With every crisis comes the con artists, and in the 21st century, they proliferate the web. Think about all those "Obama wants moms to return to school!" ads you've seen online.
With so many websites and online job boards claiming to help job seekers, how can you separate the good resources from the garbage?
The US Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration has issued a challenge to help job seekers and the workforce development professionals who serve them find the best online tools available for their job search. They're harnessing the power of the internet to find out what works best, and your input is needed.
DOL's Tools for America's Job Seekers Challenge is went live today. Here's how it works:Step 1 (Nov 30 through Dec 18): Do you know of any good online job seeker tools? The site developers should post them to the challenge site. They might be
- General job boards, listing sites and aggregators
- Niche job boards
- Career tools such as ladders, transition tools, etc.
- Web based career exploration sites
- Web 2.0 social media sites specializing in job searches or job postings
- Other job matching and career advancement tools
Step 2 (Jan 4-15, 2010): Look through the online job seeker tools on the challenge site. Take them for a test drive and see how they work. Then rate them and comment on them - what works, what doesn't?
Step 3 (beginning Jan 18): Find out what job seekers and your workforce development peers rated as best. DOLETA will publish the top tools in each category.
This challenge is based on the concept of crowdsourcing, and the idea that together, we are smarter than we are individually.
It's the same idea that drives much of the social web, from Wikipedia to the comments section on a blog like this - I don't know everything in workforce development. We all gain knowledge when you add your thoughts, ideas and wisdom by commenting below. What's more, if you find a mistake here (and it has been known to happen), you can help by correcting it. James Surowiecki's The Wisdom of Crowds explores the concept in much more detail.
The more people engage in nominating online tools and rating them, the better DOL's challenge will work. We'll get more ideas and more input from more people. So get to the challenge website and start adding your favorite job tools today. You can also help by spreading the word to friends and colleagues.
And if you think this all sounds too modern and web-savvy to be the Department of Labor you know and love, read the bureaucrat-ese version of the challenge with all the details in TEN 16-09 below:
Tools for America's Job Seekers Challenge -