Our Challenge to You
New York City has dozens of nonprofit workforce development agencies that help low-income New Yorkers prepare for and find jobs, free of charge. When staff at these organizations (often called “job developers”), strategize about the best job opportunities for their clients, they have myriad tools to turn to: Monster, CareerBuilder, Indeed, Craig’s List, individual employers, and more. It can be overwhelming.
A number of companies have developed tools to scrape and spider the web to aggregate information, in real time, about job openings, searchable at a very specific level. It’s a great step forward, but doesn’t go far enough. Most of these tools haven’t been structured or implemented in a way that makes them useful for on-the-ground staff working with job-seekers, day in and day out. Common constraints include cost, usability, computer literacy, and buy-in by job developers. A product that addresses these constraints or helps existing vendor solutions address these constraints will help job developers better access real-time labor market data and therefore help them provide better matched job offers to their clients.
We propose working with a BigApps team to develop a tool that will be used by job developers, program staff, and ultimately job-seekers. It will be initially rolled out with on-the-ground nonprofit staff who provide free job search assistance for low-income New Yorkers, providing improved access to real-time and aggregated labor market information that allows filtering by location, candidate criteria, and demand forecasting/trend data.
Ultimately, this tool will help job developers identify potential matches for their clients more effectively and source job opportunities more quickly and easily.