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Working with Monster, the Evergreen State wants to pair job seekers with work before they graduate education programs.

Original Article Posted on Route Fifty on July 6, 2016 
By Dave Nyczepir, News Editor 

Washington state launched a more effective labor exchange Wednesday, one focused on customers rather than government programs.
 
Monster Worldwide’s second statewide job match platform, built in partnership with the WorkSource Washington career system, is the product of 24 focus groups with employers and discussions with job seekers.
 
Rather than reinventing the wheel, employers can specify desired skills, applicants list theirs and Weston, Massachusetts-based Monster ranks the degree of fit in a Top 10 format.
 
“Our people can really get on with client management,” Dale Peinecke, Employment Security Department commissioner, told Route Fifty in an interview. “And that’s working with employers to look at how they’re describing the skills and talents they need.”
 

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Gov. Jay Inslee's Employment Security Department is hoping to better connect employees and jobseekers with a new website.

Original Article Posted on State Scoop on July 15, 2016
By Alex Koma

Washington state is rolling out a freshly revamped online jobs portal aimed at more effectively matching employers and jobseekers to boost the state’s employment numbers.
 
Gov. Jay Inslee formally unveiled the new “WorkSourceWA” website at an event last week, trumpeting the work of the state’s Employment Security Department to build the site over the better part of the last two years.
 
Dale Peinecke, the department’s commissioner, told StateScoop that the new portal is “not the typical state system” plagued by a lack of mobile functionality and other features unfriendly to users. He thinks that’s largely due to the fact that his department didn’t develop the site following traditional public sector methods, adopting an agile development strategy to get the portal ready as quickly as possible.
 
“Typically, a system in a state like this might take easily four years to do,” Peinecke said. “Washington is the software capital of the world, and so we took a page out of the book of our software startups and went with agile.”
 
Peinecke believes the state saw the need for speed in getting a new site online because the department’s 15-year-old jobs portal was “technologically obsolete” and wasn’t especially helpful for employers or jobseekers.
 
“The technology was such that you’d fundamentally have piles of prospective employers, piles of resumes from jobseekers and our staff’s job would be to sort, evaluate and match those,” Peinecke said.
 

 

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Weston, MA – July 6, 2016 – Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW) and the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) today announced the launch of WorkSource Washington (WorkSourceWA.com), a dynamic new job matching system that delivers the tools and resources job seekers need to explore jobs and improve their lives. Washington employers now have access to the single largest talent database in the state, leveraging Monster’s powerful recruiting platform technology to find the best candidates faster. As of today, the new site contains more than 157,000 jobs and nearly 191,000 Washingtonians’ resumes that employers can view.
 
“Washington is home to some of the most innovative people and companies in the world,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “WorkSourceWA.com provides a great way to efficiently connect incredible talent through Monster’s technology. This collaboration will help our state reduce unemployment and grow our economy, while ensuring that Washingtonian workers and employers have opportunities to be successful and prosper.”
 
WorkSourceWA.com delivers the information and resources citizens need to make the best decisions at every stage of their career journey. Starting with a personalized profile that keeps all their activity in one location, the platform proactively alerts job seekers to relevant job opportunities as they appear in the system. Washingtonians can now leverage advanced search capabilities to help them pinpoint the best job matches and strategically navigate their careers through skills assessments, career path mapping, professional training, and study information labor markets where they live or may want to relocate to in the state.
 
In addition to industry-leading self-service resources, state WorkSource Specialists now have unmatched insight into the goals and strategies of their clients through a new and powerful case management platform. This real-time visibility into past job search activity and current professional assets empowers fast, informed, personalized career guidance, whether a citizen is unemployed, underemployed, or looking to make their next career move. WorkSourceWA.com also provides tools tailored to the unique needs of Washington’s emerging workforce, dislocated workers, veterans, and farm workers.
 
“Economic growth is fueled by efficiently and appropriately connecting jobs and people,” said Steve Cooker, Executive Vice President of Global Government Solutions, Monster Worldwide. “We worked closely with ESD and WorkSource leadership to understand the unique workforce challenges and opportunities in Washington to configure our powerful labor exchange system to help Washington citizens not only explore new jobs but also to manage their careers.”
 
Washington employers gain access to the largest talent database in the state, which includes Monster’s vast resume database, and to Monster’s industry-leading candidate search function that empowers recruiters to save time sifting through mountains of resumes and focus on engaging the best talent. Monster’s advanced search technology thinks like an employer, equipped with the ability to understand context and concepts beyond simple keywords, and proactively deliver the most qualified candidates. Once the best talent is identified, employers are able to easily rank candidates based on preferences and conduct side-by-side comparisons.
 
Because Monster understands the unique requirements outlined in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the company was able to develop a system specifically to ensure everyone can get the skills and training they need: adults, dislocated workers, youth, and any individual taking advantage of the integrated labor exchange system services.
 
The solution fosters collaboration between key workforce stakeholders, improves recruitment services for employers, enriches workforce services for the unemployed and job seekers, promotes work-based training, and more.  As a result, more people get into the right jobs faster, spurring economic growth, lowering unemployment insurance costs and conserving state budgets.
 
About Monster Worldwide
Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW), is the global leader in successfully connecting job opportunities and people. Monster uses the world's most advanced technology to help people Find Better, matching job seekers to opportunities via digital, social and mobile solutions including monster.com®, our flagship website, and matching employers to the best talent using a vast array of products and services. As an Internet pioneer, more than 200 million people have registered on the Monster Worldwide network.  Today, with operations in more than 40 countries, Monster provides the broadest, most sophisticated job seeking, career management, recruitment and talent management capabilities globally. For more information visit http://about.monster.com.

 

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Original Article Posted on Route 50 

By Dave Nyczepir, News Editor APRIL 11, 2016 
 
One of the biggest challenges for regional workforce development boards has been focusing more on out-of-school than in-school youth, since the passage of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in 2014.
 
Prior to the law’s signing, equal emphasis was placed on both groups, so the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County began working with partners to engage youth who are not in school and out of work.
 
The Seattle area's overall unemployment rate for people ages 16 to 24 is 13 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, while the city of Seattle’s rate is 16 percent. Both rates are relatively good by national standards. But in neighborhoods in Seattle's Rainier Valley, the rate is 20.5 percent; in southern King County, it's 20.4 percent rate. Those figures are dismal and require innovative youth outreach.
 
“In the past, one strategy had been: Let’s serve the people who come through door,” Sarah Chavez, director of youth initiatives for the council, said in an interview.
 
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Original Post on Monster 

By Mark Stoever, President & Chief Operating Officer, Monster 

Monster recently sponsored the Massachusetts High Technology Council’s annual meeting, where much of the discussion revolved around how top technical talent in the U.S.—some of the hardest to find and hire today — is not to be found in hubs like Silicon Valley, Cambridge, Massachusetts or New York City alone.
 
I was struck by the discussion and how it is a reflection of Monster’s purpose—to bring humanity and opportunity to the job market—to enhance lives, businesses and communities around the world. Every day we work to deliver the best ways to connect jobs and people, including helping employers look beyond typical hiring practices.
 
What was probably most interesting to me about the event was that of the many expert opinions shared there was a tacit acknowledgement that the talent is out there, if you just know where to look. There are so many jobs and also so many people out there, but connecting them all remains a challenge.
 
This is why I found the comments of one participant, Kevin Klowden, managing economist at the Milken Institute, a leading economic think tank based in Santa Monica, California, so intriguing. He said that Massachusetts, as an example, has topped the Milken State Tech and Science Index, which measures a state’s technology and science capabilities and corresponding economic growth, every each year since the index was launched in 2002. And here’s where it gets interesting; he also said this state is also making its neighbors better.
 
Naturally, California (No. 3 on the index) and Washington state (No. 6) — which brought the world Amazon and Microsoft — receive high scores. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that two cities — namely, Washington, D.C. and Boston — have what Klowden described as a “halo effect.”
 
These two cities have bolstered the standing of their surrounding states.
 
For example, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware were Nos. 2, 7 and 10 on the index, last published in 2014, respectively. New Hampshire and Connecticut were Nos. 8 and 9. That’s nearly the entire top 10 of a leading technology economic index carried by two cities.
 
This proves that talent has not only clustered in these cities, but also surrounding these urban areas. It shows that as new, innovative companies spring up, so do people with the skills to work at them.
 
So if we know where to find the talent, what do we do about it?
 
At Monster, we believe in relentless innovation—seeking out ways to improve everything that we do. Today, it translates into developing capabilities to harness technologies that make connecting people and jobs far simpler and powerful, such as big data and social media.
 
In today’s world talent doesn’t collect like a puddle on the sidewalk; rather, it spreads through all the cracks. We approach this through solutions like Monster Social Job Ads that brings together big data insights on social profiles to put the right job in front of the right person on Twitter and Facebook.
 
We also are boosting discoverability through tools like TalentBin by Monster that enables companies to search across social media profiles and find the best candidates, regardless of location.
 
We believe this approach drives opportunity. Employers gain greater access to talent wherever it may be and individuals can find more jobs. So, if we want to help build this new way forward, it starts with technology and facilitation and the good news is that in our work, we’re seeing this happen already.
 
Stay tuned for more to come from Monster on how we’re making it happen, increasing then number and quality of connections, and better pairing employers and people.
 
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