Labor unveils new employment web tool

Friday - 2/4/2011, 6:37pm EST

By John Buckner
Federal News Radio

My Next Move, a new employment website from the Labor Department, aims to help students, young adults, and first-time workers look for more information on the types of jobs available. It also aims to help people find the right career for them.

Users can search more than 900 jobs, as well as "job outlook information, salaries, apprenticeship programs and education and training programs," said Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Thursday during a teleconference.

Labor's process in creating the website was a joint effort between businesses and organizations as well as the general public. Labor asked businesses, organizations and the general public for their input in creating the site.

Employers were asked to submit tools they felt would assist job seekers. The tools were then evaluated by Labor and posted on its website for the general public to vote and comment on.

More than 16,000 people gave their input in a two week period.

The six categorieschosen are general job boards, niche tools, career tools, career exploration tools, Web 2.0 and an "other" section. Solis said the website also offers links to veterans job sites and will be holding webinars later this month to explain in depth how the site works.

On the site, users can click on the general jobs link, bringing them to a list of job search sites including USAjobs.gov, for federal employment listings.

The niche jobs link gives users access to jobs that fit particular ages and special interests such as jobs in military, state and local government.

Web 2.0 can be found under the social media jobs search link and connects users with a list of other sites that focus on job openings posted via social media.

In addition, the site also offers a questionnaire that "suggests potentially suitable occupations and careers with links to more information about each one [job] ," said Solis.

My Next Move is the second web tool created by Labor. Last year, My Skills, My Future was developed to help individuals find jobs that fit their particular skill set.

John Buckner is an intern with Federal News Radio.

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