the site are the Departments of Tourism, Commerce, Public Instruction, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, and the Wisconsin Education and Training Association.
For more information, check out the web site at www.wisummerjobs.org, contact your local job center, or call 888/258-9966.