The state announced the launch of a new website to help connect job seekers with employers.
The website — www.workreadyconnect.org — is targeting certified Work Ready people and companies that prefer or require the certificate as part of their hiring process.
“Georgia Work Ready has transformed our state’s workforce and made our people our number one competitive advantage,” Gov. Sonny Perdue said in a news release. “Work Ready Connect will take us to a new level. It will help our citizens find high-quality jobs, help our companies connect with the right talent and help our communities drive economic growth.”
Work Ready Connect is free to individuals holding Work Ready certificates and companies that either prefer or require the certification, the news release stated.
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Officials said Work Ready job seekers will be able to utilize their certificates to find the best job for their talents by creating a personalized profile for employers to view, see job opportunities recommended to them based on their profile, search job listings, and communicate with Georgia employers seeking job candidates.
Employers can use Work Ready Connect to find job candidates with verified skills, create company profiles, post open jobs and invite qualified, Work Ready candidates to interview for their jobs, the news release stated.
Atlanta Gas Light, Georgia Power, Manpower and YKK have already posted profiles on the website, officials said.
“Work Ready Connect is helping us find the right talent for the right positions,” Suzanne Sitherwood, president of Atlanta Gas Light and 2010 chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, said in the news release.
“It is also helping our state demonstrate we are home to a world-class work force.”
More than 150,000 Georgians have earned Work Ready Certificates and more than 540 companies are listed on the Georgia Work Ready website as preferring or requiring the certificate as part of their hiring process, according to the news release.
Georgia’s Work Ready initiative is based on a skills assessment and certification for job seekers and a job profiling system for the businesses.
The program aims to identify the needs of businesses while finding qualified job candidates.
For more information on the Work Ready initiative, visit the website at www.gaworkready.org.
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