The Minnesota Chamber Foundation this week expanded its initiatives to help connect employers and candidates in the midst of today’s challenging workforce shortage. MN Job Match is a distinctive job-to-candidate matching platform that helps employers find the right fit in qualified candidates.
“Businesses are only as strong as the talented people they employ. And hiring the right people – with the right talent – is more challenging and important than ever before,” said Doug Loon, Minnesota Chamber president. “Traditional recruiting methods often require sorting through volumes of resumes, which is costly and time consuming. It often means settling for less than ideal candidates. MN Job Match is different.”
Many recruiting services rely on traditional job descriptions and how many times a keyword appears in a resume, Loon noted. In contrast, this job-to-candidate matching platform understands the dynamic field of employment. It’s a data-driven online platform that works to align needs and experience on a deeper level.
MN Job match is a program of the Center for Workforce Solutions, the umbrella organization for the Minnesota’s Chamber Foundation’s private-sector workforce efforts. Through leadership, collaboration and key partnerships, it offers research and programs to confront the state’s worker shortage – which is expected to hit 239,000 by 2022 – and helps the state’s economy change and grow, according to a news release.
“There is no silver bullet to solving Minnesota employers’ workforce challenges,” said Vicki Stute, the Minnesota Chamber’s vice president of programs and business services. “The problem must be addressed from the perspective of both employers and potential employees. MN Job Match is one more tool in our arsenal to equip the private sector with resources beyond public policy to tackle the talent shortage.”
The release said MN Job Match is easy to use for employers and candidates alike.
Employers register online for an account and answer questions on their available positions. At the same time, candidates answer correlated questions about their skills and talents which may set themselves apart from other applicants. Employers receive a list of the candidates that best match their needs, then click to connect.
MN Job Match has distinctive benefits for employers including:
- Receiving automatic postings form other local, regional and national job sites.
- A list of top system matches and stack-ranked direct applicants.
- Pricing is lower than the industry standard – $39 per job posting and $19 per internship.
“It’s valuable for the job-seekers, too,” Stute said. “They receive a robust bank of jobs that could match their real experiences and interests – and at no cost to them.”