11 September 2012 - Source
Work Services Director
We have been excited to be able to announce that Universal Jobmatch, the new job posting and matching service for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will launch in the late Autumn.
Let me give you some examples of how this new streamlined service will benefit both jobseekers and employers:-
Jobseekers will be able to set up their own account; upload or build their CV, and tailor their job search preferences to the jobs they are looking for. They will be able to conduct their own searches and also to register to receive alerts via e-mail about jobs that match to their preferences. Additionally Jobseekers will be able to see how their skills and experience match against jobs placed with the service and identify any skills gaps against their preferred job roles.
Employers will be able to create and manage their job vacancies online; they will be notified of jobseekers that match their requirements and have the option to invite jobseekers to apply on-line for jobs, saving the employer time and money.
The service will be free to everyone at the point of contact (normal broadband charges will apply) and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
And now let me ask you for your help:
As you work with potential jobseekers, you can encourage them to get on-line and to set up an e-mail account in preparation for Universal Jobmatch. If they need help or support in using the internet you can signpost them to formal training – perhaps to one of the useful campaigns already working with jobseekers Go-ON UK campaign for example or First Click, the BBC downloadable toolkit.
In your work with employers, or as an employer yourself, you can start to prepare for this unique service and its launch later this year.
If we work together we can help jobseekers in Southern England take best advantage of the support that is available for them to find work and we can help our employers to fill their vacancies with the best applicants.
If you would like more information about Universal Jobmatch we have frequently asked questions documents on the DirectGov website – for jobseekers and for employers.