New Features Added to Michigan Talent Bank Improve Services to Job Seekers and BusinessesContact:
Maura Campbell (517) 373-9280Agency:
Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
March 17, 2004
New features recently added to the Michigan Talent Bank (MTB), the state's
Internet-based public job-matching system, have improved services to both job
seekers and businesses, Brenda Njiwaji, interim director of Workforce Programs,
Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG), said today. "The
Michigan Talent Bank has always been very user-friendly," Njiwaji said. "These
additional features have made it even easier for job seekers to search for jobs
and for businesses to find qualified workers by using the Talent Bank." The
Michigan Talent Bank can be accessed at the Michigan Career Portal at www.michigan.gov/careers.
features added to help job seekers include the ability to:
functional resumes (those that allow for the description of skills, knowledge,
and abilities) in addition to the existing chronological format resumes into
specific job listings to their own "shopping carts" to save for future consideration.
which jobs they have applied for, on which date, and by which method (e-mail,
fax, mail, etc.)
their availability for work based on a city or zip code location, and the
miles they are willing to commute.
The features added to help businesses include the ability to:
up to three shopping carts, save 25 resumes to each cart, and peruse them
later if desired.
the city location of their job listings and automatically replicate a job
listing to six additional locations without re-entering the job listing information.
In addition, privacy and
terms-of-use statements have been revised and updated for both businesses and
job seekers. Other enhancements to the MTB include upgrades to its hardware
and software, which will improve system performance and reliability.
Satisfaction with the MTB
has been consistently high since it made its debut in 1998. A January 2004
survey indicated that of those who responded, 84 percent of job seekers and
94 percent of businesses were satisfied.
In February, 946 new businesses
registered with the MTB and 21,179 new jobs were listed. Businesses conducted
58,377 separate searches of MTB resumes, while job seekers entered 35,378 new
resumes and conducted 1,174,393 searches for job listings.
The Michigan Department of
Labor & Economic Growth is the newest department of state government. It
is charged with promoting economic growth, job creation and enhancing the quality
of life for Michigan citizens. Part of this mission also includes meeting Michigan's
workforce needs to enhance and maintain its economy. To this end, the state's
career and workforce development programs work with employers, K-12 schools,
community colleges, and local Workforce Development Boards to operate a comprehensive
career development system.
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