Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

State of Okla. Starts Free Online Job-Hunting Service

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

State of Okla. Starts Free Online Job-Hunting Service

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Oklahoma state government has become a job-hunting facilitator with the launch of OKJobMatch.com, officials confirmed Thursday.

The free online service was recently launched by the Department of Commerce in collaboration with the Governor's Council for Workforce and Economic Development. Its ultimate purpose is to strengthen the state's economy by matching job seekers with potential employers, one of Gov. Mary Fallin's agenda items, said Shawna McWaters, director of the program.

In some ways OKJobMatch.com might seem like other career development tools such as LinkedIn.com or Monster.com, she said. But the Oklahoma system specifically matches skill sets to jobs in the state, and it can be used to help lure relocating businesses by highlighting workforce resources at hand. She said the search algorithm in the Oklahoma system is also stronger than most commercial offerings. It searches through more than 16,000 Internet sites, including 1,200 in the state, to match and rank skill descriptions instead of just similar words. OKJobMatch.com is designed with a higher level of intuitive interaction to clarify abilities from job titles, she said.

The system also allows users to hide their identities and reveal only as much personal information as necessary, she said. Once the mirror module designed for employers is released in a few weeks, the synergy of the two databases will increase the likelihood of a good employment match in Oklahoma with a high level of security confidence, she said. …

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