With unemployment at a four-year low and the addition of 111,300 new jobs since January of last year, Ohio's economic outlook is much brighter now than in recent years. A cornerstone to this progress has been the attraction of outside businesses to our state and the new opportunities that they bring. However, even with numerous new avenues for employment, searching for a job can prove to be a daunting task for out-of-work Ohioans. Similarly, finding the right individual to fill a vacancy can sometimes prove to be a significant challenge for employers. To simplify this process, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (JFS) launched a one-stop website designed to match job-seekers with positions that meet their particular skills and qualifications. Over 108,000 jobs are currently listed on OhioMeansJobs.com, with positions ranging from internships and entry-level to those requiring advanced degrees or professional experience. Navigating through these openings is quite easy as opportunities can be searched by title, keyword, or location. Additionally, job seekers can post their resume to the site or even apply online for any positions they may be interested in. Automatic e-mail updates about new job postings are also available through the site. Not only does OhioMeansJobs.com provide a great place to start a job search, it also provides a solid picture of the opportunities that exist in our community and other regions across the state. Additionally, the website has proven to be a useful resource for employers as well. OhioMeansJobs.com provides job creators with free access to resume banks and important advice regarding apprenticeships, tax reporting, labor market query tools, and workforce statistics. After all, meeting the demands of the job market is critical in preparing for Ohio's growing industries of the future. Late last month, the U.S. Department of Labor recognized the website's success and future potential by awarding a $12 million grant to the JFS in order to further expand the site. Not only will the funding enhance the website's existing content, but it will also help in creating a new, online career counseling system. Whether you are a resident looking to re-enter the workforce or a small business owner seeking a new addition to your staff, I urge you to visit OhioMeansJobs.com. With over 100,000 posted at any given time, the site offers a convenient and sound alternative to poring through the "Help Wanted" ads. As your state senator, no goal is more important to me than getting all of our residents back to work. Though we have come a long way in sparking new job growth and economic activity, we must continue providing the necessary resources to link employers with the skilled talent that Ohio has to offer. With that said, OhioMeansJobs.com is a great starting point for applicants and business owners alike.
Senator Bill Beagle serves the people of Ohio's 5th Senate District, which includes Miami County and portions of Montgomery and Darke Counties.
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