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NC launches new website for job-seekers

Posted August 5, 2013

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— The North Carolina Department of Commerce launched a new job-search website Monday that's expected to save the state more than $10.2 million over the next five years while connecting employers and job-seekers to one another.

The $1.2 million NCWorks Online is a no-fee service that allows anyone looking for a job to search through postings pulled from thousands of websites, including job-search engines such as Monster, CareerBuilder and even classified ads on eBay.

Employers can also post jobs and use real-time labor market information to help them making competitive offers to recruit workers.

NCWorks replaces the state's old system, NC JobConnector, and eliminates the need for eight additional information systems, which is expected to save the state more than $2 million each year until 2018.

Anyone can use the site and can access sample cover letters and resumes as well as education and training opportunities.

To apply for a job, however, users must create an account that requires them to provide their Social Security number, age and date of birth.

Commerce Deputy Secretary Josh Ellis says that is required by the federal grant program that's paying for the new site, but that the private information won't be sent out to any employers. 

While the site offers tips for avoiding job scams, Ellis says the state can't check every listing.

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  • ts67688 Aug 7, 2013

    Those complaining about having to provide your SSN & DOB clearly haven't applied for a job in the past 5 years. The days of walking in and filling out a paper application are long gone folks. Would you hire someone just by knowing their name?

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Aug 7, 2013

    "NCjobconnector was developed under democratic gonerners for 8 years and scrapped after two years in use, b/c it was so bad. Nice try though." cgpvnp

    We are talking about the NEW online site. The one designed in FL, creating FL jobs. It has yet to be seen whether this is scrapped too.

    "The $1.2 million NCWorks Online is a no-fee service that allows anyone looking for a job to search through postings pulled from thousands of websites, including job-search engines such as Monster, CareerBuilder and even classified ads on eBay."

    Why spen 1.2 million if services exist now (Monster, Dice, Indeed) that are better and free to users and taxpayers?

    I Wonder if McCrory has some relationship with the FL company.

  • boomer3145 Aug 6, 2013

    Tried it-w/o logging in. It appears to be all employment agency postings, duplicates of career builders & some that give no real info at all. I do the love the Raleigh Housing Authority job that reposts every 2-3 days & has for the last several years. Does that count as a new job every time it gets added? Useless

  • cgpvnp Aug 6, 2013

    McCrory could not even make 1 NC job designing the new website. A FL software company made it.

    NCjobconnector was developed under democratic gonerners for 8 years and scrapped after two years in use, b/c it was so bad. Nice try though.

  • irishale Aug 6, 2013

    "amazing how many lies the Republicans keep spreading about jobs. http://www.forwardprogressives.com/inform-a-republican-under-obama-were-off-to-our-best-private-sector-job-growth-since-1999/" --Voice of Reason 23

    That's a lot of 29 hour per week part-time jobs. Awesome! Yeah, that's really helping.

  • Brian Jenkins Aug 6, 2013

    "Another way to access and collect personal data." -- DoingMyBest

    You don't think the federal government already has your name and SS number? Really??? - davidk_at_unc

    Oh boy. SOme people just cannot grasp the concept of storing information and its purpose. Read history.

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Aug 6, 2013

    McCrory could not even make 1 NC job designing the new website. A FL software company made it.

  • 12345_here Aug 6, 2013

    "Wow, this goes to show you just cannot please the liberals. They scream and scream about jobs, and this Governor takes a bold step like this"

    Just goes to show you how the GOP does nothing and think they do everything . This item was under a federal grant. You can show your graciousness and thank Obama for the money. McCrory would have given everyone a cookie instead.

  • computer trainer Aug 6, 2013

    donaldb- Just what we need, more .gov duplication of effort since the NCESC already has the primary jobs website. Would have been much smarter for DOC to partner with NCESC and enhance and make an already existing online jobs website better. -- Workforce solutions (formerly Employment Services) is now UNDER Commerce, so this is being handled by the folks who have been doing this all along. Employment Services and Employment Security have been split completely now.

  • Good Bye WRAL Aug 6, 2013

    "Another way to access and collect personal data." -- DoingMyBest

    You don't think the federal government already has your name and SS number? Really??? - davidk_at_unc

    Yes, but now they can correlate your job status, what you're looking for and more current info like contact info, etc. Yes, it seems harmless until the gov decides they need something from you.

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